Friday, January 8, 2021

In the Pink

This week I'm happy I could have sewing machine therapy!

One of my quilting goals this year is to use up more of my fabric. That's nothing new but this year I have a plan and I hope I can stick to it. 

I've decided to make one quilt top a month to donate to my quilt guild's charity committee. The color of fabric I use each month will be set by the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. If you click on the RSC21 button at the top right, it will take you to a link which explains what it is.


January's color was pink so I dug out any fabric I called pink and neutrals I could use with them. I have a serious lack of neutrals in my fabric stash but I found enough to make the above baby quilt top. I'd still like to add a border but not sure what yet.


These were the fabrics I initially pulled but I see several in the photo I didn't use. I made another search through my tubs and found others to replace the fabrics I said "not this time" to.


I'm also learning how to stitch with a new Janome Accufeed Flex Foot. I've been piecing and quilting with my walking foot and this new foot has taken some getting used to. I'm not sure I like it.

 I actually made two tops this month. This is the second baby quilt top partially pieced.


I should go finish piecing that quilt top but instead I think I'll sort through my quilt books. I have a stack of quilt books from the last time I sorted which I don't know what to do with. Donate? Sell? Put them in a box and ignore? I haven't purchased many recently but my weakness is quilt books, patterns, and magazines. Out of all these books, only a few are consulted now and then.

 If I am able to clear out at least one shelf of books, I'd like to fold some quilts to display there. Even though I rotate hanging some of my quilts, I have too many stored away. Time to enjoy them even if they're folded in a cabinet!

Until next time, Mayleen


JustGail said...

Every time I sort books, I usually end up putting them back on the shelf. Sorted in better order, but still there. And that is probably the last I'll look at them until next time I try to thin the herd. :-/ Worse is it's not just the quilting books, there's the sewing, needlework, knitting, crochet (sensing a theme there?), gardening, and cook books.

Exuberantcolor/Wanda S Hanson said...

It's hard to decide what to do with the quilting books we no longer need. If they are in pristine condition your local library might like to build up their arts/crafts section, after the pandemic is over or whenever they are ready to receive them. I give older ones to Goodwill. I also donated about 30 to my local quilt guild's library. This is a time where I think mine will go in a box marked quilt books to donate and hope that there is a place to donate to soon.

Chookyblue...... said...

your pink quilt is lovely.......

QuiltGranma said...

Yes, I too need to dig out the boxes of quilt books and find them new homes as well! I sure could use the space, and the $ along with disbursing a bunch of other things I've been hanging on to! Love that cabinet!

The Joyful Quilter said...

I have a weakness for books, too. Best of luck culling an entire shelf of them.
I went through magazines before our last move and found that I could only part with ONE!

I've never heard of that foot for the Janome. Which model to you own? Nice job on sewing up that PINK quilt top! Good luck with finishing up the 2nd one.

Jenny said...

Some of your folded quilts would look wonderful in your cabinet. Once you manage to clear a shelf or two, always hard to do with books. Maybe you will just have to be ruthless,, and perhaps donate some toma sewing group or somewhere similar?

scraphappy said...

Getting rid of books is hard. Having room to display your quilts would be lovely though. What pretty pink quilts! You put lots of fabrics to work.

Cathy said...

Sounds like a good plan for your fabric. You are certainly off to a great start with those two tops. Looking forward to more in the months to come!

Susie H said...

Cute baby quilts and a worthy cause, for sure. Love that cabinet and it sure would look nice with folded quilts in it. Good luck culling books, though. Whenever I try to do that, I find new things to look at in the book and couldn't possibly part with it! Ha!