Tuesday, April 24, 2007

UgFab Part 2: What should I make?


The UgFab swap... I have this gorgeous fabric.

I have chosen the 3 fabs to go with it...

Now I need to figure out 'what' to make with it.

Any ideas? I am still leaning towards a table runner (that is the dining room table the fabrics are lying on). But what pattern?!?

Really! I need help!

Opinions are TRULY welcome :)


Saturday, April 14, 2007

Why did I start quilting?

That was the question posed to us...

Honestly, I think at least part of my reasoning was that I wanted to try something a bit different from other 17 year olds. (Nothing like learning the skills of a bygone era to up your cool factor with other teenagers.)
Of course a few years have gone since then, and now I would say I do it because I love the manipulation of the media and the subtleties that you can explore.

But I was really interested in making something that would last. Being creative- actually creating something- is a recurring theme in my head. Something like all the service work I have done and do, and the non-physical work doesn't fill a gap I feel. Creating is a physical expression. I can sing and play piano and talk and sell and all that stuff. But I think I must have felt a real disconnect from the world that tactile creation remedies- much like gardening. (But quilting you can neglect for long stretched and it doesn't die or go wild LOL).

My very first project was started shortly after I moved from Montana to Seattle. I didn't quite understand what all the fuss was about the need for 100% cotton- seemed like some sort of elitist thing. So I went to the thrift store and bought a bunch of stuff that looked like good colors. And as I was hand stitching the Tumbling Blocks, Dog and Attic Windows blocks form the tshirt material, flannel and men's suiting I learned why. T-shirt material and suit jackets are tough to get together with good corners!
That delightful little project also gave me a good education in why a sewing machine is such a wondrous device.
I am not sure what happened to that project, but I believe it went away... perhaps to the dump? That is where it belonged.

Very soon thereafter I was blessed to discover the In The Beginning Shop in North Seattle, and learned sooo many other valuable lessons.

WAAH! Having to share

Well, I am slightly (and hopefully very temporarily) decommissioning my sewing space.

See... I am moving my home work space back to the main office.

So my husband thinks he should get to move inside the house for his business... sigh...

That means I have to share. And it probably means I will have to tidy up more often.

But on the bright side, it could be worse! (knock on wood) (We could be getting a child in to live with us!) Gasp! Horror!

Still, it is quite sad putting the machine away into the closet and shutting the door to the fab stash. And just WHERE am I going to put my books? Despair!