Friday, February 26, 2010

I Want to Get Sewing Again . . . and Scrapbooking!

Sewing Studio still as I left it. I want to get to sewing again.Here's an image of my Sewing Studio in the basement just as I left it the last time I sewed downstairs. Yep, pretty much everything in the same posititon it was a week ago. Most of the sewing I've been doing this week has taken place at my friend's house and not here.

I have spent the last several days clearing out my Scrapbooking/Quilt Frame Room. I had allowed it to get piled up with 'stuff' over the past several months from non-use. Now that has all changed! It looks completely different than a did last week. I am so pleased to be able to start making use of it again.

Here a glimpse of the Yellow Scrapbooking/Quilt Frame Room in re-organization progress.I purchased the cloth leaders needed for my quilting frame last weekend. Now that I have those in hand I am anxious to get started on one of the many quilt tops that I have saved aside. I decided to empty the 'Yellow Room" (so named because of its color, I wrote about it here - and here.) I only want to bring back into it the things I know for certain I want to keep there. I rearranged the desks and storage units to better serve my purposes for scrapbooking. Now I'm ready to tackle the mess I have dragged out into the living room this past weekend.

Yes, every excess thing that had been stored, stashed or tucked away into the Yellow Room is now currently sitting on my living room couch or stacked along the north wall. It is a motley assortment of stuff saved as memorabilia, magazines, books, must-haves and hard-to-part-withs from the last many years. As I was hauling it out I could see right off there was some good stuff there that I will be keeping. There was also plenty of stuff I know I will be parting ways with. Now . . . how to go about doing that? At the moment I think I will be setting up several boxes. Trash will be going out into the trash bin or the shredder right off. Other things will be going into boxes: Possible Give-Aways, Definite Give-Aways, We'll See's. The final sorting began in a weak state of mind tonight. Alas I wasn't able to deal with it and therefore practiced some avoidance behavior. Turns out I'm good at that apparently. Tomorrow is a new day! So I begin again in earnest tomorrow morning!!!

I have decided to go through the stuff on hand to see what I want - and what will fit into my Yellow Scrapbooking/Quilt Frame Room (allowing plenty of room to move about). Then I will be announcing a "Come Pick From My Stuff Party" for all my friends. I've already announced this "Party" to a few people. They seem excited - they already know how much excess 'stuff' I have. I think I'll serve drinks and dessert for the party! Afterall, why not make it fun!?! Maybe some chocolate . . .

I am looking forward to tweaking this room more. I need valances on the windows; pictures, bulletin boards and decor hung; a shelf unit hung up, etc. I have a few things to bling it out a bit with personality. The overall look needs a few "WOW" pops of color - not just yellow, brown and black. I'm thinking some eye-popping bright pink, orange or red accents. Any suggestions? Can you tell enough from the photo? Perhaps I'll throw up some more photos tomorrow after I've worked on it a bit more. I cannot forget about my rattlesnake quilt I intend to hang on the wall in this room. Will that be a big enough pop of color? What do you think?

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Quilts Without Borders

There they are - the soon to be borders for the Leaf Quilt - in this gold and green fabric.Doesn't that title sound like it should be on a TV show as some investigative reporting or a place to donate your money to some tax-free organization? Okay, just kidding. I am trying to direct your attention to the fabric sitting along side of my sewing machine in the photo. I will be adding the gold strip of fabric as an inner border and cut a three and a half inch strip as an outer border from the green fabric for my Leaf Quilt. I thought I would be able to get to this today, but did not. I spent the bulk of my time pressing pre-washed fabric. I was getting it ready to use as the background for another quilt.

Things always seem to take more time than one thinks they will. That's often how it is for me anyway. I need to allow more time for things, to be more 'realistic' in accomplishing things. I should know this by now, but I hold out hopes of really accomplishing a lot on some days. Guess I allowed myself to get distracted. I didn't stay focused on this particular thing. That's okay.

I sewed with a friend this afternoon and really enjoyed my day. We went out for lunch and a bit of quilt shop fabric shopping. I engaged in a webinar on creating on-line shopping to further my business goals. I enjoyed a great visit with this friend while we sewed. All in all it was a good day. I will work to get those borders sewn onto my Leaf Quilt tomorrow. Being the one to set my own goals also means I can adjust and realign those goals to meet the situation. It's the perks of being 'my own boss'!!

New goal: Get the borders on that Leaf Quilt done tomorrow, on Friday!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Still Enjoying Autumn Leaves This Winter

The borders for this leaf quilt will be gold and green.I am happy to report that I am ready to sew the borders onto this leaf quilt. It has been a long time coming. Lots of distractions, everyday life, bouts with illness, etc. that have kept me from getting it done. It's funny, but there is nothing hard about creating a quilt like this one. Expecially if you already know how to use your embroidery functions on your sewing machine. But it seems this quilt is taking quite some time to be completed. Most of the designs are from Anita Goodesign. They sew out beautifully. It was fun to pair different thread colors together. Sewing the same design using different colors added enough variety so that none of the leaves are exactly alike. Just as in nature, no two are alike. It reminds me of a cool autumn day in the country with leaves that have just fluttered down from an overhead tree branch. I can just imagine spreading a quilt out and laying back to enjoy the last of a warm autumn day. The warm sun, a cool breeze comes along, then the delight of a light covering of leaves as they rustle overhead and come fluttering down.

At this point I am considering quilting it together using the stitch-in-the-ditch method. I toyed with the idea of a simple stipple or meandering quilting method. Now I have made up my mind to keep it really simple, and plain, looking. Stitching in the ditch along the seams of the blocks and the between the logs should be a good way to go. This simple treatment for the actual quilting will allow the leaves to steal the show as the focal feature, not the quilting itself.

I am in love with this quilt - very pleased with it. My friends agree this one is special. Don't you just love all the lovely colors? It contains lots of scraps from my stash. Even that makes me happy . . . to use up a good chunk of those scraps. This quilt will look beautiful draped across the back of our couch as a seasonal quilt for late summer and fall. Even though I look forward to spring - cannot wait till life in the Dakotas warms up - I look at this reminder of fall with favor.