Organization and Additions
The Friday before Memorial Day my friend Blogless Dawn (who should now be able to comment because I fixed the comment section – let me know if it doesn’t work) and I went out for a trip to The Fold – hey it was all 20% off. I picked up a few new Tosh blends – two for hats and one in lace for these phantom shawls I knit. Really I knit shawls, I want to knit shawls… just apparently not this minute.
After The Fold we continued further to our favorite lunch spot and hit Material Girls. I was doing really well there until I saw this Jo’s book, which I’ve seen twice now and took it as a sign from the Universe that I should get it. Then Dawn found the fabric. I was resisting well until I saw the spiderwebs on it… that did it and I had to have it. I’m so weak. I think I’ve reached sable status on the fabric now as well… I need to quit the stashing, so that I can still get into my room and work. It’s getting dicey in there.
To aid this desire, I decided that I really needed to organize my Reproduction fabrics. I decided it would be much easier when I work on my sampler quilts. This is how I kicked off my week off and I love seeing it all organized. I only work very part-time, but it was nice not going in at all last week and I got tons done.
My week off ended yesterday with a whole day at a LQS that sells HQ with a HQ teacher. We did a class on “Quilt as Desired,” where I learned lots of tips and tricks. I need to just get on it. Here’s one she recommended for the sit down machine people. Use wool batting… the wool lover in me found this a great tip. Anyway it’s lighter and easier to wrangle through the machine. It also has no memory for the folders in the group. I don’t have spare beds anymore to lay quilts out on, so folding and storing… it is.
Also it’s possible to use a panto on a sit down… trace it out on Golden Threads paper and put it on in the middle of the quilt, work from left to right… or vice versa… I don’t think it matters. Then put the next row on above and then the next below. I’m going to give that one a go as some of my quilts only require an all over. I bought a couple pantos yesterday and a book of patterns for borders.
Our second class of the day was on rulers. I was good there and didn’t get anymore at this point. Not with the Int’l Quilt show in a couple weeks. I would like a few more rulers, but will wait until after the show. I’m making a list though… and will keep adding slowly. I keep saying… ok I’ll buy a ruler when I need it, but it doesn’t work as you need to play with and learn it’s ways. You can add thread colors when you need them, but rulers you need to keep handy and have them pester you to play with them.
Don’t worry as I get on the quilting, I’ll document my progress and show some more of the tips as I employ them.