I finally spent some significant time in my sewing room, sorting through containers, documenting projects, getting rid of scraps and leftovers. There is still lots more to do, but I don't feel quite as overwhelmed as I did. It's my overcutting problem that is causing all the trouble; once I'm through with a project I want to move onto the next thing straight away, but there's a mountain of leftovers to deal with. I just shove them in yet another container and start the next quilt, but eventually the dozens of unlabelled boxes containing who-know-what drag me to a halt. I'm not a tidy quilter, but there's a chaos level that even I can't work with. Actually, I think my problem is that I don't take the time to label those containers, and collect all the bits from one project in a single box for sorting out later. I just shove them out of sight. From now on, I need to leave myself a note about what is actually in the box of bits.
There were 4 boxes of Dear Jane bits and pieces, so I decided to get the blocks sewn together this weekend. I'm not excited to be working on it, but it's something that I will be glad about later. I know as soon as it's in one piece I'll start obsessing about the border (I refuse to do those ugly triangles, so I'll have to come up with my own solution), but I'll deal with that later.
I spent HOURS last night adding another 5 strips to the four that were already joined. 9 rows all in one piece!
I'm not using cornerstones in the sashing, and to keep the blocks aligned properly I mark the long lengths of sashing, using my acrylic ruler. The blocks are 4.5" and the sashes are .5", so I work my way along the sash drawing those marks in.
So, if it took a marathon effort last night to sew 5 strips of blocks to each other, how long will it take today to construct 4 rows of blocks, and then sew them into one piece?
these blocks, from many moons ago. Tutorial here. I have scraps to use up, and I need an ongoing project for that.
It's supposed to reach 36° here today, so I have to run out and water everything before I tackle the sewing chores. When it's hot and nasty outside, I'll be inside at the machine, sewing my way closer to a finished Dear Jane.