I think I was busy from the time I got up yesterday until 7 in the evening! Grocery Shopping, exercise, helping Mike do some home improvements, making supper – I didn’t pick up any sewing all day and waiting until my usual evening time to quilt on the Red and Green – so progress only on one.
I don’t know about all of you but for Christmas presents for Mike and I –is very hard to pick things out. It is just the two of us and we pretty much buy things as we want them if it fits in the budget – we actually don’t shop a lot though and we live fairly simply. When Christmas comes around we really don’t need anything – we may want “things” but we do not need them. Usually we will make out little list on the computer and give it to the other and say “if you are getting me something here are some ideas with web page addresses so you know exactly what I want” Yes we are both on line shoppers and hate shopping in the stores most of the time. Big surprise huh when you unwrap the package – but hey I could buy it myself if I wanted to. So last night I started to name some things off to Mike that I would want – what topped the list FABRIC – like I really need it right?
Do I need fabric – this is what is in my sewing room–
That stack on those shelves is actually two deep only far to say:
Scraps that haven’t been gone through in some time and I see a ribbon that got tossed in there as well
So why with all this fabric – and I know some of you have a LOT more than I do – why do we want more?
So we have plenty to choose from?
Because it is so pretty?
We have an addiction?
LOL I buy on sale mainly and next year’s prices will be a lot higher!!! that is one of my reasons. I feel that I need the fabric so that when we are just living on social security in our old age and we are running out of money I will have plenty to choose from and won’t have to go without. (that is my justification anyhow)
Why do you want more?
Well I told you all I cleaned up my sewing area when we got home from our trip – and now my sewing table is full again but I will get to that in the next post! This what it looked like Wednesday morning after I got the camper emptied out – just kind of tossed stuff LOL
I had a package waiting for me from the giveaway I won while we were traveling – from Moda Lissa – nice amount to add to the stash
Before we had left on our trip I had emptied out the large box onto the table – this was all fabric that had been put aside for the Uncommon, Common Bride which ended up being much smaller and different (and not finished yet) than originally planned. Some of the fabric was put in with the Love Entwined fabric as it will go with that quilt the rest has been put back on the shelves. I decided that I need to switch boxes and Love Entwined is now in the big box.
Yes and it is already overflowing once again but nice to have it all in one spot.
The large block quilt that I barely started on the trip – 2 blocks finished will now be machine pieced instead and kept in the smaller box. I just couldn’t get into hand piecing it – long seams tend to be boring and go so much faster by machine!
A little neater – Love Entwined box within easy reach on the stool
Shelve of fabric rearranged a little bit to make more room – I really need to color organize one day but it won’t happen soon I’m sure. I haven’t done anything with the other shelves and they are packed like always
I have been quilting the Pinwheel quilt in the hoop but that is the only one I am working on right now– I might get the big block basket out though and maybe sew a block or two and get myself back to normal within the next day or two! I have concluded that the best thing to take along to work on in the future in the camper is a hexie project and one applique project just in case I am in the mood – I got about 35 hexie diamonds done and will show the stack in the next post. I barely touched any of the other projects that I brought along – a stitch here and there and that was it.
Now you know why I am taking a break from hand quilting this post is scheduled also – by now we will be in Northern Wisconsin – I have a few more post scheduled in case I have no reception.
Before I started my break from hand quilting to heal the finger tips I had gotten more work done on the Pinwheel quilt in the hoop that I hadn’t showed. I kind of forgot about that one.
Almost all of this section except the border is quilted. I will do all the blocks first and then the border.
