Sunday, January 21, 2007

You never realise quite how bad it's got..............

.......... until you tidy it all away again!

Sewing rooms get untidy overnight - they do honest! Mine does it all the time. Little gremlins creep in while you're asleep and throw fabric all over the floor!

So this weekend 'amazingly tolerant DH' finally lost the plot (mainly with the kids about the rest of the house you understand) and discretion being the better part of valour I thought it prudent to set to and tidy up my sewing area before I needed to don a tin hat and a flak jacket!

So much so I could lay down the newly finished baby quilt top on the playroom floor for its photocall instead of having to go into the lounge :o)

Now to say it's not the sort of colour combination I'd pick for this type of project I am pleased with it and looking forward to quilting it now.

The baby's not due until 15th March so I'm not in any great hurry and sandwiching, even of small pieces, is my least favourite job. It won't be quilted in the next day or two that's for sure.

So what onto next? I do have several tops I could also sandwich and quilt including my scrappy hearts and stars - same excuse so that probably won't happen in a hurry.

My Ostrich is done for the next two rounds so there's nothing pressing there either.

Several UFO's are also looking at me longingly but I don't fancy them either - one even made it out of the zipper bag it's in but went back double quick.

So of course what does any self-respecting quilter do in this situation?

Of course - look for something new to start.............

This photo (ignore the light spot in the centre - the gremlins are playing in the camera now I've tidied the sewing area) shows a little tablecloth measuring about 30" square which depicts the beautiful distinctive buildings of the north German city of Lubeck. You might remember that the school exchange partner of DH lives there with his wife and family. The cloth was a present to Nigel even before I met him and sadly sits in a cupboard as it doesn't have an immediate obvious home anywhere.

As I was tidying up all my fabric I came across the piece of cotton sheeting I'd dyed some months ago in a very similar blue (shown here sitting on top of it) so I think I might have a go at a wall hanging incorporating them both. At least that way we'd get the pleasure of it instead of it sitting in the linen cupboard.

It will probably be a long narrow strip quilt with rows of blocks between the rows of buildings you can see here in the close-up using just blue and white fabric - after all I said this week about two colour quilts!?!

So I shall go now and have a think about maybe playing with a bit of seminole or some mini blocks

11 comments:

meggie said...

What a nice idea, to use the cloth for the wallhanging!
The baby's quilt is lovely- though as you say, it seems a trifle 'quiet' for a baby.
My least favourite thing to do is the sandwiching, & quilting too. I have found the quilt basting sprays to be a big help to me.
We had 45 C here yesterday, so no sewing or quilting got thought about!!

meggie said...

What a nice idea, to use the cloth for the wallhanging!
The babie's quilt is lovely- though as you say, it seems a trifle 'quiet' for a baby.
My least favourite thing to do is the sandwiching, & quilting too. I have found the quilt basting sprays to be a big help to me.
We had 45 C here yesterday, so no sewing or quilting got thought about!!

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

The idea of the wallhanging is super, what a lovely idea to give the tablecloth a new life, out in the open and being enjoyed. Are the buildings embroidered? The baby quilt is very nice, sedate colors, yes; but quite crisp and neat looking. Great job!

Fiona said...

I don't mind the sandwiching, but then I'm not as prolific as you, so it only comes around now and again. I will send you the recipe for the muffins in imperial measurements when I next make a batch because I did use cups (for the first time ever). I'll tip the contents into the scales to see what they weigh. Shouldn't be too long because DS has announced that he wants to make a batch every week with a different filling every time. Needless to say they have all been eaten now.

quiltpixie said...

the wall hanging is a wonderufl idea. Your work in two colour, while perhaps not your favotire is turning out great things :-)

Carol E. said...

Beautiful work, and adorable baby sweaters in your previous post! So many Mavs are great knitters. I can only do block projects, like a dish rag or a baby blanket.

Sandra said...

The baby quilt is quite elegant and understated. I'm sure it will look quite lovely when it's quilted. Love the ideas you have for your table cloth :-)

Lily said...

Those muted colours on the baby quilt look just gorgeous! You are very organised - I am yet to start on my latest cot quilt and the baby arrived just before Christmas! Ah well, it's summer here.

Love the idea of your new project Anne.

Marcie said...

The baby quilt turned out darling! Very sweet. And your tiny little sweaters are so adorable! You are a winner in my book!

Marcie said...

The baby quilt turned out darling! Very sweet. And your tiny little sweaters are so adorable! You are a winner in my book!

Marcie said...

The baby quilt turned out darling! Very sweet. And your tiny little sweaters are so adorable! You are a winner in my book!