Thursday, October 13, 2011

New plans

I have been working on the binding for the t-shirt quilt, actually loving doing the hand sewing.  In the meantime,  I want to get a quilt top done to put on the longarm and then one I can hand quilt.  This could all take a bit of time.

First the one I plan to machine quilt.  My sewing room is a 400 square foot loft above our great room.  It only has 3 walls and all of them are somewhat sloped.  When my longarm was delivered (and how we got it up to that loft is a story in itself) I lost wall space.  I moved a wardrobe, pictured above,  against the railing.  This worked great in the sewing loft - created a cozy feel to an open area and I got to keep my beloved storage.  But from below, the back wasn't all that nifty looking.

We placed the sail boat quilt to drape down the back of the wardrobe but it didn't quite cover it all so we then draped my Grandmother's snowball quilt over the railing.  I like the way it looks but I never wanted these two quilts to be used in this way, it was a "temporary" solution.  By temporary, I mean less than 10 or 20 years.  It's been over a year now and I bought a book called City Quilts when I was in Kansas City.
From this book I selected a terrific quilt and then made it my focus when I was traveling around this summer and early fall.  I picked up solid blues/greens wherever I found them, even enduring scorn from one quilt shop owner when I inquired about solids.  "You're not one of those modern quilters are you?  When you've been quilting as long as I have you'll realize solids are very dull."  Hey lady, I get it, you are just trying to sell what you have in your shop.  Just saying you don't have any would be fine.
This is the quilt I plan to make to drape over the back of my wardrobe.  Isn't it great?  Today was washing, ironing and figuring it all out day.  Plus hand sewing on the t-shirt quilt!

I am hoping that by tomorrow I have it all cut out.  I will let you know!  That's my plan!

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