I enjoy collecting antique quilts and making reproductions of them both big and small. I've made a few baskets and I'd like to make more. I dabble in knitting and would love to learn rug hooking, but it's hard to find time to do it all. I work in higher education and I love my job. However, I do spend a lot of time dreaming about quilts.
The stash monster has escaped. I might not have time to sew but my favorite reproduction manufacturers keep printing great lines of fabrics so I keep acquiring them. Problem is, when I buy them without a specific project or purpose I only get small pieces suitable for scrappy projects. I like to keep them visible for inspiration and a reminder of which line they belong to should I ever get busy on a project and need to order more while it is still available. That means there is a lot of fabric "visible" in my sewing space(s). In fact, it has taken over. Even the scrap box has blown its lid. So, I've instituted the moratorium: "Sew it or stow it."
Getting back into my own sewing after such a long break I decided to start with baby steps. Or at least small quilt steps. I used the scrap box for all the fabrics in the Bear Paw center of this little quilt and the border is from one of the fat quarters that are residing on my cutting table. Funny thing, though. After digging around in my scrap box the fabric has decompressed and is actually taking up more space.
The red and green quilt is a copy of one I saw at Temecula Quilt Company. The fabrics are the Civil War Melody line designed by Judie Rothermel for Marcus Fabrics. The fabric is still on the cutting table but I made a dent in it.
I am enjoying some family time, some "me" time, and some sewing time this Thanksgiving holiday weekend. My sewing and cutting tables were (still are) covered with piles of fabrics, pieces of projects, other sewing miscellany, and DUST. I can usually measure my sewing progress by my number of blog posts and 2014 has a pathetic 4 posts. All four posts are about antique quilts and quilt shows. I've been inspired this year but it hasn't translated into action. I want to change that.
So, I went to my "go to" project. Whenever I cut fabric I save the little bits and cut them into 7/8" x 1-1/4" rectangles for my favorite little tile quilt. Restarting the sewing engine is a familiar theme in my blog and I used this little quilt many times. I've posted about it here, here, here, and here. I just love playing with the fabrics and remembering the projects they went into and revisiting my favorite fabric lines and designers. Since I didn't have to cook the holiday dinner this year I arranged a platter with a little fabric feast.
I also got busy and quilted a previous tiny quilt project. I am embarrassed to say my machine piecing and hand quilting skills are very rusty. There is always a learning curve when I pick up hand quilting but I also bought a new machine this year and we are having some adjustment issues with the 1/4" seam. My beloved Bernina 1130 was getting cranky in her old age. There were times when she would only sew backwards and other times when she refused to sew backwards. If I tried to get her to sew backwards she would get mad and then only sew forwards with gigantic stitches. I took her to the shop and got all the dire diagnoses but told the repairman to do whatever was necessary to get the old girl running again. Still, it was time to bring in a backup. I'm not a "bells and whistles" kind of gal so I went for a basic Bernina. Give me a perfect straight stitch (and the ability to do a backstitch when necessary), a walking foot, and a quarter inch foot and I'm satisfied. Or so I thought. This little whippersnapper just doesn't have the feel of my old machine. I think it is the plastic housing. My old machine has metal everywhere. You're not getting me into the 21st century without some kicking and screaming. Plastic. Pffft.
Just a couple more of my little "go to" quilts. The red one has been pictured here before but, hey, I told you haven't done any sewing for ages. I do love tucking these little sweeties around the house. They are delightful little surprises for me.