Thursday, April 10, 2014

new

My usual sewing routine is pretty loyal to endings.  I'm buoyed by the satisfaction of a good finish, so I don't often let myself start new things until those endings are secure.  Don't think this is evidence of massive self-control.  Nope.  I actually feel more relaxed with fewer balls in the air, plus they spin along faster that way, because I'm focused.

When I working on a class, that all goes out the door.  I usually have a quilt I'm working on publicly, plus a quilt or other project that I'm working on behind the scenes for the class.  I have two "work" days each week when my children are with grandparents.  During class production seasons, I do class work on those days and blog sewing on the other days, in bits and pieces of time.  When I'm not working on a class, those two "work" days are amazing gifts of time to sew what I want.  Hence all the productivity lately!

Well... April brings me back into class production mode.  Last week I sketched and scheduled the new class plans, and yesterday I started on the first project.  This particular quilting class has been germinating for a few years, since my very first class - Curves Class.  It's scheduled to register in August and run in September, so it's a little too early to give away details, but I am getting started. 

So, there's been a lot of NEW afoot.

new fabrics

New fabrics from Ikea.  I've almost bought that large text fabric three times  - literally - so this time I asked my husband to buy it for me while he was in Charlotte, that way I couldn't back out.

new quilt

New fabrics for a class quilt.  See that Ikea fabric on the floor?  It inspired my color scheme and this fabric pull.  Which. I. am. loving.

new projects

And another new project in view of Sewing Through the Year tonight.  I think the group will be making the much-simpler Knickers pattern by Anna Maria Horner.  But, I've long wanted to make these Quick Change Trousers from her Handmade Beginnings book (a favorite of mine!).  Decided to jump on in. 

For those not in the know, I meet with some local friends once a month for a sewing/book club hybrid following Rachel Held Evan's book A Year of Biblical Womanhood.  We discuss one chapter a month while sewing an easy project, and this chapter is "Fertility".  I was wary about getting to this particular chapter given the circumstances, but on re-reading the chapter it's actually totally funny and liberating (as are many of them).  Looking forward to our sew tonight!

Thank-you all again for your warm response to my last post.  It's a comfort to have such good company!

xo,

Rachel

17 comments:

  1. yum. im liking the looks of that fabric pull! and the sounds of a new class... Now if i could just get the courage up to do the paper piecing parts of my Penny Sampler :( i've been procrastinating...

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    1. @Laurie. I too took forever to start on the paper piecing and was so very afraid of messing up. But I have to tell you that I found it so much fun, so easy to get precision, that it is now my preferred piecing method. I have always loved the accuracy of hand sewing but the time it takes is so long. Paper piecing seems to have the accuracy of hand sewing with the speed of machine sewing and so meets all my needs! Just take the plunge - I promise you won't regret it!

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    2. Thanks for the encouragement :) I think if I could once get just one block done it wouldn't seem so impossible!

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  2. Those colors are beautiful for spring and I see that you updated the banner with your postage stamp quilt :) Enjoy your book club/sewing group tonight!

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  3. I don't know why I never go to the fabric section of IKEA. I blame it on my husband who wants to race as quickly as he can out of the downstairs maze and to the checkout counter. I like the fabric pull - you always remind me to use green. Can't wait to hear the details about the class!

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  4. OOOOOH! A new class! I am very much looking forward to that and am wondering what it is going to be about. Love the colours in your fabric pull.

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  5. You will love the quick change trousers. I have made several pairs.

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  6. I've just started reading AYOLB, and I'd so love to have a group to discuss it with. Looking forward to being inspired by your next class.

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  7. Looking forward to hearing about your new class! I really enjoyed Color Intensive - my first online class!

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  8. Lovely fabric choices, Rachel. Thank you for sharing a bit about your sewing schedule. I love those little insights into how you manage things. :)

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  9. I had the same thought as Needle and Nest!

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  10. That book/sewing club idea is brilliant! I just saw Handmade Beginnings at our retreat last weekend and my mom was commenting on how cute the pants would be on my nephew. Hope your version turns out adorable : )

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  11. What is that fabric with the lion/tiger faces? I love it and must have it!

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    1. It is Lions and Tigers by Ed Emberley. Good luck!

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  12. I am really interested in how you are liking the book...I was kind of "meh" about it. ha ha!

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  13. I do that, talk myself out of buying something I like, especially if its something just for my or something pretty but not really needed. I'm glad got the text print, it will be the cherry on top for something special I'm sure.
    I love the new fabric pull, so fresh and happy!

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