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 I have been so busy sewing lately that I have let my resolve to blog slide a bit.  But no more, I am back.

I received some new fabric from Ink and Spindle and I have been busy making it into bags, as well as participating in the Patchwork Craft Show over the Memorial Day weekend.    So I have been busy.

As part of my plan to reduce use up the fabric I have on hand, instead of constantly adding to it, I have been finishing up some half made quilts as well.  I am actually starting to reach the point where I simply do not have enough fabric to finish off items.  And it feels good.  I no longer feel like I am drowning in fabric, or wastefully hoarding materials instead of turning it into usable goods.  I have also been able to sell some fabric that I no longer needed.  It is a wonderful feeling to send a package of fabric off to a new home, where it will hopefully be turned into something that is loved and needed.

Here are a few quilts I have recently completed.

I am so happy with how this one turned out.  The graduation of color on the spiral looks amazing.  And my husband, who has not yet loved a design enough to have it on our bed feels that this may be ‘the one’.












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Getting Organized. Step 1

view of my studio from dining room

Today I had a formal consult with a professional organizer.  I was surprisingly nervous considering that  she is a good friend who has helped me out in my home many times, but this is different.  It is my studio.  I have a certain fear that if everything is changed I will lose  my creativity.  But it wasn’t scary at all.  Claudia had me think about  the steps I take and what I do at each station in my studio.  She targeted my major problem areas and then we brainstormed possibilities for solving each problem.  I have been thinking about this for a few days and had some big ideas.  She unceremoniously cut them down to size, and made me focus on the immediate instead of the long-term.  (she kept telling me ‘don’t worry about that yet.  It will be obvious once your workspace is functional.’) We came up with this list.

Problem 1.  Fabric is everywhere, my storage system is obviously not working

Problem 2. I have UFO’s (UnFinished Objects) scattered around and mixed in with my fabrics.  I tend to jump from project to project and loose pieces and notes in the chaos so finishing projects becomes less and less attractive.

Problem 3. I can never keep track of my small hand tools, like scissors, unpicker etc.  Or even if I know exactly where it is, it is on the other side of the room, and I waste a lot of time retracing my steps.

Problem 4. Paperwork is never properly filed, add this to my tendency to sketch, take notes and make calculations for cutting and yardage on any handy scrap of paper, and I have a giant pile of paper sitting in a basket with no idea what most of it is for.

Over the next few days I will be tackling these problems one by one, and discussing the solutions my organizer suggested and what I end up with.  I feel like I am on the edge of getting this figured out and I am actually pretty excited.  I am committed to getting this done before sewing another order (luckily I don’t have any due this week or next!).

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Little Boxes Block Tutorial

I Saw this great cubby unit on Papernstitch yesterday and the arrangement of squares and rectangles were so intriguing that I had to make a quilt block out of it.

I started out by choosing 4 fabrics, and cutting some 2 1/2″ strips, and  4 1/2″ squares.

This is the layout I came up with.

It looked pretty bland, so after taking another look at my inspiration I decided to add a white strip between each piece.  Of course this raised a technical issue.  Because of the varied sizes of the blocks I need to cut down the pieces to fit the sashing in.  Also to piece the blocks easily I couldn’t have the long strip in the top center.  But with a little tweaking I figured it all out.

So, here is your cut list.

Cut two or three pieces from each fabric

3x 4 1/4″x4 1/4″

2x 2 1/4″x2 1/4″

2x 2 1/4″x4 1/4″

1x 2 1/4″x6 1/4″

1x 2 1/4″x7 1/4″ (this is the strip for the top middle)  cut this strip down into three pieces, a 4 1/4, a 3/4 and a 2 1/4, cut them in  that order so they go together well when they are joined back together.  Set aside the 3/4 piece for later, and insert the other two pieces into the layout.

2x strips 3/4″ wide of white 

Lay out your block.  It will not line up at this point, so don’t be concerned.

Start by piecing the most basic units. 

Make sure you press the seams away from the white sashing, otherwise it will get really bulky.

Assemble the units into larger units until you have two halves.  Now comes the tricky bit.  I was not willing to give up the look of the large strip at the top, so I faked it.  Get the 3/4″ piece that was set aside earlier, and sew it to one end of the white sashing.  Press the seam toward the white.

Carefully pin the strip in place so the seams line up, and sew, do the same for the other side.

Done!  If you want you can add an additional piece of white sashing around the outside. 

This is a somewhat fiddly block, but well within the reach of anyone who has been quilt for a while.  Just take your time and don’t be afraid to take out stitches and do it again to get it right.  Please let me know if you have any problems following this, and send links of your versions.

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New Year, New Designs

At this time of year I like to spend a bit of time thinking about my product line, and how to improve it. What needs tweaking, or adding to, what should be dropped, and best of all, what new designs should I go with?

I made this little quilt on a whim last year, and it sold so fast I didn’t even get any good pictures of it.  I am revisiting the design and thinking about creating a couple of different variations on the concept.

I am also open to suggestions.  If you have an idea for a quilt, please tell me about it.

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