Monday, March 29, 2010

Busy, busy, busy

Lately, I have become obsessed with a little show on TLC called Hoarding. I am just fascinated with it. In fact, I have started recording it so as to not miss any shows. Dare I say it? I am hoarding episodes of Hoarders.
Anyway, after watching a few shows, I became a little uneasy about the state of my sewing room. Truthfully, that room looked like it was the home of a level 5 hoarder. So last Friday was spent cleaning out and organizing. Here are the results.


I sorted most fabric by color. However, if I had an entire line I gave it it's own bin. There are also bins for particular designers I love.


Cuts larger than a half yard got their own shelf.



My scraps got sorted into light, medium and dark bins.  I even have bins for my batting and for tiny scraps I am going to put together in a Ticker Tape Quilt.


My sewing area is now neat and tidy.



Once the room was finished, I was seized by a wave of creative energy and spent the entire weekend working.
Remember these? Well here is what I have done with them so far.


I found the green polka dot while I was organizing. I think it gives a more modern look to the blocks. I haven't figured out what fabric to use for the final border but I will post a photo when I finish.
While I was sorting through my scraps, I realized I had some good stuff so I put together a few blocks.


I like the muted colors and think they will look great in a quilt for a little girl.
After that, I made a couple more blocks for the nativity quilt I have been working on here and there. I decided to make the block for Baby Jesus different so that it would stand out. I've never done a wonky star before. I am very happy with it.




Last but not least, I finished the March blocks for my quilting bee.


I have mixed feelings about the technique Barb asked us to use simply because it was a bit time consuming. However, I love the resulting blocks and will probably use it again on a small project like a baby or lap quilt.
Wow, what a productive weekend for me! On top of all that sewing, Matt and I hit the mall to buy clothes for our newly trim bodies and went to a lovely dinner party Saturday evening. Not to mention, church on Sunday. A little bit of cleaning definitely goes a long way.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Random


First, I realized that I never posted a shot of the back of my last quilt and since I think backs are just as important as fronts, here it is...

It's a little hard to see, but I even added my signature.

Oh, how I love my Bernina and all of it's wonderful features!
Thanks for all the positive feedback on my quilt. It seems the vote is that I should keep it.

Second, I got a few comments and questions about my definition of quilt worthy and what I meant when I said people had to respect the process and just "get it". What exactly are they supposed to get? Well, I guess what they are supposed to get is that the gift isn't really the quilt. In fact, you could say that the quilt is just my chosen delivery system. The gift is really me, or rather a little piece of me. It is as simple as that. The time & effort (i.e.-my process) it takes me to complete a quilt are really an investment of myself that I am giving to that person to show my love or friendship for them. If you are a Princess Bride fan, it is my, "As you wish."

Third, next month is my month in my quilting bee. So, last week I got all my fabric cut and ready to be sent out to the other quilters.

Here they all are ready to be packaged and mailed.

I love the colors. The theme for my blocks is "Opposites" I am going to ask them to make blocks that incorporate a busy, pieced section and a quiet, un-pieced section. The only condition I am going to put on them is that I want the Starling fabric (white background with birdies) to be the focus fabric for the quiet section. Other than that, they can do their own thing. I am so excited to see what they come up with. I will be sure and post them when they come in




Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Quilt Worthy

I don't really believe in chance or coincidence. Perhaps for small, insignificant things, but then again, we never really know what might be significant.

Case in point, this quilt.

I put the finishing stitch in it this week. I blogged about it in an earlier post. I said at that time I hoped to have the quilting done by the end of the week, so I could give it to someone as a surprise.

Well, I didn't get it done by the end of that week or the week after. One thing after another kept getting in the way and no matter how often I blocked out time in my schedule to work on it, it just didn't happen. It was extremely frustrating because I was eager to surprise my dear friend.

Then, last week something happened. I won't go into the details here, because when I began this blog I vowed to keep it positive. Suffice it to say, my "dear friend" turned out not to be a friend at all. In fact, that person is no longer part of my life and I am still sorting through the lies.

What does this have to do with my non-belief in coincidence, you ask?

Well, my quilts are precious to me; my fabric children, if you will. I give birth to them through my blood (literally, when I have jabbed myself with a needle or run over my finger with the sewing machine. Don't ask.), sweat and (sometimes) tears. When I release them into the world, they represent a piece of me, define a certain time in my life. If I give one away, I want it to go to a certain type of person. I even have a name for it.

When I ponder on whether to give someone a quilt the question I repeatedly ask myself is, "Are they Quilt Worthy?" Someone who qualifies is one who will truly appreciate and care for it. They don't have to treat it like a museum piece. No, I definitely want it used. Nothing gives me a better feeling than to see a quilt I have given become well worn and faded. They just have to understand and have respect for the process. They need to "get it."

There is now no doubt in my mind that the person I intended the quilt for doesn't have the capacity to "get it." And, if I had finished that quilt on time and given it to her as planned, when everything came down, I would have felt even more used than I do.

Ultimately, you have to decide if there was a higher power involved. Was there an unseen hand preventing me from completing it on my schedule? I choose to believe there was. I believe God is just that intimate in our lives. Amazingly, as soon as that person showed their true colors, time opened up in my schedule and I was able to spend two full days finishing the quilt.

So now, I have to decide what to do with this little baby.


I am lucky, in that there are so many quilt worthy people still in my life. I would be happy for any one of them to receive it. One of them may soon discover a surprise package in their mail. Then again, Matt wants me to keep it. Hmmmm, what to do, what to do?

What would you do?

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Go Ahead Make My Day

Since Mondays can be a little daunting for us all, I'll share some things that for various reasons have made my day.




Anyone else up for moving to Belgium? Come on, who's with me!?




Okay, now I want a couple of baby moose...mooses...meese? However you say it, I want one.



Ah, the Muppets. Man, I miss those little guys.

And now for my favorite...



The Joe always makes my day. His joie de vivre makes me remember that every day above ground is a gift.

Happy Monday everybody!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Ode to Dr. Gary



Don't get me wrong, he is a stand-up guy and first rate dentist, but I can honestly say I have a love/hate relationship with him. I love clean, healthy teeth but hate the pain associated with keeping them. He tries, he really does but my TMJ doesn't help.

So today, I got nothing done except go to the dentist and spend the rest of the day popping Advil.

To make matters worse, I didn't get my orange/aqua friendship star quilt finished. Last week ended up being a crazy week and I had to spend all weekend studying for a final so it is still sitting on my sewing table. I swear I hear it calling my name in the dead of night.

On a happier note...

Look what came for me in the mail. Can I just tell you how much I love this yard of fabric?! I ordered it from Sew Mama Sew (one of the best online fabric stores EVER!)and when it came I practically swooned. 100% linen and the drawing of the girl and flowers are to die for. Now I just have to ruminate on what I want to do with it.

If I have any quilters reading this blog and you have any inspiration as to what I should do with it, please post a comment and share. Who knows, if I like your idea, I just might send you a little surprise in the mail. I don't know, maybe something from my stash. I'm just sayin...