I am truly guilty of starting large projects and not seeing them through to completion. I have been on a purging kick lately. I need to get rid of things that I no longer need. After 27 years in the same house the seams are starting to burst. With the completion of my new sewing area and the wonderful table my husband made, I decided it was time to go into the closet that has housed fabric and projects for 15 years or more.
I love piecing quilts. In fact one might say I have a problem. After they are pieced they tend to sit…a long time. This is one of those quilts that has been pieced for 6 years. This lucky guy even had a back and batting and was pinned and ready to be quilted.
So in my effort to complete projects and reduce the WIP’s, this was the first project I chose. The top of this quilt is 12″ squares that have had the fan pieces appliquéd to the base square. This is a take off on Grandmothers Fan or the Oriental Fan pattern. Since each fan has been attached to the base square, I simply quilted around the fan. Then the borders are outlined. Very simple and straightforward. The biggest problem with this quilt is that it is a queen size, and I quilted it on my regular machine. That is a lot of pushing and shoving and turning. But it is beautiful, if I do say so myself.
The quilt top is flannel and it is backed with an off white muslin. Let me tell you, not only is it heavy, it is very warm. It will make a nice addition to the bed in the spare room.The colors are earthy and warm. With the room painted a soft beige, I will have many options for picking up an accent color.
I also finished a cross stitch sampler this week and found fabric to back a second quilt. Although I still have many projects in the works, I feel good that I am starting to finish some up and get rid of those that I know will never be completed.
How big is your stack of unfinished projects? Do they fill a closet like mine or are they pretty contained to a small corner of your sewing table?
Happy Sewing, Donna
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