I've posted before that I am working on Sprigs and Stars, a pieced and appliqued quilt designed by Kim McLean. Yesterday I got together with my two friends who are also working on one - on these long projects it helps to have other quilters keep you on track. The block on the left in the photo above is my block. The one on the right it Paula's. Amazing how different they are no?! She is using red wool for the background on all her applique and doing lots of decorative stitches including some beads. Me...I'm using a bit of everything in my stash on a wide variety of off white and shirting backgrounds.
I have cleared a path in the sewing studio and have done all the measurements to make sure the new layout works. I even posted a list on the door with the order things have to happen in...nice to see I haven't lost any of the old project management skills.
I continue to find UFO's...amazing. I am however getting better about letting go of fabric I have had for over 6 years and still have no plan to use. What I'm finding interesting is I have less problems letting go of yardage (like the two yards of the Japanese women that I had to have back in the mid-90's but then never used....) but the sandwich bags of scraps, the shoeboxes of scraps, the shopping bags of scraps...well, those I'm having a harder time letting go of! I'm having my own little episode of hoarders here....
My colors but not my style of fabric anymore....Some of the bags have notes on them...not enough organization to warrant calling them a UFO but that post-it note raises the baggy from trash to scraps. Like the one with lots of purple, pinks, reds, and green scraps that has a note "Black berries." How can it be trash when they were obviously gathered together with a purpose...right? Don't remember doing it...don't remember what the purpose or design was but I'm pretty sure it included berries and was done while I lived in England. That is good enough for me...next time I see a pattern for blackberries I am soooo ready! Of course what are the chances at that moment I will be able to put my hands on the baggy...not so good. But I am working on it!
Big bag and basket of scraps....I do have some scraps going out to new homes. Tonya asked for some cowgirl fabrics. (I did a cowgirl quilt 4-5 years ago.) As luck would have it I found those baggie! She also asked for some Crown Royal bags. (Don't get the wrong impression! I once asked for one at the local VFW because I had seen another quilter use it as a bag for her featherweight foot. Ever since then they save them for me...just imagine how many they had behind the bar waiting for me when I got back after 3 years in England!) Well, you know the TV commercial "if it fits it ships." Picture me standing in the middle of the post office stuffing the box with scraps! (Be very careful when opening T! I just have this picture of you cutting the tape and it popping open like confetti....)
BTW...here is a photo of the full moon last weekend over my house. It was amazing! Wish I had taken a few minutes to read my camera manual beforehand! The animals (owls and frogs which are usually really noisy) were very quiet that night...just a little eerie. The next lunar even is around the 20th of this month. It will be a lunar eclipse. Definitively will read the manual this time!