Three At A Time

Sometimes people will ask how I get so much done. Until recently I would have answered that I just work on a quilt until it’s done.

But, as I have paid attention to the question and my work habits, it turns out that I almost never work on one quilt at a time. The truth is more like THREE (or–shhhh–even FOUR).

Each project is in a different phase, allowing me to work everyday on SOMETHING, depending on my mood.

Some cutting…

Some piecing…

Some binding…

Some dreaming.

Any progress is progress, right? And it adds up to a lot of quilts in the end.

What To Do?

Some time ago I was gifted a complete kit with pattern of the Safe Haven Quilt by Thimbleberries. It wasn’t exactly my typical style, but I thought it would do me good to use an actual pattern, different color scheme, larger size pieces and a little applique.

So I made the blocks. And enjoyed it.

But, then I really looked at the setting and discovered I didn’t like it. It isn’t so bad in the pattern, but I have seen pictures of finished quilts on beds, and it isn’t for me. At all. I am sure many people do like it very much. Maybe I have just gone as far out of my comfort zone as I can manage.

So, what to do?

Hearts Desire(d) Assembly: Step 4–Chunking It

The layout is complete (but I am not showing the entire thing right now to keep a little bit of a surprise).

When there is a variety of sizes, assembly is not just sewing rows together. Rather, you need to approach it in chunks.

So, that is what I am doing: Sewing blocks into chunks.

It is looking positive so far.

Hearts Desire(d) Assembly: Step 3–Layout And Adjustments

At a certain point you just have to go for it. The only way to really find out if it will work is to give it a go.

So, the “design floor” is being pressed into service.

It looks pretty busy, but also balanced, so far. Can you spot your block yet?

Hearts Desire(d) Assembly: Step 2–Block Sizing

The wedding quilt for Sparkle Jane and her Husband is starting to take shape. The next step is to determine a layout that will accommodate the multi-size blocks.

I took my inspiration from a quiltalong hosted several years ago by Thought and Found. The blog is no longer active, but the information on the quiltalong can be found HERE.

So, step 2 consists of turning the 10″ blocks into 12″ blocks.

And creating some 12″ blocks out of 4 6″ blocks.

There now, we are starting to get somewhere.

Hearts Desire(d) Assembly: Step 1–What Do We Have Here?

Step One: What do we have here?

With a group project and multi-sized blocks, the first thing that needs to be done is to figure out what we have here–both size and colors. How it is going to balance out?

The good news is that you all did an amazing job. A total of 175 blocks are here and ready to be used.

More 4″ blocks will be needed, so I am going to add a few of those. In some sizes I have an abundance of certain colors and some blocks will be added to the back to make it a two sided quilt. So exciting! SO much love in one quilt.

Step 2 coming soon.