Flea Market Fancy Quilt // Works in Progress

Flea Market Fancy Old + New

I woke up this morning with every muscle in my body hurting. Yep. I’ve started doing yoga again after a year long hiatus. Why do we wait so long sometimes to start/continue with things that we love and are good for us?

Near the end of the practice, when we were working on shoulder stands, backbends, etc., the teacher gave a bit of a pep talk/soliloquy on finishing what we started, and finishing strong, instead of letting things languish and softly drift away. She was talking about our efforts in yoga and life. It was like she could see right into my bin of Projects in Progress. It is quite a large bin.

So I’m dedicating today’s blog post to Kathy. My one quilting goal this summer was/is to finish bed-sized quilts for each of us. I finished the Pocket Full of Sunshine Quilt for my son last summer. I have quilted my daughter’s “I’m Not Little” Quilt [any ideas on a name?], which leads me to this one.

WIP Wednesday: A Quilt for Me
I started this quilt for our bed ages ago, even before the Flea Market Fancy reprint. This picture was taken in June, 2011. That is just pathetic. This is my next big project (once I finish binding that last quilt for my nephew! About 12 inches to go!)

I can do it, right? You can do it, right? Finish those quilts and make yoga teachers everywhere proud :)

P.S. If you want to see what else I have been working on (like a crazy lady), head over to Lee’s at Freshly Pieced. She is showing a few pictures of our book. We finished the final review this week, and I think you are going to love it!


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  1. barbara corbitt
    Posted July 31, 2013 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

    your quilts are so beautiful! i cannot wait to see this one finished. if you have any ufos or tops you know for sure that you will not finish, i will finish them and donate to your favorite charity. keep up the great work, you are very talented.

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted July 31, 2013 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

      I might just be sending you an email! Let me look through my projects and see what I actually find (scary thought!)

  2. Pauline
    Posted July 31, 2013 at 1:38 pm | Permalink

    Thanks so much for the Free Craftsy Class in your give away !!! I was so surprised as I never win anything in give aways and this one is so great.

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted July 31, 2013 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

      Hurray! Congrats–I hope you enjoy your class.

  3. Posted July 31, 2013 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

    Glad to know I’m not the only one with the goal to get quilts on every bed in the house! Love your work!

  4. Posted July 31, 2013 at 2:19 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the pep talk. I need it for the stack of tops that have been sitting next to my desk for over a year, just waiting to be quilted.

    That quilt is going to be gorgeous, no matter when it gets finished.

  5. Posted July 31, 2013 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

    Um, I think if you finished a book that might be a good excuse for not finishing that quilt!

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted July 31, 2013 at 6:42 pm | Permalink

      I didn’t even think of it that way. I like the way you think!

  6. Posted July 31, 2013 at 5:51 pm | Permalink

    That first question – Pleeeaaase, send me the answer too :)
    And that quilt top looks really great, will be an awesome quilt!

  7. Posted August 1, 2013 at 7:50 am | Permalink

    Generous offer by the first reply! I think finishing the fabulous book counts as several finishes! But getting your family’s quilts done also will feel like a big accomplishment. What a load off! I’m going to finish the tops my mom made for my kids, in solidarity with you!

  8. Posted August 1, 2013 at 8:08 am | Permalink

    I would love to get into yoga as I’ve noticed my flexibility slowly decrease over the last few years and I swear pulling huge quilts through sewing machines does nothing for our shoulders!

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted August 2, 2013 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

      I actually went to a “Yoga for Quilters” class at QuiltCon and the teacher talked a lot about posture when quilting. I had never thought about it before in that way… proper spine alignment, keeping your shoulders relaxed, etc. It was pretty informative. Definitely give yoga a try!

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