Tuesday, September 4, 2012

WIP Wednesday: Oh, look! Something shiny...

Is it kind of bad when you have a "procrastination" project--one you work on when you don't feel like working on what needs to be done. And then you get distracted from your procrastination project?

My official procrastination project is Kaffe'-O-Lait. It's coming along nicely. Here is my latest block. And although I adore orange, I'm not really a fan of peach. But it is just one block among many.

I like this one much better.
So anyway...on Monday I was distracted by a little stack of 2 1/2 inch squares of the new line, Simply Color. My plan (because I actually came up with a plan) was to start a leaders and enders quilt. While I was working on Kaffe'-O-Lait, I sewed each square with a white/snow (whatever....) square.
Knowing there were other more important projects to work on, I completely put it out of my head, I realized I couldn't stop thinking about it. So I went with the flow. However, without an actual "thought-this-through" plan, I immediately started making mistakes. I chain-sewed every single square to a white square. And then realized that that only works if you are making four-patches. Or eight-patches. But not nine-patches. So after lots of unsewing, I was back in business.

Nine nine-patch blocks (one is going on the back). I was going to alternate them with white squares. And then decided to think outside the box. My good friend, Elizabeth, and I had a conversation last week about the merits of grey. I happen to be a huge fan of grey. She thinks you need to be careful because sometimes grey can drain the life out of a quilt. I suggested she write a post about it and call it Fifty Shades of Grey. Ha!

Okay. No grey this time. Instead I chose a soft Kona Aqua.
Don't they look pretty together?
Whew...now I can get back to my original procrastination project. Heaven forbid that I actually work on something that needs to be done.
I'm linking up to Lee. Maybe someone else has been procrastinating in the last week.

Oh, don't forget there is a giveaway of a charm pack and some scraps, open until tomorrow.


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Kirsty said... #

I also had a week of procrastination and instead of basting quilts I made a couple of skirts :) Much more exciting I think!

Amira@littlemushroomcap said... #

They do look beautiful!

Susan said... #

My procrastination has been so bad, I doing NO sewing at all! Love the aqua with your nine patch project!

FabricFascination said... #

I am always getting sidetracked from the sewing I "should" be doing with another sewing project.

Your quilts look great.

Mary said... #

Gorgeous! For me, the last few months have been chock full of procrastinating! I agree with Elizabeth...especially when it comes to the ashy grey. Love the aqua!

Katy Cameron said... #

Lol, I haven't got time to procrastinate right now ;o) Still, the back's looking good despite the unsewing...

Archie The Wonder Dog said... #

I'm very good at procrastinating! And the Paralympics are providing excellent 'sit on the settee and EPP' opportunities...all day every day ;o)

MaterialGirlQuilts said... #

I am often procrastinting and start other distraction projects. I happen to LOVE your Kaffe'-O-Lait blocks though. Can't wait to see that one done.

Cindy said... #

Love your nine-patches! The aqua looks great!

Margaret said... #

I think I have sewing ADD. I jump from one project to another all the time. My UFO pile is huge and if I don't start working on some of them I will be barried under the avalanche when it falls over. I usually have two or three project going at once. I like to think on things sometimes before I move forward.

Unknown said... #

Oh, I like the peach! (Also, I had a very similar kona issue recently! I was in the middle of a quilt top and couldn't find more of the same color of kona. Too white for snow, too cream for white! UGH! Luckily I ended up with enough to finish my project!)

And I also have quilting ADD. When I have a deadline, I can't help but start something non-critical!

Svetlana said... #

oh, you're so funny- 50 shades of gray!!! Ha!ha! Love all the great projects you're working on.

Mama Pea said... #

I just love your blocks. They are so beautiful by themselves and even better all together! 50 Shades of Gray. Snort. Love it.

Rachel said... #

I didn't know there was a name for it, a leaders and enders quilt, but I've got one in the works as well!

Mrs Flying Blind... said... #

Procrastination is my middle name right now ;)
Loving your blocks x

Poppyprint said... #

I agree on grey's life-draining properties, which is why I'm stocking up on greys with a slight pattern to them these days, instead of flat solids. I love your sweet 9-patches with the light aqua! Great choice.

Emily said... #

I love how all these blocks look up on your design wall! Very pretty! Thanks for being honest about distractions. Sometimes I feel like I am the only one who finds ways to distract myself from what needs to be done! :)

Kristy @ Quiet Play said... #

I absolutely get that procrastination thing! But really, when your procrastination is so pretty and productive, why not go for it! ;)

Anonymous said... #

yum. love the kafe name!
the up side of havig procrastination PROJECT is then at least you get something done instead of nothing which is what i usually do :) valpal

Anonymous said... #

Really good topic for the day. I love the projects you shared! And the aqua looks great with the nine patches. I have been putting off finishing my mom's quilted placemats. I just started working on the last two about 30 minutes ago. Now to just stay focused!!! Laura A

marcella said... #

Procrastination is the only way I get anything done :-) Love both your projects and I agree with Elizabeth that grey can be tricky. I have a knack for picking the life draining shades even though I love it. Oh well. Your aqua choice is perfect!

Lucy | Charm About You said... #

Love the procrastination!! It works so well :) You know I love orange too but I think peach is growing on me - sometimes a bit of softness is nice and that's a great block!

OPQuilt said... #

This made me laugh and laugh. Fifty Shades of Grey--the research would be daunting. . .

Okay, enough on that and lets talk about those quilts. TERRIFIC! Love the nine-patch. I am a firm believer in starting another project while you're trying to slog through a longer-term project. I'm doing the same thing with my Portuguese Tile Quilt tucking in the middle of the Lollypop Tree quilt. See, we're totally on the same brainwave!

Elizabeth E.