Being Janus this January
New Year is a good time to--like the Roman god Janus--look both backward and forward.
LOOKING BACK - 2022
Since I blog about my sewing, I organize my pictures on my computer by giving each year a folder, and each project a sub-folder. When a project spans several years, I just keep moving the file until I finish. So it's easy to see what I finished last year, by looking in the 2022 file:
At a glance, I see that I did two scarves, went to a quilt show, and finished four quilts!
I worked on other projects, which will probably be finished in 2023. I learned how to draft simple patterns, figured out the geometry of the Double Wedding Ring quilt, mastered string piecing and determined I don't enjoy needle-turned appliqué. I finished another woman's UFOs and refined my understanding of my own style. I processed all my scraps per the suggestions of Joan Ford, but have since realized a different method might suit me better.
LOOKING FORWARD- 2023
Entering 2023, I have 6 quilt projects ongoing:
DWR and Gustav's Jewel Box are scrap quilts, which happen in between other projects, as I have the time and the scraps. The others are concept quilts: quilts where I started with a vision or idea, and made a pattern, and see them as intentional art instead of art-that-happens. It's all art, but it occupies different brainspace!
One of my goals this year is to exhibit at the Northwest Quilter's Festival of Quilts in March. I have emailed them for details about how to submit quilts, requirements, et cetera. I would like to show Acid Trip and Dandelion, which makes finishing Dandelion a first priority for this year!
I'd also like to finish my Meadow Quilt, because it's such an early project for me, started before I knew anything about quilting, and I want it done so I can look at it and smile!
As for things I'd like to learn this year, I want to master curves (I see a Drunkard's Path quilt in my future), which I suspect won't be as hard for me as it is for people lacking a garment-sewing background. I can set sleeves, so I think I can sew a circle!
I also want to try the Quilt As You Go (QAYG) method to save money on long-arm services. I love the look of professional long-arm-quilted projects, but not every quilt needs that. In fact, the scrap-quilts are ideal to practice QAYG. The biggest thing (for me) is that a lot of QAYG instructions say to quilt top to batting in small pieces, sews those small pieces together, and finally adds a backing. But then the backing doesn't get quilted! I think I know a way of doing QAYG that will incorporate the backing: I just have to make sure not to quilt within a half-inch on any edge... then when I sew the pieces together, I can sew the top and batting layers together, press the seams, and fold the backing fabric over the edges and stitch that last.
Finally, I am re-thinking my scrap management. I tried the Cut the Scraps method, but didn't vibe with it, because my creative process is more color-based, and I don't love just having squares to work with, when I might fall in love with a non-square pattern or want to do foundation paper piecing. So the pre-cuts I made when I "cut the scraps" are getting absorbed into my Gustav's Jewel Box quilt. For future scraps, here's what I'll try:
This year I'll also be attending college, and executing a slow-motion pivot in my professional life. So it'll be interesting!
2/4/2023 02:40:27 pm
I enjoy looking back to review and assess, and then making plans for the future! This was concise and thorough. Love you!
2/4/2023 02:41:36 pm
(P.S. My favorite of the four pictured was Jacob’s Ladder)
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