Over the past few weeks, I took stock of all the projects that are shoved inside my cabinets and shelves. I was not the least bit surprised to find quite a few forgotten ones. I love to play with new ideas. That of course comes at the cost of unfinished projects, no matter how much I despise having them around. I picked some of them to be my current work-in-progress projects.
I don’t even remember when I started working on this Victorian house or why I abandoned it. I found it quite by chance while looking for another painting. The house that inspired this one is itself in a sad shape, just like this painting of mine. I am now actively working on it, starting with adding a few magical elements to it.
After painstakingly drawing out the architectural details, this Gothic building came to a stall as well. I am glad I waited with this one though, because I have since changed my mind and now have a much clearer vision of how I want to proceed with it. Can’t wait to see it take shape!
The Garden Path quilt. I had the quilt layout design done long ago. However, upon revisiting, I changed the flower distribution while keeping the original layout. After a LOT of iterations, I am finally happy with it. There is now a bit of symmetry amongst the asymmetry. I also didn’t want the fabric combinations to repeat, that was part of the “puzzle” I had to solve as well.
Due to limited space, I don’t have a design wall. I use my computer software all the time for layouts. Plus, I like figuring out the layout first before I make the blocks, so I have a clear idea of how many of which I need to make.
I got a 12″ cutting mat lately. It is fantastic for trimming and cutting paper piecing fabrics. I place it on my ironing board, which is usually placed perpendicular to my sewing machine. This setting has been great for my back, since I can now just swivel my chair while sitting back on it properly.
These were the first four blocks that I made. I am very happy to have finally started on this one again and I am already halfway through making all the blocks. These are all 12″ flower patterns that I designed with stained glass motifs in mind.
I am considering both of the paintings and the Garden Path quilt as large projects. I know I will soon get sidetracked by something new and small for instant gratification. I just need to make sure I continue to come back to these.
How about you? Whether you paint, sew, or do other craft work, do you work on one project at a time, or do you find yourself working on a few small ones and then coming back to the large ones?
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