A few months ago, Jen @faithandfabricdesign asked if there was interest in participating in some blog hops this year on different topics. And I always love participating in a good blog hop. I feel very fortunate, because;
1. Although this blog topic was already filled with other bloggers, and I was on the waiting list, someone cancelled.
2. My husband and I just finished organizing this quilting room and space at the beginning of January, so I was excited to write, photograph and post about it. It took a while to figure out what worked for me and what didn’t, it was well worth the wait.
The Biggest Take-a-Way – It’s always going to be a work in progress.
A lot has happened since I last wrote a blog post.
We went on a trip to The Keys in Florida and ducked a big snowstorm here in the Hudson Valley. We were there for a little over a week. I will post about that trip with some great photos, and have to organize the photos from my phone and my husband’s. We had a great time, although it didn’t get off to a great start. The second half of our week was amazing.
I have been organizing and writing several articles, which has been really fun. I’ve learned a lot, and am excited to share them with you when I can. One will be posted tomorrow, and is part of a blog hop about organizing your sewing room. Although I wrote about this at the beginning of the new year, this is a more comprehensive post. So I hope you will tune in tomorrow.
On a different note, I really tried hard to stick to a fabric diet. It lasted a month. I love these four fabrics and am trying to figure out a great pattern to show them off. They give me a “happy, spring feeling.”
New Quilting Fabrics From Art Gallery and Cotton + Steel
I was lucky to participate in the 2014 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop, and I learned so much from experienced quilt bloggers who offered advice as well as, new quilt bloggers, who were participating. This is a summary of what I learned from participating in the blog hop, as well as since that time.
I planned on posting part 2 of this series; Organizing a Sewing Room, late last week. But came down with an allergy-type virus. Thank you for everyones kind wishes, and I am fine now. I posted on this blog that I was re-scheduling that post until Monday. Continue Reading
I was planning on posting Part 2 of this series today or tomorrow. However, I am quite sick, (nothing very serious, just a virus), and am very sorry to say this post will be delayed until Sunday, Monday or Tuesday.
There is never “nothing” for me to do. Never. Ever. There is always bill filing, prepping for taxes, figuring out how to save money with coupons or point systems, reading the Wall Street Journal, then the New York Times, if I have the time because I woke up early enough to get that into my schedule. And, then catching up on quilting magazines and two cooking magazines. Don’t ask me why I think this; but I seriously think I have unlimited free time, and that is foolish thinking. I am working right now, on how I look at my stuff to do this year, and readjusting how I see it, and think about it and consume it.
My sewing room was first one the list and in serious need of organization and clean-up. Here’s a few photos to help tell the story, which was not the prettiest of pictures, or for the faint of heart.
It came down to one last big box of fabrics, and it took two, really three days to sort and organize, and make this room work.
Lots of issues to resolve – the yellow – orange fabric at the top of the photo, or at the bottom of the photo below? Does it go with yellow or orange? It really depends on what fabric it’s next to.
It ended up with the oranges.
And what would you do with the fabric that is second from the left? It looks like aqua to me.
This purple and pink fabric was purchased over 20 years ago. It was a part of a group of six fabrics that were the first fabrics I purchased, when I began quilting. Where would you put that? Stay tuned, because at the end of this week, I will share with you how I organized scraps, not quite fat quarters, orphan blocks, and more.
I’m sure that pretty pink fabric snuck in with these reds when we moved, and it brought along a few friends too. Why is it hanging off the shelf? I’m not that sloppy. Thank goodness for my husband, Charlie who helped me fix this mess!! We laughed a lot, through this organization, But though that box was bottomless….
Look at this!! Purples and lavendars can stay together. But what about those greens, and the black fabric with the polka dots?? How did that get into that stack?
What a mess. Check out the photo below. See the fabric with the stars. Where would you put that?
So I began sorting, putting scraps and odd fat quarters in plastic bins. I really wasn’t sure how to organize this, except for the obvious; blues, reds, yellows, whites, oranges, purples, greens (which took 2 plastic bins), and low volumes/texts fabrics. But there were much more odd colored fabrics to categorize. So I took a 3rd day to figure out how to approach those, and to find more plastic bins.
That was a good idea because there was a lot of fabric in that one big box.
I came up with a system that works for me, so stay stunned….and I have an answer about what to do with fat quarters. Hint; I divided them into two kinds of fat quarters……
Yes, 2017 has arrived. I’m not sad or happy. Looking forward to moving forward. This past year I had 4 finishes, maybe three. (One of them was needing small tidying up). Half of them are baby quilts.
I clocked in a lot of hours at the library; oh yeah, that other job Anne does. Another lesson well learned; until I completely retire from the library system, (only a few years away), I have to stop being so hard on myself for not producing as much sewing and quilting projects. There are not 36 hours in a day. Somehow I tricked myself into believing that in college – I had a job to put me through my studies, and I couldn’t miss all the fun social stuff, right? Wrong, when you’re an adult. You cannot pull all fighters as a competent adult who has a responsible job.
I wrote a lot of articles, mostly for Make Modern e-zine. (Love them).
And I had two shoulder surgeries, involving my rotator cuff. They both went well, but to be honest these orthopedic surgeries make me anemic and are tiring. Not complaining, because I always want to bounce back right away; get back in the pool to stay in shape and stay healthy. I meant to post this on Monday or Tuesday at the latest, but I’ve been sore for the first time since I had this surgery. And, I took no pain medication at all; just Extra Strength Tylenol or Advil. When I see my Orthopedic Surgeon he will be more than a little surprised, because I did the same thing when he operated on my right should in February, 2016, and said everyone complains about the pain, and wants the medication. But I am a no medication “type of girl.”
This summer my cousin Sharon and her husband, Mike had their first child. Her name is Margaret Jane. We all call her Maggie. Along the way, I’ve shared the progress of this quilt. And now it is finished, and did arrive at their home right in time for Christmas. Continue Reading
I had the pleasure of meeting and getting to know Trinia Braughton of Penguin Feats, a quilter and patter maker, at Sew Pro in Chicago, earlier this fall. We had a great time at this event, attended some of the same presentations, and shared information when we went to different ones. Continue Reading