Friday, 24 July 2015

LE2: Prepping for the Compass Ring

 Today I'm prepping my work area to create the 'ring' that goes around the compass
There's nothing wrong with my first compass (above), I just don't love it anymore. I feel like LE2 wants a polka dotty compass with fewer fabrics and a simpler look - so I made a new one.
 I love it, it's just what I had in mind
Tomorrow I'll be putting down the compass ring

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

WOW: A Tidy Room!

WOW = WIPs On Wednesdays
My sewing room is finally in order. I was very happy to realise that an entire shelf of fabric has now been emptied of fabrics. This front shelf here was loaded with fabric, but is now books and magazines only. Over the next few weeks, I will be going through this bookshelf and letting go of any titles that I don't need in my life. It's hard to release things as I like everything I have. But if I don't need it, it has to go. I released an entire shelf of fabric in this way and now only have the stash shelf behind it full of fabric. My stash busting is half accomplished. The rest of my shelving consists of plastic boxes that are each filled with a WIP. When I'm ready, I'll take on each box one at a time until all my WIPs are done. What a wonderful feeling that will be. I hope I live long enough to actually accomplish such a huge task!
My biggest quilting mistake was that, 14 years ago when I started out, it was a popular idea to 'stash build'. I don't know why stash building appealed to me so much, but it did. And it even made sense. I wasn't the only one - everyone was doing it. Which sounds so stupid now. I really don't know why I didn't stop and think of the future? I purchased heaps of fabric. And I pretty much regret 80% of it. I really didn't think so much of it could date so badly. But it has. Most of it hasn't been useful. In fact, it's been a burden and I'm happy to see it gone. I now try to buy what I need on a project basis only and I'm already making a habit of releasing the leftovers wherever I can and to whomever I can. It's liberating.

I want to be a woman with quilts, not a woman with fabrics.
What are your thoughts on fabric stashes?

What's Your WOW?

Monday, 20 July 2015

Oma's Blues: Centre Plate Diamonds

Even though I machine stitched the plate edging (instead of appliqueing it as I had first planned) I am appliqueing the small diamonds that go all the way around. It's finicky work, but I enjoy it. It's cold down my way and I am rugged up, happy to be warm, inside and quilting. I'm watching the Quilt Show on my laptop as I work, it keeps me company as I press on.
I created each of these shapes with stitch and wash fusible, and am putting them into position with basting glue. Later, I'll stitch them into place - either by hand or machine, depending on the area I'm working on. These will be hand stitched. Fusible has become a part of my working process - so much so that I use it all the time, even on small items like this one. Actually I find it makes these smaller shapes easier to handle.

Saturday, 18 July 2015

My Winter Sewing Nook

It's winter down my way so the days are short, the nights are long and it's mostly chilly. In winter my favourite sewing nook moves away from my actual sewing room to the lounge room where I have a comfy chair by a large window. It means I get as much light as possible whilst it lingers. And I like sewing in the open because it means I'm present when my DDs drop in to visit most evenings. When I'm in my sewing room, I'm a bit of a sewing hermit - I can spend all day in there. But winter brings new routines and this is my winter sewing spot.
At first I just had a carpet bag with my latest sewing project in there; but now I've settled in and have a side table, a bar stool that serves as a mini bench top, a daylight lamp, a footstool and some journals, threads, books and assorted sewing supplies. My family are not thrilled about this - they think its messy. I really don't think it's as bad as they say. You can hardly get up to creative pursuits without some supplies on hand. At least, I can't. And if you can't be creative in your own home - where can you be??
As you can see I'm working on the inner plate edge of Oma's Blues. I'm hand sewing in the evenings and working between LE, LE2, Oma's Blues and a few other little projects so it's always new.
These are a few of my sketch journals, some threads, thimble stickers. hand cream and baby wipes for keeping handwork clean.
What about you? Where do you sew? Do you move around through the seasons or do you keep all your work in one room all year long? I'd love to know..

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

WOW: Another Pomegranate

WOW: WIPs On Wednesdays
I've uncovered another packed away treasure whilst tidying up my sewing room: it's my pattern Pomegranate. It's a popular pattern that was released in a magazine and I made two of the wall hangings. The red and white published version and this started and set aside black, white and red version. I've looked for this quite a few times as I would like to finish it sometime! That makes it a newly discovered WIP and I'm happy to add it to my list of quilts to get done.
What's Your WOW?

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Oma's Blues Part 7 is Launched

Oma's Blues is my current free BOM: you can download all the parts over in my Yahoo BOM Group and currently all the parts are available for free, so if you haven't started this quilt, you can still join in! I've just started Oma's Blues myself and I'm looking forward to showing my progress here very soon. If you'd like to see some other quilters working on this BOM, check out the galleries in my Yahoo BOm Group, there are some stunning Oma's Blues being created. 

Monday, 13 July 2015

LE: Look What I Found!

Sometimes I think I do too much: there's really no other way to explain how I could have packed away an entire Love Entwined project box... and forgotten about it completely
In fact I found two LE project packets.
One full of shapes (that I knew about for returning to when I have time for hand sewing)
and another withe the original border fabric I had set aside for Love Entwined initially. I completely forgot about this fabric. All these months of hunting down LE border fabric and I didn't even know there was this stash put aside for consideration!
 It's beautiful and instantly familiar. Even though I had forgotten about its existence before now.
I still have my LE paper template up on my design wall, so I've just pinned the fabric into position over the template, where it will actually go.
I'll leave it pinned here until I get around to unpacking my LE. My room is too messy at the moment to unpack my precious heirloom, so I'll just look on and let it grow on me until I'm ready. I think it will work, tone wise. But I'll have to consider it properly later when I'm in the right mood.
Have you ever found anything unexpected when tidying your sewing room?
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