Mid-January Power Sewing

Except for my exercise plan <ahem>, I’m having a very productive early January! I took two big winter weather events in stride and stuck to my quilting plan for the year. I know it’s early, but it’s still a reason to celebrate, don’t you think?  Let me enumerate:

  1. I rearranged my sewing space based on some great advice/comments I received to my Let There be Light post. As a result, there is currently nothing below my window — whew. Boots has been able reclaim his napping spot and my computer desk is oriented so that it’s facing the door, not beside it. My ironing board is now where the desk was and the sewing cabinet is back in it’s old spot to the left of the window.  Somehow the flow feels much, much better. I should learn more about Feng Shui (including how to pronounce it). There is certainly something calming about a well-designed room.
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    Bootsie lounging in his favorite chair with the sun warming his old bones. He’s an indoor-outdoor kitty, but he hasn’t been outside in days. The snow would surely be above his head! My original design Boudoir quilt is in the background. 

  2. My Drops of Rainbow quilt has been back from Ms. G, (my wonderful long arm quilter) for a couple of weeks. I attached the binding right away, but then got distracted by Christmas. Since it wasn’t a planned gift, I brought it and my hand-binding kit down to the family room, expecting to  finish it quickly. Then came more distractions, additional glasses of wine, mountains of bon-bon eating, etc. etc. Meanwhile, the quilt was put to good use. My son likes to sleep on that sofa and he’s an equal opportunity quilt snuggler, so the not-quite-completed quilt made for handy napping. However, Friday night’s big snowfall meant that there was no more viable distractions/excuses: it was time to start bonding with my quilt. I finished the binding on last night.
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    I know, I know, I’ve read that you can attach both sides of a binding with a machine, but I love the handwork at the end of the creative process!

  3. One of my friends retired this year. Around the same time, her daughter passed away quickly and unexpectedly. My heart aches for her and I’m making a quilt to hopefully bring her some comfort. Finally all the pieces are cut and I can start putting them together. I am hoping for a May completion date, which will be in time for her birthday. True Blue from Miss Rosie’s Spice of Life Quilts will contain 100 cream/blue blocks surrounded by a piano key border. IMG_0803[1]
  4. My Pottery Barn up-cycled table runner is nearly complete. I created this paper-pieced Spring Chicken to go with the dust ruffle flowers and she just makes me smile! You can make her too with this pattern.Spring_chicken_logopic

And just for fun, here is a frost-covered maple tree that marks one of the farm’s boundaries. When I drove by yesterday (Sunday), there was a magnificent hawk perched in the very tippy top branches. Alas, I scared her away before I could snap a portrait, but the tree was too beautiful to ignore. This blue is unedited — it’s incredible, isn’t it?IMG_0807[1]

 

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A bright clear and cold Sunday morning at the summit of the farm.

Are you accomplishing your January goals?

Six Days and Counting

Last Saturday my friend/Quilt Pusher and I willingly stepped into the pre-Christmas shopping madness. Fortunately, for us, there was a quilt shop open on the way to Rochester and we were able to assuage our angst about buying the correct gift for others by buying a few things that we really, really needed for ourselves at Material Rewards.

What did I need, you ask?

Well, the always creative and reliable Ms. G let me know that my Drops of Rainbow quilt was off the long-arm machine and ready for pick-up. Ms. G selected a lovely, spring-like motif for the all-over quilting pattern. Although this project is not planned as a Christmas gift, the fact that I picked it up did create an emergency, as I had no suitable material for a binding.

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I love the flowers on my Drops of Rainbow!

QP/Friend is very good with color choices so our first order of business at Material Rewards was to find the right binding. She helped me discover a subtle blue print that looks like water droplets. I bought a couple of yards for the binding and “other uses” (future use TBD).  I spent a bit of time on Sunday cutting and pressing the strips. Soon I will be “bonding with my quilt” as I tack down the binding by hand.

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Tiny droplets up close. 

Nathena’s quilt is experiencing a total re-design after I fell in love with fabrics that don’t support my previous plan. On our trip we found a shimmery gray/white fabric called Magical Moments by Stof Fabrics that will help support my new plan.  The gold fabric is is called Sweet Dreams Little One by Pink Chandelier for Wilmington Prints. These new additions to my stash will help make Nathena’s quilt really special.

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And finally, we both fell in love with a wool applique pillow project that jumped off the wall and into our stacks of purchases. It’s going to be a cozy project on a snowy day.

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Bunny Slope pattern by Ewe+Us — is that bunny not the cutest thing?

After we finished our personal shopping, we continued on our trip to Rochester and spent the rest of the day focusing on others. We had the chance to have lunch and dinner together and enjoy the sights and sounds of last-minute shopping. Sometimes I cannot believe that my friend and I were children together and now we are talking about our grandchildren. How did this happen?

Stay focused people: you only have 6 days to complete your Christmas tasks. Enjoy this busy time, and feel free to treat yourself a little bit too.