Wednesday, October 15, 2008

What do you do

When your sewing area looks like this?



and this.....


or even this.......

Because you are working on so many projects at once you don't know what to work on........hold on, back up.......what is that...there on the table....is it..could it be.....a new project???? Yes unfortunately that is what seems to happen, I have soooo many going at once I get totally confused as to what I want to work on and so I start something else. Makes sense doesn't it...NOT!!So here is what I have been working on when I can't decide what to work on...





Yes I have been inspired by Jodie and I have made some selvedge projects, not that I will ever make anything as big or as totally awesome as Jodie's big project but these are for something I will be putting together shortly.




I wanted a change from the reproductions and wanted to work with something fresh and vibrant which is when I started on the selvedges and this, scrappy log cabins inspired by Melly and Me. I took part in their fabric swap a few months ago and swapped with Bridget in the US who is blogless...hello Bridget I am using some of your scraps and some are from our swaps at Jodie's get together. I have a bag full of scraps which I have cut into strips ready to piece. Well I have one pieced but lots of cutting done.



Some long overdue gifts....they are coming girls, you would have had them months ago if I hadn't decided to make something to go with them. Thanks to The Giving Flower for the tutorial.



This is what I had been working on for a few nights, I am giving DJ a bit of a break so this is my current handpiecing project. Not totally new but I had some pieces cut out and a quarter of a pie block (only) put together months ago. This quilt was a BOM at Threadbear in Castlemaine, I saw it at the Castlemaine quilt show a few years ago and couldn't wait for the pattern to come out as I just fell in love with it but as the patterns aren't released until the BOM has finished I didn't have much choice. The photo doesn't do it justice the quilt is better in real life.



I am getting lots of practise with curved piecing!












I have bought a lot of retro fabrics as I love them...but what to do with them? So I decided on the KISS principle, keep it simple and just make a quilt with 6.5" squares to showcase the fabrics with plain white sashings so those are cut out and ready to go.



I did manage to get two more DJ blocks done, B-10 Judd's Trophy



and B-2 Sweet Tater Pie. I am liking the piecing much more after pressing each seam with the iron as I go, a bit of a pain but a much better result. I think I only have about three blocks left to complete row B and I have done 45-5-1-998...only two more pieces to reach one thousand pieces!!



And last but not least.....tada.....




My very own selvedge scarf!!! I loved Jodie's so much I decided to make my own. I love it. I went to the selvedge website, followed the how to and made mine with slightly more fabric showing than Jodie's I think but to me it's like a quilting history, I can look at the fabric with the selvedge and know approximately how long I have had it, whether it's used or in the stash..etc etc. I had a piece of black velveteen in the stash from the old crazy patchwork days so I used that to back it with. So that's what Ihave been up to, I have achieved more than I thought!


9 comments:

Kelly said...

Where's the wide view shot of your sewing room? I'm glad you showed that you actually do finish things. I'm being cheeky. I do love the scarf.

Rachelmp said...

What a lot of sewing you have on! It looks just beautiful and Jodie is so inspiring.

ozjane said...

I fear the mess on my table is bigger and higher and goes more into the room than yours does.
And I have meant to clear it every day.......but did get handyman back on Wed so worked with him in the garden in the afternoon and a last can see the driveway after half of the fence mess is cleared away. Planted a new beautiful tree that I saw at the surgeons and again at KMart....no name but I bought it...and a Ginko Bilboa..the maidenhair fern tree and they are both in the ground.
Some progess has been achieved....not sure about sewing.

Jodie said...

Love it love it love it......
I have made two this week (not quite finsihed) . I don't think I will ever be cured of this obsession. You should see what I am up to now!!!!

Anonymous said...

Good Grief! You have been busy. I leave you alone for a week or so and KAHBAM... all this work!
Fantastic!
You need some plastic tubs to sort all of your projects. The Auto Barn or Super Cheap Auto have good strong sturdy ones to take the weight of the fabric.

It's a good weekend project!

KatieDid said...

My sewing room is just the same, and I am just thankfull that I cant see all the projects going on in my head, ecause that would be a bigger mess!! That's why I didn't really bring anything to Jodie's get together - too many things to do!

Hayley Lau said...

Thanks for commenting on my blog! Your sewing pictures look sadly all too familiar, although I have lots of larger pieces instead. But I always get this feeling of glee when I tidy everything up after I'm done.

em's scrapbag said...

"Creative clutter is better than tidy idleness" A saying I live by. And it looks like you have been creating some very wonderful things.

Annie said...

Bernadette, you have been so busy. LOVE the selvedge scarf. I have tried a little bit of selvedge too. I was pleased to hear of your confution on too many projects because I can so relate. I haven't been into my sewing room for a week for that very reason.