Sunday, March 27, 2011

Far from Empty

Do you feel a void? As if something is missing. Well if you are a crafter I doubt that is true. For I can think of tons of quilts I would love to fill this quilting hoop with.

I think about it during the day, when a bit of color strikes my inspiration.

I think about making something, anything, when my mind feels cluttered and stressed, from too much of this.

I discuss my crafting obsessions with complete strangers, with friends, and with family. To know me is love me and my crafting! I can't remember when this obsession started. But I know it is completely ingrained in who I am. If you were to come and visit me you would find a crafting magazine in the kitchen, a half pieced idea or thing by the table, a basket with yarn and needles by my chair in the living room.

I've had a wonderful converstations this week with friends about this very subject from the kitchen table to the blogging world. Thankyou Madamme Samm.

Why fill your life up with all of this creative stuff? Well for me it makes me happy. I'm richer in spirt. I'm not winning any prizes, or publishing great things. I'm just doing what I love. And I'm sharing what I love with those around me. As the 16 year old carpenter (once my one time quilter son), Asked if I would make his a quilt for his bed.

There is still creative work and love to be done, here. Maybe creative people change the world from thier house out? What do you think?

Thursday, March 24, 2011


Now that the RRCB top is done. It's on to the quilting. I've NEVER sent a quilt out to be quilted before. But I seriously would consider it for this one.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

While at the table...

Normally I work on my sewing upstairs in the spare room. Mainly because I can just leave everything where I'm at and come back to it later. It has it's pros and cons. The biggest con, is that while you are upstairs, your away from everyone else. Sometimes it can leave a lot to be desired.

So temporarily I moved downstairs to the kitchen table. While there I was graced with this one's company. Granted I didn't get to work as fast as I possibly could have. Because there was a "Mommy, look" every couple of minutes. But I didn't mind. It was really nice to have company while sewing.

Did you see Gary the snail here?

Of course, he probably only hung out with me because the wii is broken. What ever the reason, it was time well spent for the two of us. But I really should clean off the table!

Monday, March 7, 2011


I'm still working on my RRCB quilt. My progress is slow, as life seems to happen. But I intend on getting to the borders this week. I have to admit that I considered adding a solid mitered corner borders, and calling it done. But wouldn't that be cheating? So as of right now, I'm going to keep going with the original design. If I'm lucky, it might end up on the bed by next winter. As it would turn out this is my spring break week. Although the weather doesn't really confirm it. Yesterday we had a full day of rain, by evening it turned to sleet and overnight SNOW!
As I keep sewing, I'm going to keep an eye on the creek. Which happens to look more like a river about now. As long as we have been here, it has never crossed the bank. The house itself has been here even longer. I'll still just keep an avid eye outside. Especially as we have the run off from this latest mess.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

My First Quilt

This is my very first quilt. I started with the pinwheel block. The fabric I bought at the local Goodwill store. I started sewing this on my grandmother's machine. I think the only thing I sewed together that day was a line of profanity. Especially when I realized I didn't have them all spinning in the same direction.
At this point is when I realized I didn't know what I was doing, and I left it sit. For well over a year I didn't touch it. I didn't know how to do the sashing, and I didn't know anything of seam allowance. It took intervention from an experienced quilter to get this finished.

Once I started understanding seam allowance I took off with quilting. Well this quilt actually isn't quilted, it's tied. One day I swear I will do that. I loved this for quite a while. Now it sits in a cabinet. I actually thought of quilting it in order to donate it. But it just didn't feel right. It's precious just because it was the start of an obsession.