Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Startitis: Is There a Cure?

Some months ago, I came across a group on Ravelry discussing the topic, "How many projects do you have going at once?"

I am amazed that there are some people who can do one project at a time, or maybe two or three, and they finish them before starting seven others.

It turns out that I'm not alone in coming down with Startitis on a regular basis.  There are others like me who have at least twenty projects going on hooks, needles, spinning wheels, looms, sewing machines, or all of the above.

Right when I think I have my project queue under control, it seems there is a new class or workshop happening.  For example, here's another result of the Rami Kim fabric folding workshop I took:

I almost got sucked into making more of these cute kimonos, but I couldn't decide what fabrics I wanted to use, so I was spared further Starting (or was that Continuing?) and got back to a project I was already working on.

I sometimes think I'll choose, say, three projects out of my enormous queue of UFOs and WIPs (UnFinished Objects and Works In Progress), and that I will work only on those until they are done.  Hilarious, right?

Then a quilt show happens, or a stop at a fabric shop, with shopping-enabling friends, and Startitis resurfaces.  (The Central Coast Quilt Shop Tour is coming up this weekend!  Yikes!)

I used to keep track of how many projects I have going at once.  I lost count about six years ago.  I gave up.  It's exponential growth.  They're like bunny rabbits.

No matter how many projects I finish, with major Startitis outbreaks reoccurring as often as pollen allergies, or backaches when it's cold outside, it is impossible to keep track unless one wants to make it a full-time job, which I don't.  If I kept track, it would take time away from trying to finish all those dang projects!

There is no known cure for Startitis.  Some people have it, some people don't.  But apparently it's contagious!  All my friends have it!

Saturday, May 25, 2019


I finished this charity project awhile back.

I'm really proud of how quickly the actual quilting went.  I pinned the quilt sandwich together, and decided to do a great big free motion meander across the whole top, by maneuvering around the pins, so I hardly had to remove any pins while quilting.
Project pinned

The back

I know some people like to spray baste, and I've done it a couple of times, but pinning is still my habit, so far.

Very happy with how it turned out, and it has already been donated.  Hooray!

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

On the Needles

A couple of people have been asking what I've been working on lately.  I've been neglecting the blog.  But now Mom has asked, and I can't say no to Mom.

I've been hand sewing a lot, so it isn't exactly "Yarn In, Yarn Out."  More like, thread in, thread out.

I took a Sashiko (Japanese embroidery) workshop in January.  Here's what I did in class.  The bottom square, in process, is a design that appears as you work on a grid.

And here's the wall hanging I'm making with all the sample squares I made.  The grid is the second square from the top.  I'm doing a little hand quilting in the borders, to enhance the machine quilting I already did.  Not the tiniest of stitches, but it's actually the look I'm going for, although it may be hard to tell from this pic.

Next is what I'm making with a Sashiko pattern I bought from the teacher, Nancy Ota.  I've never been interested much in embroidery, but I love Sashiko:  we use a big needle and thick thread, and I love the geometric patterns.  It's very relaxing and because the thread is so thick, progress is made quickly, which is satisfying.

I've also pulled out one of the two-color needle-turn appliqué projects I haven't quite finished, and I'm hand sewing the borders down so a little of the background colors will show on the sides.  Then it will be ready to quilt.

And I just took a fabric folding workshop with Rami Kim.  Not sure what I'm going to do with this hexie flower, but it's an interesting technique using fusible batting, so each piece is sandwiched and quilted as you sew them together.

And I've been machine piecing a nifty modern quilt top:

This one required serious frogging halfway through.  I was initially using some tropical-themed fabrics for the centers, replete with parrots and palm trees and lurid sunsets, and the whole thing looked busy and horrible.  I conferred with my quilting friend, Elisa (as in, "Am I right that this looks horrible?")  She, of course, was very tactful as she agreed with me!  So I got out the seam ripper and went to town, and it was worth the extra work.  I like this much better.  All I have to do is finish sewing all the blocks together, sew a backing, create the quilt sandwich, quilt it, and bind it!  Almost done, right?!