So…. what next?

I’m suffering a nasty case of hiatus incertus.

Or, to put it more plainly, I don’t know what to work on next. Do I haul out one of my several WIPs, start something new, or conscientiously but grumpily return to a couple of tricky UFOs I keep shoving to the back of the queue because they’re, well, hard…? When I finish some- thing that’s been intensive and long-term, I always have this trouble. Sudden freedom brings its own burdens. I can work on whatever I like? Well OK! Now… what do I like?

So, here are the options:

• Start assembling the Rainbow ScrapHappy blocks into a quilt by adding sashing round each one, and then get going with QAYG. If I work on this one, I might actually enter it into the quilting section at Mackay Show in June. (No, NOT hand-quilted, I’m not quite that bonkers – yet…)
• Stitch in some more of the giant hexie flowers on the Anemone ScrapHappy quilt. Make some more hexie flowers.
• Decide what to make with the F2F blocks from the last session; there’s enough for a big quilt or a smaller one and some cushions
• Do a whole bunch more hand quilting for the Hatbox Quilt blocks, at least 4 or 5 blocks
• Start something completely new. I have a sneaky little bag containing half a dozen fat quarters and two jelly rolls of a very pretty colour combination that I want to play with but have managed to studiously ignore up to now.
• Oh, and let us not forget that I plan to restart F²F next month, and need to think about what colours I want, and put together a Pinterest board.

You see my problem?

Now, suggestions, please. As always, I’ll consider all possibilities and suggestions and then do my own thing 🙂 But if there are distinct favourites out there, I’d like to hear which ones you favour.

Of course, by the time you read this I might already have taken the plunge into one of them!



52 thoughts on “So…. what next?

  1. Moira says:

    Ooooooh, I recognize those F2F blocks………lol. Maybe working on those would give inspiration for the next round. And thinking that means I really need to start working on my color inspiration for the swap. Hmmm, more RWB blocks or something for whatever house I end up buying

    • katechiconi says:

      I thought you might! And personally, I think you should decide on a colour scheme just for yourself. You make so much for other people, a little modest selfish colour would be no bad thing…

      • Moira says:

        I’m leaning towards that ….. but it would be easier to do if I knew where i was going to be living next! I know, I’m being picky….lol.

      • katechiconi says:

        Well, what colours do you love and like to surround yourself with? I decided years ago I wouldn’t let any darn house dictate to me, and the stuff I put in it would decide the colour scheme and not the other way round.

      • mlmcspadden says:

        Hmmmm, If I end up with the house that I’m going to put an offer in on this week, then I’m thinking a neutral color scheme so I can use the blocks as a basis for curtains for the big patio door. =) And neutrals without pops of color are totally out of my normal zone so I’ll have to think about it further.

      • katechiconi says:

        You’ve got time… We’re not starting till next month.

  2. You seem constitutionally unable to not work on something, but you could give yourself a day or two to lounge about…

  3. Elizabeth says:

    I vote for the hatbox quilt – love seeing updates on this one. But of course, it’s up to you!!

    • katechiconi says:

      I’m spinning my wheels on this one, I just can’t decide. The most likely outcome is that I do a bit of everything, but hopefully I’ll be able to restrain myself and concentrate on one or two…

  4. nettyg says:

    Go to the beach and drink margaritas 🙂 Seriously, I know that feeling of fast paced forward momentum and then…..woomph! Nothing. Maybe you could play with your pinterest board for the next F2F…..research is always good for disengaging your front brain and letting the other options simmer. Then suddenly you’ll jump up,knowing exactly what you want to do. Good luck.

  5. kathyreeves says:

    Scrappy as the main event and the others in rotation so you don’t get bored!

  6. knitnkwilt says:

    I vote for doing the rainbow scrap quilt and getting it into the show. 🙂 Yep, I know the “What now?” feeling. Usually my first answer is a day or two of nothing.

    • katechiconi says:

      I suspect I’ll do some displacement activity while I wait for fate to manifest itself… Mending some more of the Husband’s work pants would fit the bill perfectly. Not glamorous, but very constructive.

  7. craftycreeky says:

    I know the feeling, that moment of of almost panic of oh, what shall I do next! I think I would do the scrappy quilt when I wanted to machine quilt and hatbox when I wanted to hand quilt 🙂

  8. I hate to mention it, but whatever happened to that steam-punky one? I can’t remember its name now.
    Anyway, I’m sure one of the projects you list will call to you and then that’s the right one to do.

    • katechiconi says:

      Steampunk is one of the ‘too hard’ jobs. I need to get it out and spread it all over the dining table for an extended period, and that doesn’t work right now, as the dining table is currently the province of the Husband and multiple computery bits. The other hard one is Cosmatesque, another medley of multiple miniscule morsels….

  9. tialys says:

    I’d get your scrappy one in the show if I were you but, if you’re not feeling it right now, just carry on with your displacement activity until something jumps up and bites you.
    I’ve been pondering the F2F colours from time to time and I was thinking of going ‘neutral’ which would probably bore everybody to death but it would mean I could put the finished quilt anywhere and everywhere.

    • katechiconi says:

      There’s nothing wrong with neutrals, the trick will be to make sure there’s a bit of variation so you don’t get a huge cream blank! White, milky coffee, charcoal, stone, all that stuff. I really like the sound of that. If you don’t go for it, I might!
      I’m going to get the rainbow blocks out and on the design wall tomorrow and see how I feel.

