My Blue Bag is Empty... Now What?

Last week I finally finished my 4th of July Quilt. As I was knotting the last stitch, I truly felt like I was crossing the finish line in some epic Ultra Marathon. But now that it’s done and on my bed, I’m left thinking

“What Now”?



I like to be a do-er. If I don’t have a goal, I can be pretty aimless and waste a surprising amount of time on the unimportant. So checklists and my 30-minute timer are my best friends, keeping me on track and away from the squirrels. Ironically, my next oldest UFO is an actual squirrel. The pattern is called Hazelnut by Laura Heine. But I am not rushing to get it out just yet.


Something that decluttering my sewing room has brought me is space. Space to sew, with everything in its spot. And most importantly, space in my head for me to think, plan and design. Instead of getting another quilt on the go, I’m taking a few weeks to tidy up, tackle Mt Scrapmore, finish up some fast quilts and plan a couple more.


I am also working on my #100days100blocks and having so much fun. I’m using my Tula Pink fabrics that I have hoarded collected through the years and it feels weird to be cutting into the good stuff. It’s like I need permission to use them. It’s amazing to see all the colour and fabric variations online.


Next week on Tuesday, July 20th, 6:00 pm EST Gnome Angel and I will be doing a Live Chat on Youtube. Chatting with Ange is a hoot anytime. We will be comparing notes, fav’s and our different approaches to the blocks. And for those that still want to jump on board or those who have to leave the challenge early, Ange shows us the alternate layouts for 80 and 20 blocks. You don’t want to miss it so set your timer.



I also have a video 8 tips for a Better Sampler Quilt out this week. I have made so many sampler quilts here are some tips that you won't find in the pattern book.



And I am looking at my quilt colours with new eyes. Last week I had The ColourBlind Quilter on Karen’s Quilt Circle and I am amazed how our chat has touched on a subject that has never been talked about with quilts before. So many people have reached out to us in the comments, on social media and personally, sharing your challenges and those of family members. Tom has prepared an excellent handout with colour palettes and various colour harmonies that will work for various types of colour vision deficiencies. So be sure to go to his website and download it.



I'm off to spend a week with my parents next week. My first overnight visit in so long. I'm hoping I still have the social skills to do it. I'm hoping to return after a week in the country with my brain full of new ideas, new stashbuster plans and video ideas. Stay tuned.

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