After I posted last week’s blog post, I had a breakthrough in my latest blue/green Peek quilt. The perfect Anna Maria Horner floral that could serve as a focal point AND bring in all of the shades of green that I wanted to use. It’s still my favorite block so far. I think that’s a good sign for a focal block. It plays so well with the Carolyn Friedlander and Cotton + Steel prints in the other blocks.
This week I didn’t do a lot of sewing– we had a brutal snow day, I taught week three of Beginning Quilting at Rock Paper Scissors, caught up on some appointments rescheduled because of weather, and finished a huge beautiful novel I’d been reading since before Christmas.
But I managed to cut and assemble five Peek blocks that I chain pieced when I had a moment here and there during the week.
I finished them at just the time the oldest finished school for the week. Woohoo!
I now have 14 of 25 blocks needed for this quilt. That’s more than halfway done. I need to plug through 11 more.
I’m trying to look at the bright side. The awesome Erin from House on Hill Road just called it “eating an elephant one bite at a time” on Instagram. How do you keep going when you feel like you’ve lost momentum?
OHHHH! I love this one so much! The colors you have chosen are so rich and luscious.
When I start to lose momentum, I let myself sink into the process instead of focusing on the end result. I remember why I do this – because I actually like the PROCESS of making. The cutting, pressing, snipping, pinning. I love the feel of fabric between my fingers. I remind myself of all of that, and only focus on that.
When I lose momentum, I read a lot! I also try a different, new project. Usually that gets me going after a couple of days. I just love your AMH here!
I break the job down into the smallest bites I can, and put the rest away so it doesn’t look at me reproachfully. I just plug away at the small bits until I have a stack done. My current ‘elephant’ is an EPP 1″ hexie queensize quilt which is double sided, so the back needs extensive piecing too. It’s scheduled to go into a show in June, so I have to keep going!
that amh print is the bomb! love it!
i figure that any progress is just that: progress. and i find that all those stolen minutes add up and give me the momentum to jump into longer stretches of sewing time.
also, i’ll be looking for you in austin. you are going, right?!?
It totally depends on the project. When there is a lot of piecing to do, I celebrate milestones by over-gramming (another half row complete! another row complete! etc.). Sometimes I switch gears and make a mini quilt to “cleanse the creative pallet” so to speak – but there isn’t always time to throw another WiP into the mix. Good luck finding the spark to finish these lovelies.
I take the excellent advice that I received from a certain [ahem] Quilty Partner In Crime and “Just Keep Making.” Love the blocks. Gorgeous!
That AMH fabric looks lovely in the peek block, especially surrounded by all those other ones!
love that honor roll print in this quilt!
Ha!! Eating the elephant. I love that and I am stealing it. These look amazing! Amazing!