Wednesday, February 25, 2015

"Swell" Work in Progress

If you've been hanging around for at least a year or more, then you might remember this stack of fabrics and my original work in progress post... distraction #2,478 (or something like that). I've been asking myself how crazy it is that I have three, yup you heard right... THREE quilts in progress!?! They have all been set to the side for various, but all for very good reasons.

The current quilt that I am working on is Camille Roskelley's "Swell" quilt pattern from her Simply Retro book. The reason I put this one is hold is because of the same dilemma I seem to always run into with every quilt that I start... what size to make it? The finished quilt dimensions are about a large twin maybe full size, but of course we have a queen/king size bed, thus perhaps the expected back and forth... should I make it the same size as in the book? Should I make it bigger? If so, how much do I need to add... the questions got even more overwhelming to me as I considered each one. I finished the blocks to make the quilt as is a LONG time ago, but by the time I had decided to enlarge it, I calculated that I was only half way finished instead of being in the last lap of the home stretch... sigh!

Well, now she's been pulled back out, dusted off, and has been brought to the front burner to be finished off. It really helps a lot to have an actual quilt wall to see it all come together. It's been fun pulling out some of my old favorite Amy's, especially since I haven't seen them in a while... there's a total of five different collections represented here!

Speaking of back and forth debates... another question I've been pondering is whether to move my office and working space downstairs where there is almost triple the space - room for a quilt wall, space to spread out, room for a proper sewing table, storage space, and even a comfy space to relax, but no natural light. Option two is to stay put upstairs with my natural light, and closer to the center of things, but with limited space. Right now projects are always being shifted from one side to the other... any thoughts? 

Well, in any case, it sure is fun to dream... I could so totally see my finished quilt draped over this couch in the comfy corner of a new sewing space... hmmm?

Linking up to WIP Wednesday when all are awake on the other side of the pond!


  1. The colours are just gorgeous here - so bright and cheerful. Whatever size you decide to make it, it's going to be stunning. Well done!

  2. Oh man, to move downstairs or not...?? I mean, it's definitely got a lot going for it size-wise, that's for sure. But natural light is a biggie too. Can you do a trial run for a few weeks and see how it works for you?

    On the other hand, maybe you just need to buy some of those Sunlight lamps and move to the basement. Since you're doing more larger projects, plus all the cutting for your shop, I think I'd want more space, no matter what!

    And then you could get that sofa... ;-)

  3. I had the same dilemma as you do. I chose the basement and I'm thrilled that I did! It's heavenly to have everything in one room too! The best things that I did was to have a custom 5' x 8' sewing cabinet made and I also added 11 led shop lights! It's now the brightest room in our house no matter what time of day or night it is!

  4. Really lovely colours - it will be beautiful!

  5. Such a gorgeous quilt! Really beautiful fabrics and colors. Good luck finishing it!

  6. Love all the fabrics in your quilt. It will be lovely.

  7. Liebe Allison,

    drei Quilts in Progress... ja das gibt es hier auch. Nur kann ich mich nicht recht entscheiden, welchen ich zuerst fertig stellen möchte.

    Ich bin gespannt für welche Größe du dich entscheiden wirst. Jetzt finde ich deine Farben bereits einfach wundervoll zusammen.

    So adorable!

    Greetings from Judith

  8. This quilt is looking beautiful! I can recognize some of the fabrics that I actually use in my star quilt project! I love how the white backing is giving those colorful pieces even more power and brightness!


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