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What I See When I Sew

Oh bother.  I haven’t been a very good blogger once again.  And I’ve also been quite a slow quilter as well.  All of my good intentions of finishing my UFO’s have been cast aside lately by the business of every day life.  My Single Girl quilt sits on the chair feeling very neglected and sad.  Out of anger, and also knowing how the curved piecing has me a bit undone, it taunts me.  I think I can, I think I can…Single Girl, I will conquer you.  Next week, maybe.

So, let’s just have a photo-heavy post on my little sewing room, shall we?  Yes.  And then perhaps my next post I will have something to actually SHOW you.

With a slight bit of guilt, I took over a room in our small house for sewing.   The sewing corner I once had was growing and carving out more and more room out of the living room and was generally bugging the fam here at the cottage.  I reasoned with the two girls that they hardly ever actually played in the playroom and before they could answer, I had turned the playroom into this…

That’s some fancy cinder-block, isn’t it?

Some of my Kona solids, chambrays, shot cottons and Essex linen.  I love my solids together in one spot.

A shelf just for Flea Market Fancy.  Because I love it that. much.

A rack from a garage sale that holds thread and perle cotton just perfectly.  The pincushion is one my mom made in 1941.  The pumpkin is circa 2006, made by Suzannah in kindergarten.

Little chair with even littler birds.  See the Liberty Tana Lawn behind it?  Sigh…

A little needlework I did in 1991 before I ever got the nerve up to think that I could ever make a quilt of my own.  I gave this to my mom for mother’s day.

Everyone has one of these, right?  Ye olde scrap basket.

And last, but definitely not least, my Christmas gift from Mr. Cottage.  My Rowenta DA 1560.  See that pointy tip?  Totally rocks.  When I’m piecing blocks, the compact size and shape is just what a quilter wants.  I recommend it whole-heartedly. That’s the sewing room here at the cottage…I’ll be back soon with what I’ve been sewing.  It’s not quilts by the way….

 

 

 

 

April 5, 2011 at 1:06 pm 3 comments

More UFO’s Than Roswell (& Crop Circles Aren’t Far Off…)

True confessions: In my quilting, I am a terrific starter. I gather fabrics and cut strips or squares like a pro. I am especially good at making half-completed quilts. I need to get an official count, but I think I have somewhere in the neighborhood of 10 unfinished quilts. All of my UFO’s sitting in their various states of incompletion feel like heavy baggage at the moment. And even though just yesterday I started yet another quilt, I am on a mission to change my ways and my bad habits and to finish what I’ve started. So, for me this is the year of the UFO becoming a quilt to use and love.

It seems like the New Year brings this thinking out in many of us. Other quilty bloggers have started an admirable promise not to buy any new fabric as well as finish all UFO’s. I’m not sure I can be so good. One day at a time, right? I cannot be expected not to bring home new fabric when I’m surrounded by it at work and buying fabric is actually part of my job.  Am I right?  Sigh…

Exhibit A – one “Thousand Pyramids” quilt sits waiting to be made into a quilt top.  I’ve gotten as far as piecing the smaller triangles into larger triangles, which then need to be pieced together to make a lap-sized quilt.  I think these close-up pictures show the color more accurately.

I really love the intersection of green and blue; shades like celadon, robin’s egg blue, jade.  They are peaceful and calming to me.  So, the idea for this quilt was born of the need for a quilt in that color neighborhood.

I am setting an intention to finish this quilt top within the next week.  Over the next few posts, I’ll be airing out my unfinished projects for all to see and judge sharing all of my quilts that need finishing.  I hope that by putting it all out there that I can have more completion in my creative space.  What UFO’s do you have?  Bring ‘em on out…let’s finish them together!

January 9, 2011 at 9:31 pm 5 comments


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