Hello! Did you have a good weekend? Find time to relax? Sew? Read a good book? We’re experiencing a heat wave here so finding time to relax over the weekend was especially important. I used some of the time to organize my sewing space.I sorted some of my button stash by color and filled up this Aurifil thread case. It’s just the right size to accommodate a fun assortment. I still have jars and baggies full of buttons, but this will be easy to find and use when I need embellishments.I also loaded the Color Therapy quilt on the frame. Thread is on the way for this one. I have the rulers so this may be my first ruler practice quilt. Eeeek! I’m nervous but excited to start that learning curve. However, it looks like fabric will be arriving any day for more sample sewing. Quilt Market is only a month away after all. The ruler work may have to wait.In the meantime, I’m setting aside scraps from the sample sewing. Kaffe prints are so inspiring to me. I may not use them all the time but they continually stimulate my creativity from their spot on the shelf. This color/print combination is currently making me very happy.It’s time for another iced tea in the shade. With the thermometer reading 88 degrees and a few more hours of heating up to go, I plan to avoid all strenuous activity for the rest of the day. Hope you’re staying comfortable where you are. Have a great week!
Let’s start the new year off with a bang, shall we? I’ve put together the free pattern for the Parson Gray quilt aka Mr. P’s quilt. I’m calling it Directional. You will be quite pleased, I’m sure, with how easily and quickly it goes together.You may recall, it all started with this fabulous Fat Quarter Bundle. This is Shaman by Parson Gray for Free Spirit. I chose Free Spirit’s Designer Solid in Nugray to balance out the yellow/orange/green side of this collection. Then I started thinking about an easy way to showcase some of these prints. I didn’t want it to be a fussy sort of pattern, the kind with lots of fiddly little bits. It needed to be easy enough for a beginner while providing enough room for experienced quilters to experiment and have fun. To keep things easy, I kept the points away from each other. You don’t have to worry about matching points or seams. I practiced free motion quilting using Superior Threads King Tut (Color 902). However, I can easily envision very detailed free motion quilting on the solid–maybe some dense pebbles. And perhaps the prints quilted with vertical zig zags. It’s a great canvas for quilting.It’s also a great pattern for Kaffe prints. For the Kaffe version, I swapped out the solid for one of my favorites–Paperweight in purple. No more quiet negative space here. It’s all color, all movement. And again, I practiced free motion quilting.These quilts utilized Fat Quarter Bundles. But don’t let that stop you. If a bundle is too much for your fabric budget, you have options. Go together with a couple friends and split the cost three ways. You need a fat quarter bundle with at least 24 prints. The bundle will provide enough for three throw sized quilts. Each of you can choose your own solid or solid substitute and end up with a very different look.
Or, make a scrappy version. Dig through your stash for 24 pieces suitable for strips of 5 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ plus twenty-four 3″ squares. Then select the solid or solid substitute and start cutting. If you really wanted to get serious about stash busting, you could make scrappy “arrows”. Just sew enough pieces together to get your 5 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ rectangle for the “arrow”.
I guess what I’m saying is this…there are lots of options here. So many possibilities, it’s easy to make it your own. Just have fun with it!
When I look back on this year, I have a hard time processing it all. This year we remodeled the kitchen. I could stop there and be satisfied. However, I did a lot of other things besides. Because I always see the things I haven’t managed to finish, or start, I went back and counted up the things I made this past year. Holy cow!
- 10 Quilts
- 5 Quilted Table Toppers
- 25 Pillows
- 25 Bags
- 3 Dresses
- 2 Chair Covers
- 1 Afghan
- 24 Miscellaneous crafty projects
- 10 Color Therapy Blocks
- The AMH EPP project
- The beginning of the Parson Gray EPP project
If that doesn’t put me in my place, I don’t know what will. Time to stop beating myself up about what didn’t happen and be grateful for all that did. Looking forward, I see a vast expanse of possibilities. No surprise there. But as I consider both the accomplishments and the possibilities, I become aware of how easily the possibilities fade away when I’m up to my eyeballs in projects. To bring more of the possibilities into reality, I am going to have to do better at carving out time, space and energy. (Which ultimately means saying “no” to some things–a life lesson I never seem to be done learning.)Because there are new skills to acquire, ideas to translate and lots of things to make. All of which I want to share with you here on the blog. Creative passion is contagious. If there is any one thing I want to be certain of doing in 2015, it is sharing that passion.
By the way, Stinka and Pete are giving you sneak peeks at the two lap quilts I finished this past week. As soon as I put the pattern together, I’ll have more to show you. It’s ridiculously easy to piece and just as easy to turn into a full size quilt.
In the meantime, I hope you find this time between holidays a peaceful one. Don’t beat yourself up over the things that did or didn’t happen in 2014. Look forward with hope to 2015.