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Friday, 18 October 2019

In my defence, the moon was full . . .


Having completed the weekend quilt top (which does not have a name yet . . . but needs one) I set to tidying up the sewing room and realised I still had a large laundry basket full of scraps (a rough calculation concluded there were more than 200 pieces, eeek).  If I were to put them in a box (and they'd need a tub of their own) then two problems would be created.  The first is that by the time I got them out again they would be creased and squashed and need hours of pressing before they could be sewn with.  The second problem would be another bloomin' box . . . and for far too long I have been attempting to reduce the number of "tubs of small stuff" and not succeeding.



So with no inclination to get outside into the garden, it made sense to get back to the sewing machine.



Two days later, not too many leftovers in "the box" now, and about 630" of potential all nicely sewn together and waiting quietly.







Incredibly satisfying;  this is not the sort of sewing which requires care and precision, it was quiet and repetitive and the brain just slowly meandered along with the necessary breaks for unavoidable household duties and an occasional mug of coffee.  The weather co-operated beautifully being damp and squally and I knew I could ignore the occasional bright patches with a clear conscience because the grass was far too wet to cut, and all the hedges were soaking too.

No, I have no idea what I am going to do with them, don't be silly, that was never the pointπŸ˜‰
But in my defence, the moon was full and I was unsupervised:



The quilt top which was the cause of all this trouble has had all her papers removed; that kept me occupied after supper last night, and now needs a very close encounter with the iron.  Management is going away for the weekend so I am having a few days dedicated to the longarm machine.  When I have dusted it . . .










13 comments:

  1. Looks like another productive few hours Jayne - I hope thing are going okay :) x

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    1. Thanks Eunice, starting to settle down, thank you for asking. 😘

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  2. why do I feel myself being pulled toward another 'rabbit hole' ... and there are so so many interesting sites that promise to 'walk one through a quilting project'- what I really need is something that prods me to 'finish those socks/sweaters/shawls/etc' that are threatening to take over every available space here- hopefully common sense or a morsel of willpower will prevail before I scream 'me too, me too' and try (again) to produce something vaguely quilty- you are turning your bits and pieces into such lovely and colorful tops, and now I am really eager to see what magic you will do when you dust off the longarm and start the next process-
    wet here too ... and grey, gloomy, and cool- if I am not whining about heat and humidity, I will complain about the chilly damp- weather does provide for a constant source of annoyance ... I can't change it, so I should learn to better live with it- (old dogs/new tricks comes to mind here)-
    enjoy your creative time alone there- your hedges won't go anywhere-
    as always, fondest wishes your way-
    barb

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    1. Morning Barb πŸ™‚
      "I can resist everything except temptation", attributed to Oscar Wilde. I refuse to accept any blame for creative distractions I might be causing you.

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    2. yeah, yeah, yeah ... blame it on good old Oscar! between Mr. Wilde and Mr. Shakespeare, there's usually an appropriate saying- I was going to respond all clever-like with words from one of my favorites, Leonard Cohen, and say something about 'a quote from the USA' but then I remembered ... he was a Canadian ... until I can do better I will just stay here 'blowing in the wind' (thank you Bob Dylan) and hand the honors back across the pond to you and Mr. Wilde-sigh ...

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  3. I love to read about people's creative processes, thank you for sharing your posts on quilting. I love how a pile of material can be turned into something so wonderful to look at and useful too. You have reminded me that I have a quilt that is part finished and has been for a very long time...

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    1. You are very welcome πŸ™‚

      Good luck with your own project, if you decide to resurrect it. Drop me a note via the contact gadget if you need help.

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  4. Might have asked you this before (if I have, sorry Jayne), do you wash your fabric before cutting? Enjoy your weekend alone, I love being able to eat what and when I want when my hubby is away. Love seeing all your different plaids in the strips.

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    1. I used to wash everything as soon as I bought it, but I have not done so for years.

      The 'logic' behind pre-washing is to deal with any fabric shrinkage, so that once in a quilt a single bit of material cannot shrink differently to those adjacent and cause puckering. These days (a) I don't really care - any shrinkage adds to the look of the quilt πŸ˜€ and (b) my quilting is dense enough that pretty much everything is "nailed down" and there isn't really much opportunity for movement.

      The only reason I might pre-wash these days if I were planning on using a fabric that I expected to bleed (such as a deep red) next to something very pale. Hope that helps. x

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  5. I love the look of all those tiny scraps sewn together. Sometimes you just have to get on and do a thing rather than making too many plans.

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    1. Thanks Jo, you are absolutely right - I had been procrastinating for far too long 😊

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    1. Thank you for asking B, we are doing well and have both been busy - the woodburner is calling now {grin} but I plan to do a blog update tomorrow. xx

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