I found another unfinished project when I cleaned out my studio. I got this as a kit, (on sale ) and started piecing this in 2008. I was going to use it for a practice quilt...as I had just gotten my APQS longarm. But, I got so busy quilting that I never had time to finish this top.
Good thing I had all the diamond strips already pieced or this fabric would just go back into my newly organized stash for another project. I have long since lost the pattern, so I am just winging it from scant memory, that and the fact that I had everything pre-cut and labeled! Everything but the applique....but I will figure that out later.
Surprisingly, my past self did an excellent job of piecing so it went together with nice sharp points. I got all the diagonal cut strips enclosed with sashing so now I can start making the folk art flower appliques that will go in the negative spaces.
So, when I cleaned out my studio, I rediscovered 3 cheater cloth panels that had been given to me years go.
I decided I would use them for practice and make them into charity quilts. After recovering from an injury to my hand, I had not quilted or sewed much for over a year....yes, I needed the practice for my muscle memory.
I added a couple of borders and this 46 x 48 size was a quick quilt to complete.
Notice how much green is in this fabric?
Using white thread, I quilted around each pattern, no rulers....all freehand.
Notice how the red dominates this fabric?
I pieced this pale blue backing from some 36" vintage fabric I found. I was determined to use whatever vintage fabric I had in my stash. I probably wouldn't have ever chosen this blue backing, but in the end, I really like it....a refreshing surprise.
Wow, notice all the blue in this fabric?
The binding is made from a piece of 36" vintage fabric also.
In contrast with today's fabrics, this selvage is almost negligible.
I found this fabric kit when I cleaned up and organized my studio.
Pattern by "Joined at the Hip."
I used most of the kitted fabrics, but I changed out the brown floral border for this red.
An afternoon of machine applique...
And then it was quilted.
I like my wall hangings to have a lot of dense quilting to make them stiff.
They will hang better that way.
I hate to waste, so when I make wall hangings just for me, I always use muslin for the backing and I use up lots of my leftover bobbin thread. I used up 7 different thread colors on the back and now, I have 7 empty bobbins for my next large quilt.
I am pretty excited to finally get my studio organized.
I went from this...
I have all my yard+ cottons on the upper shelf and anything under a yard, folded like a fat quarter on the lower shelf.
All of my future projects are up here in ziplock bags.
All the backings are sorted. Three stacks of flannels on the left and 3+ stacks of cottons on the right.
I didn't want to ever unfold and refold another backing just to find out it was not big enough for a quilt top so I measured and labeled all of them.
I found an odd assortment of orphan blocks, they are tucked in the yellow box.
It is almost full of orphan blocks.
Flannels and homespun in a separate area.
I already had these 3 boxes of jeans precut into usable fabric from pants. The tub under the shelf is full of denim too. Guess I better get a denim quilt on the planning board!
My scrap drawers under my quilting table went from this...
plus a drawer for kids prints...
These are all under my quilting table so I can easily pull out a drawer to sort and match with the fabrics on the shelves right behind me.
We made this ironing table for storage. Here, I have:
a drawer for mixed homespuns...
a drawer for mixed flannel scraps....
storage for all my minky scraps....yes I do make minky scrap quilts.
My cutting table is my old kitchen bar from 1978. I have cut fabric on this 39 years (back when my sewing machine was put on my kitchen table.) In 2006, we redid our old kitchen and re-purposed this gem in my studio. It is 70 inches long and 32 inches wide. I painted it and took out 3 useless shelves and installed 11 easily removable drawers.
We added a 72 inch tape measure to the front edge and it makes measuring yardage a snap.
I usually have at least 2 quilts I am working on, so the larger drawers are handy for keeping a project all together.
The great thing about all these drawers is that I can take them out and move them to the ironing board, the sewing table or where ever I need them.
Now that I am organized, it will be super easy to keep it this way, I am very excited and what a great way to spend a few rainy days.
I have been annoyed with all the clutter in my sewing studio for awhile now. After quilting and sewing for over 10 years I should be annoyed since I never have had great scrap organization. How could this happen? I am the person who has kitchen spices in alphabetical order!
I have filled 8 of these drawers with scraps. They were so stuffed that I had to smooth them down to get them closed. I don't have any more storage so it was time to get organized.
I pressed and sorted into color.
When it was all done, I could relocate them in the bins according to color and they fit a lot better. Now, when I make a quilt, I will be able to take proper care of my scraps and put them into the right bin!
I realized that my huge pile of fleece was taking up my prime real estate here on my shelves. I refolded and relocated them to the uppermost shelf and can not start to sort our fabric that is fat quarter size and any other yardage over 1/2 yard.
I'm excited to find fabrics I forgot I had. All these folded piles are still from my scrap bins. As you can see, I haven't even got to the mess on the middle shelf. But, I can hardly wait to get it all finished.
I alternate between projects so I don't get too tired of standing at the ironing board. So, every hour I sit and piece some blocks on my Snowman quilt. This is on my design wall.
Notice the Arkansas Crossroads block lurking at the right..
....I have a design idea for all my lovely scraps with that block.