Welcome to the revival of my blog. I spent the last three years having two spine surgeries. Now I need my knees replaced. It’s never going to be a perfect time to relaunch so I’m starting today. I make no guarantees as to the frequency that I’ll post. Mostly, if I want to share something I’ll post it. This can be what others are doing, or something I’m doing. I spend way too much time on my computer reading other’s blogs. It is time to shift the balance to my work.
I am in the process of trying to clean/organize/purge my sewing room. This hasn’t been done in several years and it’s gotten entirely out of hand. I don’t even know where some of the fabric I’ve found came from. But Sew Mama Sew just happened to have an article today about possible places to donate fabric you no longer want. As hard as it is to let anything go, I must. I will never sew all the projects I have in mind and it’s time to accept that. Visit http://www.sewmamasew.com/2016/03/12-places-to-donate-your-unwanted-fabric/.
A fellow member and I are writing the finishing instructions for a block of the month pattern for our guild, Seabreeze Quilt Guild, and as part of that I am going to add some general reference pages with cutting sizes, basic block sewing, etc., here. The program started in July 2015 and will finish in June 2016. I am also about to start writing the July 2016 – December 2016 shorter pattern with the hope that some quilters will be able to finish in time for the biennial guild quilt show in April 2017.
The other big project I’m preparing is a tribute to Ruby Short McKim. It is the 100th anniversary of her first pattern publication. Most quilters are probably familiar with 101 Patchwork Patterns. The website has all the patterns as downloadable pdfs, including templates for hand piecing. I am going to write rotary cutting instructions and create a sampler from some number of the 101 blocks. I haven’t settled on a quilt design yet so the number is up in the air. It will be about half of the blocks, I think. Applique blocks will be offered in addition to a rotary block sometimes. I’d like to think I could post one block a week after I get going, but that will take us into next year, for sure. No commitment necessary. Sew as many or as few of the blocks as you like.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!