Monday, December 10, 2012

The Printed Bolt

Last spring at a quilting retreat I met two lovely ladies behind The Printed Bolt blog.
The focus is on fabric design.
 Each month they post a challenge for designers and then the designers have to create a print that supports the months theme.
 
 
It is really fun to watch and they have a great line-up of guest judges who have the final say on who wins for that month.
 Some of the judges this round are Amy Butler, Kathy Mack, and Rashida Coleman-Hale.
 Then like most competitions, a designer is eliminated until there is a winner.
 
It is a lot of fun to watch and see all the designs, plus they often do a giveaway. 
Which, is the point of this whole post!
Last summer I won (this was actually the first thing I have ever won) a $50 gift certificate to the Fat Quarter Shop. I was so excited to win and to win $50!!

The picture above are the spoils of that win. Many of which are now in my low volume quilt, my current WIP. I also have been collecting Dr. Seuss fabric and I grabbed a few solids. The orange dot will go in a polka-dot quilt as soon as I find the perfect pattern for it.

I am still loving this win! Have you won anything lately?


 

Sunday, December 09, 2012

The View From Here

When I moved rooms I was lucky enough to get a nice window to sew under.
When it was warmer I opened the window and reveled in the fresh air.
 I picked up my machine Friday night and feel so much better now.
 I am back to work on the low volume quilt. 
 
 
It started to snow last night and did not quit all day.
 I was able to sew and watch as the snow drifted down to the ground. 
As I sit at my machine below is my view.
 
 
Thick flakes fell all day long and by 4:00 school was already 2 hours late.

 
I love being snowed in!
 
What is the view from where you sew or do your making?
 
 


Thursday, December 06, 2012

What a fine Mess

Last month or so, after two and a half years of holding, I came to the sad realization that my junior in college no longer needed her childhood room.
Its been three summers since she lived at home and seems content on her own and coming home for visits. Previously my sewing and creating space was a shared space along the back wall of a small family room. Here
 
 
I asked her many times if she would mind if I moved her bed to the family room and used her room. We had already utilized part of it for office space. She Insisted she was fine with it. So the move began. We spend most of our time on the upper level of our split home as it is, and there was something about the trek down to the family room that inhibited my drive to sew. Maybe it was the proximity away from the kitchen. (food is an important element in sewing energy)
 
 

The only dilemma is, this new to me space, is also home to my school things, books, tutoring manipulatives, the things I have collected for my one day classroom. This limits my space a bit but I am working on it. Eventually I will show pictures, alas right now it is a bit of a mess.
 


So this room, for the most part, revolves around one thing.....Gretchen....my sewing machine. But as I posted yesterday, she locked up in the middle of creating the blocks below. How is it that finally I have the space I have wanted for a long time, the desire to create and FINISH a bunch of projects and she up an quits. We are not on speaking terms right now.

To pacify my grief, and I really grieved, I bought some fabric. I love those cuckoos. The pretty green is for a someone really near and dear to me and I have a special something I am making out of it.  That is when Gretchen decides to man up and return to her rightful post. The numbers will be added to my stash of fabric for the quilt below.


The blocks above will be part of a low volume quilt from Sunday Morning Quilts via Crazy Mom Quilts. I cannot say enough about this book! I absolutely love it. There is not one project that I am not inspired to make. I have a lot of books and this is my favorite. My machine guy (I can call him that) said I could check on Gretchen tonight and see if she is better. Cross your fingers, I have a lot of work to do!!

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

 
Last month my niece came for a visit to do some sewing, she inspired me to get busy on a few unfinished projects. This quilt has been gathering dust for a very very long time. It has waited patiently for just the binding. It is a very basic courthouse steps pattern.

 
I didn't really like the quilt anymore so I neglected it. I know. Sad.


This is the only quilt I have done with a poly bat and you know, I really like the lightweight feel of it.
Below is the pieced back, I think I like it more then the front. It is really a hodge-podge of leftovers from the front including strip piecings.

 
I now find it kinda charming. This was about the second quilt I ever made (how many quilts ago now?)

 
Then I finished these... my sons colored these many years ago and I finally located them, put a "fabric frame" around them and bound them up. I think they are circa '04.

 
That year I had all my daycare kids color these on fabric and I quilted them and gave them as parent gifts. 10 of these later I neglected my own kids' work.

 
Finally, there is this guy. He is from my primitive d├ęcor loving days. I still think he is great. He is done with needle turn applique, something I used to do a lot of. I love his straight arms!

Phew it is dusty around here. It is like someone has neglected this space for too long. I will not claim to be that person but ....I honestly cannot believe that so many months have passed. Two seasons went by without a word.

 
I have been working on things, although I had a sewing machine failure this summer and again last night.

 
I took Gretchen, my machine, to the fixit guy who agreed that this is ill timing to loose ones gift maker.

 
I was able to squeeze out these blocks last weekend, I feel like the background is too busy. what do you think?

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