Archive for January, 2011

Snowy Day Keeps me inside and busy

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

Got the camera out today to take some pictures of some quilts. Since its is snowing/raining/ icy/ windy outside, I decided to rearrange the kitchen and set up the quilt standard in there. The delemma was deciding where the best place to set up was based on lighting and avoiding the dogs.  Originally, I thought I would back it up to the counters but it proved to be too long to fit there so I moved the table and chairs out and set up between the kitchen and the living room Рgood for light, bad for dogs.

I pulled out the white drape and knew immediately that I should have vacuumed up all the dog hair before I got started – I decided the camera wasn’t really going to be able to see it so I put that task off for later and hung up the white drape complete with a dusting of dog hair on its lower extremities.¬† The first quilt was pinned up and pictures snapped. But wait, the battery on the camera is dangerously low! It figures…

Not to be undone, I charged the battery between quilt hangings and got a lot of pictures snapped.

These three new ones are in my gallery, Chinese Fans, Starry Night in Neutrals and The Ultimate Exchange!. Look closely I’ll bet you can see any dog hair!

P.S. I did vacuum in the end – and even cleaned a bathroom while I was at it!

Empty Box – oh Boy!!!

Monday, January 24th, 2011

So, in keeping with my rules, I have emptied a project box! The quilt top is finished and waiting in line for the long arm. Technically, the box shouldn’t be emptied until the binding goes on but I’ve set aside binding fabric so I think I’m safe to merge the rest of the unused fabric back into my stash. Meanwhile, I have finished another quilt complete WITH binding – only this one didn’t have a box, just a file folder! See the Pastel Chains below or click on the link to see more detail in my gallery.

So even though I have finished two quilts this week but only one had a box, I can only start one new project, according to my own rules… hmmm, I don’t think I’m being fair to myself.

I say this in all honesty as my brain churns up a myriad of¬† new ideas. My biggest delemma, if one would call it that, is that Bear’s Paw in Towson (where I teach a lot of classes) has graciously arranged for me to use a Bernina 830 for a couple of months. Now my time is limited with this grand machine and I want to put everything else on hold and just spend my days creating with all the fantastic things this machine had to offer. I’ve been coveting one for a long time because it has ONE stitch that I really need. I know, one stitch, really… all that money for one stitch… can’t I compromise and find another stitch on a machine I already own? Well, maybe – but meanwhile, I’ve got the stitch available to me at the push of a button right now and since I’m not going to be able to afford this machine any time soon (soon being defined in terms of years!), I feel the pressure to get all my ideas down in fabric with that particular stitch ASAP. And when you think about it, the main goal for Bear’s Paw to lend me this machine is so I can learn it inside and out and help my students when I teach at their store. SoI really should¬† sit and sew all week long.

Alas, I will instead sit and type all week long as I have a few class agendas to work up and a few patterns to write… Perhaps, I can skip the nighly ritual of TV watching with my adoring hubby and sew all evening… hmmm. If I think about it hard enough, I’m sure I will figure out a way to have my cake and eat it too!! Times a-wasting!

Self Control? What’s that about?

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

I find that my creativity is stifled sometimes by my own rules for self-control. I have this one little rule that I can’t start a new project until I have a box to put it in. Now, my boxes are just plastic bins with lids. Lids are important for keeping the dog hair and dust out of the projects that linger longer than others!. Everything related to the project lives in that box until it is bound. And it is especially important to note that I am not allowed to raid a box for fabric, no matter how perfect that fabric would be in another project.

Originally, there were only 8 boxes allowed in my sewing room. Over the last few years, I have commandeered several other types of boxes that were just hanging around empty as well as a few file cabinet drawers that were really not being used to their full potential. Most recently, many of the left over boxes from Christmas were quickly filled up in an effort to clean up my sewing room. Yet, there still remains a few projects floating around with just a bulging file folder trying to contain all the bits and pieces of its creation. And lets not mention the projects that were put on the fast track, worked on furiously with parts and pieces spread chaotically all around the sewing room and until the binding stage – there’s a few of those just sitting in piles too!

Since we’ve moved, the clutter keeps collecting in this new space of mine and I have blamed it on shrinking pains brought on by trying to fit it all into a smaller space. But an epiphany occurred to me the other day! As I perused my shelves filled with boxes, many of them labeled,¬† I realize that most of my boxes are class lessons and not really “projects” any more – What a relief!! Here I thought I was getting out of control but its not a bad as I think! I have officially given myself permission to buy more boxes now and perhaps another shelf or two to house the boxes. After all, I could really use those file cabinet drawers for other things. You see, I keep my thread in plastic boxes….

Serenades!

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Through out our years of marriage, my husband and I have always had our other loves. Now – its not what you’re thinking!¬† Sewing and quilting for me and music for him.¬† On our third date, he serenaded me for hours and I went home that night and told my mother that this was the man I was going to marry.

Of course it turned out to be an excellent decision and to this day, he continues to serenade me on a regular basis. Often in our earlier years, after the kids had been put to bed, he’d pull up a chair beside my sewing machine and entertain me as I stitched away.¬† Now that the children are mostly off on their own and I get to stitch away all day long, he had more time to serenade others too! Just to see what I mean, click here then press PLAY! Enjoy

How many guilds are too many?

Monday, January 10th, 2011

As I sit here writing checks for membership renewal to three different guilds, all due this month, I wonder… Do I belong to too many guilds? I frequently get them confused and have been known to furiously scribble down who’s who with what guild and what that guild does while a dear friend – also a member of many of the guilds I belong to – dictates the facts to me! I’m not sure what that says about my ability to organize my brain¬† but I blame it on all the similar names of all the organizations – they all have the word “Quilt” in them, some have “Professional” in the title. Some are “networks” and some are “guilds”. You see where I’m coming from here, right?

Now, these three guilds that are renewing this month are not the only ones I can claim membership in. There may be four or five more. I’m not sure but I may have let one national guild lapse because the dues were due the same time as fall tuition – yep, that does sound like a familiar story- and I probably thought I would just re-up later but conveniently forgot. And I know for sure that I did not renew with one guild last fall since we¬† have moved a bit further north and the drive to meetings was going to be an hour or more.

I firmly believe that I get something out of each and very membership in my vast variety of guilds. But since I’m always confused as to who’s who and what’s what, I may be getting more from one guild and attributing it to another. And with all that being said, I have seriously contemplated joining another one or two local guilds. Because our new home is just at the top of the bay, going up north or down either side of the bay opens up a myriad of opportunities for quilting camaraderie – all less than an hour’s drive in any direction.¬† I think before I do, I will set up a payment schedule first and limit renewal deadlines to only three a month!

Well, I’ll get to that later – time to sign off. Got a guild meeting to go to!!

It’s a Good New Year!

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

Just got notified that one of my quilts were accepted into AQS-Lancaster – What a great way to start the new year!