Friday, May 26, 2006

Late night quilting...


Picture this...all the closets are emptied and the contents stacked sort of neatly in various corners of the house...furniture all has a funny little red, green or yellow sticker on it...bathroom walls are primed but not painted...and every inch of the kitchen counters is covered with slightly damp glassware packed so tightly you only vaguely make out the colors of the towels beneath them. That is my house this afternoon. What am I spending my evening doing? Sewing.

One or two hours isn't going to make a differance. I'll either be ready in June or they'll pack all our junk up and I'll deal with it them. Besides, while sorting books I came across one of my favorite Kaffe Fasset's and since my sister dropped the hint that she would like a more modern blue quilt (preferably a courthouse steps) I've had it in the back of my mind to start working on it. Of course the responsible part of me was whispering, "you are in the middle of a move, you've complained non-stop about all the half finished projects and quilt tops your are packing...what are you thinking!" (Note a sort of panicy whineyness to my conscience - at this point I had alread grabbed an armload of blue fabrics from the bookcase. Evil-quilter-me was winning, "there must be a reason I haven't packed the blues yet, Tonya says I shouldn't overdo it with the packing, and K is a good sister." Woops, the basket it now full of 2 inch strips...

Anyway, I've finished a half-doen blocks only using fabric from the stash...my theory - it doesn't take up any more space as a top than it does as just fabric. So K may have her courthouse steps after all. I'm also leaving an antique crip quilt from the turn of the century with her...also court house steps.

Just wanted to point out a new blogger that you may want to visit. Anne at Quilting Bebbs is from England and does some really beautiful applique and some fun quilts.

Now back to work....

7 comments:

Nines said...

How funny! Your conscience must have been whispering to me, too. but we must be good at ignoring the bothersome whiner... Good for you for putting your foot down (and those silly boxes) and sewing some. and I agree, a few quilt blocks won't take up any more space than the fabric- even less if you count that tiny bit you trimmed off to square up the side... right. Love this quilt- and I'm not the biggest fan of blue, but I really like this!

Tonya R said...

So hmmm, you're not going to overdo it with packing, but you'll overdo it with sewing. Not sure that's much better. If you start to hurt (or think that you should be hurting by now) go lie down on the sofa and read a book. Hope you haven't packed all of those up. And assuming you still have a sofa...

Mac looks cute on the quilt blocks. They're coming out marvelously, but then you do have a way with scrap quilts.

anne bebbington said...

Thank you Siobhan for mentioning my blog - I love those courthouse step blocks in the strong blues with the yellow centre - always think blues and yellows go so well together - cheeky dog for trying to get in on the act - don't dogs and cats just do that when you're in serious planning mode.

Don't feel guilty about stitching in between the packing - you need the odd oasis of creativity to keep you sane - we must get together when you get over here - we won't be that far away here in Somerset and you'll need a friendly face or voice as it's tough moving in somewhere new

KCQuilter said...

Stitchiing instead of packing? Yep, I'd say you've got your priorities straight LOL!

Dawn said...

Oh you know I'm a sucker for those antique quilts. I LOVE that crib quilt. And wouldn't that be fun to have her courthouse steps quilt done to leave with it!

Judy said...

I love courthouse steps! The baby crib quilt is beautiful!!

You can't pack all the time, everyone needs a break now and then, but don't overdo.

Lucy said...

Hi siobhan I keep comming aback for the cribquilt. I will reproduce it if you don't mind. Please will you tell me the size of the strips.. It is so adorable !!!