It's the last big summer holiday weekend here in the USA and I'm cleaning my studio! I spent three shifts up there yesterday. I cleared the top layer off the cutting table (yes, it was pretty bad). I still haven't found my Gingher shears but there's more to be done.
There is no fabric on the floor in front of the "color" shelves and the box of scrap batting is tidy and organized! I even aborted a couple projects that never quite got started -- I don't even remember what one of them was suppose to be -- it was a good looking pile of fabric, but I'm clueless beyond that.
I hope by the end of today, I'll be able to fold down half of the cutting table so my son can install the remaining two new windows which I hope will make the room cozier this winter!!
Just in case you couldn't tell, I don't clean the studio often enough, but the window job means I have to move quite a bit of stuff out of the way and so I might as well clean at the same time. One of the challenges of cleaning the studio is maintaining my momentum. Something usually distracts me from the goal.
Since I'm touching so much stuff, I'm also making another feeble attempt to shift a few things out of the house. And that led to this session's diversion. I've found a small quilt top (a sample for Marti Michell's Tessellating Windmill tool) that just needs borders and it won't take long?! Thirty minutes before I took this picture, that border of squares was just a pile left over from something else and because I cut them (maybe 15 years ago), I must use them. Happily, they are from the same fabric collection as the windmills. (I think I deserve bonus points for being able to find the squares with very little effort!!)
The floor was at that moment the only clear space in the room -- I didn't want to take the hexagon project off the work wall -- and so I began to audition for an outer border. I auditioned some dark prints before deciding to add the strips of squares but nothing caught my fancy. The piles in the photo above are "the big hunks" suitable for borders and the beginnings of backings so I started pulling possibilities out of there since they were so handy. (No, they don't live on the floor but their shelf needed to be moved temporarily.)
It's going to be child size or perhaps wheel chair lap size. I think the print on the right is too sophisticated for the prints in the windmills. And also the upper left print. I would be happy with either the upper right or the left side one. Each one gives the quilt a different look.
What do you think? Do your own audition. Cover up each of the prints in the photo and see what your first thought is. Leave me a comment and you might be the lucky quilter who will get the hunk I don't use!
You know I'm going to sew before I clean, don't you?