Out of quilt ideas, feeling sew uninspired. :(

We haven’t been feeling inspired to sew lately.

Books don’t excite us. Fabric doesn’t move us.

And sewing just doesn’t sound fun…

Besides, we’ve got a lot of book-business stuff to do.

Wait. What’s today’s date again? Oh yeah.

Did we have you going for a minute there? Aw, we knew we couldn’t fool you.

We’ve been quite the opposite of uninspired lately. Take a look at a few of the projects we’ve been working on—it’s our latest staff show-and-tell!

First: a gorgeous English paper-piecing project in progress! Director of Sales and Marketing Karen J. and several other staffers are following the Millefiore Quilt-Along hosted by Katja Marek, author of The New Hexagon. This is Karen’s first block—what a stunner!

Karen's Millefiore Quilt-Along project

Karen J. says: “I love portable handwork and I love English paper piecing. Katja’s quilt-along is both! The fabric selection, fussy cutting, and sewing is so fun and challenging. I’ve discovered that no matter how I think it’s going to look, the design always turns into something new and unexpected as I go along.” Learn more about Katja’s quilt-along.

Senior account manager Kara is also hooked on Katja’s Millefiore Quilt-Along, featuring block patterns from The New Hexagon. Here are the blocks she’s working on:

Kara's Millefiore Quilt-Along blocks

Kara says, “I find the Millefiore project addictive! I prepare all my paper pieces with fussy cutting and glue basting in my sewing room and then divide my blocks into zippered plastic bags to work on whenever I have a quiet moment. I start with a main fabric that features many designs, then I add more color choices depending on what I think the block needs for balance. I agree with Karen; the final rosette is always an unexpected surprise.”

See blocks and projects from The New Hexagon >

Publisher and Chief Visionary Officer Jennifer Keltner recently completed this “Fire Island” quilt from Beyond Neutral by John Q. Adams.

Jennifer's Fire Island quilt from Beyond Neutral

Jennifer says, “My dilemma when making a quilt for a gift is often answering this question: how much patchwork will be appreciated by the recipient? My first instinct is to go overboard, but my second thought is always, ‘What do I want to be? Done!’

This quilt was a graduation gift for my cousin’s son. I like to ask for a color scheme and he chose gray and black. Hmmm. Not my usual palette. But I started collecting prints. I knew a teenage boy wouldn’t be into fussy patchwork, so I chose the graphic ‘Fire Island’ pattern. It was pieced in a weekend and I sent it off to a favorite machine quilter for completion. I loved the tiny little chevron quilting design she used so much that I’ve since pieced another top for myself and am having it quilted in EXACTLY the same way! A happy coincidence—a gift to give and a gift to get! I love when that happens.”

See the original “Fire Island” + 15 more quilts from Beyond Neutral >

If you keep up with our staff show-and-tell posts, you know that administrative assistant Linda has made an appearance in nearly every one—she’s one prolific quilter! This time around she’s completed three quilt tops to share.

Linda's Cayucos quilt from Beyond Neutral Linda's Cutting Corners quilt from The Big Book of Patchwork
Left: Linda’s “Cayucos” quilt, made with a pattern from
Beyond Neutral. Right: Linda’s “Cutting Corners” quilt, from The Big Book of Patchwork.

Linda says, “I had the fabrics for ‘Cayucos’ and ‘Cutting Corners’ for a long time, just waiting for a pattern that seemed to fit. I love both of these. I’m not sure who the lucky winners of these quilts will be!”

Linda's quilt from Another Bite of Schnibbles
Linda’s “Winter White” quilt from
Another Bite of Schnibbles. Don’t let the photo fool you—this quilt is gigantic, measuring 90½" x 90½"!

Linda says, “I chose to make ‘Winter White’ because I was in the mood to make something with Flying Geese. I plan to give this one to my nephew, who’s getting married in September.”

See the original (and its “schnibbles” version) in Another Bite of Schnibbles >

What’s your current project like: slow and steady handwork, quick and easy quilting, or just-because sewing? Tell us in the comments!

29 Comments (leave a comment)

  • I don’t seem to know how to make an easy, fast quilt. Mine always seem to have hundreds of pieces that go on forever and forever. And even though I make a lot of scrappy quilts to try to decrease my stash, when the lights go out the scraps multiply!

