Tiny Pieces

So, how do you pull together a glaringly purple and green star sampler quilt?

Add some buttery yellow…..

 

And some teeny, tiny pieces…..

LOTS of teeny, tiny pieces…..

Like 1/2 inch teeny,tiny….. (look at point tip)

And you keep on sewing. And adjusting. And sewing. And sewing….

And then you sew some more little, teeny, tiny pieces!     😉

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And Finally…..”It’s Time”

Have you ever noticed how it seems like the only time you don’t “feel guilty” about working on something for yourself, is when you are completely done working on things for everyone else??

As long as someone else’s project is “in the works”, working on something for yourself always seems to take the furthest back burner in your agenda. That is okay – to a point. The bad thing is that you always seem to have something else that you need to/should be working on – and your item becomes a perpetual U.F.O. (an UnFinished Object in quilters terms).     😦    

I’ve been quilting for about 10 years now, and I have NEVER made a quilt for myself. Nope – not once!

I would start one – draw up the design, pick out fabrics (not always in that order), cut the fabric, and occasionally even get as far as starting to sew the pieces together…..and then, WHAMMO! I would think “So-and-so would really like/love this”. That was it – at that point, the quilt was no longer “mine”. It became “theirs”, and would be finished/gifted accordingly.

One of my “Goals” (read “Resolution” here – I don’t make “New Years Resolutions”, only “Goals” – they are more forgiving and don’t have a “Fail-Factor”) for 2010 was to FINALLY make (and finish) a quilt for myself.

I joined a Quilt-Along hosted by Bradie Sparrow (amazing, talented lady), picked out some fabrics (I decided I wanted a purple quilt), and made it all the way to the large center medallion block. Scott was my “helper” who critiqued/approved each finished block along the way – fascinated by all of the color combinations, techniques and emerging designs. My son laughed at us saying I was “corrupting” him (Scott).    🙂     

Then….. August 22 happened.

My world changed. Our world changed. Big time.

 I couldn’t even think about/look at that quilt for a long time after that. I emailed Bradie and let her know what had happened, and that “someday” I’d finish the quilt – just not then. She understood completely.

For months my sewing room sat “abandoned”. Closed for business. The now “abandoned” blocks for the quilt were left hanging on my design wall – I just couldn’t take them down, and I couldn’t bring myself to finish them. So, they just stayed there. A reminder (sometimes – okay, most of the time – painful) of the past several months of my life. 

Then, one morning, I got up (see previous post I Confess) and the “quilting bug” started nipping at me. Not about “my” quilt, but about another one that I had left unfinished for someone else.

Slowly (sometimes in only 5 minute intervals) – I started quilting again, finishing up the gift quilt just in time for Christmas. By the time I had finished piecing the top on that one, I was actually able to resume sewing again on 2 other half-finished quilts that were also due at Christmas. Once these were done, I actually felt like creating again – and 4 Tablerunners, 12 Placemats, 11 Rice Bags and 1 Pillowcase joined the ranks as Christmas gifts. I was even able to finish them all up by their “deadlines”!    😉   

Somehow, God’s Grace showed up and re-awoke my desire to make quilty-things again.

“Thank You” God. I feel better now.     🙂    

Now….enter the illustrious Pat Sloan into the picture. Miss Pat decided to have a New Years UFO Busting Party/Luau.

I only had 1 UFO left – that purple quilt still on my design wall…..

So…… I took a deep breath, asked God for help (LOTS of help), and said “Okay…this will be the UFO Party project”. I then posted a picture for Pat of what I would be “Busting” at the party.

You see, this quilt represents so much more than just “a quilt for me”.  It represents the very last of my creative projects that Scott helped with/was involved in from the beginning. It stirs up sadness, tears, pain, memories and happy moments in my mind (that I hold dear) which all come flooding back every time I look at those blocks.

But, it is time. It is time to finish it.

So, with God’s help, I am determined to finish that quilt. It will NOT be a gift for anyone else. Ever. It is mine. It could never hold the importance, significance, or memories for anyone else (with only the exception of my son who was there during this quilts journey) that it will forever hold for me.

