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Legacy

August 12, 2015

This is my 300th weekly post. Three hundred weeks of saying, “I’m cleaning up my sewing room, starting tomorrow.”

And the stacks, they are a-growin'

And the stacks, they are a-growin’

Probably won’t happen.

I imagine my legacy will include written instructions not to turn my favorite batik into a clown costume, but it will also include memories of my unquenchable optimism that there is indeed enough time left in the universe to organize my sewing room. Then there will be the UFOs.

Paint, a stamp, blank fabric - what more could I want?

Paint, a stamp, blank fabric – what more could I want?

Someone may wonder what I intended to do with this grouping of leaves. That’s a very good question. Let me know if you’ve got an answer I can borrow.

I hope I won’t have too many UFOs that elicit the blank stare followed by, “Oh no, she didn’t.” That’s what happened when I tried to rinse out what I expected to be disappearing marking pen from my grandmother’s embroidery UFO. Turns out it is there-until-the-stars-grow-cold ballpoint ink.

Oh yes, she did

Oh yes, she did

Time to add some beads, I guess, or perhaps ribbon embroidery. Or maybe I’ll leave it as a warning to myself that some shortcuts really don’t work.

Luck and wisdom!

A Game of Inches

May 27, 2015

This was the week to face the stacks of fabric I have been pushing aside for a long, long time. I started with the stack on the cutting table. Originally collected for one quilt, I finally admitted the quilt I started probably wouldn’t use all the fabric.

My row quilt

My row quilt

“Self,” I said, “do another row, maybe two, and call it good.” I made blocks for another row, but when I put them on the batting wall, I discovered another stack that needed immediate attention.

Playing peek-a-boo with my blocks

Playing peek-a-boo with my blocks

This is the stack I’ve been collecting for donation quilts. At least, I thought that’s what it was. Turned out I had some other things underneath the fabric, which I discovered when I started making 9-Patches.

Sheep and cow 9-Patches

Sheep and cow 9-Patches

The 9-Patches will take up less room than the scraps, so I’ll continue making them until the pile is gone. I put the books and beading supplies where they belonged, and now have a little more room to design the next part of the row quilt.

A game of inches, round 1

A game of inches, round 1

Yes, the shelf underneath the batting wall is still chock full of stuff, but that’s a project for another time. Clearing the stacks is a game of inches.

Luck and wisdom!