Posts Tagged ‘small quilts’

Small Quilts, Large Stacks

March 21, 2018

My quilt guild’s year-long challenge to get things done is working. I finished the project due next month. It’s a small quilt, but it was on a large stack of projects so making any kind of a dent in that pile is a victory.

Trees in my neighborhood – palm, pine, deciduous

In the interest of full disclosure, I will probably add more beads to the quilt at a later date, but for now I’m satisfied with this one embellishment.

While I was inspired, I made a few more small quilts. This one is called Equilibrium, in honor of spring, which is today.

Not pastels, but still a spring quilt

I also finished one of the blocks from the Peggy Martin workshop for the Display Block Committee of Amador Valley Quilters. The guild has a collection of 16-inch blocks that we can show at schools, libraries, or other events.

Seeing all the progress in my sewing room made me take another look at the stacks by my computer. I have almost as many writing projects as I do quilting projects. As with my quilting, I envisioned creating a body of work that I could submit for contests. That didn’t happen. As with quilting, when those Call For Entry emails arrive they are usually accompanied by guidelines. I’ve tried writing artist statements that would convince a panel the quilt I had really does fit the contest, but those statements rarely made sense even to me so I knew a judge wouldn’t buy it. There’s even less wiggle room with writing contests. That’s why I’m going to start posting twice a week now–once for quilting, once for writing. Wednesdays will still be quilting day. I’m not sure which day will be writing day, but I’m leaning toward Monday. Now that I’ve put my intentions out to the universe, I have to be accountable. I’m putting myself on the journey to finishing what I start in all aspects of my life.

Luck and wisdom!

Small Quilts, Large(ish) Stash

October 1, 2014

The Challenge project for this month commemorates the 200th anniversary of The Star-Spangled Banner, and includes a size requirement – at least 42″ on a side. “Self,” I said, “if you make the project a little larger you can turn it into a Quilt of Valor donation. You have too large a stash to make only small quilts.” Turns out, there’s a reason I make small quilts.

One more border, then backing and quilting

One more border, then backing and quilting

Large quilts are a pain in the patoot. And the shoulders, and the arms and hands. Slinging around long strips, cleaning off the ironing board to press the thing properly – yowza! I much prefer the elegantly tiny postcard quilt my friend Thea McCurry sent me.

Thea McCurry's creation

Thea McCurry’s creation

However, thanks to the excellent taste of the quilt store owners in my area, I have a lot of fabric to go through.

The purple drawer

The purple drawer

So, do I make myself a dozen more tote bags, blanket the country with postcard quilts, or stop my whining and make a few more large quilts to give away?

Luck and wisdom!

I Spy The Floor

July 9, 2014

 

I may have mentioned bidding on every embroidery package at the last Amador Valley Quilters silent auction because I can never find embroidery supplies when I need them. My plan was to sprinkle the packets around the sewing room so no matter what corner was currently blocked with too much stuff, I could still find some floss and needles. This week I was looking for something else – zippers, in fact, for a friend to use in a sewing class – and I cleared out an entire bin’s worth of random supplies. Then I put all my embroidery supplies in the extra bin.

Not sorted, but stored

Not sorted, but stored

This is a double victory, if you don’t count not finding the zippers. First, I know where my embroidery supplies are. Second, I can see more of the floor.

Another path to more piles

Another path to more piles

I don’t often get to see my floor, so I revel in the experience. I don’t even mind the extra vacuuming.

The other experience worth reveling in this week was my beading project. I started the pearl and bead strands on some hand-dyed silk. This week I finished enough of the beading that I can audition fabric to quilt and use behind the silk piece.

Lani Longshore silk beading

Luck and wisdom!