Sunday, September 25, 2022

Refreshing the sewing room

What is it about fall?  It makes me want to move furniture around and get organized.  Maybe it's a throwback to back-to-school new beginnings. 

In any case, on a rainy Saturday a couple of weeks ago, I felt compelled to turn my work space into a disaster zone.  I wish I had taken pictures of the upheaval in progress, but I was too busy making a mess, then cleaning it up.  Here's the final result.

The cube shelving on the wall used to be at the end of the cutting table, cutting the room in half.  The wall where it now stands used to be the only blank wall I could use as a design wall, and there wasn't anywhere else to put the shelves.  

Disposing of a ratty old sofa last month opened up space for two shelving units, freeing up the wall you see on the right below to use as a design wall.  That wall space is a touch larger than the old design wall. I'll be excited to use it after I go to the quilt shop for batting to cover it.

Here's the other half of the room, also known as the pattern folding and shipping station when there isn't a quilt on the table.  

The two shelving units that I moved to make room for the design wall ended up here where the sofa used to sit.  There was room to spare on the wall to stack the plastic drawers that had previously lived on the shelves.  That opened up shelf space so I don't need to figure out where to put an extra unit.  I thought I would need one, and the only place I could think of to put it was up against my cutting table, cutting the room in half again.  The blank wall you see behind the table isn't actually free space.  I need to keep it open because it's the only place I can pin up a quilt and control lighting to take a half-decent flat quilt photo.

I'm really pleased I didn't have to cut the room in half with extra shelving.  See how spacious the room feels now?

I love how open the space feels.  Despite initial misgivings about the whole moving-things-around business, Rosie also approves.  She can settle into her cave under the printer and not have to move to keep me in sight when I need to work in the back half of the room.


Just so you know, she has a couple of comfy dog beds down here, but this is where she likes to hang out!

Moving stuff around brought a few neglected projects back into the light, and my refreshed workspace has renewed my enthusiasm.  I'll take the motivation while it's here and go finish something.  What about you?  Does your workspace help or hinder your creativity and motivation?

Happy quilting,

Joanne

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Starlit Picnic Finish!

Just a quick post to share the finished quilt. After sharing so many progress posts about Starlit Picnic, (see my earlier posts here, here and here) I almost forgot to show you the finished quilt.  While I shared on Facebook and Instagram quickly from my phone, I needed to be at my computer to write a blog post.  I may have become distracted by new designs when I sat down at the computer...but that's another post.

Here it is: Starlit Picnic!

As you can see, after much deliberation, I chose a scrappy bright green binding.  Well, after much deliberation, there really wasn't much choice after all, as it turned out my stash couldn't cough up enough of the blue to match the binding to the border.  The bin of bright green scraps was more obliging.  You might be able to make out the different prints in the binding in the photo below.


One more picture because this quilt just makes me happy.



Now I'm inspired to finish up a few more UFOs...as soon as I decide which one inspires me most at the moment. Does a finish inspire you to move on to something else right away, or do you take a break before the next project?

Happy quilting,
Joanne

Get the Starlit Picnic pattern as a PDF download in my Etsy shop, or ask for a print copy at your favourite quilt shop.  Shops, please visit my website for wholesale information or find my patterns at distributors Checker, Brewer or E.E. Schenck . 

Sunday, September 18, 2022

Party Crackers reveal

The Baroque collection from Island Batik is shipping to stores this month, so I can finally share two projects I've had under wraps since early this year.

First up is Party Crackers.


I just love this one. It's been hard to keep it to myself for months.  First, this landed on my front step, courtesy of Island Batik, and I had to ooh and ahh in private.  I particularly love the 1st, 2nd and 4th fabrics in the photo below.  The photo doesn't do the lightest fabric justice. It has really pretty blue and purple accents washing through it.

Since I couldn't share anyway,  I didn't take many process pictures.  I have no pictures of all the stitch-and-flip sewing and trimming, or chain stitching, or blocks.  We magically jump from yardage to quilt!  Look at those gorgeous colours!


All the angles and points in this quilt are made with stitch-and-flip corners, so despite all the angles, you only need to cut squares and rectangles from the fabrics.  

The stars in the center of each block are my favourite floating stars. Because they're designed to avoid any risk of cut-off points, they're the most stress-free star block I have made.


I'm limited to outside photos on my deck at the moment.  While in the past I used to roam the yard and take pictures over various fences and posts with flowerbeds in the background and foreground, I'm afraid that's not working this year.  First, it's been very dry and things are looking a little brown and stressed.  Worse, the yard has been invaded by chiggers.  Nasty little microscopic bugs, leaving super nasty itchy welts where they have crawled under clothing.  I'll leave it to your imagination.  I'm just not enjoying my yard this year.  Good thing I still have the quilting room when I need a retreat!

How did your yard fare this summer? Did you escape to the great outdoors, or escape from the great outdoors to your quilting room?

Happy quilting,

Joanne

Get your copy of the Party Crackers pattern as a PDF download in my Etsy shop, or ask for a printed copy at your favourite quilt shop.  Shops, please see my wholesale page for wholesale information or find the pattern at distributors CheckerEE Schenck or Brewer