flippytale Quilter

Art Journey with a Quilty Voice:
I here Voices. The Voices tell me to cut up Fabric. Good Fabric. Into small pieces. Small interesting pieces.
Then the Voices tell me to put them back together again. In interesting ways.
.... I must Obey ....

Sunday, October 29, 2006

The Weekend

Wow, the weekend is almost over and all I've done so far is rot my brain over computer games (with a few obligatory showers and loads of laundry) My motivation is nil, but I know that is it the space before I start my projects again. All I need is one spark and I will be off and sewing again and my next manic episode of furious fabric flinging will begin. I keep reflecting back over the summer and feel that it has completely gone with out any productive sewing. (Which spawned the need to start stashbusting) So many other things were priority, all of which I would not dream of trading for the mundane .... a trip to China, a visit from my parents, and, unfortunately, the deflation that comes after the rush of those events. I am recording this here so I will not beat my self up over my lack of productivity, and will forgive myself with the knowledge this is not forever, nor the end.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Crafty Pillows

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Two Pillows: These are not quite quilts, but patchwork pillows that I like to make from remnant upholstery fabric. They were nearly done when my family came to visit, so counted as UFOs. I finished them this weekend and will put them in the conference room at work.

Now I've started sewing on my bed quilt while using my stashbusting half-square triangles as "thread bunnies". I just finished my first seam in FIVE months.....YEAH!!!!

I was just telling a friend of mine how I coped with a job layoff that I went through a few years ago. It was through sewing. It was the one area of my life I could control. I lived with my parents at the time (a very humbling experience) and while there slowing started to bring out my fabric until I had started, designed and completed three quilts. I had started two more that I finished later once I had started working again and moved into my own place. It was the one thing that helped me to cope and stay away from a spiral of depression that I feared so much. It will be a strength I will look to again.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Stashbusting and Planning

I am up to EIGHTEEN Ufo's!!
I've also been cutting up fabric for more stashbusting tops so I can clear out some of the older fabrics from my stash. It is easy and doesn't require a lot of thought and is VERY satisfying just to cut fabric into perfect geometric shapes. I see these being assembled while working on other projects. Instead of using a thread bunny, I will just grab a bit of these and sew a seem. The rest of the assembly will be done at my Novemeber retreat.

Projects I am planning to take with me to retreat:
Supplies for two classes
Stashbuster Stars pieces
Grape Geese (so I can design the border)
Handwork, most likely New Timon

My folks will be returning home to Californis next week. I will be sorry to have them leave, but look forward to returning to my single life schedule ... it is mixed ... I love spending time with them and want to enjoy as much as I can, but also miss my alone time too. I feel too selfish to expect much alone time while they are here just because our visits are so limited and I don't want to waste what time I have to spend with them.

Now at the end I finally reached a ballance of time by catch moments in the morning before they wake and taking time to cut up fabric for stashbusting.