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Sunday, 08 February 2009 22:10

Here we go, a new project ready to be started!  Of course, the ever popular container is in place holding all those project needs.  Gosh, I am sounding so technical and boring for that matter.  When I saw these beautiful fabrics in TEAL I just had to make a quilt with them.  This particular line of fabric called INSPIRATION III by Blank Textiles is just wonderful.  I was able to find a few more pieces of teal in my stash to go with them, because you know what I say...MORE is better! 

A little note about my obsession with the CONTAINER...I really don't have 100 containers all full of projects in the middle of some kind of construction process.  So anyone out there getting ready to call the container police, you can rest assure, this is not a weirdo addiction to simply containerize projects and not really getting anything done.  I have 3 of these size containers that I use for ongoing projects, mostly to keep myself organized and focused on what I  need to get done.  I try not to organize a new project until one of these containers have been emptied out because the project is finished.  This way I only really have 3 containerized projects in "Action".  All of the other containers in my Studio are simply used for storage, not necessarily ongoing projects.  Now...have I managed to confuse EVERYONE?  

Check back to see how this Containerized Project takes shape!


Saturday, 07 February 2009 22:07

Here it is!  All those Reds/Whites and Blues in a wonderful wallhanging.  It measures about 42" square and has almost 1200 pieces...I just love the look you get when you use alot of different fabrics.  MORE is always better...say it with me!  This quilt top was made using a simple 4 blocks a day until all 64 were made.  Containerize a project yourself and see how easy it really is to get something done without it becoming totally overwhelming and another one of your UFO"S!  Come on...join the fun!



Sunday, 01 February 2009 22:12

Here's the latest hint to what all those Reds-Whites and Blues log cabin blocks were for.  It's just a corner of the finished wall hanging and with the large amount of different shades and prints of Reds-Whites and Blues I just love the depth perception you get with it all.  Click on the picture and you will see a closer look...isn't quilting the greatest?  One of the most important aspects to color theory I teach my students is that you really need the different sizes of shapes, prints and tonal fabrics in order to achieve depth perception you really want for any quilted project.  This is probably one of the most difficult things for quilters of any level to learn.  Be patient...it just takes time and practice!   Have confidence, you CAN do it!



Saturday, 31 January 2009 04:42

Is this the cutest or what?   I've never met a child who didn't like to see their "name" on something.  Because of the limited embroidery capabilities of my machine (embroidery field size) I developed a technique I call Embroidery Applique...it involves all kinds of lettering.  These letters are not embroidered, rather they are appliqued in such a way to achieve the look of embroidery.  With this technique, I can put any size letters on just about anything.  I love to machine applique...it's the coolest thing I do!


Tuesday, 27 January 2009 21:30

Have I mentioned that I just love the invention of the "CONTAINER"?  I am actually slightly compulsive about it...ok, I am really COMPULSIVE about it.  Embrace your weaknesses, that's what I say!  Here's a picture of one of the container areas of my studio.  Notice these containers are all labeled...it really helps when you have more than one or two or TEN containers at one time.  My family says the labeling of the containers is just part of my whole neat freak tendencies...can you believe that? 

I like to use the larger containers to store those "special" fabrics I have purchased that are for one particular project, because if it goes in my regular stash it may get used up in something it was not intended for.  In that case I would simply have to buy more fabric...and we just can't have that now, can we?  I use the smaller shoebox size containers for those little strips of fabrics organized for any of the many paper piecing projects I have going on.  Believe it or not using the container system of organizing projects, or fabrics for projects is really a great way to keeping things less cluttered in your sewing space.  It's not just for us NEAT FREAKS any more!





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