Friday, February 11, 2011

Full Disclosure

I have good news and bad news.  Where to start....

too much in process!!!

First off, here is my humble sewing corner at this very moment.  Looking at this rather uninviting snapshot, I can see 4 projects currently in process.  And, that's not cool.  I like to have two - one biggish, one little.  Ideally, something with handwork and something at the machine.  4 is sending me spinning in circles. What should I work on today?

This is bad news for me, but it doesn't necessarily translate into bad news for you, except that the biggest, most interesting project (which is grabbing a lion's share of my time) is top secret. As in, I can't blog about it at all.  Whaaaaaat?  I know.  It's like I'm cheating on you! But, please, please, believe me - my heart is in the right place!

And here's the good news - it's because Stitch Magazine chose one of my designs for the fall 2011 issue (available July).  I am so very excited!  And, well, maybe just a tad worried since it's a twin sized quilt that I should finish by the end of the month and I still haven't received all of my supplies...

I just found out this happy news last Saturday.  Since then I've felt rather out of the moment when I sit down with you.  What to say when you can't say what you really want to say?  So, full disclosure - I'm hiding something from you.  And, in between these too many things I am making progress on my Sixth Time's the Charm crib quilt. 

piecing progress on Sixth Time's the Charm

Here are my triangles all nicely pieced.  At this point I wondered if I should trim the quilt at all or leave it as a hexagon.  Cause that would be cool, right?  Don't say "yes", because I didn't leave it a hexagon.  I trimmed it into a rectangle which was much. too. small.  Because, I totally made a mistake when I calculated the triangle template.  So that's embarrassing.  But, I can fix it with a snazzy border.  It'll make the quilt more brown/green anyways, which I'm telling myself is a good thing.  Tomorrow I'll show you the finished quilt top. Pinky promise.

Eeegads - I'm sewing with a fabric that I haven't even introduced to you (the border)!  It's that out of control, friends.  Proper introductions will be forthcoming.

26 comments:

  1. Ooh, yay, Stitch!! Congratulations!! I'm so happy for you! Good luck getting your project done on time, I just know you will. I can't wait to see the behind-the-scenes details after it gets published. I do love your AMH crib quilt, and I'm sure it looks just as lovely as a rectangle as it does here as a hexagon. :)

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  2. First: Breathe ~ four projects doesn't even put you in the running for quilting chaos. Second: Congratulations! Third: There's no shame in quilting, and you're not fixing it, you're customizing it!

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  3. How exciting! It's a great magazine, and I can't wait for full disclosure. It'll be a busy weekend, but that's a good thing!

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  4. I know what you mean about having too many projects going at once! I am actually in the middle of completing a few tasks on my mental check list so I feel better and not so frazzled. I think the hexagon shape would make an excellent picnic blanket. More room for everyone!

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  5. I love this quilt as a hexagon. I would make this quilt just to leave it that way. but I am sure it will look fabulous as a rectangle too.
    congrats on the stitch magazine deal. it is a great mag.
    just wondering how big is the quilt as a hexagon??
    Julie

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  6. Congrats on Stitch! That's fab! and I'm sure your secret squirrel project is exciting too!

    Four WIPs??? Woman, I have about 20. That's not even counting knitting! I love the hex quilt too, which reminds me I need to start a baby boy quilt for our friends, or maybe for our own!

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  7. Congratulations! Hope you get your supplies soon so you can get 'er finished!

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  8. Yay!! Congrats!! That is soo exciting xx and four projects isnt huge.. so dont worry!! Your spiderweb quilt is gorgeous!! xx

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  9. Congratulations! I can't wait to see what it is - you make such lovely things. (And 4 WIPs is no biggie. I've still got 2 Christmas projects on the go that I haven't finished yet amongst other stuff!!! Should I be admitting that?!)

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  10. Well done for being in print, what fun...ok stressing..but great. I have too many unfinished projects (I am the worlds slowest quilter, doesn't make me accurate either). Cant wait to see the new quilt.

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  11. 1) congrats on Stitch!
    2) you always have fantabulous quilts so i'm sure i'll love your too small quilt with a cute border!
    3) you said not to, but I also love it as a hex! In fact, I might totally rip you off and work on this quilt and leave it as a hex.
    Too cute - all of it! Thanks for continuing to be a source of inspiration.

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  12. Congrats on the Stitch project! Way fun! That is my fave sewing magazine; I could only dream of having something of mine in there!!

    I think your quilt is very lovely, hex or no hex! You chose good fabrics!

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  13. Good for you Rachel! And yes - 4 is too much and the hex i svery cool.
    : )
    I'm watchin' and waitin'!
    ~Monika

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  14. Congrats on being in Stitch magazine! I'll for sure will be picking up a copy when it comes out!!! :)

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  15. okay you are cracking me up because I seriously have sooo many UFO's going right now. I think I could handle four with a breeze! lol

    Can't wait to see your quilt pattern!

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  16. Thanks all! I know, I feel a little silly complaining about 4 current WIP, but I really have trouble focusing like this. My plan tonight is to knock out a few little ones!

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  17. Oh my, now I'm obsessed with making a hexagon... I can't wait to see your rectangle though. Your fabrics are fantastic!

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  18. wow, congratulations rachel! i can't wait to see your finished project in stitch!!

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  19. Congrats, my friend! I had full faith that there were good things in store for you and I cannot wait to see where you are headed! Have a productive day! :)

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  20. Congrats, such an exciting time for you!

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  21. How exciting -- congrats to you!!! I love the fabrics you are using on this quilt, so cute!

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  22. I'm interested in seeing how the hexagon looks, trimmed... :D Congrats on the magazine thing!

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  23. Hi Rachel, congratulations, I'm happy for you! You make so great work and beautiful crafts! I love this hexacon - can't wait to see it as 'not hexacon'!
    I wish you sunny Sunday! Teje

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  24. Congratulations on Stitch magazine! It sounds like you've got a lot of exciting good things going on right now!

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