Before we get started on this post, I gotta be honest with you. I love writing blog posts, especially about sewing, but I have the hardest time naming them! You want to come up with something descriptive, something catchy, something that will catch your reader’s eye. But, for me, when it comes time to put the title in that little white box, my mind just says, “Nope! Not gonna do it!” As we get into a regular posting schedule here on the Quilt Expressions’ blog, I will occasionally write about what I’ve been working on. From here on out, to make it a little easier on myself, I’m going to title those posts “Whatcha doin’?” It’s what I like to call a two-way question…I’ll tell you what I’ve been working on and I’d love to hear about what you’ve been working on. Let us know in the comment section!
Whew! I feel better…thanks for letting me get that out. Now, on to the post…
I used to sew just one project at a time. I’d start something, finish it and then start another. Since starting at Quilt Expressions, I’ve noticed a change ~ probably just the first of many! This past week, I’ve had no less than four projects going at once. My kitchen table and chairs have either held dinner and my family or my sewing machine and a multitude of projects. At first, I thought that it would drive me a bit crazy, trying to keep everything organized. Then, I discovered how nice it is to have both large and small projects to work on. If I have an hour, I pick up a large project; if I have a few minutes, I can grab one of my smaller projects. Here’s what I’ve been working on this week:
Project #1 is the Super Six I started back in July. I’ve attached the striped border and have just one more to add before the top is finished.
Project #2 comes from the “Make It Yourself” magazine that we talked about here. The Grab Bag is found on page 64. This bag would be a fantastic gift: it takes just a small amount of fabric, is very quick to make, and has six very handy interior pockets. Bags #2 and 3 were made using the “Stitch In Color” line by Malka Dubrawsky for Moda. A customer brought in a quilt top this past week made with the “Stitch In Color” collection ~ it was so colorful and fun! The collection is available both in store and on-line (search with keywords “stitch in color”). We’ve also ordered additional copies of the “Make It Yourself” magazine, so stop in soon to get your own copy!
Bag # 1 and Project #3 come from my favorite line of fabric, “Comma” by Zen Chic for Moda. I had a few sizeable scraps left over from other projects, so I made a couple of 16″ pillow covers. This is a great way to make use of scraps and liven up your living area. “Comma” is very colorful and has quite the collection of fun prints. It also coordinates well with “Stitch In Color.”
Project #4 is not quite finished. I’m thinking ahead to cooler days, crisp nights, and the colors of Fall by spending a bit of time with a Boo Crew charm pack. Check back soon for the completed project!
Do you prefer to work on one project at a time? Or do you like to have several going at once? Let us know in the comment section. I’d love to hear from you!