Wow - what a day!!!! Normally I take hand work to Monday. When we were at the Hobby Horse - there was no room for me to take a sewing machine and so I would often spend the day cutting. Then when we moved to the church, I started to take handwork. Well I have a deadline and I decided to take my sewing machine yesterday. WOW - I might just have to take my machine more often!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So here's the story - I am writing my article for A Needle Pulling Thread - the topic is baby quilts. At the last moment, I decided that I needed THREE baby quilts to help illustrate the article. The first quilt is a panel. (You will HAVE to buy the magazine to get the REAL SCOOP on the quilts)
When I was preparing to quilt the panel on the weekend, I came across a LONG STRIP of batting that if I cut in half would be the PERFECT size for the panel. BUT - what is the best way to join the HIGH LOFT polyester batting??? Well I put on my badge of bravery (or threw caution to the wind!) and cut some lightweight fusible interfacing and VERY CAREFULLY ironed the strips to join the batting. I was careful because I did NOT want to melt the batting, nor did I want to flatten it! (It will melt into itself and is icky!!)
|Experiment worked PERFECTLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!|
|Panel got loaded (looks so TINY)|
|And now just needs to be trimmed and bound.|
Then I got busy and got the blocks sewn for the pieced baby quilt. When I went to Monday Motivators, this one just needed ONE more border strip sewn on. Did you note the MITERED corners?????
I did buy fabric for the narrow blue strip. There just wasn't anything in the yardage that I had that would work. So the border got put on yesterday and when I arrived home - I threw it on the machine and VOILA - quilted before dinner!!!!!
|Baby quilt number two - QUILTED - just needs to be trimmed and bound.|
|Detail of quilting|
The question now is the colour of binding. I did have some yellow leftover from making the quilts, but I'm thinking that blue might be better and I only bought enough to make TWO small borders????? ACK - I may have to go to HH today to get more of that blue. CRAP CRAP CRAP!!!!!!!
So yesterday during Monday Motivators - I laid out these squares for baby quilt number three. I was going to do a pattern, but decided that random was better and easier to sew!!!
|All the squares - sewn and now just needs two borders!|
|Here is border number two - a melange of all the leftovers!!!!|
|This is border number one (the blue). The yellow was supposed to be the binding (and may still be) and the big pink - I had to buy on the weekend for the backing of this baby quilt.|
I am happy with the progress, but those three quilts NEED to be done soon. I will be hand stitching today and quilting and piecing! Plus I have TWO customer quilts that have to be done by tomorrow. Well - a typical day for me!!!!!!!!!!!
On the weekend, I taught a class on making a fabric wreath from Happy Hollow. Before the class I was looking for some fabric to make a few samples. I was looking in the green baskets. As I was going through them, I decided that NOW was the time to start culling those UGLIES that I will never use.
|So yes - some of the greens that I will NEVER use - got thrown in the (SCRAP CUTTING) basket and will get cut into strips for making scrap quilts - and then I will use them!!!!!!!!!!|
|Obviously I didn't throw out much because there still looks like a LOT of green fabric!!!!! But it isn't crazy and overflowing!!! (like a few others!!)|
Remember, I went through my pressing cabinet looking for that little iron? Well - no iron, but look what I did find in there.
|Containers for putting water in the iron (obviously I am a hoarder of those!! BUT they are all together!!!!)|
|LOTS of pressing sheets - both cloth and teflon|
|And if ever they stop making this iron cleaner - I have LOTS!!! OK - so I don't need any more of this for a while!!!!|
|Yesterday I also got the strips for Clue Number One of the mystery quilt that I designed. I had better make it as well!!!! So I got the strips sewn, but now I need to press and cut them.|
|Also got a few more blocks done on this scrap quilt. Just a few left to make!!!!!!!!!!!!|
|I did cut a few more pieces, but I think I am still missing a few darks!|
|Here is the wreathe that we were making in the wreath class. Karen was going to add in another section so those prairie points will lie a bit flatter.|
|BUT instead of pins - do you see what she is using???? Those little binding clips!!!!|
I decided I had better get finished with this book since I need to return it this week. Perhaps I can learn some new tips????? I doubt it - but you never know.
|Organizing Solutions for Every Quilter by Carolyn Woods|
Well I love this part - THE CAUSES OF CLUTTER
Not enough surface space (NOPE - not an issue at my house)
Too much surface space (OK - I have to agree with this one)
Too many projects at once (ARE YOU KIDDING ME - that causes clutter????? - who knew!!!)
