Saturday, May 16, 2015

A Near Finish and a New Project of Sorts

My French General Quilt is nearing completion.  The binding is attached and it is ready for the handwork.  This picture was taken during the quilting process.  An online friend recommended using manila folders as a template, and I gave it a try.  It is the low-cost alternative to a curvy ruler and worked great.

Meanwhile, I’m launching into a new project.  Not a new quilt, but a clean-out of my sewing closet that has gotten so bad, I can’t even bring myself to post “before” photos.  Some scraps will be trimmed to 1 ½, 2, 2 ½ and 3 ½ inch strips as recommended by Gyleen Fitzgerald, Bonnie Hunter, and several other quilters I respect. 

Other trimmings I deem too small to be usable will be stuffed into this doggie bed.  Sadly, as I was shoving some more in, I was poked by a pin.  I never did find it, so one of tomorrow’s tasks will be to empty everything out and remove it.  I tried to be careful, but obviously missed one.  Since I need to deliver the bed to Quilt Club Wednesday, I have a deadline.

Some items will be donated to the Quilt Club’s Bits ‘N Pieces booth.  We have a show coming up in February, so I can start delivering things every month and get them out of my limited storage space.  It's hard work, but actually rather fun.

I will be having a milestone birthday November 28, and have promised myself that if I succeed in culling out and organizing my sewing space (and maintaining it); I will treat myself to something especially nice in November.  I haven't decided what that might be, so we’ll see how that incentive works.  At least I have a start, and I see lots of scrap quilts in my future.


Debbie said...

Good for you.....just deciding to sot and clean out is a big step. It does take a good while but so worth the effort. Once you get it organized it is easier to keep up. Wonder what you have in mind for your special treat......

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

It's always good to have a deadline for a big job ... and a reward/incentive, too. I can't wait to see what you choose.

Frog Quilter said...

Good for you Mary. I am always taming my scraps. They NEVER seem to reduce no matter how hard I try. Oh well lots of love quilts. Can't wait to see the French general quilt.