Stash Report And Charms

No fabric in or out. I spent more time on household chores this week after the major plumbing inconvenience. That was followed by a new, less severe, plumbing issue. I will remember this as the summer water issues.

I laid out the charm squares for the Market Bag with vague hopes of sewing them together this week. A guild meeting and other priorities may keep me out of the sewing room. Perhaps I can squeeze in embroidery time instead.

market-mock-upI know this is a weird picture, but I’m glad I took it. This is version two. I completely rearranged the squares on the right and replaced some fabrics after seeing the first picture. I like it much better now.

I’m linking to Patchwork Times.

Fabric In: 98.25 yards

Fabric out: 19 3/8 yards

Net Fabric ADDED: 78 7/8 yards

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Design Decisions

I finished sewing the raffle block into a top.

raffle-block-topIt’s a good size for a pillow, but I’m not much of a pillow person. My family constantly throws them on the floor to get them out of the way.

I like the sawtooth border, but if I did another one I wouldn’t paper piece it. It would have been easier just to use traditional piecing.

I haven’t worked out the quilting design yet. The block was a cast off from someone I was in guild with years ago. I want the quilting to remind me of her. She was a hand quilter and I am not, but that’s something I can work around. I’m hoping a design will just come to me.

I’m linking to Whoop Whoop Friday.

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What If Wednesday: Two Questions

This week I heard two questions that got me thinking, one from a speaker and another from a podcaster.

The podcast question came from Stephanie over at Sit & Sew Radio. If you haven’t listened to her new podcast, you should. She interviews guests for all her content, usually three guests an episode. It reminds me of the Annie Smith podcasts back in the day.

She asks each of her guests which one quilt means the most to her. It’s the quilt you would grab as you ran out the door if your house was on fire.

It’s the kind of question that should not be over thought. The answer should just come from the gut.

I had nothing. Not a single quilt came to mind.

The second question came from the speaker at guild last weekend, Sujata Shah. She asked if we were making or creating. She defined creating as stitching your heart and life into a piece. Every time she picks up one of her quilts she remembers what was going on at the time, whether it be joys or heartache. She stitches herself into her quilts.

What a beautiful concept.

Sometimes when I look at my own quilts I feel like something is missing. The pieces feel done, but they lack a certain something. I think that something is me. I do not stitch my heart and soul into my quilts. I hold back, and I think at some level it shows. My quilts are not a full representation of who I really am.

Now there is something to think about.

If art should be anything, it should be a reflection of the artist.

I shouldn’t be surprised this realization comes on the heels of the New Idea. Nor am I surprised that The Roadblock suddenly appeared today. They always do you know. It’s a test, and one I don’t always pass.

So what if I show up? What if I pour myself into the New Idea? What if I stay on this path no matter what?

I guess we’ll find out together.

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Stash Report And A Different Perspective

We had a garage sale at my guild yesterday. I sold way more than I bought, always a good thing. I bought a couple books and a pattern, and sold a few cuts of fabric. I didn’t buy any fabric at the sale, but did pick up a small amount at the thrift. When I find a nice butter yellow I usually take it home.

garage-sale-booksMy friend bought a box of fabric strips that also contained a wedge ruler. She already had one so she gave it to me. Not sure what I’ll do with that, but I put it in the treasure basket to remind me I have it. That may turn into creative play one month.

The speaker was Sujata Shah. I admit I’d never heard of her before yesterday, but recommend her if you get a chance to hear her speak or take a class. She was born and raised in India and had a very different perspective on color and design. I found her both entertaining and refreshing. People that took her Friday class kept repeating how much fun they had. They accomplished a lot too. That always feels better than coming out of a full-day class with one small block.

I learned something and my numbers moved in the right direction, so it was a good day all around.

I’m linking to Patchwork Times.

Fabric In: 98.25 yards

Fabric out: 19 3/8 yards

Net Fabric ADDED: 78 7/8 yards

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More Of The Same

I spent almost no time in the sewing room this week.
The plumbing inconvenience has turned into a major annoyance and will not be fixed until next week. The only thing worse than no water is no electricity.
I finished pricing the garage sale items and filled the entire back of my SUV with things that will no longer live here after tomorrow. Not everything will go to the garage sale, but it will go. It’s a liberating feeling to get rid of a truckload of stuff.
I would love to do more of that, but I had to face an unfortunate truth. I can catch up at work or finish lots of quilting projects or declutter or finish home improvement projects, but I cannot do all those things at the same time. There aren’t enough hours in the day. The best I can do is finish a project in one category and then move on to a project in another category.
Perhaps next week I’ll finish another project on the quilting Short List.
Have a great weekend!

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Nothing Much

It’s been one of those weeks around here.

It’s been stinking hot for days, except for last Saturday. Otherwise, going outside feels like walking into a very humid oven.

We’d had some plumbing issues that are more an inconvenience than anything.

I’m still working on the raffle block borders, so nothing new to show there.

I’ve been pricing things for my guild’s garage sale this Saturday. The goal is to sell more than I buy. I usually head straight for the books since they are my first love. A girl can never have too many quilt books.

I even checked a quilt book out of the library today because every middle-aged woman needs a puppy quilt for her wall. That or a Santa face potholder. Maybe both.

scrap-bookWe’re also trying to nail down our vacation plans. I don’t like to get too far from Mom and it seems like we’ve been almost everywhere we want to go, and some places we didn’t, that are a reasonable drive from here. I co-worker gave me a good idea though, and I’m exploring that.

I’m more than ready for that vacation.

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Stash Report And Stats

No fabric in this week. I skipped the sale at my LQS, a hard decision but the best one for now. I used 3.25 yards for the Fat Quarter Bag. Here’s the picture again in case you missed it.

fat-quarter-bagI also looked back at my usage for the past six years or so. I had one year with only 5 yards and another with 39 yards, but most other years were in the 21-22 yard range. I’m not sure what happened in the extreme years. I must have de-stashed a bunch in the 39-yard year because I just don’t get that much done. Even with those two odd years, on average I’m still at 21-22 yards a year.

That really reinforced the need for more usage given the large adds of the past few years. I’m a little ahead of the average for this year, which gives me hope for a better year overall.

I’m linking to Patchwork Times.

Fabric In: 97.5 yards

Fabric out: 16 3/8 yards

Net Fabric ADDED: 81 1/8 yards

Yarn In: 21 yards

Yarn Out: 400 yds

Net Yarn OUT: 379 yds

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