Wednesday, June 28, 2023

Finally a Sew Day!

 Hello Quilting Friends!  Can you believe it's been over a month since I last stepped foot in the Quilting Studio?  To be honest it's been more like two months since my last stitch.  There's been a couple blog post about playing with fabrics but no stitching.  Well I'm happy to say I hemmed a pair of curtains a few days ago and it tickled the quilting bone a bit.  So here I am working on this Lone Star again. 

There may be one more in the near future.  For now I just trying to stay focused on getting this one finished.  The other four Lone Stars all had a red or maroon accent border.  This one will have orange for no other reason than I don't want to purchase more fabric.  The next one will also be made from what I have on hand.  ORANGE seems to be the wrong color for this quilt but it was the best option from the fabrics on hand.

Being thrifty sometimes can lead to other problems.  Like when I decided not to purchase more black thread for piecing the quilt.  In my defense there is no color that will perfectly match.  Even when using the black thread it can be an issue with the lighter fabrics.  I lowered my stitch length in hopes of it helping to hide the white did not work 100%.  There's a fix for the white thread showing in a couple of the seams.  A black Sharpie to the rescue!  

As you can see it works like a charm.  Once the quilt is washed and everything shrinks a bit it should be fine.  And as long as no harsh detergents are used to wash the quilt the ink should stay put.

The Studio is a mess.  The cutting table has looked pretty much the same since last November  The stack of fabrics being used in the star quilts just keeps getting bigger.  How does this happen when I've made five quilts from this pile? And the rest of the mess is just me being a slob.  I need to come up with a better system for my computer speakers and charging cable.  

But for now staying focused on the quilt is my best plan because once I start cleaning I know it will become a deep dive into another rabbit hole.  

Now this is embarrassing but I have to show you reality.  If you have been following this Lone Star project you know that these quilts are for family and friends.  The are in memory of my 29 yr. old son who died in an accident last October.  Well as you can imagine when I started making these quilts last November my mind and heart was just a bit of mess and to be honest is still.  So when your brain isn't right a lot of mistakes happen.  This basket holds all the accidents and scraps.  90% of the fabric in here is miscuts and piecing errors.   

However, I think I might be able to use some of the scraps anyway for the last Lone Star.  

If not, I need to come up with a plan for using them.  Maybe an Improv quilt?  Improv isn't my style but I can't let these go to waste and I sure don't want to store them.  Using them up and getting them out of the Studio sounds like a better idea.  And I'm sure someone will love it and want to take it off my hands.  Plus it's a good way to get out of the comfort zone and learn a new skill.  Improv quilting looks easy but it's not when we are used to using or making a pattern.  Going willy-nilly is scary to this ole gal.  So I've been researching Improv quilting via the internet and considering getting a book or two on the subject.  First things first, make the last quilt and pick out the trash I threw in the basket.

They say it's never too late to teach an old dog new tricks, we'll see about that!  If you have any tips or suggestions on Improv quilting PLEASE share them in comments.  I need all the help I can get!

Until next time...

I hope you find time to stitch up something sweet!

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  1. Orange is perfectly fine for the star, definitely gives it a glow! Improv is hard but can be fun once you really get into it, happy stitching!

  2. That orange w look great girl...itll be as pretty as the others you've made. You're doing an awesome job on these lonestars. Don't know a thing about improv quilting. Maybe make a coin quilt w those scraps w boo boos. Love all you do. Hugs and prayers for you and family

  3. So glad you got to spend some time in your sewing studio! I think the orange fabric will be a fine accent. Improv quilting is not for me, I like to follow a pattern.

  4. Improv is scary to me too, I have tried it and decided I'll enjoy looking at others work instead! So sorry for the loss of your son.


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