Therefore, I have resumed work on it. I’ve pulled out the last of the pattern notes on the quilt, picked out the final fabric combinations to pull the whole thing together, and have started piecing all of the little parts that make up the final center medallion block. After that, it just leaves the sashing and borders to do. It is going slower than expected – but, it is going!    😉    

So, Miss Pat, “Thank You” for the UFO Busting Party kick-in-the-butt. I am not finished in time to meet the end of party deadline: but, I am “in progress”.     🙂    

I will keep you all posted on how it goes. If you would like to see photos of the blocks I am working with, you can click on my Flickr Feed over on the left column of this blog. Just look for all of the purple and green blocks.

🙂

Spring Log Cabin wip

Okay, just a quick update before I head out to “The Day Job” for a bit. This is what the quilt/wall hanging’s blocks NOW look like for my wip (work in progress) that I keep adding to/changing. Please ignore my design wall with the flowers showing thru – that won’t be part of the finished product!  😉   There is actually another 2 fabrics that will be included in this – they are just not pictured here.

I know it doesn’t look like anything impressive/usable in this picture, all by its lonesome little self. But, if you could see it through my Multiplication Glass that I use (best little notion I ever bought!!),  you would be able to see what several of these blocks put together looks like. It’s actually very pretty, and quite pleasing! I’ll show you what I mean when I start putting this sucker together!  🙂 

So, “Hi-Ho, Hi-Ho, it’s off to work I go”.

Y’all have a great day, don’t work too hard, and please smell some flowers for me!  😉 

Talk to you more later…..

Shady

p.s. Inquiring minds want to know: What Springtime project(s) are YOU working on right now? Or getting ready to work on? Gardens, sewing, landscaping, remodels, quilts……everything is fair game here! I just know I’m not the only one, so leave me a comment and tell me what your current creative project is.  🙂

A Chance For YOU To Get Published!!

Did you read the book :  101 One-Yard Wonders ?

If you did, you know that this book was geared at all of us “Fabric Aquisition Committee” members who have an overabundance of one-yard cuts of fabric, and just can’t decide what we want to do with them.

Well, I was just notified that due to the books great sucess, they are doing a follow-up book – and want new submissions – FAST!!!!

The new book will be titled : Fabric Extravaganza: One-Yard WondersIt will be published next year, however, the project submission deadline is April 1, 2010 and they are wanting projects made from EVERY fabric that you can think of!!! How exciting is that?!?! Cottons, corduroys, silks, velvets, etc…..

They’ve asked us to not only submit our projects, but to inform everyone that we can about this – via our websites, blogs, stores, whatever – since there is so little submission time left. So, I am placing all of their info/release here for you to see and tell YOUR friends about!! Go ahead and send them your patterns/creations – you just might be in the new book!!! Whatcha’ got to lose? See info/release below:

FABRIC EXTRAVAGANZA : ONE-YARD WONDERS

Hey there, Seamster Extraordinaire!

We are excited to invite you to contribute to our second book in the One-Yard Wonders book series!

Inspired by the success of 101 One-Yard Wonders, Fabric Extravaganza: One-Yard Wonders will be geared towards sewers with at least a little experience and a great love of fabric – ALL fabrics. 

We all know that committed sewers are prone to buying “a yard of this and a yard of that,” with no particular project in mind – and we know from experience that these fabrics are not limited to printed cottons.  With this book, we are setting out to fill a need that so many of us have: what to do with that single yard of special, coveted fabric you bought on impulse.  Looking at our own personal fabric bounties, we realized so many fabricaholics have a wonderful variety of fabrications waiting to be used.  We often find ourselves asking the question how best to use these treasures? What are the best projects for silk, taffeta, velvet, chenille, corduroy, knit and more?  Not only that, but why are we afraid to use these fabrics?  We are expanding this approach to new, exciting projects for sewing enthusiasts like you to help you use up your beloved fabric stash!

While the original 101 One-Yard Wonders book was divided by project type, Fabric Extravaganza: One-Yard Wonders will be divided by specific fabric types.  Possible chapters include the following fabrications:
 
  • Knits
  • Flannel
  • Linen
  • Fleece
  • Printed cottons
  • Faux Fur/Chenille
  • Home Dec/Upholstery
  • Oilcloth/Coated Cottons
  • Silks/Satins
  • Woolens
  • Corduroy/Velvet
  • Double Gauze/Voile
  • Quilting Cottons
  • Denim
  • Seersucker


As with 101 One-Yard Wonders, we’re focusing on projects that take no more than one yard of fabric to complete. Ideally your project would use nearly the full yard of fabric (no quarter yard projects please, unless they are part of a group project which takes up a full yard).

