Sunday, August 08, 2010

Take 5 teacups: work in progress

Now that I've finished Moondance, Stonehenge French Braid (pictures later) and the decision for which background to use on my hand-embroidery Forever Project (Dress Me Up), my mind (what there is of it) feels so much more settled.  :-)

While I like to have multiple concurrent projects, too many of them makes me feel frazzled.  Just one project of a kind, please!  So, I will have *one* Forever Project, *one* pieced project OR *one* longarm project ... I can't yet figure out how to simultaneously do piece work for a top AND longarm quilting of a previously pieced top. :-)

I don't like to have a piece work and a longarm project going at the same time because they are in different rooms of the house.  If I'm doing a piece work, the family can join me in my sewing room.  Hear that family?  My SEWING ROOM.  Not the room-usurped-as-the-de-facto-family-room. :-)  But, I will admit that it's nice to have company. 

But, since Lizzie lives in the REAL family room, which is a completely DIFFERENT room and area of the house, if I'm doing a longarm project, I'm by myself.  Which is OK too ... I just can't work on my Janome sewing machine and Lizzie at the same time. :-)

So, for right now, I'm doing piece work for Dear Daughter #3's quilt, "Take 5" (TP200) from The Teacher's Pet.  I've mention before ... and will repeat here ... while the cover photo shows a random block layout, it does NOT do justice to this pattern's versatility.  I had completely passed this pattern by until I saw it used with fussy cut focus fabric squares in a quilting store's classroom.  I was sold, sold, sold!

Last night, I fussy cut 2 focus fabrics ... teacups and fancy desserts.  Both of these fabrics were purchased on a recent vacation trip.  The blender fabrics came from my stash.  I'm using a cracked ice, bubble gum pink, a dark chocolate brown and 3 different tan/gold fabrics (as I didn't have enough of any one of them for the entire quilt).

It's coming along nicely and I'm pleased with how it looks so far.

Once this top is pieced, I think I'm going to switch to Lizzie mode.  I have a whole MESSLOAD of top/batting/backing bundles to be quilted and that stack is beginning to prey on (what's left of) my mind.

1 comment:

  1. I am always frazzled...hence the name. lol
    I love love love this project. Absolutely adorable, especially when the original cup fabric is so underwhelming. Mmmmm I love tea too.