I'm doing a lot of secret sewing right now, which I always find hard. Sneak peeks are fun, but it's even more fun to share the full project!
Around all the secret sewing, though, I have been making small progress on some other projects, so I thought I'd share some of that.
One of my goals for 2017 was to finally start quilting my hexie flowers quilt. I say finally because the top has been finished since 2014. Well, I guess I can mark that goal as complete as I got it basted (thread basting seemed to take ten times as long as pin basting!) and so far I've spent part of one evening hand quilting. Right now I'm thinking I'll go around each flower twice, but I think it's going to need more than that. I just don't know what the more will be. Since there are a lot of flowers, I figure I have a lot of time to figure that out 😊 I'm guessing that this will be a multiple-year task, but I'm good with that. Jasmine, at Quilt Kisses, talks about having a WISP (work in slow progress) and I guess this is mine.
I now have 120 diamond epp stars for my Scattered Stars quilt, up from 90-some the last time I counted. I'm thinking I'll soon be finished making stars, but I want a few more yellow and orange stars first. Then I'll move on to making the diamonds for the background. I want the quilt to have a fair bit of negative space, so there are still a lot of diamonds to baste. I guess I actually have two WISPs.
I've also been basting hexies for my rainbow hexie quilt. I need 1661 and so far I have... 56 😊 Good thing I was planning for this to be a long-term project! I'm just basting these as I come across scraps in rainbow colours or black and most of the actual basting is happening when we're driving somewhere, so progress will remain slow. I would like to make an effort to find more red scraps to baste enough red hexies that I could actually sew the middle of the hexie rainbow together, but we'll see when I get to that...Umm, three WISPs?
As for the secret sewing, here's a little peek at the flow quilting I've been spending hours and hours at lately. I tried to convince myself to do something simpler (I am on a deadline, after all), but the quilt insisted it needed this flow quilting. Of course, that was what I envisioned on it when I designed it with a big expanse of negative space, so I'm not really surprised I couldn't talk myself into something else 😉
That's what I'm up to lately. What are you making progress on?