I’ve been practicing my Y-seams and strip-piecing like crazy, making step-out samples and otherwise prepping for my QuiltCon classes this week. The final countdown has begun. I’m feeling high amounts of excitement and nervousness at the same time. One thing’s for sure, I’m definitely excited for sunny, warm weather. Sounds dreamy after a cold, foggy week here last week.
As I’m preparing step-outs and samples, I’m having fun cutting into a new bundle of Alison Glass’s 2016 Sunprint collection. I just love using these saturated colors. I got mine from Westwood Acres. They are out but reordering. I’ve also seen it from Pink Castle Fabrics.
In other quilty fun – here is my version of Pat Sloan’s first block Hearts a Flutter for the Splendid Sampler. It’s fun to see all of the other blocks people have made – so much variety.
You can read more about the Splendid Sampler – a free 100 block quilt project that will go for the next year. I’m excited to play along – making a couple of blocks a week. After seeing Jen Kingwell’s quilts a few weeks ago, I’m inspired to make something SUPER scrappy. It’ll be a fun way to dig through my stash. Also, I’m going to keep this one fun. I loved Pat’s post about the Splendid way to do things – most importantly to remember this is for fun. No competition, no pressure, no quilt police. Just do it – and the parts of it – that sound fun or help you learn something new. No need to feel any peer-pressure or stress.
Finally, speaking of a splendid way to do things, I’ve started my WIPS (works-in-progress) spreadsheets for 2016. My spreadsheets from last year were SO helpful in motivating me to pull out old, partially finished projects and just get them done. Somehow just having them organized on paper, helped me track and finish (let alone remember in the first place) so many projects. Felt so good!
Start your own lists. Think how organized you’ll feel. A bunch of people had asked where I got my spreadsheets last year. My friend Holly and her husband Dave designed them. This year they’ve updated and expanded the spreadsheets to include a WIPS list, a Quilts to Make list, and a Fabric tracker spreadsheet. They are available here to purchase as instant downloads. Then you can print as many as you need to fill in all your lists!
My sewing room definitely doesn’t look organized in any way, shape, or form at the moment. But having my trust lists started is already giving me a little piece of mind. 😉
I’ll try to check in later this week from QuiltCon. If not, I’ll see you on the other side. (Or there! If you see me, stop and say hi!)