I have always been an early riser. Hand-quilting at sunrise, especially in the hot summer months, was a beautiful (and sensible) way to start the day, and I'd piece at night. I'm doing the opposite now. I've committed to getting up very early, putting the kettle on and going to my machine. It has paid off tremendously in my productivity and I go to my day job feeling ready to go. It's my morning meditation, as hand-quilting is in the evenings, and I can't recommend it enough.
Here's the latest. If you follow me on Instagram (@jumpcutarts), you know that I did a bit of a makeover on this top and I'm really happy I did. It looked good at 25 blocks, but it needed to be bigger for a lap quilt. Running out of dark blue fabric - I kid you not - and not wanting buy any more - I kid you not - put me in a different direction. The top took on a life of its own. I went along with it, even if that meant some special time with my seam ripper. It was so worth it and honestly, it wasn't that big of a deal.
Light The Fires (working title) is a gift for a family member. It measures 54" square.
If I had gone into the project knowing that I had to cut 638 half-square triangles, I would probably have given up before I started. Jumping in with a vague idea in mind and working on it for 90 minutes every morning made a huge difference, not just in the brief time it took to get this together, but in how I think of my own creative process.