Monday, January 31, 2011

Today's project

I'm doing the last bit of machine applique on my little Tea Party quilt. It's tiny, so I'm hoping to get the quilting done today too. That will mean another empty box...
Tea Party Quilt Progress

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Chain Reaction

The completion of the "That Quilt" top (yes, she's done, exept for the scallops) set in motion a small chain reaction.

She will move over to the "unquilted quilt tops" box.
Rainbow Jane moved into her old box because it's bigger and she's next on the "Jane List".

Geese in the Forest moved out of two shoe boxes into Rainbow's old box.

And I now have two empty shoe boxes.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

In the House of a Quilter

I'm in the final throes of the assembly of my Dear Jane quilt top.
It's huge, so I'm doing the ironing downstairs on the big ironing board with the "real" iron as opposed to the mini iron in the sewing room.

At one point I left the room and when I returned I was struck by this.
Seriously. No staging.
Poetic, isn't it?

How many quilty projects do you spy?

Monday, January 24, 2011


Only parents who have sent kids off to college will understand how much relief this brings.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Jane in progress

If you're following my other blog, you know that I've been working on this giant project since March 2007.
225 different 4.5" blocks.

The end is in sight!
Today my hope is to complete the center of the quilt top.
Jane in progress
(If you'd like to learn more, check out the blog or visit my Flickr set or the Flickr group.)

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Now you see it...

Now you see it
Now you don't.
Now you don't
I apologize if I'm boring you with this but I just can't get enough of my newly organized quilting life.
This is the project that will soon vacate a box, meaning I can start something new:
Tea Party
(The fabric is Hideaway from Moda)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Very, very slow progress

Gee! The last time I posted a photo of this quilt was June 2009!
The first time was June 2007!
She's definitely a golden oldie.
Maybe I'll complete her this year, now that she's out in the open in her own little box.
Grandmother's Flower Garden

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Books Read in 2010

Every January I do a post with all the books I read the previous year.
If you can recommend any for this year, please leave a comment. I'm always on the lookout for new reading matter.

Split Second - David Baldacci
Until I find you - John Irving
The Year of the Flood - Margaret Atwood
Simple Genius - David Baldacci
The Summons - John Grisham
The Colour of Water - Angela Green
The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder - Rebecca Wells
Twilight - Stephenie Meyer
New Moon - Stephenie Meyer
Scarpetta - Patricia Cornwell
The Pact - Jodi Picoult
The Almost Moon - Alice Sebold
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
Hour Game - David Baldacci

My favorites:
The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder
The Lovely Bones
The Pact

My Least Favorites:
The Colour of Water
Until I find you
The Year of the Flood

I bought myself a nook for my birthday in October.

Our library is rapidly expanding its ebook selection and it really helps not having to fit library visits into my hectic schedule as well.

Sunday, January 16, 2011


I've been trying out my newly organized sewing room this weekend.

I worked on three different projects. Having each WIP in its own box is amazing! When I tire of one I can put it away in mere seconds and grab something else. And everything stays neat.
I predict a productive week. Fingers crossed.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Quick, take a photo!

Before the perfection disappears.
(Warning! This is a photo-heavy post.)

It took 40 days and 40 nights...well, more like 3 days and 3 nights, but still.

Office before 1
Office after

Office before 2
Office after

Office in progress

Each WIP has its own box. Thanks Jodi! (UFOs are combined in other boxes until I feel like working on them.) I have 10 actual WIPs.  Ones I'm working on. My new unwritten rule is that I can't start a new project until I finish one. So, no more than 10 at a time.  Doable, right?

Scraps are in their own boxes too. By color.

I didn't get a before photo of the closet but, trust me, it was just as bad as the rest. As in, the doors couldn't close!
Closet after
To the left is stationery and stuff. On the floor to the right is my new baby.
And then there's fabric organization.
Fabric organization
It doesn't look like a lot but, using the method I did, you can stuff a LOT of fabric in a box!

Blue & Aqua
Fabric organization

Red & Pink
Fabric organization

Purple, Yellow, Green
Fabric organization

The rest
Fabric organization

I'm SO excited about all this! I feel like I can now move mountains.

(Edited to add: I used these tips to organize the fabric.)

Friday, January 7, 2011

It's gonna get worse...

...before it gets better.
Office in progress
Slow progress
Office in progress

If you're following the Facebook Page, you've already seen this, but here's a little hint as to the identity of the new "person" in the sewing room:


Thursday, January 6, 2011

Organize - Step 1a

I don't make New Year's resolutions. I think you can make a "right now" resolution any time you want.

That being said, the office/sewing room has become a space I cannot function in any more.
Cluttered with all kinds of stuff I don't use on a regular basis.

Art supplies
scrapbook supplies
old software
old computer cables
books that don't inspire me
recipes I'll never try

Not to mention assorted piles of fabric and unfinished projects.

To ensure a productive year, I HAVE to tackle this.

Step 1.
The shelving - before
Office before 1
Office before 2
Stay tuned for the "after".

(Yesterday someone new arrived in the sewing room. I will reveal her soon.)

Monday, January 3, 2011

Happy New Year!

I only finished 5 measly little projects in 2010. Five!
This year I'm doing better. Yes, I am. I said this last year too and I did even worse than in 2009. Crossing my fingers for 2011.

This morning I started Project #1.
I've been collecting 30's fabrics for the new fabric clubs and BOM in the store and itching to use them for something.
1st New Project - 2011
Aren't they pretty?