Friday, June 15, 2018

A Blast From the Past

OK, this is really embarrassing...

In January of 2011, I wrote a post about my excitement over receiving a bundle of fat quarters of what was then a new fabric line by Laurie Wisbrun called "Tufted Tweets."
See original post here.

I loved this fabric and after way too long I finally pieced a quilt top from it.  At the time I had all kinds of plans for it, but hadn't really figured out what to do with it. This is how it looked in the Spring of 2011, and 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, until finally I pulled it out and started working on it again.

I'm admitting to taking 7 years to nearly finish a piece because I wanted to bring hope to all of you sitting on WIPs (works in progress).  They can be finished!  Well, nearly so.  I'm just finishing up the green sofa piece on the bottom right.  I'm also doing what I always end up doing, adding more embellishments throughout the piece to balance the detail.

Here's how one section looked in 2011:

Here's how it looks today:

As you can see I've been busy for the last few months!

This isn't the best quality photo but I'll try to get some better ones tomorrow so you can see the detail.

I started working on this again because while we were looking for our new home we were living in a small apartment.  I didn't have many materials to work with, but when I found this unfinished quilt I thought it might be a good way to keep myself occupied during the rainy Oregon winter.  It worked!  Along with keeping me well occupied it also got me back into my creative groove, and I was loving getting back into creating the art I love so much.  I also had fun visiting the local quilt shops and fabric stores looking for embellishments and new fabrics.  It had been a long time since I'd bought anything new.

I was also challenged by the fact that this quilt top was seven years old.  How could I make it more up-to-date? Adding new fabrics really helped.  It also helped that I learned years ago to only buy fabrics I absolutely love. Fortunately, I still loved them!

I will be posting more before and after photos in the next few days and maybe even a few tutorials on the embellishment I've done, (and am still doing!).

This project has really inspired me to pull out a few other finished quilt tops and have some fun! I have to admit that the cutting and piecing is the part of the process I like least, so starting off with a finished top makes it possible for me to jump right into the fun stuff.  In the past I've been inspired to create something, but by the time I got the top finished, the thrill was gone. Now the thrill is back!

I hope this will inspire you to pull something out of your past and have some fun with it!

Happy Stitching!


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