Staycation Day 2: Getting Organized

I listen to books on CD in the car and the current one explains how to organize your whole life in one year. Right. Now that I’m past the absurdity of the idea I can pick up some useful tips.
Me and those tips went to the grocery store and found these cool organizers.

The package doesn’t lie – they are made of sturdy plastic. I wouldn’t put anything too heavy in them, but they’re fine for the bathroom, office, etc. Some assembly required, but even I could figure it out. They come 3 in a pack for $2.99. The first set lives in the bathroom, and I plan to buy more once I start cleaning in other rooms.
I also cleaned up the sewing room and pulled out everything to start quilting the FQ challenge quilt. I drew on clear vinyl to audition quilting designs.


It’s hard to see the lines over the dark fabrics because I used black sharpie. The marker comes off the vinyl with a little rubbing alcohol. Good to know I can reuse it. The roll will probably last me the rest of my quilting life.
So far I’m spending my days doing all those things I want to do and never find time to do. This may be the best vacation ever.

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Staycation Day 1: The Stash Takes A Hit

I’m on vacation this coming week. Between mom’s hospitalization, the cat getting sick and license boy being a teenager, we could not work out a trip to some fun exotic destination. It’s one thing to have someone pet sit, another to have the person force medicine down our cat’s throat.

That means I have to make my own fun close to home.

Today we had our guild meeting, which included the annual garage sale. I sold half of what I took and only bought one piece of fabric.

fish batik 

The fish batik caught my eye. I find it strangely compelling.

From there we went to our favorite thrift shop. They had half off fabric today. They already sell it dirt cheap. Half off made it impossible to pass up anything decent.

I picked up some muslin, some cotton sateen, a nubby open weave piece and a large piece of silk for about $2.


The nubby piece is quite soft. No idea what it would be used for, but I’ll put it in art quilts. I can get two short sleeved shirts out of the silk there’s so much of it. Total damage is 7 5/8 yards in, nothing out.

I have no illusions of ending this year in the black. There are two more fabric sales coming up in the next two weeks, and I’m going to both. I can’t pass up good quality fabric at such low prices. After that, the sales stop until December.

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Fabric in: 33 3/4 yards

Fabric out: 19 3/8 yards

Net Added: 14 3/8 yards

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Better Than Christmas

My local library has book sales every few months. Sometimes I go and sometimes I don’t. I don’t NEED more books, but I can’t stay away. Those sales are too much fun.
Over the last month the library has cleaned out their shelves. I know almost half the quilting books were sacrificed for the greater good, which meant they would be at the sale today. I made sure I got there right after it opened because the good stuff never lasts.
I don’t know whether to be proud or embarrassed, but I came home with ten quilting books and one token non-quilting book for $5.

Except for the book on beading, I have checked out all the other books at one time or another, some several times. I’m so happy to own them now that I can’t borrow them anymore.
I could retire tomorrow a happy woman.
Good thing I’m on vacation next week.

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A Whole Lot Of Nothing

It was one of those weeks where nothing happened in the sewing room. Fabric moved around and I picked pins up off the floor. I thought about sewing. Does that count?

Nothing in or out. Rainy weather today will keep me inside and hopefully sewing.

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Fabric in: 26 1/8 yards

Fabric out: 19 3/8 yards

Net Added: 6 3/4 yards

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The Visual Dance: Color

I finished reading the color chapter ages ago and completed the exercises a few weeks ago. Only one exercise produced something. The directions were to pick two complimentary colors and mix them in different proportions to see what new colors were created.

I picked orange and blue, of course.


 The spots on the left are my first attempts at using watercolor crayons. I learned I have no idea what I’m doing with them. Never fear, I have a book….or two. One day I’ll get out the book and the crayons and learn to use them correctly.

On the right I worked with fabric paint. I love the richness of some of the colors. I was pleasantly surprised by all the different browns I was able to mix.

I’ve moved on to the next chapter, Scale and Proportion. Not something I think about when I when I create. I rely more on intuition here.

No matter, I’m still doing the exercises with a goal of learning something.

Based on my progress so far, I doubt I’ll finish working through the book this year. The exercises get much more challenging in the later chapters, and there’s more of them. I still plan to stick to it, no matter how long it takes.

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Stash, Challenge And Time To Think

I finished up the challenge top last night……I think. From here it feels like it needs multi-colored binding using the fabrics in the quilt.


I don’t know what to think of this one. Is it me? Is it not me? Do I even like it? Does the sashing compliment the rest of the top? When I go into a project without a plan the results always surprise me.

I won’t count this as stash out until sometime after it’s quilted. Still not even thinking about buying fabric.

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Fabric in: 26 1/8 yards

Fabric out: 19 3/8 yards

Net Added: 6 3/4 yards

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An Unexpected Result

About the only time I get in the sewing room these days is holiday weekends. I plan to make the most of it, along with catching up around the house.

I left off with the strip set sewn for the FQ challenge. I trimmed it down and cut it into four sections. The sections feel too long to me so I will un-sew and re-sew my way to five sections of equal length. That’s part of today’s plan.

Here are the sections laid out with the only fabric in my stash that worked for sashing. I must have auditioned over two dozen fabrics. Everything else either washed the whole piece out or made some of the strips disappear.


The fabric came from a dye experiment gone wrong. It truly falls somewhere between lime green and baby shit yellow. I believe I mixed golden yellow with chino in the dye bath, a combination I’ll never repeat. Hard to believe it actually works in a project.

The weird ones always do. There’s a lesson in there somewhere.

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