Friday, March 10, 2017


Well so much for my great commitment to starting out the year planless. I boldly put just two wips on my Q1 Finish-A-Long list, and gave the others (albeit only two) away. That felt good, and I was really hopeful that I could and would improv my way through the year. So about that.

I have made progress on the two wips and am still holding out a thread of hope that I can finish them this month. The Patchwork Forest top (above) is pieced, measuring 65" x 80". I need to come up with a backing and then get quilting. It doesn't need to be fancy, but it'll take some time of course. We shall see.

Below is the finished top of my Seattle MQG improv block-of-the-month from 2016. Brace yourselves.... I sent this one out to be quilted! I KNOW! I've gotten a few sneak peeks, and I love what I've seen. There's still a chance I'll get it back in the next couple of weeks with just enough time to bind it up before the quarter is over. Fingers crossed!

Ok, so that's all the old news. Here's what else I've got going....

So remember, two group quilts were started with the Pantone and Kona colors of the year? One was when I was host for Faith Circle's February do. Good Stitches quilt, and I've just received back all the blocks for that, so this quilt needs finished up soon.

And, I have over 30 gorgeous improv blocks from Seattle MQG for our current giving quilt, all using Kona's Pink Flamingo. Aren't they cool? Sorry, the lighting wasn't the best, but I think you can still get a hint of how awesome they are, right? I'm anxious to get them all up on the design wall!

Stay tuned for a review on Amy Friend's new book, Improv Paper Piecing: A Modern Approach to Quilt Design, coming soon. I'm digesting it a bit with a small project, so you'll see this finished before long.

And lastly, I started the project below for a challenge that's due in May, so I've set it aside for now. The rules are very particular regarding color and size and theme, so I'll share more of this as I go, but at least I have my idea in place. I just need to make it happen.

Whew! I hardly know what to work on first....the maker's dilemma, right?


  1. Excited to see more about that last project.

  2. wow! lots of good options there. I'm at a standstill currently. need to find my sewing mojo

  3. I'm intrigued by the Improv Paper Piecing and look forward to what you do with that.

  4. Good luck with finishing your 2 WIPs before the end of the quarter! And i cannot wait to learn more about that last project - Wow!! :-)

  5. So many amazing projects Debbie - looking forward to the Greenery challenge too:)

  6. a perfect dilemma, I would like to be in one like that. You found the perfect project for each color!

  7. I love all your projects. I am sure you will have fun whatever you choose to work on next!