I change every pattern. Many times I don't use a pattern at all. I change fabrics and styles. I don't quilt with a hoop. I don't use betweens. I don't usually use templates or overlays. I do use a hoop for most embroidery. I have hand quilted using 200 count muslin and/or batiks as backgrounds and/or backings, though I might not again. I do take classes from great craftspeople and artists.
My WIP list...
-hand quilting the oak reels quilt, my design from a picture of an antique quilt
-the Civil War Bride's quilt with 4 blocks done in Jo Morton and Judie Rothermel fabrics (and a few more stuffed in the box)
-my designs on paper for a lovely appliquéd Baltimore style quilt
-the redwork birds from the Crabapple Hill pattern are almost finished and I have started collecting fabrics for the quilt top
- Blackbird Designs baskets (last count there were 78 done in Michael Miller and Kaffe Fawcett fabrics and many, many more cut out to appliqué)
-the appliquéd portion of the bird quilt is done in gorgeous green and rose pastels and 177 nine-patches have been cut out for the border
-the P3 Design's tropical flowers are finished in bright batiks and I am drafting more flowers to make a quilt top
-the dresden plates top needs to have the (already done) appliquéd borders attached
-the guild's BOM is done in high contrast batiks
-three string quilts have been cut out using scraps
-My Exuberant Garden is almost done using piecing, appliqué, hand and machine embroidery, and beading, my design made up as I think about it...
-a paper pieced BOM in batiks is showing up at the door every month, an impulse buy
-and I am supposed to be practicing on the Gammill in the other room since I have 3 pieced tops done that can be machine quilted anytime that I have nothing else to do.
I seem to be all over the place, all the time. I love that there is always something to work on, no matter what you feel like doing, but it does take a long time to get anything done when you are working on everything at once.
But I am not complaining. As I write this, I realize that I really like to do it this way. I have always had 16 projects going at any one time so I guess I wasn't supposed to focus anyway. And Blackbird Designs has a new book out and I have a wonderful wonky houses/trees/words quilt in my head... I need to get started.