News Thread 7.6

After a wonderful weekend in NYC I am ready to get back to normal.  I did get to stop by the garment district on Sunday very briefly.  Luckily I knew my limit and carry on size so I did not purchase too much fabric.  I picked out two wondeful yards that I already have ideas for. 

What is on the docket for this week…LOTS.  I start my new job next Monday.  I’m taking the rest of the week off to spend some time sewing.  I will be in a great mood going into the new job especially if I get a few projects marked off this list. 

  • Finish June block for Quilt Guild…yep, I’m behind already
  • Make the July block
  • Get those out in the mail
  • Piece rows for the custom quilt for Etsy
  • Finish applique on a quilt for Etsy
  • Press some UFO tops to hopefully get pinned and basted. 
  • Get some items started for Etsy listings so I can keep listing every couple of days. 

Goal for this week is to spend Wednesday-Friday sewing so I can enjoy my weekend.  Last week before we left I did make some strides in organizing my sewing room.  I unpacked about two big boxes.  I found a great new piece to put in the room for pressing pieces, it extends with drawers.  I can now walk from my cutting table, to the pressing table and put ideas up on my design wall.  My design wall is just a simple plastic tablecloth the with fuzzy back. 

Fabrics that I bought for quilts have been sorted into a shoe organizer.  That way, I can just pull them out and get started.  BTW…I have that thing full, so 24 projects to go.  Doesn’t look like much was done in there last Wednesday, but I see progress and that’s what is important.

Now I remember why I do this…

I am slowly adjusting to my new schedule/routine back in Indy.  One of the first things I did once I arrived was set up my sewing machine.  Granted, most of my clothes haven’t made it into my dresser, but my machine is completely functional. 

Everyday I have managed to sew about 30 minutes.  My stash of pot holders is growing quite nicely.  Thank you FREEZING cold weather. 

Last night I attended my first guild meeting in Indy.  Not sure what a guild is?  Imagine 100+ fabric obsessed women sitting in a room with a guest speaker.  Nancy Odom, who is a local artist, was the guest speaker.  Her use of humor made the evening meeting rather enjoyable.  I took from her that precision is key in creating your quilts, but have fun with it.  It was great to hear that because it is so true.  Taking the time to cut accurately will make a world of difference in my finished project. 

Guilds not only have guest speakers, lectures, workshops and projects, but they also give back to the community.  The guild had made quilts to be distributed to children in need at a local school.  They read the thank you letters from the principal and recipients, which moved me.  I started quilting to give back to those in need.  I will get back to that.  At least one a month I WILL be donating to a charity…I love Project Linus!! 

During show and tell one woman showed her quilt that was going to that same local school for their use in Black History month.  Amazing. 

Finally, there was talk about a guild member that had recently passed.  She passed her cherished stash onto another member.  In process of sorting out everything she found 32 UFOs, unfinished projects.  They are hoping to finish these through out the year and give back to her family.  What a great way to honor a quilter. 

I quilt because I can give back and touch someone’s life.  Plus…I LOVE fabric!!!!