I love this time of year, and my cats do too!
Snowstorms are my trigger to sew!
I lock myself in the studio,
and my machine gets a workout.
It's been pretty stormy the last few weeks,
and my machine has been a hummin'.
My plan for this quilt was to use up my stash.
I simply tore the fabric and sewed rows around the center.
Warm colors only; reds, golds, tans, pinks, and browns.
The only accurate measurement was the 7" square.
I sewed 9 (7"squares) in rows
creating a 3x3 block section,
and quilted the blocks separately.
The reverse side of each section,
was one large block.
Each section was heavily quilted.
I used a binding method to attach each section
together on the reverse side of each block.
Then the rows were sewn together.
The finished quilt is a total of 12 sections
sewn in rows of 3 x 4.
I use a 2-1/2 strip to bind the edges,
and a 2" strip to bind the sections together.
I iron fold the strip in half, and sew across the raw edges.
Then I flip the folded side over the sewn edges, and
whip stitch it down.
It's an unconventional style of quilting.
It's quick and I get the heavy quilted look that I love,
and it's easy to sew small sections at a time.
I'm using up my fabric stash,
and I have another quilt to display.
The quilt pictured above is done.
I have already pulled out a pile of
tans, creams and browns,
and have started a new quilt.
This time the squares will be at least 12" each.
This will speed up the process.
Especially since Tim has an itch to paint
the living room and kitchen.
We chose this color: and the new quilt
will accent that paint color perfectly.
I've been waiting over 8 years to paint these rooms.
(So it looks like we are painting next weekend!)
Tobey is bored with all this quilt talk,
and prefers to nap while the machine hums.
To some folks,
snow storms are dreary
and cabin fever is a nasty word.
cabin fever is a lovely thing!
I have more weekends to putter in my studio,
I don't have anywhere to go,
and I'm not expecting company.
I take advantage of these rare moments to play.
Cabin fever has a different effect on Tim.
He prefers to be out on the ocean
and pretty much is
from April to November.
He begins counting the days
after the boat is shrink wrapped.
He is watching repeats of
his fishing shows, and is getting antsy.
Painting wasn't on my agenda,
but if I want new painted rooms,
I will have to
step away from my studio
for one weekend anyway!
It won't be long, my gardens will beckon,
and we'll be enjoying cocktails on the porch.
And my sewing machine will gather dust
til the next storm!