Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Positively sewing

I adore a good long weekend. Mine was very full - cleaning, cooking, eating, a little shopping, driving, chatting, quality time with my main squeeze, sewing, pressing, trimming, loading a U-Haul, more eating, wine, and singing - but didn't feel so onerous since it was stretched over four lovely days.

Thankfully, I've finished sewing 160 plus blocks for a quilt. There are 3 large and 5 small of each color combination below.

Positively Batik mosaic

That took a while! Isn't it lovely to have a perfect stack of trimmed blocks awaiting layout?

160 blocks

Almost as satisfying is the stack of trimmings.

Trim pile

Ah! Heaven.

How was your weekend?

Monday, November 19, 2012

'Tis the season

No, I don't mean the holiday season, though it is. I mean holiday sewing season! I started a couple of months ago, and it's a good thing I did, as I've been having a lot of headaches, lately, that keep me out of my studio. It's slow going this year. I still hope to have five projects done by the end of the year, two for Christmas, and one earlier than that. That's right, I said five.

Of course, as usual when I have too much looming over my head, what did I do this weekend but clean and rearrange my studio. Do you do that, too?

I went in to work early Saturday afternoon and just couldn't handle it any more. The rearranging had been happening in my head for a long time, but I kept putting it off for when I had more time. Guess I'd reached my limit.

First, I moved my sewing table around the corner to sit squarely in front of my design wall.

Studio rearranged! #3

Then I slid the cutting table around and filled in the empty corner (it helps support big quilts while FMQing) and moved the fabric storage to the newly opened space where it will no longer be in the sunlight.

Studio rearranged! #2

Then, I reset the shelves in my bookcase, organized the books, somewhat, and perched the bird on top.

Studio rearranged! #1

All I need to do is to hang the two lights you can see peeking out from under my cutting table for task lighting!

Since I didn't share it with you before, here's a look at the quilting I did for "Wildlife Portraits" that I showed you on my last post. It made its way to NYC just in time for the fabulous Victoria Findlay Wolfe to deliver it to a Sandy victim.

Wildlife Portraits front complete

Wildlife Portraits back complete

She will continue to accept quilts of any size indefinitely (twin or larger encouraged, but not required). There's so much devastation and people have lost everything. Please send what you can, either to Bumble Beans Basics or to equilter.

I'm so thankful to have the life and comfortable home I have. For what are you thankful this year?