Shibori

Many years ago I took a shibori class through my Guild. I don’t remember who taught it, but I do remember she made a living through installation art and not teaching or writing books.

The best part of the class was her examples of different shibori patterns. This is what I came home with after a full day.

Definitely not the number of samples I expected. These were created using stitched resist and dye.

Prior to the class I produced this piece by wrapping fabric around PVC pipe and painting it.

I have also tried folding and clamping fabric but prefer the other two methods.

Shibori became one of those Ideas That Would Not Go Away. There are many of them. It’s in good company.

Since it’s here to stay I might as well start experimenting again. I checked a book out of the library to refresh myself on the techniques. I already have the supplies. Now I need to block out time and have a visit with my old acquaintance.

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Sunday Stash October 10, 2021

No fabric in this week.

I finished quilting Waugh Street Christmas and trimmed it. I searched my stash for a red or green binding fabric with no luck. It looks like the border fabric will win by default.

I’m counting out the fabric for the quilt this week and the binding fabric next week.

Fabric In: 7.125 yards

Fabric Out: 7.875 yards

Net Fabric Out: .75 yards

Hitting positive usage has been a real challenge this year. We’ll see how long it lasts.

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The October 2021 Short List

I finished two projects in September, the Winter Pines runner and Noel, and had one stitched piece framed. Other projects moved forward, making it a good month

The Short List categories are UFO, garment, original design, hand work, finishing, classes and other. I’ve used this system for 8 years to keep me focused. The categories change as my goals and interests change. Categories with nothing in process will not be listed, only active categories.

Original Design – Open Dialogue may get attention in October. If not, November for sure.

Other – Waugh Street Christmas is almost quilted. This will be my OMG for October.

Hand Work – I started stitching a Christmas towel. I also started a couple ornaments, one which may end up in an ornament exchange.

UFO – The January BOM blocks are up next. I will get to those by mid-month.

Finishing – I plan to finish Noel into a cube.

What doesn’t get attention this month I will actively work on in November. Even with five categories, this is a more manageable list than most months.

I’m linking to Elm Street Quilts for the OMG.

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Sunday Stash October 3, 2021

No changes here last week, although progress continues on multiple projects.

We have three months left in the year. How are you doing on your fabric usage goals?

I expect to be back in positive numbers this month with the completion of this quilt.

It may not last though. My Guild’s fabric sale is the last Saturday of the month.

Fabric In: 7.125 yards

Fabric Out: 5.125 yards

Net Fabric In: 2 yards

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September OMG Finish

The Winter Pines runner was my OMG for September. I needed some free motion quilting practice before tackling a larger quilt. This was a perfect practice piece.

It was fun to quilt and I love how it looks. I can’t wait to put it out in a few months.

I’m linking to the Elm Street Quilts September finish party.

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Sunday Stash September 26, 2021

No changes here last week. The sewing machine ran for less than 30 minutes.

With no sewing going on, I have to rely on something stitchy to add interest.

I picked up the penguins from the framer yesterday. I usually frame projects myself, but the piece needed a weird size frame and the outer border would have made a poor centering job obvious. I decided to let a pro handle it.

I have a couple more odd-sized pieces that need framed. I’m pleased with quality of the work and may take those in too.

Fabric In: 7.125 yards

Fabric Out: 5.125 yards

Net Fabric In: 2 yards

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A Stitch Finish

The stitching is complete on Noel.

I know how I want to finish it, once I find the time. I plan to get that done sometime in October.

I’ve been on the fence about which stitch project to start next. I think I need to give my eyes a break and do something easier to see. I spend all day on the computer at work. As much as I enjoy coming home and stitching, it may be a bit much. I’ve had multiple rounds of eye inflammation this year. It isn’t something I want to keep repeating.

My Guild has an ornament exchange planned for the December meeting. It’s always a good idea to start those things ahead of time. Spoiler alert, it won’t be counted cross stitch.

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Sunday Stash September 19, 2021

No change in the numbers this week.

I’m a little over half way through the quilting on Waugh Street Christmas.

I’d love to finish it this month, but there’s a lot going on this week. Some long days at work will cut into my quilting time.

Fabric In: 7.125 yards

Fabric Out: 5.125 yards

Net Fabric In: 2 yards

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Next Round of BOM Fabrics

Before I started quilting Waugh Street Christmas, I pulled fabric for the next BOM blocks.

These are bigger blocks – 18 inches. The pattern came out in January (2016), but I didn’t sew them first for reasons I can’t remember. Now I’m glad I waited because it gave me an opportunity to even out the color placement.

I think I’m short on one of the fabrics. I have a replacement chosen just in case.

Sewing these blocks is next on the list after quilting Waugh Street Christmas.

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Sunday Stash September 12, 2021

I finished the runner that served as a practice piece for the Waugh Street Christmas quilting design.

I enjoyed quilting this one and loved the design. It did exactly what I wanted it to do. Panels are such a great way to practice free motion quilting.

This project was my September OMG. I was determined to finish it over the long weekend rather than dragging it out.

No fabric in this week. I haven’t visited a quilt shop in months.

Fabric In: 7.125 yards

Fabric Out: 5.125 yards

Net Fabric In: 2 yards

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