As the needle bends

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New Year’s Eve Mystery Quilt

I’ve spent much of my “spare” time since about Thanksgiving in preparations for a New Year’s Eve Mystery quilt that is being hosted on one of the Yahoo Groups to which I belong. It’s been a while since I’ve really done any crafting, until I started my Christmas prep (and after the reaction I got from some of the Christmas gifts with which I felt “so connected,” it may be a while before I bother with that again!)… Anyway, I’ve been trying to figure out if this is like a writer’s block or what – and think that I may be, as Bonnie Hunter from Quiltville calls it, ’paralyzed by the stash!”

When I look at the progress I made in getting my sewing/guest room organized earlier this year, with the wonderful Ikea cabinets my DH gathered and assembled for me, it seems like I just ground to a halt when I started getting to the point where I’d have no excuse NOT to sew anymore, so I never finished with the reorganziation project. Then vacation visits came around, and I hurriedly stuffed things in the cabinets with doors, before our wonderful DD came to visit. I now realize that I have more room in the cabinets than I thought, and I need to get off my duff, and get things put away properly so that I can find things.

In the meanwhile, I’m trying to finish the prep for the NYE mystery quilt by trimming a zillion (well, at least 104) half-square triangles with my BIG rotary cutter, because I can’t find the small one. So… once more, it would seem that my resolution will be to try to get my crafting stuff more organized – and perhaps, I’ll buy another small rotary cutter. The original one is likely to turn up as soon as I do! And I’m finding that making little decisions, like which fabrics to use to coordinate with the chickens and roosters fabrics my RPLOTN buddies gave me for housewarming gifts, are easier than figuring out which patterns I want to start because I want to make them all – NOW – and I just don’t have time. So, I’ll quit stalling, and go trim some more HST’s, and get READY, SET, GO for quilt making, mystery style!


Here are the fabrics that I chose for the coordinates – along with the lovely chickens and roosters. With any degree of stick-to-it-iveness, tomorrow I’ll have the picture of some lovely progress to share, on the quilt top!

As The Needle Bends

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December 30, 2006 - Posted by | Quilting and Hobbies (wishing I had 'spare' time)

1 Comment »

  1. Can’t wait to see so blocks – or a top…
    Amy in DC – stashbuster in lurking – although I don’t really get over there to read – so that isn’t really lurking now is it… & blogger

    Comment by Amy | January 5, 2007 | Reply

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