      • tialys says:

        Yes, all those neutrals and maybe a touch of dusky rose thrown in here and there. I must get out my Farrow and Ball catalogue – they’ll have some good neutrals I can put on my mood board.
        I don’t mind at all if you want to do something similar by the way.

      • katechiconi says:

        That’s OK, we don’t want the others getting bored. I’ll wait and see what you come up with and then rotate 90°!

  10. claire93 says:

    well I would say F2F2 blocks but then I’m slightly biaised ^^

    • katechiconi says:

      Choosing the colours is not going to be a tricky job for me, I have several ideas in the pipeline. I’ve had a day off today. Tomorrow I will get back in that sewing room and get playing with fabrics again. And I’m pretty sure it’ll be the scrappy rainbow blocks.

  11. rutigt says:

    I love those hat boxes, I´d finish them first 🙂 Then, on the other hand, it´s always fun to start something new, isn´t it!

  12. Lynda says:

    I’d like to see your giant hexie flowers or the hat box quilts finished, but I think your fingers need to be sufficiently healed for either of those. Then again, the draw of something new would be fun, I know… that happens a lot around here.

    • katechiconi says:

      I think tomorrow, while I’m considering the whole subject, I’ll just crack on and make a load more till roll sashing. I need it anyway, and making it may just ignite the spark I need to get the creative fires burning again. Who knows? The rainbow scrappy quilt may get done in time for the show after all!

  13. nanacathy2 says:

    The bag, you can never have too many bags!

  14. Chris S in Canada says:

    Oh decisions, decision! Sounds like you’ve had a day or two of “downtime thinking”, so you’ve probably made up your mind. But for what it’s worth, I think my choices would be 1. scrappy rainbow on even days 2. getting ready for F2F on odd days 3. finding a place (a wall?) to spread out one of the “hard” projects – and then saving evenings for the hatbox.

    In my limited time, I find that the only way to get the “hard” stuff done is to have it out staring at me – daring me to find a way to “fix it” and get it done. And sometimes it suddenly comes all clear and it gets done super quick. (not often, but just often enough to make me keep trying)

    Best of luck with whatever you choose – we will all love to see the progress you make.
    Chris S in Canada

    • katechiconi says:

      The rainbow quilt is indeed already up on the design wall, with sashing being cut…
      Regarding the ‘hard’ projects: they both require EPP papers of a very small and fiddly size and shape, and laying out flat, so while a design wall would be the perfect place to leave them, a horizontal plane is unfortunately the only solution. Oh, and no fans or aircon nearby or they take flight… It actually isn’t the making that’s hard, but the organising!

  15. anne54 says:

    It looks like you are up and running! I find decisions need to percolate away in the background, without me doing any real thinking about them. Then all of a sudden I realise that I have made a decision, and it’s usually the right one.

    • katechiconi says:

      In my case, it was a question of which project was jumping up and down and screaming for attention, combined with which one I thought I could finish in a timely fashion. Rainbow Scrappy it is!

  16. I vote for playing with the old F2F blocks. I have recently been so inspired by Mary Huey’s inventive ways of sashing orphan blocks to finish things that I wish I had some orphan blocks to play with.

    • katechiconi says:

      I keep getting them out and looking at them and thinking how lovely they are… and then putting them away again. There’s a lot of work there and I’m not quite ready for a big demanding quilt – or two!

  17. I’m at that point too and have decided to take the next “easiest” project and complete it then go to the next most likely to be complete project and finish it. I’m going way back on that last one. It’s so close to a point that it could be complete that after I make new pockets for a shirt I’ve had for years and didn’t wear because the pockets irritated me, my flannel crazy quilt will be at the head of the line. Then a machine embroidery, I have 3 of 6 done for a wall hanging. Working on 2 hand embroideries but have company for a week. So much to do and books to read. Oh my, oh my. I hear you loud and clear. I love the scrappy rainbow and would love to see it done. Then the hat boxes. 🙂 I’m partial to them.

  18. I’ve got the same problem. There’s a box full of quilt tops to quilt, the SAL cross stitch and the blue and white quilt sampler blocks. That’s it. I have no other WIPs and would love to start something new but nothing is calling me at the moment. I’d love to see your rainbow quilt finished. Those blocks are gorgeous!

    • katechiconi says:

      I don’t believe I’ve ever completed a top and then stopped. If it gets assembled, it gets finished. But I am quite capable of leaving a box of individual blocks in the cupboard! The rainbow quilt is under way 🙂

      • I much prefer cutting and piecing to quilting and I have no deadlines. Some of my tops are several years old. Sounds like I need deadlines.

      • katechiconi says:

        They certainly help to focus the mind… But I don’t see why you shouldn’t concentrate on the stuff you prefer. It just means you don’t get a finished quilt that often…

      • I don’t mind not finishing quilts too often. I’ve probably forgotten about some of the tops that are waiting in the box. Maybe I should take a look 😉

  19. JJ Crafts says:

    I have to say I really love the scrappy colour blocks for project 1. So that’s my vote!

  20. I came across your post by accident. 🙂 while in search of what’s new in quilting 2018. Similar to you I have several WIPs and kind of go back and forth as mood strikes. This craziness (starts & stops) seems to have followed me throughout my adult craft life. I usually wind up finishing (total 3 at a time) within weeks of the other. After considerable thought I vote for the ‘scrappy colour’ blocks. I hope you are making daily progress. Good Luck! 🙂

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