#SOL21: And Next . . .

“Five more minutes to finish this, and then two minutes to tidy up,

And then I am done for tonight.”

That’s my announcement. Great work session. Making progress. But it’s almost 11 pm and it’s time to shut down for the night.

‘Tis the season. Flurries twice. Thanksgiving is in the rear view mirror. December arrives shortly. And . . .

I’m done with all my big Christmas presents. They are out of my hands. Some will still have some finishing touches, perhaps some embellishment. And ah, yes, some binding. But the initial creations are done.

Tonight I had a leisurely opportunity to work on some squares for my own quilt. My first quilt. My first real project for myself.

It began with a quilt in a shop. I snapped a picture. I was looking for a square to use for my KISS block at Quilt Club. The quilt grew on me. Not exactly as in the format in my picture but that basic plan.


Design the square.


Find coordinating fabrics

(And not those PASTELS in the original)

Three coordinating fabrics in each color.

(Took two shops!)

Organize the purple, blue, green, red, and yellows.

Revise the quilt square pattern.

Start sewing.

Two strips and then cut to a 3″ by 5.5″ rectangle.

Sew 2 rectangles together to form a square with black squares ascending.

Carefully trim.

Keeping the parts of the block square from the beginning is important!

Match each assembled block with a medium block in a coordinating color.

A partial look at the rows.

I did not see the original name. I consider the possibilities for a name for the quilt top. I called it stepping up as the black steps rise up into heaven. There will be alternating rows. Right now I’m leaning towards a 10 ” by 10″ pattern.

Approximately 100 squares. 50 plain and 50 of these sewn squares. No deadlines YET. 18 squares sewn! (36% of the sewn squares are already completed!)

My creative endeavor. Maybe it will be done in 2022 . . . or not! Here are the four squares just added.

When do you create something for yourself? What’s your process? How do you set goals?


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10 responses

  1. You never have a dull moment! It is wonderful to see how you model lifelong learning with your own creative challenges for yourself.

    1. Thanks, Erika. Onward always!

  2. I haven’t created anything for myself in a while. I’m having a hard time fitting in sewing projects. Currently working on crocheting winter hats. I’ve made a few for babies. Keeps my fingers busy. I love your quilt design. My sister started working with quilt designs during the pandemic. I haven’t seen her quilt yet, but it’s been a satisfying creative endeavor for her.

    1. Margaret. There’s something about keeping busy! So many choices with quilts!

  3. I love your quilt design and that you have created it for yourself. I feel like I’ve not created anything for myself in forever and feel inspired… thank you!

    1. Thanks. Debbie. My words are often for myself, but this is something bigger and more visible! ….

  4. Fran, love your color choices. Pattern is similar to a Jacob’s Ladder design. Sometimes you just need to do something for yourself. Looking forward to seeing the finished top.

    1. Yes, similar to Jacob’s Ladder. First foray into batiks (some) and pink and purple so I am waiting to see how it comes together. Creating from scratch based on “i Like . . .” is exciting!

  5. Your incomplete sentence, “‘Tis the season. Flurries twice. Thanksgiving is in the rear view mirror. December arrives shortly. And . . .,” pulled at my emotions. I felt joy, loss, and anticipation all in one read.

    1. Thank you. Ambivalence for time passing so quickly and yes, ready for the next holiday . . . Searching for more!

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