Wednesday, November 18, 2015

A New Route to Travel

 Should I?
or Shouldn't I?

I've been wanting to start something new!
I've got so many other projects that need 
to be finished!

This isn't the time of year to
be adding things to the list!


What's a quilter to do?

 I've been wanting to start Di Ford's
"Route 66"
from her book, Primarily Quilts.
Her book has been around for awhile
and I know others have already made this lovely quilt,
but I've been waiting until I 

could really enjoy every moment of sewing.

I've been collecting some different border options,
interesting fabrics for hexagons and diamonds,
precut paper pieces,
and a big set of Clover binding clips.

I'm sure I learned to use these
from someone's blog,
but, boy, do these clips work great
holding the "fussy cut" fabric exactly in place
while you baste.

It's great to feel excited about the new challenges,
new fabrics, new skills.
Most of my works in progress, WIP's,
are closer to being finished.
(Notice I didn't say done, just closer!)
I know this isn't a "hurry up" and 
"get it done fast" kind of a quilt,  

but today is a  good day to start something new!

Until Next Time-


  1. Ding ding ding! The light bulb just turned on! I want to do a little simple fussy cutting when I make my Patchwork of the Crosses, but I didn't know how to keep the fabric positioned so the fussy-cut pattern wouldn't move around. And now I know how I can do it!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  2. Another sensational creation for you to tackle. You do seem to choose quilts that take patience, and they are always so well worth it. This is wonderful, and I know you will do it justice.
    Good choice for the little fussy-cut diamond design.

  3. Woohoo! You go girl! I never thought I would make a hexagon quilt and I must admit I now have another addiction!

  4. Hooray!!! What's not to love about the feel of a new project - and you have chosen a beauty. Besides Di will have a new book out in 2017 so we need to step up and get things done! I will enjoy watching your progress. Find myself using those great little clips more frequently too - they hold my Drayton Hall diamonds together as each one is whipstitched together.

  5. Isn't that fun, to follow the inspiration and start off in a new direction? There is a ton of potential in this project, I'm sure you will love it!

  6. In my mind, quilting shouldn't be a 'hurry up and get it done' activity - we need to take the time to enjoy the moment, process, fabrics and learning that comes along with each new project. This project is just so gorgeous - I'll be happy to follow along each stitch of the way.

  7. This is such a pretty quilt and the fussy cutting is fun. Enjoy your Route 66 journey:)

  8. Oh my - the fussy cutting for this quilt will be so fun for you! I adore the wonderful designs created when all the pieces are sewn precisely together - and I can't wait to watch this one progress - you do such beautiful work! Enjoy the journey!

  9. Ooooo!! I'm excited as you are because I know we're in for a treat to see you work on this beautiful pattern.

  10. Great project, will be a good "slow burn" take along hand project, enjoy!

  11. It's a lovely quilt and one that I'm sure you will do justice to! It's important to start the ones that capture our attention isn't it!:)

  12. I really do like this quilt, it's one of my favorites from her book.
    I'm excited to follow your progress on this beautiful quilt! that blue print you are using for the diamonds - it's awesome.
    Wishing you a joyful journey on this quilting adventure!

  13. That is a lovely quilt to be starting - got me itching to do more EPP too! But I'll wait till I have half a chance to get it done...haha.
    Love the fabric choice you have for the diamonds - just perfect fussy cut. Have lots of fun with this one!

  14. Oh, this looks exciting! It is similar to what I plan for my 2nd EPP project, you know, the one I'll finish sometime in 2050.

  15. What a marvellous new project! It's always a good time to start a new project. You had a lot of finishes this year - you will have lots of fun with this :0)

  16. ooh it's a beauty too....can't wait to see it take shape! and good for you, life is too short to make it wait until "someday"...

  17. Great project! It's always a good time to start a project. Come on, do it!

  18. Of course you should! I know you will do a beautiful job on this quilt too! You have already started with a wonderful blue. I will love following your journey.

  19. There's no better time to start a new project than right now :) It's a beauty--and yours will be just as beautiful! Have fun with all those fussy cuts. Love the blue fabric!

  20. what a stunning new project! Love EPP. You'll have such fun fussy cutting.

  21. A good use for those binding clips.

  22. I've seen those binding clips only recently on blogs. They look to be very helpful. Enjoy your new quilt journey!

  23. I love that quilt from her book but EPP is just not my thing.

  24. I can't wait to see how this develops!

  25. It will be great watching your progress--it's been on my bucket list too!

  26. What a beautiful EPP quilt. Those clips seems to help a lot. Will be looking forward to see your progress. Hugs