Sunday, January 26, 2014

Giving Away a Salvaged Star

My first blog post was January 26, 2008 so I guess some sort of commemoration is in order. I can't tell you how many posts I've written because every year I go through and delete ones that no longer suit me. Maybe I shouldn't do that. There are 318 left, which doesn't seem like very many for a five year period of time.


To commemorate my five year mark, I will be giving away my little quilt which I call Salvaged Star. It was a vintage quilt block languishing at the bottom of a box of old textiles a friend had given to me. It was the kind of thing I love ... old, soft, a star, and in a favorite color coupling of blue and brown. I picked it up to take a closer look. It needed to be rescued, to be stitched. So that's what I did. I added some layers of cloth, the backing being a vintage piece from an old quilt, then I quilted it all with hand stitching and also hand stitched a nice brown linen border. I hope you find the result pleasing.

It is a wee bit more than 7" square. There is some staining that is due to age but that doesn't detract from its look ... at least not for me. If you like it and you would like to own it, then please leave a comment here. In about a week, I will choose a name at random and that person will receive this little quilt.


2/6/2014 - COMMENTS ARE NOW CLOSED - I'll pick the winner later today.
Thanks for participating. :-)

Friday, January 10, 2014

Round and Round and Round She Goes

Making Penny Pinkeeps
It's a snowy/rainy/slippery day; an excellent day for staying in and sewing, and trying to be focused. This is my Mantra For 2014: focus. I have a tendency to take off in many different directions but then I neglect to finish the flight. Very often I don't even start. I'm very good at dreaming up ideas and I'm an expert at discovering new things to try. I excel at purchasing the necessary supplies and I'm also a first class hoarder because you never know when something might be just perfect for a piece you're working on. 

The work suffers. My studio has become way overcrowded. The adjoining room too. I've had to "temporarily" keep some extra things in the living room - piles of boxes with interesting textiles draped over them. It looks a bit like a carnival waiting to happen. I've taken over the dining room - the table is piled high with wool pieces, as are most of the chairs. It's difficult to think creatively when surrounded by so much stuff.  And any large idea is impossible because there are no table tops left on which to place a large piece. 

I'm focusing on divestment.  Until I've cleared out more space, I will likely be making small things. That's fine with me; I love small things.  Once I have created an open area, physically and mentally, I will be able to focus on larger projects. I hope I will stay with something and see where it leads. Explore what's in front of me instead of falling down the many rabbit holes I find in Webland. In fact, stay away from the internet, at least for the better part of each day. It is wonderful to explore but it is my downfall. I simply can't be making wonderful new things while concentrating on this screen. 

So, here's to completing projects, starting new ones, and completing them too! What a radical thought.  

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