Monday, August 6, 2012

wip dilemma

So, I have a question: What do you do when you are up to your eye balls in wips but you don't feel like dealing with any of them? In fact, just seeing them out in the open is so daunting that you don't sew at all? Well, that was me last week. And on Friday I finally found a remedy - I started a NEW QUILT!!!! I know how totally unreasonable that sounds but you know what? Working on something new and completely unrelated to my old wips was totally rejuvenating and oh, so relaxing.

I pulled out my precious collection of Denyse Schmidt and text print fabrics, added Kona Sky, and decided to work on an Irish Chain quilt.


I cut, and stitched, and sorted,


and in no time at all I had this whole stack of 9 patch blocks needed for a  lap sized quilt.


Here they are, all 45 of them, on my design wall. I'm hoping to have enough time this week to cut out my Kona Sky squares and to stitch the whole quilt top together.


Are you thinking it's looking a little bit too traditional? That's what I was thinking, too. But, that's what I really love about it. I've wanted to make a traditional quilt using modern fabrics for quite a while now. And, I think this will be a perfect quilt for hand quilting, too.

So, to get back to my original dilemma of not feeling like working on my old wips, I must say this new strategy worked. By keeping my mind occupied with this new quilt for a few days (and taking all wips off my design wall so they are not staring at me) I now feel ready to tackle them once again.

And, first one on my list is this Bizzy Kid quilt top.


I'll be back soon to let you know how it all went. Have a happy day, friends. Svetlana 

 Fresh Poppy Design

19 comments:

  1. I love Irish chain quilt! I made one in just red and white few years ago, was a wall hanging piece.I can't wait to see your sky blue on...

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  2. Hi! That is the best thing to do - fresh new project! Your new quilt is going to beautiful - I wonder what colour you have chosen for the rest of the squares? 'Busy Kid' is really great pattern and lovely bright colours! x Teje

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  3. Haha, that's how I deal with unwanted WIPs.... New project. Which is all fine and dandy until that becomes an undesirable. :)

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  4. I love an Irish chain, and I've been wondering what to do with my FMF that (1) has a nice, white base, and (2) isn't too daunting, so I'll actually START it one of these days. This is a great idea, and I can't wait to see the finished product! (You are going to finish it, right??)

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  5. Wow you work fast! I love how modern and traditional it feels at the same time.

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  6. this is my answer to WIP overloads too!
    Quilting is the time I try to keep as free from obligation as possible... it's the only thing in my life that is! :)
    I love a good Irish Chain... though the little busy kid quilt is pretty cute. :)

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  7. What do I do? Start on something else of course ;o)

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  8. I think we can all understand this! Fortunately, I'm nearly at the end of working my way through my wips pile so I have a whole window of opportunity for new projects coming my way, but I've definitely been there, where I have lots to work on but don't want to work on any of it!!

    Looking forward to seeing your Bizzy Kid quilt progress. It's such a cute design.

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  9. love it! looking forward to see what you do with the remaining blocks.

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  10. I think you are simply amazing!!!

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  11. I have totally found that this tactic works for me too! Good for you!

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  12. I tend to start something new, too..... A while ago I wanted to focus on my wips and now I printed out some new patterns... ehem...

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  13. I undrstand you! I just started a new project, sewing up easy blocks. It's to see progress!

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  14. Oh I adore it!! Traditional and modern is my favourite combo! It looks beautiful!
    Great way to deal with your WIPS by adding a new one ;) Whatever gets that mojo working!! x

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  15. Gorgeous colors in those two quilt tops!! Hope you get through so WIPS soon:)

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  16. I don't think it looks too traditional at all. The fabrics just change the whole feel of it. It's going to be beautiful. And yes, I usually start a new project when I have a pile of WIPs, and then add the new project to the pile, and start another new project...it's an endless cycle...

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  17. Sometimes you just need to get away from the old projects for a while!

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  18. That always works for me as well....multiple projects is my motto.
    There's nothing like curing a slump with a new project.

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  19. This new WIP is really pretty. Go traditional in modern fabrics!!!

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