I’m sew excited! I sold my first art quilt today on Ebay so I’m officially a starving artist! I recommend that you put in your orders/commissions now before my prices skyrocket!
here is the piece I sold:
I’m following a blog called Christa Quilts – and she’s doing a quilt-along right now – so in an effort to use up some of my fabric, I joined it. (BTW according to my poll, I am a perfectly normal quilter, not a hoarder – so there!)
Here’s what I had to do this morning: take 40 pieces of fabric, cut them in half and match them up in pairs. So for the mathematically challenged, that’s matching up 80 pieces of fabric.
I placed half of them on my ironing board and table and tried to do it randomly: my fingers kept putting pairs together… and my brain kept saying “oh no, that doesn’t go”, forcing my fingers to move them around until they matched.
Then I sewed the strips together, pressed them & cut them into blocks and finally lay them out in neat orderly piles of coloured blocks – much happier camper now!
And according to one poll I did recently, 86% of my readers prefer to work in a logical orderly fashion, so I am not alone 🙂
One of the best pieces of advice I ever got about quilting was that you should have a glass of wine before attempting Free Motion Quilting. It helps to relax your shoulders and make the process more enjoyable. (Doesn’t wine do that for everything??)
Today I was working on a project, and realized my shoulders were up around my ears. Uh oh. I instantly realized the problem: I had forgotten the wine. And I was almost finished the Free Motion Quilting…but…
You know how you find out about some things after the fact?
For instance, I recently found out that about a month ago, when my brother was in my house, when I wasn’t home, he passed my art studio (yes, that’s what I call it – my art studio, my workshop, my sewing room, my space, etc.) and apparently he made a comment.
Oh yes, he thinks his sister is a borderline hoarder…
Well, here’s a shot of my worktable this morning: I had to laugh because if you think that pile of scraps is garbage, you are sadly mistaken. Valuable pieces of fabric, already loaded with SteamASeam for future use…
Imari Yaki to you too, LOL.
That is the name of a quilt kit I bought over 10 years ago – apparently it means “highly prized white porcelain” from southern Japan.
It involved applique with freezer paper and templates – I started it and quickly discovered I didn’t have the patience for this kind of work…
Fast forward 10 years: I discovered Steam-A-Seam – a fusible web that makes applique possible to do by machine. I love Steam-A-Seam.
I will have this finished soon:
Why Thread Sweat & Tears??
Well, I work with thread (and fabric and fibres);
I work hard at it and sometimes I sweat – well, not really but it is hard work;
and sometimes I cry while I’m doing it – well, not really but I care about my work which sometimes leads to tears. Most of the time I just love what I’m working on and I cry when I’m happy too.
for instance: today it is an Asian motif wall hanging – I love the colours and the design! I think I’m going to add some beads to it.