Monday, February 15, 2016

to make, to do

It's been so long since I've corralled my sewing ambitions into a list.  This weekend I found myself fluttering about, unsure how I want to spend my time.  I could keep moving from one project to the next, like so many convenient stepping stones, but I have a sense that I'll find more motivation, more focus if I take a moment to assess.

Bluebird by Cotton + Steel

{Bluebird Quilt} That stack of Bluebird fabrics is still out because my intent is to use it.  I'm everywhere drawn to blues lately, a color I've tended to brush off in the past as too ubiquitous and well-liked.  The time is right for a monochromatic work, my "blue phase."

Forbury teapot from Anthropologie
{Kitchen refresh}  It seems my kitchen has conspired a distraction, an opportunity really.  Three items out on display (and that's a majority because I keep clear counters) have need to be replaced all at once:  salt shakers, tea pot and stand mixer.  What if these items were purchased in new colors?  And what if I sewed new things that make up the balance of my kitchen decor:  rug, wall hanging, curtains, oh my?  Today I'm thinking cobalt blue, vintage aqua and my peachy perfect walls present a tempting new color scheme.  Do pots this pretty go on clearance?


{the next Score}  I find myself halfway on my journey through The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters.  I've so enjoyed the discipline of working through each score.  It's nice to follow for a change.  But maybe I need a break, a month or two resting in more structured sewing?  On the other hand, the next score is a grid style that involves much more structure than the doodle score.  Hmm...

{Still Point Quilt}  I just finished reading a true story titled "The Still Point of a Turning World" about a baby with a terminal brain illness.  While I didn't identify with much of the author's worldview, the title still captures my interest.  It touches how it felt to mother a baby who couldn't change.  I think this compelling turn of a phrase (by T.S. Elliot) wants to be visually interpreted.  In quilt form, of course.

{a new Class}  Yes, I have a new class in mind!  A new class to make!  In fact, my friend and I sketched out an outline, threw around names and everything.  This will be my first sewing class designed more for the beginner/intermediate quilter.  I definitely need to get started because I want to see it happen this year.

by Laundry Basket Quilts

{Gift Quilt}  I've never made a quilt for one of my dearest friends (just for her babies, ha!).  I asked her to start a Pinterest board to guide and inspire me.  And it did.  I don't know if I should go for these butterflies, which had actually caught my eye already, or for an angular design, which is a stronger theme in her pins.

Oh my, I don't feel any closer to a decision.  All of these ideas speak to me at the moment.  Where is the "all of the above" bubble?  Darn.

I wonder, how do you choose what to make next?


24 comments:

  1. Love your blue fabrics!
    Often I can’t stop thinking about a quilt or a colour combo or I just feel the need to try a new technique or class. I’m pretty chaotic in my choices ;-)

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    1. Yes, for me there is usually something that "wins out" in my heart. Especially colors!

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  2. Those all sound like great ideas! I can see how you're having a hard time choosing! At the moment I am making a list of 7 things each week, including goals for clothing construction, mending, decor sewing, 1 long term quilting, 1 cutting, 1 fun, and 1 hand sewing. I need the variety, but also loosely structured goals to keep me motivated. sarah@forrussia.org

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  3. Usually, the current need (quilt ministry, new baby, blog content) drives my "what's next" list - but occasionally it's a great pattern I've seen, or some wonderful fabric, or a technique I want to try. I love your blues, and can't wait to see what you do with them!

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  4. Oooooh, a new class! I'm up for that!

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  5. I'd love to buy you the teapot. Text me your address (508-873-0159) and i will get it to you.

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  6. Lovely pictures! Can't wait to hear what you do with your idea for a class. I thoroughly enjoy them!
    The butterfly quilt is lovely. Fig Tree Quilts has one with Butterflies that I bought and is on my list to do. I finally decided that I would use my newest 3 Sisters White Washed Cottage FQs for it.
    Keep us posted!

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  7. Really excited to see which project/s you dive into. The blue selections are magic. Like you I've many projects looming in my head. Plus I've started a blog to inspire beginners (like me). So of course, I'm really excited at the prospect of your class. Let me know if you'd like to cross promote. Love your style and candor. Blessings!

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    1. Hi there! I tried to click through to your Google ID to find your blog, but no luck. Care to link us?

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  8. I'm in sewing chaos right now. I've just started sewing again. My mom died unexpectedly in August and I couldn't sew. It was weird. I was emotionally drained. Eight days after my mom died I had to take my daughter to college for the first time. It was like a double loss although she was only 3 hours away. I guess with all I was doing for my dad/am doing for him, dealing with two teenagers, working - there was no time or energy. It was always my escape to sew so I was confused why I couldn't do it. Anxiety, anxious and angry feelings just didn't allow me to sit and sew. Now that I'm back in there I keep jumping from project to project. I did at least finish my daughter's autograph quilt from her graduation. It did feel good to actually accomplish something. So I understand what you are feeling with sewing. I've been drawn to blues as well right now. You make beautiful things no matter what you do and I'm always inspired when I see what you are making. That butterfly quilt is beautiful. Wishing you calm and peace in the days ahead~

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    1. Janet, I cannot email you back because you are a "no reply blogger", but I wanted to tell you I absolutely understand both your sewing "stuck" and your confusion since it is usually a way to release steam. I have realized this week that my body needs to learn how to relax again. So much of my life last year was all fight or flight (mostly fight).

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  9. Rachel, what about this butterfly quilt? http://fabadashery.blogspot.com/2012/11/2-butterfly-quilt-techniques-and.html

    It's more angular, but still fanciful.

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  10. I love the blue colors. -- and the patterns, even the octopi :-P

    I am not crazy about butterflies but this quilt shown is quite beautiful
    I love the light solid background, and the colors.
    I took a huge leap and started- and continuing to work on a quilt top using morris jewels and Kaffe fassets paperweight, for my back ground fabric I am using a mix of linen, kona, and some light prints
    It is turning out cool and looks like this quilt.

    I would love to give a tea pot just like that to my dad and mom.
    I hope you have a superb day filled with sunshine!

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  11. This tea pot could certainly inspire a quilt..... I love turquoise, blue and white.... And the amounts of each color are well proportioned, the curves bring softness to the colors.... That's a challenge right there.....😊

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    1. Yes, you are right - it has such a nice balance of color and negative space and even softness, though it is a hard object. hmmm...

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  12. Grief takes a long long time. Just enjoy...your sewing. It is great to have so many wonderful ideas.

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  13. I break it down into have to / want to lists and then by deadlines.
    You do have some fun ideas to pick from :)

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    1. Yes, deadlines! I usually do that, thinking about what I want to have done when. I seem to be a bit confused about working my way through Improv Handbook. It is unusual for me to have made a commitment (to work through) and yet not to have a deadline. It's a new challenge, lol, working on a long term project without a deadline!

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  14. I love that butterfly quilt! I have had my eye on that one for a while now. I think that quilt is one of those pieces that is a bit of whimsy and although it doesn't necessarily fit in with the rest of her pins, it probably speaks to something deeper inside.

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  15. Those are lots of good choices. Personally, I'd love to see a new class from you!

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    1. Yep, it will come! Promise. Thanks for the encouragement, Hydee.

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