Monday, January 14, 2019

Striving to organize and simplify

     Last week, I pulled all the fabric out of plastic boxes and reorganized it. All less than a yard went into cupboards that I emptied, up to 2 1/2 yds went into a bookcase I reclaimed from the basement, the wire shelves went into my husband's shop, the batiks were organized by color on their shelves, the trays went in a small closet with other precuts and all the precut strips and squares are under my cutting counter.
     The batik scrap baskets are a mess and the bags of scraps are in the garage buried by my son's family furniture due to their ongoing remodeling and addition.  I have a mountain of empty plastic storage boxes. The before post is here.
      I am happy with the fabric organizing because I can see what I have without opening and lifting lots of boxes. I am unhappy with the scrap storage. 
     I put the Accuquilt dies on a metal shelf in the basement next to the longarm that has my thread boxes on it. I will move the Accuquilt out of the fabric room on top of my flat file storage also down there. Where it is now is awkard to use it and get to. 
     All the large yardage pieces are jammed in the guest room closet. I need a second low rod installed to try and hang this fabric. Unquilted tops on hangers are on the top rod.
     I wish I had it all done and did not have to monkey around with it anymore. Sigh. I believe this will help me in planning and making quilts easier.
Batiks by color. Hand dyes are the middle bottom shelf. Have to figure some quilts with them.
Reclaimed bookcase, 2 boxes on top with whites and solids. All by color and type.
Full cupboard with collections, Kaffes on top, texts, grays, florals.
By color, 2 cupboard shelves

Middle cupboard shelf- landscape fabrics and odd to classify
Pre-cut boxes, not ideal place but neat once I file the strips on top.

Slim closet in sewing room, precut small squares, trays, extra binding strips, etc.
The awful messy batik scrap baskets, Yikes!


Sunday, January 13, 2019

One down quilted, a zillion more to go!

     I was able to finish quilting an exploding squares comfort quilt, first of the year. I had cut the backing wrong and had to add a strip to make it fit. I had an extra block, so I used that also. 
     There is a woman in my guild who loathes pieced backs and I felt my heart sink when I knew I was going to present this at a meeting. But then, I thought, well it is like a modern quilt and so I will call it a reversible quilt and have a traditional and modern side and that is what I did. She still hated the back, but I felt wonderful about it. 
Traditional side
Calling it a Modern Quilt, not a backing

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Fabric, fabric, everywhere and somewhere

     The first thing I decided to tackle was to rearrange/organize my fabrics. All fabric under a yard were in plastic shoe box sides with locking lids. I took some fabrics out and folded it so it could beput in a cupboard I emptied. I like being able to see all the selection at once, much better than folded and/or stuffed in the plastic boxes. 
     Then I decided to empty more boxes and put the fabric directly on the shelving the boxes were stacked on. I will have to get some other kind of unit, as the shelving has no sides and the bottoms aren't flat, but the fabric is so much more retrievable and visible. The plastic boxes were not the solution as I thought.
The fabric stacks are much more useable than the ones in the boxes, right?
The bigger boxes hold up to 2 yard pieces. I emptied out the black,
whites and gray which look better. Over two yards are piled in a closet waiting for some rods to hang them on.

So now I have all these plastic boxes to contend with plus the others not emptied.
This is how all my batiks are stored, and they need to be freed also I think, but where?
      Now, these are my scrap piece batik baskets by color, yikes, a mess unto themselves, what to do?



Saturday, January 5, 2019

First Sewn

     Although I am still puzzling through the New Year Goals and Plans and trying to rearrange, I enjoyed sewing this Plus or One Block Cross quilt together. The body of it was sewn by webbing and the border was done by sewing the charm blocks on two opposing sides to a cream, and then cutting it down the middle. I cut the corner blocks as I had a bit of that fabric set aside. 
    It is not my color scheme, but I like the fabrics. I think this will make a fine comfort quilt. One resolution for this year for sure- no buying any more charm packs as I hate pinked edges.


Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Happy Restart Day 2019!

     Today is a day we can look back and ahead and to today. Even though it is just a calendar date, we are time bound creatures. It does a world of good to reflect and evaluate. If we have wisdom and discernment, we can get a good map of where we are, how we got to it, and where we can plan to go. 
     I have number issues with my brain, so I don't keep track of yards of fabric, number of quilts, etc. I have a hard enough time with my checkbook. So, I am looking over my blog photos, my UFOs, my fabric, and what consistently trips me up. Somethings are out of my control, like health or family issues, and others need to be reckoned with so they don't suck the life out of me.
    First of all, I am so grateful for the blog friends who stick with me and keep their own blog going. You give me the push to keep at it. You are great inspirations. Particulary, Wanda, Sarah, Debbie, Kevin, Maureen, Vicki, Julie, JulieBonnie , https://alefthandedquilter.blogspot.com/ and many more that I read regularly, but those mentioned above have given me so much to be grateful for, necessary feedback, and teaching. Thank you!
    I cannot come up with a whole 2019 plan today like many- it will take me a couple more days. However, I started with something concrete. I cleaned out a cupboard that I used to store yarn in (given most of it away but for those two bins and they will be moved) and arranged collected fabric according to project. All the text fabric is gathered although not sure what to make. All the OBW fabric together, etc. All florals on are the bottom right. The Kaffe will go where the baskets are. I can easily see at glance what I have. Currently, the rest of my fabric is stuffed into clear plastic boxes on shelving and needs changing. 
      In cleaning out the cupboard I found 4 charm packs of Amy Ellis' Modern Neutrals that I have been hoarding- saving. I took action, ripped off the bands and arranged them into a Plus Quilt or a One block cross pattern. Unfortunately, some prints only had one per pack instead of the usual 2, so I could not make as many pluses as I needed to make a good size comfort quilt. After laying it out, I folded some of the squares in half and put them on the edge. Liked the look, and cut some cream solids, and am making a piano key border using the squares I could not make a plus out of. Not sure of the corners yet- I will sew this up this week. Not my usual colors (reminds me too much of growing up in the 50s), but I love the fabric. 
First layout, dark plus too close to light plus which I changed.
Final layout but too small
With folded squares to see if border idea would work
Piano keys started, will make it big enough and uses the great fabric

Friday, December 28, 2018

Eeking out some work

     Due to the whole Christmas season, with family staying over, meals, presents, traveling to relatives, cooking, and small children, I have been tired and unable to focus. 
The tree with the kids plus presents minus the baby.
     All I was able to accomplish was sewing up the last 2 x 4 blocks and getting them on the wall.  They were full WOF 3 1/2" Wide, not the 2 1/2" usual,  and then sewn in pairs. The tutorial is online.
     My mom sewed the pairs as she can sew straightish and it gave her something to do. Then I finished the rest. Blocks are 10" x 12 1/2" unfinished.
     It does need rearranging before sewing, but it is a start.

     Because of an alert by Deb from her Stitchintherapy blog,  I found florals for my collection on sale at Connecting Threads and added a bunch of fat quarters for such a deal.
     Other than the above, not much else happened in my quilting world, which I hope to change starting tomorrow.

Saturday, December 22, 2018

All 100

     Well, all but two of the cards are out in the mail. Before I attached them to the cardstock, I lined them all up like a quilt so I could see the whole array. I don't think there is one I don't like. Hope the recipients feel the same.