Monday, March 18, 2013

First Around the World

I admired all those Scrappy Around the World quilts seen on various blogs and pininterest and as I had a selection of pretty pinks and purples I decided to make a little girls quilt. This is my first one and I used Bonnie Hunter's instructions on her  Quiltville blog to make this 48"x48" quilt top or 'flimsey'.
It has been a learning adventure as I have such a challenge letting go of the process and trusting the outcome. With the result that the outcome is less than it could be.  However I'm sure a little girl will enjoy it, warts and all. The bottom row is pinned in place.

Isn't quilting wonderful? We learn so much - about our styles, our capacity to take or give criticism, ability and willingness to develop new skills, to organize (or not), get together with like minded people (in big or small groups or in blogland), make lovely pieced blankets, wall hangings or decorations for ourselves or others and so much more.


Sunday, March 17, 2013

Fabric Purchases

Yesterday, I attended the 6th fabric sale of a deceased quilter. She did a lot of traditional quilting, taught quilting and left behind rooms of material, patterns and books. Her husband and his new wife have sorted it and offered it for sale. I wish I knew more about her and them but don't. This time there were boxes of her projects for sale (6)  and I dallied over them for quite awhile. All of them were hand stitched and she may have done 1-4 blocks or most of them. There were several basket quilts, a dresden which I bought, a couple of moderns, and many traditional, a box of 600 triangles-red and navy,plus, plus, plus. As for the other fabric, it was in stapled bags in boxes. The larger pieces were stacked on two bookcases, 1 piece per bag. While the remaining was several fat 1/4's or portions of per bag-an enormous task of organizing which isn't over yet.These boxes were on tables in 2 rooms of a home built in the 40's in Victoria - Cook Street/Dallas Road area, 1 block from the ocean. The urge was to take it all, just back the moving van up to the door and load it all. Resisting that I collected the following to add to my stash starting with the hand pieced dresden kit I purchased. 

The book was free and was the third one I have picked up there. And the moda layer cake was $10. After reading several comments on fabric shrinkage, everything but the moda was washed and dried after the photo shoot. Next I will fold each piece and add it to my organized stash. How nice to be able to say that. What will happen to your quilting supplies when you die? Do you care?

Friday, March 15, 2013

Book Giveaway

Patti, from My Current Obsessions blog is giving a Carrie Nelson book away on Monday.  Get on over there and enter to win.
Patti has more prizes coming up so you might want to follow her blog. Good Luck.

All my Pretties Coming Together

I feel like Golum in the Lord of the Rings trilogy as I fondle and sort my fabric.
Peggy likes the new arrangement.
This is my main cutting area. The containers on the bottom hold all my scraps.

Feels good to finally be making some progress in my lovely sewing room. How and where to put things have been big questions and although I have found a system that seems to work for right now, I expect changes will be made. I am not by nature an organized person-more of a pile person. I see the merits in organization, I'm just not disciplined enough. However, I'm glad I have taken the time to clean my room up - love being able to see my fabric. You can see some of my faithful companions - all rescues: Peggy is a long hair domestic, Kink- a short hair very gentle soul and on the floor, Tonto our almost 14 year old reprobate. Back to my room. I still have lots of fabric to bring in and organize but most of my quilting fabric is here. I used to sew for myself and my daughter and am hoping that if I can see the fabric and patterns, I will be inspired to start sewing clothes again as well as purses, baby clothing, receiving blankets, etc.

Monday, March 11, 2013

The Victoria Sewing Show. I wait for this show every year and although it seemed smaller this year, I managed to leave lots of money behind. I took my camera but it was crowded I didn't take many. Here's a few- a photo of this great screen:

 as well as these photos:

Wish my camera showed the detail of the work involved. All I could say was "oh, my" over and over again. Looking at these photos I may have had the wrong setting on my camera. Sorry for that.
This is the photo of a kit I bought - once made it will be my first 'Window Pane' wall hanging.
and a pattern for this:
and another pattern for two like this: Halloween and a Snowman one by same artist.
Below is a pile of my stuff. Missing is 'String Fling' by Bonnie Hunter which is my bedtime reading material right now. There is something very appealing about her books - as well as daunting about tackling one of her patterns with all those little pieces! But I am going to and soon. So intriquing. Love the animal fat quarter bundle by Robert Kaufman. Plan on making baby and toddler items this year - always so many around and they are not critical.

It's all so yummy! The fabric on the right in the first photo is some lovely slinky from Gala Fabrics for a long top for me - planning to use a pattern from Material Girls. Well, I'm hoping to do some sewing today - am working on a few things - still organizing my space which might be done by Christmas the rate I'm going; am almost finished the top for my first 'scrappy around the world' (also my first 'around the world'), have started a scrappy bargello for a little boy and have many more I wish to make. lol. Talk to you soon.