And now I have a clean table once again – I wonder how long that well last
I had been getting a lot of hexies cut the last two weeks to add to Diamonds are Forever and actually made a dent in the wire baskets on the top shelf! they had been full. Of course I showed you all that fabric that was left from Uncommon, Common Bride – hmmm wonder where some of it will go? the scrap bins never seem to empty do they
I know a lot of you have a smaller space to work in than I do and a lot of you have a much bigger space! Some of you have your kitchen table and a shelf in the closet and others have a whole great big studio – I am in between those sizes I guess. My quilting frame takes up so much room in this small 9.3″ x 11″ space that I have – I just have to work around it. But I felt crowded and was due for a change. So Thursday night I got to rearranging - A year or so ago I had gotten two tall skinny cabinets for the room to store odds and ends in and the tops came in handy to store things on too – I had one on each side of the cutting table which meant I could only cut from the front of the table. – but in the end – it was just too crowed.
I know I bet you can’t see a lot of difference but I moved the cutting table and I put one of the tall skinny cabinets in the bedroom – all of the same things are stored in it but I just have to get up and walk to get things – that is good – exercise you know. I put a tall stool in the sewing room instead. I can now move around the table and access from three sides and if I really need more space the stool can be moved out and the table leaf can be extended for more work space. The sewing machine still gets put away when I am not using it and then the sew ezi table is just a computer desk.
the other cabinet is moved to the end of the quilting frame with the dvd player/dish receiver on top of it and the plastic file cabinet that was there is now inside the closet.
The other cabinet is here in the bedroom.
And yes the sewing machine is put away once again now last night and the nine patch quilt top is finished – I decided this was as big as it was going to be – finished at about 80 x 82 I think just the right size for the camper bed. I will start quilting on it soon I think – but not this week I will machine quilt straight lines when I do. I have too much hand work going on right now to tackle another with hand quilting. The sun was shining on it as you can see and shade in other parts – one block shows up white – well it isn’t of course – must be a light color block of course but there is color there!
Yesterday I also got busy prepping more of the 90 degree hexagons for the Patchwork of the Crosses – I needed a lot more white pieces and more color to mix in. If you look closely you can see the templates printed on the fabric – you don’t want the ink too dark and of course you can see it much better in person.
On the white you print it even lighter. Now to get busy finishing with the cutting. Then I can get back to sewing.
Hope everyone has a great weekend!
I was going to take a before and after shot yesterday of the fabric that I was going to roll up on bolts but forgot until after it was on my table to I kind of just stuck them back up there so you could get an idea of what it had looked like and then another photo after it was neat Not quite the arrangement it was in but close.
Now nice and neat and brushing the top of the slanted ceiling in this room. Now I know what I have. My bright white fabric came today from Fat Quarter Shop – that is the bolt on the top – with what was still on the bolt (4 yds) and what I received it is now a nice big fat bolt again.
I think I will stop by Hobby Lobby this coming week and see if they have some more empty bolts I can use and put some of the larger folds that I have in this area on them also to neaten it up somewhat. Of course that means I will need to rearrange these shelves a little bit but that is ok, they need it. I might even cut some pieces of cardboard that I have to fit some of the 1 yard pieces and wrap them on that to have it neatly stacked.
In between my hand piecing and hand quilting I will try to get to the shelves and refold things – it does tend to get a little messy after awhile and I really don’t need to start another new quilt immediately – I have plenty that I am working on. One day I really need to start cutting more of the scraps up and get them in the boxes also – so many waiting to be taken care of. Some of these stacks look like they could topple over at any moment!
Have a great weekend everyone.
The servicing of my sewing machine was very quickly done! I dropped the machine off in Fort Smith at about 9:45 and they were calling me letting me know it was ready for pick up by 1:00. That worked out great for me because I am not much of a shopper and didn’t really want to spend my time aimlessly wandering through stores.
I had a nice lunch with my niece Kristy and her 9 month old baby Jesse – stopped at Kohl’s and found a new purse and Sam’s to stock up on a few things – then off to get the machine and home.
For Christmas one of the things Mike got me was a stick on light to enhance the lighting on this machine – I do not know why they put such tiny lights on these machines – the olds ones always had better lighting – of course they were hotter too.
I didn’t stick the light on when I got it because I didn’t want it on the machine when I took it in. This is without the extra light turned on
with the extra light – much better I think.
Just peel off the backing and stick it where it will work for your machine.
That’s it for now – maybe more later.