Tuesday, February 23, 2010
1 - I work better when I am not working in a mess. I knew this but it was filed in the back of my mind. It has come to the forefront.
2 - It is time to clear out and clean up. I spend way to much time organizing and reorganizing stuff I am never going to use again.
3 - My sewing room is the only way it can be UNLESS I GET RID OF SOME STUFF.
5- I don't always have to know everything I need to know in order to get started. (sometimes I do). I still don't know everything I need to know about blogging but I am learning as I go along.
6 - When I can't seem to get interested in starting anything or even finishing anything I need someone to give me a jump start. I am not good at motivating myself.
It looks like the first 4 things on my list have to do with letting go of some stuff. The first thing to go will be the trays of 2 inch colorwash squares and 1 1/4 inch squares. I know I never again going to arrange 2 inch squares on my design wall and sew them together. I like all of the quilts I made but I know I won't do it again. Maybe the next to go will be the squares and rectangles, lots of old duller tones in those boxes that don't appeal to me anymore. A big part of my enjoyment as I sew is seeing the interplay of color and pattern and some of what I have just isn't that enjoyable anymore.
Friday, February 19, 2010
This is the result of my effort, it is 18 x 21 inches. I put 2 small 9 patches in the border to transition from the dark fabric to the light I think I will leave them in even though they don't look as red hot as I thought they would.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
I stayed in again today and spent the day cutting up all the leftover pieces from what I have been working on. I am cutting strips 1.5, 2 and 2.5 inches. I am also cutting 4.5 inch squares for my box of squares for scrap quilts. This is the size I use most often. I also cut a few smaller squares if I couldn't cut anything larger. I threw out a fairly large bag of shreds and my floor looks like I need a rake. I am getting down to 1 box of floral fabs instead of 2 and what I am not cutting up are things I have a purpose for. I am making progress but it is slow going. I am not fast, probably because I am a messy worker and as I go along things get pulled out and not put away. I have reached the point where I have to stop and make some space and get organized. Everything in my sewing room has a place and when it is all cleaned up it looks like I am well organized but right now almost nothing is in it's place. I tell myself things get so messy because my space is small but I know that if it was large I would just have a bigger mess.
Saturday, February 13, 2010
I am still rearranging the blocks on the larger quilt and trying to decide if I like the setting trianglefabric it has kind of a murky look to it.
I will look at it up on the wall for another few days before I sew it . I am going to the LQS Tuesday and I think I will wait to see if I find something I like better. I do not want to rip out 14 set in triangles. I know my objective is to use my fabric but in the process I do not want to make what I consider ugly quilts. We'll see
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
This my first attempt at blogging and I don't know if I am ready for it. However that never stopped me before.
Melody Johnson invited her followers to Quilt Along with Melody in February as she uses up her stash of printed fabrics. I have a couple of boxes of floral fabric left from my colorwash days and I decided to join the fun. It isn't so much fun if you can't share what you are doing, so here I am.
This where I am now after making a bunch more darker blocks. I am still working on more dark blocks
I am beginning to like it and I will be so happy to have those empty boxes. I think that there will be more than one quilt from this but that is OK. Some of these fabrics are at least 13-15 years old and there are almost no pieces big enough to make anything but a scrap quilt and I have made a lot of those. For colorwash/watercolor quilts you need a lot of different fabrics but not so much of one fabric so I bought mostly 1/2 to 1 yard of anything. It is good have my focus on using the fabric.
I can see that I am going to have to spend some time learning how to blog and move things around. I think I am also going to have to learn to take better pictures.