Wednesday, 18 May 2011

So much to do - so little time

So, I'd been reading crafty-quilty blogs for about 6 months, having discovered them when looking for online advice about finishing a quilt that was started in a class (I'd been reading food blogs for, like, forever, but that's another story). Here's the quilt in question:

Boy was I bowled over by the amount of good stuff out  there here, and inspired as never before! All of a sudden I was carried along on a wave of creativity (mostly other people's to be fair), and the list of projects I just had to make just grew and grew.

So the idea for this blog started out as a way of keeping all my unfinished projects in check, and a way of putting gentle pressure onto myself to finish things, at least sometimes.

I also wanted to use it to keep a track of the projects, snippets of inspiration, and ideas I'd bookmarked for later, the electronic magazine and newspaper clippings, as you might say.

I never thought people - real live people - other than my close friends and family of course - would want to read my ramblings, or look at my half finished attempts at making beautiful things. But it turns out a few people are interested.  And for that I am immensely's really nice to have company.

So here's the current - very varied - list. It's in chronological order - first posted is first on the list - maybe you'll also find some inspiration amongst my 'clippings'.

Sherbet Pips Snowball Quilt at Lucy & Norman 

Fabulous blocky quilting at Handmade by Alissa

Rug Mug Tutorial at I'm Just a Guy Who Quilts
(already tested out with my niece with fab results) 

Ferris Wheel at Twin Fibers

Tension vs Speed advice for FMQ at The Free Motion Quilting Project

Scooter Tray at Noodlehead

Felt Ball Trivets at The Purl Bee

Marimekko Spring Collection (oh, how I love Marimekko) at Scandi Home

Beautiful Quilting at Blue Elephant Stitches

Birthday Party Inspiration at Creature Comforts

Mitred Corners Tutorial at No Big Dill

Tokyo Subway Map at Oh, Fransson!

Kaleidoscope Pillow at Fussy Cut

Wrap It Up Bag at Noodlehead

Nicey Jane Baby Quilt at Greenleaf Goods

Spring Bird at While She Naps

Silver Fox Cowl at One Flew Over

Jersey Knit Bracelet at V and Co

Animal Note Sheets at Creature Comforts

Single Girl Pillow by Nova at I'm a Ginger Monkey

Sprocket Pillows at Cluck Cluck Sew

Sunburst Pillow at Noodlehead

Circle Playmat at Quiltstory

Photo Scavenger Hunt at I am Momma - Hear me Roar

Personalised Pins at No Big Dill

Makeup Roll at Stitched in Color

Everything's Coming Up Roses Skirt at Smashed Peas and Carrots

Crochet Coasters at This Domestic Life

Woodland Clock at Stitched in Color

Patchwork Scarf at One Flew Over

Taygete Shawl at Red Pepper Quilts

Sunday Brunch Skirt at Fake It While You Make It


  1. Wow that is a large and attractive list. Go you! I started my blog for the same reason as you did. No doubt you will start inspiring people as others have inspired you - its a beautiful thing!

  2. I love all the links...isn't that subway map quilt AMAZING??

  3. aaaaahhhhh AWESOME LINK OVERLOAD!!!! THis is SO GOOD!! yes, im excited by this little find! I'll follow along and will def be visiting back here for inspiration! thankyou!

    xo em

  4. Some beautiful projects you've highlighted there! I get so much inspiration from the amazing blogs out there - and find having my own blog really helps motivate me to get things done. It is nice to find people who you can 'show and tell' your work too!! Have fun crafting and sharing!!

    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  5. Love the lion fabric and your quilt is stunning!!!

  6. What a gorgeous list Ruth! That subway one caught my eye too! Blogging really enriches our lives through the inspiration, the people we meet, and the encouragement it gives us to learn and grow (and finish projects!!!). Love it! xo

  7. oh some nice new links there, thanks - pinterest is also a good way to book mark great links! You can sort into folders - DIY etc..

  8. That is quite a list of inspiring projects! I love the little bird and the nicey jane baby quilt.

  9. Great round-up and thanks so much for the mention! Unfortunately I haven't been able to update Scandi Home at all. Hopefully I'll get back to it one day!

  10. Thanks for including my Pips quilt on your list!

  11. You are going to be having a lot of fun doing those! You quilt looks very lovely on the sofa!

  12. Hello! Thank you so much for visiting my blog, and thank you so much for these lovely links!
    See you around!

  13. What an amazing collection of links. A lot of those are on my to do list also :)

  14. Thank you so much for linking up to {nifty thrifty sunday}, Ruth!!
    I hope to see you again tomorrow!

  15. And I followed your link. I take it you are Canadian too by your comment - or did I get that wrong? Love the post and all the things that inspire you/are on your want to make list. Some of them are on mine but I have a rather scattered mental list that doesn't work as well as yours! I shall come back and read more later.

  16. Thanks everyone for youtr lovely comments!

    Susan - sorry no, I'm not Canadian. I am just amazed by the amount of blogging quilters here in the UK - for a long time I thought there were hardly any of us.


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