Unfinished cleanup (USED to be a problem - now I am VERY diligent about cleaning up)
Inaccessible storage (NOPE - not a problem either)
No designated home (USED to be a problem, but I have learned - NOTHING is homeless at my house)
So far, I AGREE with everything she has mentioned, although I am not very far into the book. The biggest problem with this whole organizing thing is that it takes time - LOADS and LOADS of time. BUT if you start in one area - start small, it will get easier and then it becomes a habit and next thing you know - you are in good shape.
Lots of people ask for advice and the BEST piece of advice that I could give to anyone who wants to organize/clean their sewing room. Start by sorting and putting LIKE things together. Well - there are tons of other advice, but this is the place to start!!!!!
I don`t mind the clutter - and almost all of mine is that I take those TOO MANY PROJECTS at once and lay them on my TOO MUCH SURFACE SPACE and it looks messy. But I can have the space clear for people to sew in about a half hour. I don`t think that is bad at all!!!!!
|Oh yes - let`s not forget the winter sampler. I did get some sewing done and also the next group of blocks are cut and ready to go!!!!|
I know - you are thinking that NONE of the above had anything to do with food. Well I am NOT one for making and taking my lunch anywhere. I usually buy it, but lately, I have been trying to be good and take lunch, especially to Monday Motivators. So I put my lunch (leftovers from dinner the other night at the restaurant) in my little microwaveable container. At lunch, I loosened the lid and put it in the microwave to heat it up. I must have heated it a bit too much as it was hot and I went to put the lid on and being too much in a hurry, it wouldn't snap down properly.
I grabbed the container and OH CRAP - it is hot. I turned to put it on the counter and WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE - that little HOT MISSILE of a container just sailed out of my hands. Now - you are thinking - OH DEAR what a mess. NOPE - it sailed right into the BIG OPEN garbage container. I just stood there - HEY - what happened????? Now if that container had of landed FACE UP - I probably would have picked it out (the garbage bag was BRAND NEW), but OH NO - that little container landed face down and I LOST MY LUNCH!!!!
Well by this time, I am laughing so hard, the tears are rolling down my face and when I went back to the sewing room, I could NOT stop laughing. I guess it was the kind of moment that has to happen to you. Oh my gosh - it was the funniest thing ever!!!!!
Judy saved the day (and gave me half of her sandwich) although I insisted that I had chocolate with me and didn't need the sandwich!!!! Thanks Judy.
Oh yes - I did another project at Monday. Shoot - I can't find it right now but I will and take a picture for tomorrow.
Have you ever noticed how people react to advice that you give them? Well - I try not to give advice to a specific person or scenario (I used to and I am trying to keep my mouth shut!!), but from time to time people will ask for advice - how would YOU quilt this, how would you design this, how would you charge for this, how would you approach this, etc. etc. And I have to laugh because EVERY TIME I give MY advice (and reluctantly I might add), my advice gets questioned!!! Really??? You would do that??? You would charge that much???? Well - DO NOT ask for my advice if you don't want it. BUT I HATE HATE HATE (that is such a strong word), but when people ask ME for advice on how to quilt something. I LOVE LOVE LOVE free motion and I know these people have NO INTEREST in doing free motion. Don't ask me - we have different styles!!!!! Anyway - I will continue to give (if asked) but THINK before you ask - you may not like the answer!!!!! (I will dish out TONS of general advice - like organizing - well there is a time and place to dish out advice) - OH dear it is a complicated line to draw!!!!
Don't get me wrong - I think it is a good idea for people to discuss things - it helps to clarify the situation. I love to do that as well. But don't say - Oh really? - - do you think that is OK?? Well I wouldn't have said it if I didn't think it was OK!!!! ;)
On that note - I am out of here. I better get some e-mails answered, make labels and a few other paperwork things before I hit the sewing and quilting machines.
Have a great day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!