I started working on the No Dragons on my Quilt and I wasn't really digging it. I found the cutting out of the pictures tedious. At the same time, I was stymied on using the fabrics I picked up which reminded me of the ocean and sky in Cuba. Plus the December deadline for a guild challenge was getting closer. I combined them all and right now I am working on two quilts at once.
I have never done this before, be in the production stage for two quilts at the same time. I usually have one on the Longarm and one I am piecing. I was not prepared for how much I would enjoy doing two, two quilts at once. It is like I am doubling my pleasure. I just keep thinking of the old Doublemint commercials. Yes, I am old! Ha!
In my case I am doubling my pleasure by piecing, which I adore and applique which I really want to do. And why did I avoid applique for so long? Because the finished square was always a bit off, just like my first one.
I went online and read tons of posts about machine applique and then I bought stabilizer paper. Problem solved! Here I am sewing on the block with the stabilizer paper underneath. It's fantastic!
I am only using a morsel of them when you consider all I have collected. But it takes the pressure off to somehow create the perfect representation of my time there. I can just use the fabric because I like the colors.
Likewise, I was frozen on moving forward on my challenge quilt. I had designed one but then I thought? Can I do a better one? What if this isn't good enough. Enough ruminating, let's just make it and the worst that happens is that you have an extra baby quilt to give someone.
I may not have a finished product to show for a while but I am having a ton of fun. I not only have the friendship star blocks finished that you can see but also 4 of the blocks of the Dragon quilt. That's the whole first row!
I am pretty pumped! Should I also start that T-shirt quilt I promised my nephew? If only my design wall was bigger and my cutting table just about two feet longer.
I will have to be content doing two quilts.
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