Sunday, September 28, 2014

Fabric Hoarding and more!

I am sitting in my studio for the first time since last weekend. My big computer is in here. I hardly ever sit in here anymore. The pictures seem so big on the monitor! I really should stay off my laptop in the living room. OR I could move the laptop into the studio. Two computers in the studio? I will have to give that some thought.

Speaking of thinking, I often struggle with feeling guilty for having more fabric than I will ever use in my lifetime. Then I came across this posting from
 (She's talking about fabric stashes)
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"We've all done the "fabric diet".  We've all tried the "not buying for 6 months" etc.  And lots of us have come out and declared: 
"I am a Fabric Addict."
Now if this is you, and you're happy with all this, that's fine with me.  I have no problem with anyone else.  You do what's good for you.  I want to do what's good for me.  And that's what this post is about.  I have a declaration for you.  
I may or may not be a Fabric Addict.  But either way,
I DON'T CARE!
You know what?  No bills go unpaid, nobody goes hungry, no overdraft gets touched.  So, thank you, but no thank you, I don't have a problem.  
Its FUN to buy fabric."
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Isn't that a wonderful way of thinking about fabric? I think I will try to think more this way instead of ruining perfectly good fabric by feeling guilty that I have it!

Speaking of fabric,  I played with mine today. I finished up the pumpkin block using reverse appliqué to add the face:
I plan to add a few swirly vines before I actually quilt it.
Here are the first six blocks, all sewn together:
I did find a flag to put on that schoolhouse block. I need to do the flag pole yet. I will probably do those pumpkin vines at the same time.

I took the plunge and am going to do a few courses in thread work with Superior Threads University series. It starts several times per year. This is what came in the first box which is bigger as it has all the starter stuff in it:
I will be working with their Razzle Dazzle thread first.

The box included a special batting, five spools of thread, a DVD, a catalog of all their threads, a three ring binder with 12 clear plastic sleeve/pockets, a selection of machine needles, and the first project. Two of the spools of thread were my 'welcoming gifts'. I started working on the first step today. I will post photos of my progress later.

The dress in this photo is made from sweatshirt material. I am going to try to shorten it to knee length to see if I like that better. If not, I will shorten it more and make it into a longer-than-normal sweatshirt.

I finally got my Thanksgiving table runner done!!! 
It only took me three years!

Here is a photo of my cathedral window quilt:
I dug it out of the special box where I was storing it. It makes me smile every time I look at it! I am going to start to work on it again. I needed a hand sewing project since all my appliqué projects are currently done. 
I am still hand quilting the hexagon quilt too. It is slow going but at least it IS going again! I really want to get these two done before starting any other labor intensive quilts . . . like my own designed appliqué quilt!

Hope you are enjoying this wonderful autumn weekend!
Happy Sewing Y'all!!!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

September is off to a great start!

I've spent a nice few days in the studio, playing and working and playing some more! I finished the ninth block-of-the-month for my night guild. It is supposed to be a school house block.
I think it needs something more. Perhaps a bell? Maybe I could make a flag pole and put a flag on it?
I don't know what I will do yet.

I finished Leafy Quilt!
It is my first log cabin quilt. I made it for my son. (He's up there on the right) I let him decide the layout. It looks great on his bed!

I worked on the October block-of-the-month:
Right after I did it, my ever-so-helpful-hubby asked me, "Didn't you mean for the darker colors to be in the bottom?" Sigh. I did. I messed up. I used photoshop to see if it would look better if I turned it upside down. The result is on the right, below:

I think I will keep it the way it is. I might add the jack-o-lantern face and vine spirals to it too; see my ideas on the left above.

That is the latest from the studio!
Happy Sewing Ya'll!!!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Timber!

I have finished the Celtic Solstice quilt. I am not happy with it. As I readied it for quilting, I found the edges were wonky and wavy:
I did the best I could do, blessing the quilt, as I stitched, with language not quite as colorful as the quilt.
If you click on the photo, you can see more detail. I mostly meandered on this one. The batting is a flannel sheet. I should have left the backing off completely! This thing is HEAVY!!! Oh well, it still makes for a nice utility quilt.
I just started quilting the Leaf on a Log quilt. I really thought I had stretched the backing correctly, but it is already puckering too. Grrrrr!!!
 
I am afraid to start quilting the My Tweets quilt. I do not want to ruin that one! I think I may try a quilt as you go method.

A new-to-us flower is blooming in our backyard. This is a mandevilla:
I plan to labor on Labor Day, and work on quilting the leafy quilt. Hope you are enjoying this first day of September! Happy Sewing!!!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

BOM progress and stuff I am selling

I'm on a roll! On my design wall are the blocks and filler blocks that I figured out how to make. They are not all sewn together yet, but almost. What a fun and busy quilt!

Ziva was very helpful today.

I am selling off my Glitter threads. 
The link to the sales page is on the upper left of this blog.


This is a vintage spool and bobbin box that is also for sale.

I also did some stitching on a table runner and deconstructed a renfaire costume. All in all, another fun and busy day in the studio! I LOVE Fabric Therapy!!!
Happy Sewing!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

I'm back in the saddle again!

Oh how I missed you! Something clicked and I've been in the studio a lot more lately. I love it!

I have been trying to make myself let go of things in my studio. I feel that clutter weighs me down. I've let books and magazines go, as well as some fabrics. I was real honest with myself when I decided to give up doing the LE quilt. It was an online quilt project that would last 18 months. The end result would be a heavy appliquéd quilt. I got as far as the center and realized I was not enjoying the process. I like appliqué, just not this one. I was able to cut the center down to a 12.5" block that I will use in a future quilt:
I might even use it in an orphan block quilt for charity.

This quilt is now finished and delivered to my guild's charity person. It is made from orphan blocks and a panel I had purchased several years ago. I hope the recipient enjoys it!

I think I figured out some of the finishing steps on my night guild's block of the month. I think I need to make a bunch of flying geese sets. These are the the first steps to make the sets I need:
I am using the no-waste fast flying geese method. The chart to the right of the blocks helped me figure out the correct measurements. 

It worked very well and now my birdhouse block 
has geese to carry it away!

The latest block pattern was for a sailboat block. Instead of using a solid piece of fabric for the background I used two. One is the sky and one is the water. I also had to put a little skull on the flag.
I might put some crossbones on it too!
That is the latest from my sewing room! Happy Sewing Y'all!!!