Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Cheating?

It's the end of August and I've been traveling more than I've been home this month or at least it seems that way -- actually, I've only been gone for 14 days.  But it's limited my ability to use up fabric.   

I've been traveling with this paper pieced project using 1" hexagons -- enjoying it immensely -- can hardly stay away from it!!  But it's not using much fabric. 

So how to meet my 17.66666 yard per month goal?

I did it by giving away about 25 yards of fabric!!

It's likely that I won't notice a few yards are gone, but it's hard to let go of it just the same!  I've been pulling pieces out of the stash over the past few months in colors I don't use any longer and stacking them in a corner of my studio.  The original plan was to use those for backings but as I prepared to leave last week on a mission trip with a group from my church, I learned that the Red Bird Mission in Kentucky has a quilting group at their Senior Center.  They make quilts and sell them to raise money to fund the center's programs.  So the pile went into a bag and traveled down with me. 

I also went through a box of unquilted tops with backings that have been haunting me since I closed the shop.  They are the last shop models and pattern samples that I had not been able to let go.  Five of them went with me.   There are still 3 or 4 in the box -- the older they get, the easier it is to let go of them!

The ladies were pleased to have the donations and I spent a delightful hour with them.  They showed me their work and we talked about fabric . . . . of course.  I sat at the frame with them for a bit, but didn't have the courage to take up a needle and add a few stitches.  Their frame is suspended from the ceiling and swings like a hammock -- I don't know how they were able to make a stitch without jabbing themselves as the entire frame moved to and fro.

Now that I'm back in the studio, I have deadlines to work against again.  This is a sample I'm finishing today for a workshop during the Lake Farmpark Quilt Show this winter.  Paper piecing -- love how realistic it looks.



And the work wall is filling up with 6 pointed star variations for the Hexagons & Alllies Seminar I'm teaching later in September.   Aren't they fun?  I've been knocking out two or three a days and have no idea what the quilt will look like when finished -- just feeling my way along at this point.

Of course, there is a price to pay for all this fun -- the cutting table has returned to it's native state of chaos in spite of my best efforts to keep it tidy.  The large print on the left of the photo was the color inspiration although I don't think the style of the print will work with the whimmsy that is going on in the blocks.  Might be the backing?

So I'm at 149 yards with the best sewing months of 2012 ahead.  I've been able to stay at stitching in spite of traveling thanks to the hand piecing project and I find that makes it easier to get back into the groove in the studio.  Recently, I've realized that one of the benefits of working at my craft every day is that I feel a lot more creative and have more momentum to keep moving!  So bring on the fabric -- I'm fired up to chop it up and stitch it back together!!