    —chris on April 1, 2015
  • Right now, I’m working on placemats for my table and am to the "quick & easy quilting" stage. 3 down, 9 to go…..hopefully will finish up today when I have a large block of time, and then it will be time to pull up the Bias Binding & Binding a curve tutorials that Martingale linked a while ago and bind them off! So glad you posted those, right when I would need them 🙂

    The Reader on April 1, 2015
  • I would say my current projects are quick and easy quilting. I’m all about quick results.

    —Susan on April 1, 2015
  • I have been doing a lot of slow and steady hand work. Wool applique, yummy! But I need to get busy on spring projects and oh yeah finish some of my UFO’s.

    —Patricia D. Roberts on April 1, 2015
  • My interests right now are "scrappy, quick and easy". I’ve been finding old patterns that I’ve always wanted to do and rewriting into big blocks that are quick and easy. Now I am checking more of them off my list, using my stash, and having so much fun doing it!

    Janet Leigh North on April 1, 2015
  • My projects are slow and steady original hand work. I do it for the joy of bringing images from my imagination through my hands to images on the wall. The hand work is within my controll in a very calming quiet way.

    Sharyn Mellors on April 1, 2015
  • Finishing up a log cabin and hearts quilt from your free patterns collection. Baby niece is due next week. This was such a fun pattern. I would post a photo but I can’t figure out how!

    —Terri Stephen on April 1, 2015
  • I very much enjoy hand aplique and am currently on block 4 of 24 Rose of Sharron quilt

    —Vicki on April 1, 2015
  • I love seeing your staff’s projects. It lets us know that you really are quilters ( one of us). I am currently trying to finish the tops of three quilts from Melinda Bula and Lenore Crawford classes. I finished quilting a forth of these quilt yesterday now I need to get it faced. At the same time I am working on a Crabbapple Hill pattern for a quilt for my husbands birthday. It is very heavily embroidered so it is taking hundreds of hours. I am also preparing the final boarder of a bed size quilt that is all made from 30s reproduction appliqué blocks. The boarder will be a vine with leaves and flowers.

    —Barbara on April 1, 2015
  • Working on a donation quilt for our Rely For Life for the American Cancer Society gathering in a couple of month. The "purple team" (purple represents colon cancer), will see raffle tickets and during our 24 hour walk, the winners name will be drawn and someone will go home to cuddle under the quilt and sleep after our fund raising. Last year we raised $35,000 in our little rural community. I don’t think I’m even uninspired, I just don’t have enough hours in the day to get everything done and still take care of family, home and housework. Remember, to sew on any day that doesn’t end in a "Y." I’m an any day quilter, maybe even 24 hours a day. Have a great day and be blessed.

    Jeanne on April 1, 2015
  • Deadline! Deadline! Deadline! No, that’s not me being dramatic, that’s how many deadlines I have between now and the middle of the month. The 3 projects at least are all at (or close to) block stage, so In Theory they’ll go together quickly. Of course not a single one of them is a table runner or wall hanging; they’re all bed-sized quilts.

    Why am I sitting at the computer and typing? I need to be quilting!!

    Tracy in SW WA on April 1, 2015
  • My current projects are quilting the three quilts I’m entering in our Guild Show. Have one 3/4 done, plan on finishing it and on to the second one today…

    —Jeanette Spellmeyer on April 1, 2015
  • Now that my daughter has completed her kitchen cabinet renovation, it is my turn to get going on the kitchen window curtains I promised her when she bought the house in 2012. She’s going to be out of town for two weeks and I’m having some of her friends hang them in the kitchen while she’s gone.

    —debra lee on April 1, 2015
  • I have several projects in the works. I enjoy sitting at the sewing machine when I make quilts so at home I’m working on a beautiful pinwheel quilt for a young friend who has recently been diagnosed with breast cancer; for a family block exchange I’m making 20 blocks (four each of five patterns) for a family, and there’s a T-shirt quilt for a friend. Also, there’s a paper-pieced project (for the machine) that I work on when we go RVing.

    —Janet on April 1, 2015
  • I am working on a needle turn hexie.

    —Diane on April 1, 2015
  • What a lovely blog it certainly looks like you all have a good time working hard. Beautiful projects. I too am hooked on hexies at the moment.

    —Betty on April 1, 2015
  • It really depends on which project that is current that I am working on this week. When it comes to quilting whether machine or hand (and yes I do enjoy hand quilting) or if I am piecing one of whichever project that I am working on. Then I have my just sewing projects that may include a bag, a doll, bear, or shirt for my husband. My only requirement at this time is to get as may as planned projects done this year or at the very least started. The best way to describe my sewing is that I do sew because I can and enjoy doing so in very many (see above) ways.

