Last week I finished this sleepy little baby quilt. I bought the sloths printed on a panel, and put them on my own (stash) background with a couple of branches from which they could hang.
I didn’t want to use Steam a Seam under these very large pieces of applique. Instead, I starched them heavily, and then used spray adhesive (baste) to hold them in place when they were dry. It worked fine. I did use Steam a Seam under the leaves, and they were harder to quilt through. I think this is the first time I used my Leaves Galore ruler set to actually cut leaves! Usually I’m just using it to trace curves or leaves for quilting.
If the background looks very textured, it’s true. The gray print is super busy, so I quilted lots of wavy horizontal lines on it. It’s not exactly drapey, but it’s soft enough and feels great.
Yes, I purchased some (a lot of) fabric this week. Good, good stuff that I really needed. The Chartreuse and White quilt used every last bit of my white Kona, but that’s all better now. The strange looking one is panel of sloths…
When I designed this, I thought I had invented a Hugs and Kisses quilt. A quick internet search showed that I was way late on that, even though most of them are made differently from mine. I was going to change to Xs and Os (like Elle King), but that’s been used for quilts, too. So. Any ideas?
I still like it, and I like the diagonal quilting, which changes directions a couple of times.
This is entirely from stash. It’s 48″ x 72″. It’s pieced and quilted with white Bottom Line thread from Superior. Look for this in my Etsy shop soon.
A new year, a clean slate, and some TIME, after Christmas and before the garden starts (at least for us up north).
I’m not going to write formal goals for this year, or choose a word.
I’ll put in a fresh rotary blade, tidy up my workspace, renew my list of potential projects.
I’ll straighten my fabric (someone seems to have been rifling through it!).
Then I’m just going to SEW.
I’ll continue to set my monthly goals, because they really do focus me and jog my memory. I’ll continue to log the use of existing fabric so that I can replace it with newer yardage. But that’s about it.
So here’s how I started last year. These really did help keep me on track.
Keep up with my photos.
I need to clean out my Dropbox every month after my goals post, deleting repetitive photos and filing others in the proper folders. Did some of this, I can do better.
I really, really, need to add photos to Flickr every month, so I’m not doing it all at the end of the year. Besides, it’s more fun to add current photos and interact with friends and groups. I kept up with this through July, so that’s something. I can do better.
Organize my studio.
This is a repeated one, but it needs it again.
I need to better store boxes and packing materials. Boxes need to go in another room. I may need some new bins for packing storage. Yes! Looks much better.
I want to declutter some of the knick knacks I have on display. Yes.
I should vacuum and put away fabric after each project. Did well on the fabric, sometimes vacuumed.
Make things other than quilts.
This is another goal from the past. These won’t be the elaborate things some people make, but just a change, and practice reading patterns.
I’m making a tree skirt and I made another!
I want to make some more easy tote bags, because I have more uses and ideas. Yes, made two different ones.
I’ll try a new zipper pouch pattern. No, not a new pattern, but I sewed two pouches with my own improvised designs.
Get back into printmaking.
I keep mentioning this and not doing much with it. Let this be the year!
Borrow or buy a book or two about printing on fabric.
Experiment with some easy media like foam or cardboard that will hurt my hands less than carving blocks.
Turn the results into hangings, etc.
I bought three used books on various kinds of printmaking and read them, but I didn’t get around to doing any printing.
Turn over my stash
Use 25 -50 net yards of fabric this year. It’s getting harder, now that I’m down 500 yards from when I started this.
Add back in colors and prints that I need. I haven’t found a subscription service that’s just right, so I’m doing my own. Last year I added greens, this month it was blues.
I used 45 net yards, so that was good. I added whites one month, and a 12lb. box from Fat Quarter Shop, and then the rest was for projects.
And, specifically for December: (No links. Look back at the last post or two if you want to see these.)