I am a newbie to the group, hoping to soak up every morsel of expertise that you may impart!
Without casting disrespect, I classify myself as an OCD ADD artist. I have my reasons, and I’m just beginning to understand (and accept) this about myself. By understanding, it’s letting me work through my shortcomings. When I began quilting, I got stuck on the initial process. I collected fabrics and was scared to death to cut into them. I finally got over my stumbling block and ended up with a small quilting business making photo memory quilts.
Here’s a bit of proof, and my tendency to “organize”:
I’m beginning to collect items to begin a crazy quilt and I’m just now cementing my design ideas. I’m collecting bits of this and that, and hope you can give me lots of suggestions on what other things you may think that are important as I embark on this journey.
I obviously like long-term projects; I’m currently heavily involved in embroidery. The vintage piece on the left (above) depicting Route 66 is about ½ done. I plan to complete the embroidery before constructing the surrounding quilt blocks. It’s a Crabapple Hill design. To the top-center is a pattern of the Underground Railroad by a local designer. That’s the next biggie to tackle.
Center-bottom is a self-made pillowcase that I just am beginning to work on (until I ironed the design on UPSIDE down). Can you relate? What is your suggestion for removing the iron-on print? I’ll probably just flip it over and re-iron the design correctly, and then treat the mistake with spot remover. I'm hoping something like the Clorox pen might work. You also may spot a stitching sampler that I work on when we take small trips by car.
I am working on a paper-pieced log cabin for my Cali-King bed. I’m on block #80 out of ~225. I try to complete a block a day on this project:
I work full time for the Government, take mass transit and live in sunny and warm southern Arizona. I try to make the best use of my time, and am always busy! If I’m not working on one of the projects above, I’m knitting/crocheting for The Pink Slipper Project, crafting with my daughter, hiking among the saguaros or running in some race.
Life is a BLAST!