Saturday 6 September 2014

Some quilty secrets

There seems to be a rash of sharing quilty secrets going on in blogland. I can't promise you 10 - in fact let's skip the counting all together.

  • My Gypsy Wife and I are officially on a break. I'm not sure how long it will last or whether we're going to need couple's therapy, but there it is.

  • I love stars. I can't get enough of them. Hence the completely random decision to start a new project as WIPs pile up around me. I've called this project "Adrianne's stars" :-)

  • I nearly always start projects without a real plan. A while back I started some sewing some hexies together. I like how this is looking, but I'm not sure what will happen next.

  • Because of my reluctance (inability) to plan ahead, sewing is generally just one big problem solving exercise. Exhibit A - this one is due to the very popular not quite enough fabric:

  • I get deeply and profoundly mad when the print on a fabric doesn't run along the grain. It's like the fabric makers are out to make your sewing look bad. Grrrrrr.

  • I occasionally make lists so I can enjoy ignoring everything on the list. 

  • I have pruned my blog post right back. I just want to see what you are making guys. Not read your advertising or your angsty story about not feeling good enough.
  • I have a thing for cat fabric. I pretty much never sew with it, so I guess we could say I 'curate' cat fabric. 

Happy weekend everyone!


  1. Who needs a plan! Playing with fabric is plan enough : )

  2. Serious star lover over here too - I totally understand the need to start random star projects pretty much anytime, anywhere hee hee!

  3. Hahahaha. So funny on so many levels. And I appreciate the validation about curating as a craft choice. I don't believe you about gypsy wife. Last time you told me that you went back to it. Or was that a post break-up fling?

  4. I also like star quilts.

    Oh no, re the GW!

  5. plan or no plan... your stars are looking great! Linda

  6. I'm with you on the print not being on the straight-of-grain! It makes it hard to get a crisp look, doesn't it? I can't blame you for liking those stars! They are lovely!

  7. Love your problem solving skills- having a plan is totally over-rated if you ask me!

  8. I love stars too - in fact I have a pinterest board dedicated to quilted stars. Maybe you and the GW just need to take time out and see other quilts for a while. I am sure the love will come back .....
    Hope you have a great weekend.

  9. Love those stars and the hexies too! I also hated wonkily printed fabric and tend to often have to find creative solutions due to my preference for spontaneity over quilt maths!

  10. Have you thought about getting a little creative with the GW pattern and substituting a few blocks, just to change it up a bit? Your favourite stars? Maybe some miniature stars to replace some of those 23 square in square blocks we have to make.
    Re curating fabric......I tried in a fit of remorse to combine my "curated" pansy fabrics in a quilt. I collected them while doing my PhD, then felt I had better do something with them. Its called the pansy monstrosity, and its unfinished. Enough said?

  11. sewing without a plan - that sounds very familiar, and then the headaches of trying to sort it all out later! I am sure the Gypsy wife will be calling you back soon - in the meantime enjoy those beautiful stars :-)

  12. Those stars are looking so fabulous! Your No Plan philosophy totally works and gives your project a sort of Make Do vintage vibe. I love it.

    Ditto on the crummy print alignment!

    And Gypsy will call you back sooner or later. You can't let the Cat Mat lie unfinished. (I can't help but think of it that way now, you know, thanks to Cheeky Brother. Heehee.)