February 3, 2013

Debra: Recap and Goals

2012 Recap:

I was pleased with the work I did last year; both through TAST and the CQJP.  I felt I learned some new ideas and it was fun to have a monthly project.

When it was time to put all my sewing blocks together I was dumbfounded to see the amount of work I had done.  Had I started from scratch embroidering and embellishing this crazy quilt, I would not have been at the point I was by the end of December.  So having weekly and monthly goals was very valuable to me; particularly because crazy quilting is not my primary quilting style.

I like the way my wallhanging turned out.  I felt I explored the color wheel and developed the 'sewing' theme well.  It's safe to say I used a lot of supplies that have been waiting for their 15 Minutes of Fame.  I can also say that I am no longer interested in collecting sewing embellishments.  So it's been good to see a long-term project, both from the mental idea file and the actualization file, come to pass.

2013 Goals:

When December arrived I was sad I didn't have any Christmas wallhangings to hang.  At the onset of 2012 I thought I would make 2 wallhangings.  Due to underdeveloped ideas, I started but then put them aside.  During 2013 I am rededicating stitching time to completing those wallhangings.

Due to the amount of final (and small detailed) work that the 'Sewing' CQ required, I am going to shift my focus for these pieces.  I'm going to think 'big" & overall this time.

For the Christmas Seasons wallhanging-
  • Large 18" blocks with long seams for textural hand embroidery
  • Large machine embroidered motifs (which necessitates the larger CQ blocks)
  • Use the almost completed blocks from 2012 as feature blocks in the border
  • Large scale embellishments of a variety of snowflakes and poinsettia
  • Smaller embellishments restricted to the frames around the focus feature blocks
  • Sewing the blocks to a gridded interlining I can sew on the longarm (to avoid days of handbasting)
  • Thinner batting for inner lining
  • Like to be done by November so I can hang mid-December
For the Nativity wallhanging-
  • Machine quilt the background
  • Hand applique the figures to the background
  • Fill in the surrounding areas with textural stitching
This piece will be more of a Hybrid piece.  The background is pieced and the figures are already machine embroidered.

I may follow the TAST2013 casually but I think I am going to drop out of the CQJP2013.  None of my projects really conform to the requirements and I am not at a spot where I want to make a new piece with 12 blocks.  Like the rest of us, I have some other projects to finish during 2013 that can't be squeezed into a fixed format.

I'll have pictures of my seasonal wallhangings soon.  Currently they are in bits and pieces on the dining room table and don't photograph well.


Barbara C said...

It's good to see your renewed enthusiasm for your Christmas pieces. I find that wanting the finished project makes a big difference in motivation.

Suztats said...

This sounds like a wonderful idea! I'm so glad you'll be getting back to your Christmas blocks and using them in this new design. Can't wait to see the beginning. Gee 18" blocks....that's like three 6"x6"......how many blocks will be in your final wall hanging?

ladyhawthorne said...

I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Debra Spincic said...

I sketched out the layout last night so I knew more exactly what I was doing.
I'll have 3 panels with 4 blocks/panel. The middle panel will have 2 blocks with a frame around them so those blocks are smaller. To keep the math correct, the 2 outer panels will have blocks 15 x 17. But, at least 6 or so inches of that will be a feature embroidered block so it's not like it's all hand embroidery (she said optimistically).
I have some of the blocks from last year almost done. I'll need to make the current blocks larger (without looking added to) so I think I can handle the next few steps.

Debra Spincic said...

I'll have some good pics next week.

Debra Spincic said...

Let's hope that is true!

Judy S. said...

I agree! Having a monthly focus was an interesting challenge, and I learned a whole lot, but many of my other projects suffered. This year I want to focus on all the other UFOs that are stashed around our house waiting for some attention.

Cy said...

Great idea to recap the 2012 project to see if we reached what we thought we would.
2013 - I'm pleased that you will be using your lovely blocks that you started last year. I am really looking forward to seeing those lovely 'bauble' machine embroidery pieces again. Sure you will approach the Christmas projects with renewed vim and vigour now that YOU REALLY WANT these on your wall at Christmas, lol.
Great goals all round.

Suztats said...

Knowing I was supposed to post my progress each week, and finish a block per month kept me on track.Without that push, I may well have slid backwards. I tried not to think about those UFO's awaiting my attention.........but since I'm retired, I have a little more time than most, and I was lucky enough to bo able to work in a few other projects along the way.

Debra Spincic said...

If the spirit doesn't weaken by March, then I expect to have a Christmas wallhanging or two in 2013!!

Debra Spincic said...

It's amazing what being accountable to a group can do for one's productivity! You were a trooper this year, Suz!

cq4fun said...

The sewing piece IS amazing, but I can understand why you want to do something different. Your goals sound very reasonable and flexible enough to take you where you want to go. Or like where you wind up.

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