Confession Time

Okay. I have a confession to make. For the past few weeks I’ve been working on a churn dash quilt and I finally admitted to myself that I’m not liking it. At all.  The blocks are all made in different colors and prints and no matter how I lay them out it’s just not working for me. (You can see some of the blocks here.)

So, what’s a girl to do?  This girl took them off her design wall and packed them away. I feel so guilty, I mean all that fabric! All that time!  All those blocks just sitting on a shelf not being used! Goes against everything I was taught about not being wasteful.  I also feel like I gave up, and I really try not to give up on anything. Ever.   I keep telling myself I’ll use those blocks eventually, just not together in the same quilt. Somehow, that made it better and helped some of the guilt go away.

Have you ever “abandoned” a project? Did you go back to it?

On a happier note, I started two projects this week and I really like the way they’re turning out. One of the projects is a handbag, something I’ve been wanting to do for a while now. The bag is made from Dresden blades and is just so stinking cute!  I’m also using those blades to make a quilt. Both are done with patterns from Missouri Star Quilt Company. I’ll give you more information in an upcoming post; for now I’ll leave you with a few pics.

Dresden Purse

Dresden Purse

This fabric is from a layer cake called Unforgettable by Riley Blake Fabrics.  I’m in love with these colors.

Dresden Purse Kona Coal

Inside is Kona Coal

At first I wondered if the Kona Coal would be too dark for these bright colors, but it turned out perfectly.  This is the first time I’ve used any of the Kona solids and I really like this fabric.

Dresden Purse Handles Closure

Love the topstitching!

Here’s a pic of the topstitched handles.  This stitch was on my Janome 6500 and I like how it looks.  I ended up using this burgandy thread because I didn’t have any grey, which I had planned on using (forgot to pick it up at the shop yesterday) and I’m very happy with it.  Now I’m kinda glad I didn’t have that grey. 🙂

Hopefully I’ll have pictures to show you of the matching quilt soon.  I’m as excited about it as I am about this darling little bag!

Happy Quilting!



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About Beth

I’m a wife, mother of two, and lover of all things crafty. I love to cook up new things in the kitchen and in my craft room, and sometimes get “licking the spoon” mixed up with “licking the fabric”!!

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5 Responses to Confession Time

  1. Joanna says:

    I’d abandoned a project I started in 2012 and only finished putting it back together in the past month! I found the only way I could be interested in it again is if I started “over”. This was easy because it was HSTs so I made some quarter square triangles out of them and added a few new fabrics and made it into a whole new top. I still need to quilt it but I’m much happier with it after taking it into a different direction!

    If you feel up to it, maybe sew what you have together into a top and you could make a quilt to donate for charity?

    Or, looking at your blocks, are you familiar with the disappearing nine patch or a bento block where you cut them up and then mix the pieces around? Maybe to spice it up you could cut your blocks in quarters and then have mis-matched churn dash blocks, with each quarter of a churn dash made out of four different pieces? Just an idea 😀

  2. The stitching is a very nice touch .. I haven’t abandoned a project yet – but I sure it will happen one day!

  3. I have a project that is currently in deep storage. I’ll probably dust if off sometime and re-work it into something I would enjoy sewing more. But not now. 🙂

  4. The bag looks great – and I really like the stitch you found on your Janome! Grey is great for contrast… I’ve used ‘coal’ as well. 🙂

  5. Melissa says:

    Beth, there will that certain project that you will need ALL those blocks for, I promise you there is no need for feeling bad about packing up those blocks and putting away for another day. Something will hit you and you will need them. Been there done that! Love that darn purse! So so so cute! Keep sewing and move on.

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