There are so many days when I think about blogging, but I don't feel that I have made progress, so I don't really have anything to show. Then, I start to forget about blogging and I immerse myself in IG and Facebook. I admire the consistent bloggers who seem to have a new finish every few days. I am amazed at the talented women (and men) who are so creative and productive!
Since I am blogging and you are presumably reading this blog, you have likely figured out that I do have something to show... and you would be correct. So here we go!
First, I did finish the quilting on the Gee's Bend quilt however I have not yet added the binding and finished the project. It's staring at me as I sit here and write. Soon, very soon!
Second, I finished my Modern Crazy Quilt (I call her Mod CrZY). I first organized my scraps (what a job!) and then used my scraps to make "made fabric" ala Victoria Findley Wolf. Everything in this top is from my stash:
Then I reorganized my sewing room, put up shelving and tried to deal with the distinct lack of useful lighting in this room:
Then I went back to the Mod CrZY top to move it along:
I used a medium dark grey and then added improv geese for a border. It must be squared up and then quilted, but I am done with the craziness for now! In the future I will never again make improv wandering geese - total nightmare to finish and I ran out of grey and had to piece the last bit of border. But, I managed to complete the top solely from my stash and that was my goal when I started. It would have been so much easier to buy more grey to properly finish this top, but...not part of the rules of play. I think I have 2 or 3 very small pieces of grey remaining that are now in my scrap boxes to be used some other time.
Next, I turned my attention to a Round Robin piece that I needed to work on for my friend Jaye. I brought the piece with me (one round done by another contributor plus the center done by Jaye) when I moved from the Bay Area. I located everything when I organized my sewing room (phew - I was beginning to wonder where I had put Jaye's materials and then magically they appeared as I emptied one of the many boxes of fabric!).
This is what it looked like when I received it:
I then squared it up, narrowed the outside "block" rows, added a small strip of the confetti dot fabric on those sides and added pinwheels to top and bottom. I wanted to elongate the top, which was very square and introduce another shape:
As I'm looking at this photo, I'm thinking maybe pinwheels along the two sides which would act as a frame for the center design as though it were the medallion center and would, in my mind, call for this to be a big quilt? Previously, I was thinking that the next round should be something different - more geese? improv trees? elongated log cabins? I've sent the photos to Jaye for her thoughts.
I have to say I really like this top. The fabric is happy and uplifting to work with. The interesting thing about a Round Robin is that you have to stretch yourself to come up with a vision in light of the work that people before you have done.
More to come with this top and the completion of other projects sitting and staring at me as I write...
Aaaaaanyway, that's it from the Robertson household.