Monday, February 9, 2015

Begin WIP reduction

Like so many other quilters I found my self tripping over fabric on the floor, the cutting table, the sewing machine table and on every available shelf.  Time to "deal with it" to some degree.

After making a quilt for a family member, my step-mother had sufficient pieced blocks and fabric left over that I managed to get them off the table by piecing this lap quilt.  It's rather simple with just 9-patches and setting blocks, but it will keep someone cozy.

It's all pinned and ready for some free motion quilting.  That cleared the cutting table.   Now for the next thing to begin.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Patience pays off

Back in 2013 while attending workshops at the Empty Spools Seminars in Asilomar, I had the good fortune to meet with Elly Sienkeiwicz of Baltimore Album fame.  At the time Elly was working on a reprint of her book Spoken Without a Word adding in additional information in readiness for its 35th anniversary.  We were given the opportunity to pre-purchase a copy accompanied by a signed bookplate.

It took quite a while, and at times I thought it would never arrive, but guess what?  Here it is, in all it's splendour.

 I still have to put in the bookplate, but patience paid off and I can now add this to my library.

Oh and here is another book added to my collection of applique inspirations.  I received this one from a friend of mine this past Christmas.  I guess it was to encourage me to get going on the William Morris sampler I have talked about for the past year.

Well I'm off to browse through these two gems.  Till the next time

Friday, January 23, 2015

Word for 2015 --

Like so many others I've decided to choose a word this year to help me stay focused.  So what's your word? you ask.  Drum roll....


As in BEGIN something new, BEGIN to begin, stop procrastinating and BEGIN to finish.

So in order to begin I've made up a list of some "BEGIN" things.  One of those lists includes the various works in progress that have been sitting on a shelf, hiding in this nook and that cranny.  I'm going to BEGIN to finish.  Here are a few pictures of some of them.

This little wall hanging has been sitting on the shelf for a number of years and deserves to be finished.  It just needs to be quilted and bound.  I'm calling it Three Gals On The Beach.

A couple of years ago, I attended a retreat where the theme was 60 degree diamonds.  From the fabrics that each participant brought, they had left over diamonds.  I collected them, made these stars (Seven Sisters) and thought I'd make them into a lap quilt as a memory of the retreat.  Hmmmmm....didn't get very far did I?  I think I'll place them in a "higglety pigglety" fashion with a lot of background and some FMQ practice.  What do you think?

These next two I posted about back here.  They need to be quilted and bound.

Let's see how many of the 50 items I managed to list, I'll be able to BEGIN to finish.