Friday, June 24, 2016

Another Delay

I should be working on my Finish-Along list; I think the second quarter projects are supposed to be finished by July, but I took a slight detour.

The Orlando Modern Quilt Guild is asking for help with their charity quilt project for victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting. Specifically, 10" heart blocks or finished quilts with a heart theme that measure at least 48"x60". Rainbow colors. The details can be found here.

I do a lot of charity quilts and feel motivated to help with this cause. I think it's okay to delay the other stuff I need to do and get this one done.

It's going pretty fast; about 8 more blocks to make, and I can get a top put together. 

Is any one else participating?

Monday, June 13, 2016

Paper Piecing

I finally got the June Saturday Sampler block done.

The block is 16"x20". I don't think I realized it wasn't square until I got it made, and then I was a little surprised. It also took longer than I expected. I'm glad it's finished.  

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Saturday Sampler

What happened to the weekend? It passed so fast. My Saturday Sampler group met Saturday morning at Quilters Patch. I've been participating every year for about the last 15+ years. Every month we get a new block and also get to see the all the new fabric lines, books, BOM's, etc. The 2016 Saturday Sampler is a quilt called Star Gazing. The block so far:
 January (r) and February (l)

The June block is paper pieced. I'll get it done this week and post a picture.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

It's Gotta Be Done

No sewing happening here. It's hard to sew when the sewing machine is covered with "stuff". My friend Alan had helped me about a month ago in an attempt to reorganize my sewing room, but after moving stacks from one side of the room to the other, we came to the conclusion that true organization was going to require emptying the room. That's not what I wanted to do.....the very thought filled me with dread. On the positive side, the room is carpeted, and I have wanted to change the flooring for some time. Also, the current organization system is not working and I need to re-think everything.

I have been busy moving things (fabric, lots of fabric) out of the room. I think it will just have to be stored for a while. I had no idea how much fabric I actually have--every time I move some out, I keep finding more. In the meantime, everything is a huge mess. I know there are bloggers who post pictures of their mess in hopes of maintaining accountability during the process, but no way am I going to post a picture of the current chaos! That seems to me like publicly beating yourself up for things that have gotten out of control. You know what? It happens. My sewing space is not shared with anyone else, so I have no obligation to straighten up each time I leave. Compound that over time, and it's a mess. Add in the fact that sewing itself is a messy hobby, and double the mess factor. Again, it's my room, and I am not going to beat myself up over it.

I have, however, looked at lots of pictures on Pinterest of finished sewing rooms, and that was fun. I learned a couple of things from the pictures. First, I don't want a space that has no color. The solid white walls and solid white furniture and solid white cabinets don't inspire me. Second, spaces that are totally uncluttered (like when everything is inside drawers and cabinets) seem really sterile to me. I don't want my favorite room in the house to look like the operating room in a hospital. I've already said I don't want carpet, and that reminds me that I don't want the popcorn finish on the ceiling anymore either. So, that gives me enough of a plan to forge ahead. I just have to keep at it until it's done!