Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Color Therapy, I need some

Do you force yourself to sew/piece/quilt when life is not turning out like you expect? Do you let things bother you and affect your sewing? Or are you an even keel kind of person?

I sure wish I could say that I leave my emotions and frustrations at the sewing room door but that's not the case. Some days just playing with fabric helps me de-stress but unfortunately that sometimes isn't the case.

I've always felt a little guilty for setting aside a project and working on something else but that's exactly what I should have done last week. I've been piecing the selvage spiderweb blocks together and here are two rows of the blocks. Take a closer look at the web on the far left. Half of it is colorful and maybe even a bit too red but what happened on the other half? Brown, brown, brown. Guess what kind of mood I was in?!? I realize God made every color beautiful but brown is just not one of my favorites.

Some of you might not even notice the brownness but every time I see that row, I'm reminded of something very disappointing that happened in my family last week. Its not going to go away and I can't change it, just my attitude toward it.

I'm stepping away from the selvage spiderwebs for at least a few days and maybe even a week or two. No matter how badly I'd like to finish this quilt, I need to wait until I'm excited to work on it again. I'll pick out my brown spiderweb, change it out with some more colorful pieces and restitch it one of these days but not now. Most of the time, you can have a do over on a quilt but usually not in life. We all live with the consequences of our choices.

So what am I working on? This past weekend, I purchased Bonnie Hunter's new book, Scraps & Shirttails II. Most of you know I've been trying to sew down my "Resource Center" so I'm always looking for projects that are scrappy and I found several in this book I'd like to make!

From the moment I saw the "Criss Cross Applesauce" quilt, I knew I wanted to make it so I've begun to cut out the pieces. I hope to reduce my green fabric by half and the reds probably by that much too. I'm not even half done with cutting but this step has been very therapeutic so far. That could be because there's a new blade in my rotary cutter or maybe its because I like the idea of using up some of my old fabric or very likely because its the excitement of a new project!

Here in Kansas the snow is melting away! We're enjoying mild temperatures this week and very possibly next week too. I highly doubt this is spring but believe me, I'm enjoying every minute of the weather this week!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

All done, I think!

Its done, its finally done!

Yes, I've finally finished my "Roll, Roll, Cotton Boll" AKA "Peppermint Hot Fudge Sundae Delight" quilt top! I've been working steadily on it for at least six weeks and have done a lot more picking out on this quilt than any other project in recent memory. I'm pretty sure that was because of my own lack of quilting skills and "let me do it my way" attitude!

I may add a label to the backing before I take it to the machine quilter. I've always wanted to do that but usually don't. For some reason, I always wonder if I'll get the placement right and the label will be half on the quilt and half off or if the machine quilter will get it straight. Not sure who would notice if the label was straight or not when the quilt's on our bed!

So yesterday when I finished sewing the backing together and pressing it, I felt a little adrift. Kind of like "Its done so now what?" Believe me, it isn't like I have a shortage of projects to work on so its on to my next UFO or PhD project, whichever initials you prefer! And that project is the selvage spiderweb quilt.

I'll be delivering the quilt top and backing to a machine quilter next week when its supposed to be a little warmer and will probably not get the quilt back till late March.

Heat wave here today with an expected high of 20 degrees! Much, much better than yesterday. I hope all of you who were affected by the storm are doing OK and staying warm!