A new year! Have you made resolutions? Kept any of them yet? Why is it we make all these promises to ourselves and then somehow by mid January they've fallen by the wayside? It's kind of like starting another quilting project before finishing the two you already have going. You know you have to finish that baby quilt for your niece but that new batik lap quilt kit was SOOOO tempting, too tempting and you bought it. (You should count your blessings it was only a kit, when I get tempted it's for a whole line of fabric!)
I don't know about where you live but here at the Jersey shore, we've had a blizzard, a dusting of snow and more snow predicted for today. At this rate, I'll be snowed in long enough to finish up everything I started. Ok, maybe not everything.
At the moment I only have a doable number of projects started and every single one of them is either a class sample or a sample for the shop - how boring is that? You'd think with all the fabric, tools, gadgets and patterns at my disposal, I'd at least have something off the charts going on. Nope - such is the life of a quilt shop owner.
Ok, stashed away in a far corner of my mind are some redwork projects I'm designing. I'm horrified to tell you one has been in the "working on it" stage for about 6 years. I've done two samples, you'd think I'd write the pattern and finish the danged thing would you?
So that will be my New Year's resolution - besides the usual one to lose weight - I WILL finish this redwork pattern before the shop's birthday bash in June.
What's your new year's sewing resolution going to be? Join me and let's get some UFO's FINISHED!
Till next time.
Saturday, January 8, 2011
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Landscape quilts are something I've always wanted to do and Jeremy's request pushed me into doing something a little further out of my comfort zone. They're not perfect by any means and I was futzing with them right up until they went in the gift bags. Even now looking at the pictures, I can see things I'd change or places I would have added something. Thank goodness for deadlines so I had to stop playing!
They were really fun to do and had some unforeseen benefits. In order to find the fabrics I KNEW I had in my stash, the stash had to be sorted and organized. While doing that, I managed to clean out a bunch of "What did I buy that for?" fabrics. Cleaning and organizing the stash took longer than designing and sewing the landscapes!
They aren't very big - 18" x 20". Perfect for a small wall or alcove. I wanted them to think of home when they look at theirs so I thread painted Barnegat Lighthouse into all three. They can pretty well imagine they're looking across the bay to the lighthouse.
For once I was thrilled I had 17 different fabrics for water. Everything but the border came from my stash. Rule of thumb - if you see a landscape fabric, buy it. You'll probably never find it again and when you do a landscape quilt, it will haunt you that it would have been perfect, if you'd only bought some. I don't even want to think about how old some of the fabrics are in these!
I like to free motion quilt and the thread stash provided some good threads to add dimension. I really wanted to jazz them up with beads, some lace or something for the whitecaps but I knew my very traditional children would have balked at the "bling". And at some point, you have to step back from these and say "Enough" - especially when they're Christmas gifts.
You too can play with landscapes. The thoughts for these came from a great book called Accidental Landscapes. You can purchase a copy here if you'd like to try. They're fun!
I have hundreds of pictures from the gardens of years past. All patiently waiting for a landscape quilt to hang on my kitchen wall during the winter to add some color to the bleary landscape outside. Time to get cracking on that!
Till next time.