By all means, please feel free to add trims, zippers, Velcro, buttons, interfacing — whatever additional stash stuff & notions might be necessary to complete the project. We only ask that your project uses one– and only one–yard of a single fabric.

We invite you to contribute your original designs for home decorating items, baby items, personal accessories, toys, garments (for men, women, and children), outdoors, pets, seasonal projects … whatever! The categories are open ended, and the possibilities are limitless!  We can’t wait to see how you want to use your different fabrics!

The deadline for submissions is April 1, 2010. Projects will be considered as we receive them, so try to get them in sooner rather than later. The only stipulation is that your original designs may not have been previously published in a book or anthology.  Email notifications will be sent May 1, 2010 with detailed next steps.

If you would like to participate, please be sure to fill out the on-line submission form at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/oneyardwonders

Along with your completed survey, please also email good-quality photos of your completed project, along with step-by-step instructions (Word .doc format preferred), and any necessary instruction illustrations (rough sketches are fine) to oneyardwonders@gmail.com no later than April 1, 2010. Be sure to include your full name and preferred email address with your emailed submission (this will help us link up your survey with your project submission).

Please note, it is NOT necessary to send a completed project at this time.

If you would prefer to send us a hard copy of your instructions, you may mail it to:

One-Yard Wonders
c/o Crafty Planet
2833 Johnson St. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418

Please note that we must receive both a completed survey as well as separate project email (with photos and instructions) in order to consider your project in this book.

You are welcome to submit multiple projects – as many as you want, but please do so in separate emails.

If your design is selected for inclusion in Fabric Extravaganza: One-Yard Wonders….

  1. We will either request your actual, original sample from the photos you submitted, or you will be provided with the editors’ choice of fabric in order to produce a sample, which will be photographed for the book and kept for a tour and trunk shows.  Please note that if your project is accepted for inclusion in the book, your sample will not be returned.
  2. You will also receive a letter of agreement and consent form asking for the one-time right to publish YOUR pattern in Fabric Extravaganza: One-Yard Wonders.
  3. Upon book release (tentatively scheduled for August 2011), we are pleased to be able to offer compensation for your project – you will be paid for your submission.
  4. In the published book, you will receive full credit, along with your bio, information about your business, and a link to your website, if applicable.
  5. You will be one of the first lucky sewers to receive a complimentary copy of the published book (please note, in our experience, these are typically mailed from the publisher after the book has been released).

 

Remember, the submission deadline is April 1, 2010. 

We’re hoping very much that you will want to be part of Fabric Extravaganza: One-Yard Wonders book, and look forward to hearing from you!

With best wishes,

Patricia Hoskins, Editor, One-Yard Wonders
Rebecca Yaker, Editor, One-Yard Wonders
Deborah Balmuth, Senior Acquisitions Editor, Storey Publishing

P.S. Feel free to pass this invitation along to other designing friends who may want to join in – the more the merrier!!  If you’d like to post the submission on your blog, we’d be even more grateful!

P.P.S Email us at oneyardwonders@gmail.com if you’d like to be notified of publication dates, contests, craft-a-longs, swaps, and more. Or, become a fan on Facebook!

Bohemian Rhapsody quilt goes missing

Bohemian Rhapsody quilt goes missing

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This is an urgent alert to every member of the quilting community, and any travelers who have, or may, come accross these missing quilts!!!

The suitcase containing Bohemian Rhapsody by Ricky Tims also contained one of Artist Libby Lehmans’ quilts. The suitcase went missing from Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, International Terminal #5 on Saturday February 20, 2010. 

I am posting the “WANTED” photo of Bohemian Rhapsody below so that anyone unfamiliar with this award winning quilt, can become familiar with it’s appearance:

DISCLAIMER:  Please note: I did NOT take this photo – I am only reposting this from the press release so that you can see what the quilt looks like. 

If you have ANY information regarding the whereabouts of these quilts, please contact Mr. Tims at www.RickyTims.com or you leave me a comment to this post and I will put you in touch with Ricky Tims, ASAP.

Please keep your eyes open for these quilts at online auction sites as well.

Thank you gentle readers for your help in this matter!!

Shady