    —Sandy H on April 1, 2015
  • I have been doing some quick and easy quilting! Made a couple of blocks for our guild block of the month. Now hope to quickly stitch a table runner for Easter- starting in an hour.

    —Nancy on April 1, 2015
  • I wish I could say I’m doing the millefiore quilt-along because I think it’s a fabulous project, but the commitment seemed too daunting, so I’m working my way through Katja Marek’s New Hexagon book and just making one of each of the 52 hexies. It’s a fun portable project which gives me something to do when I’m not near my machine. Several quilt sandwiches are basted and ready for me to finish on my machine. A little of everything going on, which is just what I like.

    —Bette on April 1, 2015
  • Using Miss Kate & Scrumptious, I just finished Black Mountain Quilts Posey.
    The Schnibbles version of Winter White is one of my favorite patterns. I think I’ve made a version for every season and in between. Thanks for sharing your great blocks!

    —Janet on April 1, 2015
  • my latest project is…………..my sewing room! my son left home to move into the city with some of his uni friends so i now have a spare room/sewing room! once I get the room redecorated i will move the furniture in & sort out my stash & start quilting again in comfort without having to pack everything away each mealtime. bliss.

    —Suzanne Keal on April 1, 2015
  • I am making a twin Quilt ftr my Grand daughter, I started with fussy cut fairy print made into stars, then drew a blank as I only had the middle made and was trying to used my stash. I finnaly chose to make 9 patches with purples/white and pink/white representing flowera, alternating with 4 green and white 1/2sq triangles joined to represent leaves-like a flower garden. The quilting will have to accent that feature, but putting it together is taking a lot of time.

    —ELIZAJANE on April 1, 2015
  • I do lots of quick and easy, especially if they don’t look easy when done. It’s the best thing for Quilts of Valor.

    Barbara Winkler on April 1, 2015
  • I am working on three slow and steady projects – all by hand. I love relaxing in the evening and watching TV with the Hubs while working on a hand project. They are: a hand pieced log cabin queen sized bedspread, hand appliqued ‘Beyond the Cherry Tree’, and starting ‘Morning Glory Quilts’ Art Deco applique quilt BOM.
    Life is good! Handwork Hugs, Deb

    —Deb on April 2, 2015
  • I am so far behind I will NEVER, EVER be caught up! However, my quilting group is making the teacup and saucer pattern from Patchwork Pottery. what a darling idea this is and I already have plans for several as teacher’s gifts in May (if I hurry!). This lady has awesome ideas and you just pay then download. What could be handier! Aside from that, I have a baby quilt, daughter’s queen sized quilt and 2 throws in the works.

    At least I am not bored. I love the Schnibbles books. I have book #2.

    —Nancy Eriksen on April 3, 2015
  • Wow,I am now envious of all of you. Have been so busy moving into my new sewing room, I’m getting itchy to sew. I have several projects waiting for me so that won’t be a problem. How does everyone get so many things made and still have time for family?

    Maxine Roles on April 3, 2015
  • I’m almost done with a rainbow colors on light gray quilt top featuring all flying geese. And finishing a wall hanging quilted by hand for a soldier who was in Iraq. Also making 2 attic windows quilts,1 for me featuring window scenes of autumn with barns, baskets of apples and pumpkins, and 1 for a daughter-in-law with window scenes of barns and farm animals. And I have more in the wind, blowing in my mind, and actually getting fabrics together for a few others. LOVE QUILTING!!!

    —Norma on April 3, 2015
  • My current projects include a challenge quilt, which I just layered in preparation of hand-quilting, a table topper for my niece(also layered, but for easy straight stitched quilting), a wall hanging for said niece which I am free-motion quilting with minor glitches and a full-sized EPP flower garden (with random, overlapping flowers).
    The niece will also receive hot mats and napkins–great just-sewing projects! Not to mention the x-stitch ornament, the baby afghan I’m knitting, and the sweater I just started. Then maybe I’ll get to make the curtains for my bedroom and finish the seashell x-stitch started 3 years ago.

    —Linda Towers on April 3, 2015
  • When I opened your post, I said "me too". I have been uninspired since last September, far too long!!!!! I am beginning to think that I will never be reunited with all my fabric.

    —Ann B on April 4, 2015

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