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Oh, Judy! It looks like you're having so much FUN! I'd love to study the pictures more closely, but I had the first cataract surgery yesterday. I'm amazed at how well I can already see out of that eye but am not pushing it too far either.
Keep in mind that I can be your go-to person for blue scraps. I have three drawers stuffed to overflowing with blue fabrics. I could thin the herd without even knowing it.
I'm developing this theory lately that I could give away half of my stuff and still have way too much. And that would hold true for every room in the house.
Anyway, I'm excited for you to be able to enjoy quilting still by making small quilts. I love your set-up, too! It looks so tidy at the moment; it can't possibly stay that way!
Cris in MT
Congratulations on your first cataract surgery, Cris. We are so fortunate to live in a time when cataracts do not doom us to a future of misery but are now a problem that can be corrected. This is a great time of year to have your eyes fixed .... so many pretty things to see as the flowers start showing off.
I have a theory (my own theory, not scientifically proven) that some people are born with a genetic tendency to unclutter, to "shed stuff". This is the sense that too much of "stuff" just gives them ants in the pants (or whatever you want to call it) and so this kind of person just does not accumulate things like your "three drawers stuffed to overflowing with blue fabrics". Perhaps Lynne has "two bags of 1930's feedsacks" for all I know. Or Suze might have a box full of stripey fabrics of all widths, colors and shades of gaudiness from pastel to circus themed ....
Anyhow, it turned out that I didn't really have that many scraps any more. (One book carton-sized box of strings , one tote bag full of pink and purple scraps leftover from who knows what from years ago plus the leftovers from making color wheels.) I welcome Lynne's offer of scraps because I recall seeing photos of her basement treasure trove some years ago, a well-organized place where she creates all of those charity quilts. I suspect that sometimes she is ankle deep in scraps so rather than have her trip over the odds and ends she can clean up the floor and send them to me. LOL
I will go shopping in my scrap stash! Are you using batiks? Your "bits
tub looks like, but I can't tell for sure.
Yes, ma'am, I am using batiks.
For those of you that know that I always do hand turned bindings.........well today I did a baby quilt binding all by machine. My daughter is gifting a quilt to a friend who is having a baby. I was asked to quilt and bind it for her. I figured a machine done binding would hold up better than hand, and it does not take forever to do. It does not look too bad.
Every one of the quilts I've made have all had machine made bindings and lightning has not struck me dead yet .... .... so you might find that there are other times in your future that it will be just fine to do machine bindings.
In my case I did not have the finger agility and strength to do hand bindings so it was a "needs must" situation. Someday you might find it is your turn ...
Perhaps Lynne has "two bags of 1930's feedsacks" for all I know.
You are so close! I have 2 rubbermaid tubs of 30's fabrics. The are so cute and make sweet baby quilts. It's been a dry spell for babies, so I'l just have to donate them when I get to them
suspect that sometimes she is ankle deep in scraps so rather than have her trip over the odds and ends she can clean up the floor and send them to me. LOL
Sadly, you are a lot closer than you think. My floor IS littered with scraps! Not quite ankle deep, but could get there if I'm not careful. I'm not nearly as organized as you might think. If you entered my sewing room, your inner Dorothy would throw up her hands and faint I do have the little bulldozer you sent me at one time, but it just sits on the shelf and laughs at me. But--hey--it is my happy place.
Thank you everyone for you appreciation of the Heart Quilts.
I’ve kinda been away from the forum a bit. And back and forthwith my sewing as well! “A little bit of this….a little bit of that,”
earlier this week Carrie and Cathy came and helped me put together this last quilt for Denise’s family. I’m so glad this is done!
just to make it simpler, I thought the column would make it easier. It did, and I like the affect. The backing is pieces we had left (with a bit from my stash.). Enjoy!