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Monday, November 8, 2010

I might be crazy....

Do you ever wonder if you have ADD? The more quilters I meet, it seems to be a common condition. As if I don't have enough projects in the works, I've started on another one. And this is not just any project... this one has at least 4,000 pieces!!! At least it seems like this at this point. I'm really afraid to count, I might be totally overwhelmed. All I know is that I've been cutting up perfectly good fabric for hours, and I'm no where near done.
I have finally decided on the project for my collection of Civil War reproduction fabrics (it's only taken me 6 years LOL). It's called Trail Mix and was published in the April 2004 American Patchwork & Quilting. This is what I've accomplished so far. I'm doing each number of blocks at one time (there are 5 different blocks). Then when all the different blocks are done, it should go together pretty easily. At least that's my plan at the moment.... :)
I was inspired by this incredible quilt made by Diane (no blog). This was her project at the Quilt Retreat I went to last summer and she graciously allowed me to show pictures. I can't tell you how beautiful this quilt is. If any of you have ever seen this quilt in person, I think you'll agree - it's spectacular!
Just looking at all her fabrics inspires me to keep going. This will be a long term project (remember that I haven't finished the pineapple blocks yet). And then there's My Little Red. And too many others to even count. But for now, I am very happily cutting and sewing tiny little squares.
Until next time,
-Karen

9 comments:

Carla said...

I just told someone that the reason I work on so many projects at once is because i want to enjoy the "process". I sure don't want to be bored...and neither do you, apparently! Your latest is going to be fabulous, as usual!

Carol said...

I have loved that quilt ever since I first saw it in the magazine...it will be so much fun to watch yours grow! Have tons of fun!

Diane said...

I am so glad you decided to get started on the Trail Mix! I have had so much fun making it.
I do have a blog... www.dyedquilting.blogspot.com
Come visit me some time.
Diane (retreat)

QuiltSue said...

Well, that's not going to be a finished quilt any time soon is it? There's so much work in it, but it will look lovely in civil war fabrics.

*karendianne. said...

Whow! That.is.incred-ible!!!

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

ADD? Huh. Now where have I heard that before? :-) Wasn't it you who "diagnosed" me years ago? Ha!

Love your Trail Mix blocks! I tried to talk Diane out of hers, but she wouldn't go for it. Go figure!

Becky said...

Creative minds need to do just that...be creative. I love having multiple projects in the works! I like the civil war fabrics too. I was thinking about using them in a quilt of the symbols of the underground railroad. The quilt Diane made from the retreat is BEAUTIFUL! I wish there were a few more hours in the day!

Vivian said...

I keep telling myself the more Q projects I have going, the healthier I'll be. It keeps my mind busy and active. I'm doing daily weight-bearing exercises, putting away one project and pulling out another. Having a lot of WIP keeps me young at heart, and boy is it fun!

Great project, Karen. Trail Mix is another on my bucket list--which seems to be endless.

Carol Stearns said...

I love this scrappy idea! I can't bear to throw out the smallest of scraps so this is perfect for me!