In the sewing room, no. 4

What a great week it’s been!  We had blue skies and sunshine on Monday – such a gift – and 11 inches of snow on Tuesday.  As for sewing, Saturday was a quiet day and I was able to put together this:


It’s the back for my Choreography quilt top , and I think I like it every bit as much as the front.  I used an Ikea print for the top and bottom and the center section is made using the remainder of my “arrows.”


I’m really excited to put this quilt together.  I want to push myself in quilting it, and am tossing around a few ideas.  I (who am HORRIBLE at free motion quilting) spent some time playing with an idea.    This is also one of my goals for 2013, to pay the price and put in some hours learning to FMQ.  Here it is:


It definitely needs work, but I might like it.  I always have this inner battle over finishing a quilt quickly using quilting methods I’m comfortable with, or letting it be a “slow craft” as Denyse Schmidt calls it (I wrote about it here ) while I learn to do new things.  I’m trying to take the slow craft approach with this quilt, telling myself I’ll love it even more if I do.


I made six more blocks for my Scrappy Trip quilt.  I now have 18 done and am half way there!  I’m still really enjoying this quilt.  One thing I’m learning is that my fabric stash is pretty shallow on yellows, and I’m wishing I had a few more yellow strips to add.  Interestingly, I read Joanna Figueroa’s thoughts on yellow in her book With Fabric and Thread.
She writes, “I would like to share with you that yellow goes with everything!  Many years ago, I heard another designer say this in a workshop on brights and contemporary fabrics.  The same principle has translated very well into vintage color combinations.  There is no color on the color wheel that looks bad with yellow…Many of the most classic color combinations are paired with yellow…and yet somehow many people seem to be afraid of this wonderful color” (p.66).   While I’ve never had an aversion to yellow, I haven’t really been drawn to it, either.   Right now I’m wishing I had a lot more yellow in my stash… perhaps it’s time to consciously watch for yellows I like.

Speaking of yellow, I started working on my Sawtooth quilt, which is my first project using yellow for the background.  I’m really loving this happy, sunny color and hope the quilt is as cheery as I think it will be.

My Scrappy Swoon quilt is coming along:


I discovered that when cutting all my squares I went a little crazy with the pink fabrics and have way too many.  Rather than pack them away, I’ve used this little stack to plan a little Valentine project:

36 pink squares

I’m thinking the pink will look pretty with some gray.  I hope to piece it right away!

I guess that’s it this week.  Can you believe the month is already over?  I had hoped to do more, and yet I’m also grateful for all that has come together so far.  February will be great.

Have a beautiful week, Jennifer Linking to Freshly Pieced


  • Your scrappy swoon is just gorgeous! It makes me want to make one.
    And I think you’re making great progress on the FMQ — go for it! You’ll have lots of practice on your quilt to improve!

  • Wonderfully inspiring blog! I started cutting fabric for Scrappy Swoon and got waylaid. Jumping back in this week.

  • All your projects are lovely. The Trip Along blocks are beautiful. My favorite is that IKEA fabric-I wish I lived closer to one than 4+hours drive.

  • Love, love, love that backing! Can’t wait to see it all put together. Really interesting comments on yellow too. I’m not adverse to yellow, but like you there’s very little in my stash. Have to work on that 🙂

  • get out. I love this quilt back. I wouldn’t be able to decide if I wanted to stare at the back or the front more. So beautiful. I’m learning so much from you sis, love yoU!

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