Tuesday, February 10, 2015


My sewing room has been busy! 
  • A week ago Monday I cleaned it up in time for the housekeeper's monthly visit.  
  • I sewed together two of the Winding Ways block rows while using leader-ender pieces to make four patches.
  • Thursday night saw me packing up and dismantling much of the room to prepare for the carpet cleaners on Friday
  • Saturday I put the room back together, slowly, and at my husband's suggestion, altered the layout to leave more open space--putting the cutting table against the wall. Seems he wants to use the fireplace sometime!
  • Sunday I sewed nearly all day on these two projects:

Rescue of the late '80's quilt.  Previously I had trimmed off excess fabric to make a center square. I started the two color pieced insert (pattern from an APQ calendar) some time ago but put it aside when I ran into problems and needed more sections figured and cut for the correct fit.  I worked that all out and got the two inserts sewn.  Now I need help.  I want a spacer strip bracketing the pieced inserts and have two choices from stash:

A medium blue solid and a darker blue dot.   The darker blue dot kind of matches the star point you see in the bottom of the photo, and I am leaning towards that.  Opinions?

The other project was a guild opportunity to join a Round Robin--my first ever.  I pinned a star block recently that I liked a lot, and decided to use some new fabrics bought at Road to California for the modern aesthetic required.
The solids I already had but pulled to go with them.
I drew out the block and all cutting instructions and started choosing fabrics, cutting and sewing.   Here's what I ended up with.

My star is a little lost, unfortunately.  It was too late to redo before the deadline of Monday so when I get it back, I will likely applique over with the orange print to define the points a bit more.  Overall I like how bright and summery it is. 

Per written instructions, I packed up lots of options for the members to choose from.  Each month a border will be added, for four months, and then we get our quilt top back in June, having not seen it since the turn in day. Preferences were listed, if desired.  We had 14 people join in on the Round Robin and that is very exciting.  Last night at the Guild meeting we handed off our boxes and bags in a randomly chosen order.  I'm looking forward to working on some great blocks for the next few months and look forward to seeing what the others add to mine.

The four patches I have been using as leader-enders are for the Go Four It quiltalong in progress from American Patchwork & Quilting.  I really like Edyta Sitar's quilt but the pieces were too small for the size scraps I save.

I'm going to use my 1.5" strips and squares that have been piling up for years, seldom leaving their bin.

So glad these will all find a home, finally!  The Quiltalong is for about a year so I will be making four patches for some time.  I don't know if I'll make a quilt as big as Edyta's.  It tickled me that her finished quilt has vertical strips of fabric separating the pieced rows--and I have used the same fabric in at least two quilts.  There are scraps of it somewhere I'll definitely want to put in.  I'm planning to keep up the busy-ness of my sewing room.  Clearing it all out was eye opening in a slightly overwhelming way, I must say!


Janet O. said...

Lots of good stuff going on here, Annie.
I definitely vote for the darker blue border. : )

Shay said...

Another vote here for the darker blue...

I seriously have to get into my sewing room and tidy it up...it's completely unusable at the moment. I figure if you can tidy, pack it up and then do a major reshuffle, I can do a tidy....

Kate said...

I have to agree with you the dark blue works better. I love your star, it's going to be a very bright and fun quilt when you get it back.

The quilt along looks like lots of fun, but I'm trying really hard to finish up some stuff this year without starting up projects that don't have a home. I need to start on high school graduation quilts. I have 2 years to finish those and I'll need every minute!

Tazzie said...

Loving everything you've shared with us here Annie, lots of eye candy.
I'm going to vote for the darker blue as well - defnitely my favourite.
That magazine needs to find its way into my hot little hands - I'll head to the newsagent to find it tomorrow - seems like there are lots of projects in it I'll love.
Chatter soon