Pinned and ready for many glorious
evenings of hand quilting!
I feel like I've spent my summer as a true holiday. Not R&R, but catching up. There are still many things on the long list, but we've powered through some Herculean tasks. Tree removal from the Emerald Ash Bore--6 mature trees, house and property restoration, and so on. Nothing that was neat and tidy, and it all spilled over onto the rest of lives. Piles of things in the house were designated by project, and that was disruptive in itself. I'm happy to report the chaos is about 80% contained now.
Rethinking My Work Space Needs
One thing I took a long look at this summer was how I organized my creative space. As my work was changing, my needs were, too. Big cubbies from IKEA stored my fabric, but visually cut my long, narrow work space in half. We installed castor units on them, and now they can be stored like library stacks at the end of the room. It opened up a large floor space at that end, and smooth concrete is perfect for stretching, taping, and pinning quilts. (Yes, that is a long arm, but not every quilt asks to be machine quilted.) It didn't take long to decide which quilt top (above) I wanted to get started on first.
If you're local, I'll be teaching a class September 13th, 6-8 p.m. at the Tent's of Grace Cafe here in Gnadenhutten. We'll be monoprinting on fabric to make some beautifully layered art cloth. These are perfect for spicing up your fall decor. Contact me by email if you're interested in joining the class.
The (Rip-Roaring) Doxies Quilt Is Done
I have several finishes to show you over the next few weeks. They were done over the summer, but reporting them here was splotchy. This quilt was promised for September so I put it on the frame early Sunday morning. I quilted the WHOLE thing, and everything looked good. I took it off the frame, and scrutinized it like we long armers do, and I was not happy. The tension was good while doing a straighter section, but not so much when I made a curve. There were no 'eyelashes' anywhere, but it didn't go into the fabric nicely like it should have. A few places it looked like the thread was not pulled in at all.
So...I put on some music, and I ripped it all out. I wasn't mad, but I will tell you I did some serious testing and adjusting before I started over. I learned a hard lesson, but perhaps just as tough was dealing with all the previous stitching lines. I had used a very large meandering, and the white space made it difficult to tell which was which.
Me, the Doxie Mama all covered up to mow, and getting ready for those of you who are coming to visit soon. I'm excited!
#BraveQuilter sign up will be open Sept. 1-10. Normally we link up finished projects the first several days of the month, and then sign up our intended projects following that. Since we've had a summer break, it will be open for sign ups the whole period. I hope you all join us in our brave pursuits of trying new things, and learning new skills. Is there something special you've been thinking of trying to conquer?
Come on, Doxie girls.
Let's go sew.
Linking up with~
Cooking Up Quilts
Em's Scrap Bag
Show and Tell with Bambi
Patchwork Times Design Wall