I said I had two big major projects planned for next year – and yes both will take several years for me to complete seeing as I always work on less challenging quilts at the same time just for fun. The one I showed the other day The Hertfordshire Quilt will be EPP, machine? and hand? and this one is all applique!
I made one quilt called “Floral Fantasy” from the book “More William Morris in Applique” by Michele Hill several years ago and that one took me several years to make and I love it. While I was making Floral Fantasy Michele started to keep track of the quilt as I was doing needle turn and most do her quilts with machine applique – we still keep in touch now and I’m so glad to have her as a blog friend. I am not sure if I will machine applique or needle turn again – I will attempt to practice a practice piece or two by machine first and see if I can – if not it will be done by hand. I always had intentions to make another quilt in that book but got side tracked from a lot of other projects and I got off of applique for a little bit but I feel I found the perfect fabric for this quilt and splurged and bought the whole bundle from the Fat Quarter shop – by getting on a pre-order list last year I got a good discount and it has been sitting on the shelf for awhile now while I wind up other projects. I also found some Wm. Morris fabric on clearance from Hancocks of Paducah last year and got enough fabric for the borders for under $15.00
This quilt is called Morning Glory – I have some light beige and creams in the stash to use as background for the applique blocks. I will have plenty of fabric from the bundle left over to make another quilt from the scraps but I have no idea at this time what it will be – I will decide that much later after this quilt is finished. This quilt’s final measurement is about 77 inches when finished. Just right for the living room wall so I can trade out quilts now and then. I don’t have many that fit it right.
The fabric – I will be starting this quilt in January most likely also – and well work maybe one day on one and another day on the opposite. I have a quilt planner calendar that I hope will help keep me on track for this upcoming year.
Handful of Scraps is getting closer to an end – when I finish the left side top I need one more row and I will need to baste a few more hexies for it – I have plenty of pieces cut and I’m sure I will eventually find uses for the all the left over pieces as I cut way too many hexies out thinking earlier that I was going to continue to make this quilt larger. I am linking to Busy Hands Quilts — Confessions of a Fabric Addict — Crazy Mom Quilts —
This much quilted on Murrieta Stars on Wednesday night – not too much done on it last night as I was working mainly on Handful of Scraps and only sat at the frame for about 30 minutes or so.
Yes I have splurged on some fabric this last quarter of the year with projects in mind but still managed to save a little money on them also. These will keep me busy for several years and I will be back to scrap quilting as well and I have several quit kits that were purchased last year or earlier this year on good sales also. Some of these were purchased as I knew Mike was winding down to being retired again. If you have followed me for awhile you know Mike retired from the nuclear plant as a training instructor at age 55 with the intention to travel and take contract jobs from the same plant when he wanted to. He has done that now for 11 years and in February he will be 66 – he has decided it is time to retire again and as of January 1st he is done. This also means back to a good budget so we have travel money so no more buying big fabric bundles for me unless I find them on really good clearance sales.