Well after I did my big push to finish my 3 x 6 bee blocks and then finish my projects for Modern Swappers, and did the paper pieced blocks for RIR bee and the Japanese Bee blocks, I needed a little break from sewing. I still have SOOO much left to do for this month: A charming mini quilt, finishing my doll quilt, Busy Bees blocks, Bee Liberated Blocks…oh it goes on.
But I needed a break from bending over the sewing machine and ironing board, so I’ve spent a couple of days becoming more familiar with Electric Quilt 7. I delved into the drawing portion of the program…going through many of their lessons and then breaking out on my own to draft up some different designs. I want to design my Blocks for Busy Bees there for instance. So there’s definitely been a learning curve with just trying to teach myself…and finding out what the limitations of the program are. In another world I was able to use Autocad, so I’m finding that I want it to do many of the things that program can do…and I’m still trying to figure out how to customize it so it makes more sense for my design aesthetic. But overall, it’s been very successful. And I’m glad to spend some more time getting to know the program. It really will be quite helpful in designing quilts and creating custom blocks!
But then today I thought that I should get back to sewing. After all, I do have that large list to do…Enter the sewing room…and what do I do? Organize.
Yep. If you know me at all, then you know that I need to organize before I do anything…and once I start it’s hard for me to find a place to stop. I’ve been throwing all my incoming blocks into piles, promising to organize them sometime and properly appreciate them. I had new fabric and old scraps floating around. Projects ready to be mailed that needed wrapping up and drawers that needed purging.
So I feel more organized, but honestly I still have a bunch of piles around the room because they are all different projects that I need to work on NOW. Of course, then I decided to really go through what is not the most important project, time wise, because it was creating the biggest mess…my Busy Bees triangle blocks made from Katie Jump Rope.
I have piles of scraps because I asked them to send me back the scraps…which I don’t always do, all mixed together with the blocks and the signature blocks. It was crazy. I could hardly tell if the fabric was scraps or had been sewn together into blocks. LOL. Hopefully I pulled all the actual blocks out. Well I gave them a good pressing and laid out what I have so far (I’m still waiting on at least three blocks) and photographed them to help get some input on what to do with these now.
Beautiful aren’t they?
But I’m not sure what to do next. I don’t often find myself in this position, but I need help deciding how to put these together. I’m thinking of doing setting blocks that shows off the Katie Jump Rope Fabric and creates more triangles. I’m not sure that I want to use much if any more khaki. In fact it may make the bee blocks more of a feature if they are the only blocks to use khaki. So I’m open to another color solid or none at all or whatever. I don’t have an overall size in mind…so this can be a twin sized or larger quilt.
Tell me what you think!!