Category Archives: Studio Ideas

Rope Basket

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A tisket, a tasket, I made a rope basket! Actually the fact that I did ANYTHING this weekend is a really good step forward. Having gone back to working full-time in town in January, it has taken me quite a while to get my creative “mojo” back. I don’t have so much time these days for creative quilting pursuits, but I do have some. I feel like I’m finally getting my “sea legs” under me again.

A few weeks ago I painted my longarm studio (with the help of a very patient husband). In order to do that I took everything out (except the machine) and it didn’t get to go back in unless I really wanted it to. So I got rid of my makeshift desk (cobbled together metro shelving with a board as a desktop) and have really pared down. The walls are empty waiting for inspiration.

And now I’m working on my upstairs sewing studio (yeah, I know, I’m spoiled) cleaning and organizing. I’ve been organizing for the past year (and you wonder why I’m not done?) and each month things get a little better. I finish a project here and there. I struggle to not start anything new! I am now going through my things and figuring out which projects I will NEVER work on again and donate them. I put a small finished quilt in the St. Vinnie’s bag.

And soon the Blackberry Jam Festival Quilt Show will happen in July and I have to get something ready for that. Oh my. Maybe I can get one of my old projects finished. Cross your fingers and start your engines! May the force be with me. I’m going to need it. It’s already mid-June.

Happy quilting!

Scrappy is Good!

I do love to use up my scraps. And boy do I have a bunch. Big ones, little ones, odd shaped ones. After many years of quilting, I’ve managed to collect a few.

Yesterday, at my quilt group meeting, I was working on my very scrappy “lego” quilt. I saw this quilt on a blog years ago and I started in making it. It is based on an older quilt talked about by Quilting with the Past. And that is another thing I love; antique quilts. Even though I use a lot of bright and crazy fabrics in my quilts, I still get inspired by the old quilts of yesteryear.

Lego Quilt by Lisa Bee-Wilson at Towerhouse Quilts

To make my quilt I’m using 1 1/2″ wide strips, which is the smallest strip I cut in my studio (unless you consider I save the 1/2″ pieces to do rope baskets!). I also have 2″and 2 1/2″ strips cut….oh, and then there are the 2 1/2″ and the 4″ squares…..too much information?

Lego Quilt by Lisa Bee-Wilson at Towerhouse Quilts

I started this quilt over a year ago. It does take a bit of time to sew because of all the little pieces. But I’m in no hurry. This is the quilt I work on when I need a mental break from more detailed work. We’ll see how long it takes me to finish. I’m guessing it will be a couple more years in the making. But hey – it will have hundreds and hundreds of fabrics and be oh so wonderful!

And speaking of scrappy….I found this list of scrappy projects. I’m pretty sure I’m going to start with the scrappy bowl. Love that!

It’s raining here today….so it’s a perfect day for sewing! Happy quilting!

New Year Idea – #1

I’m going through my computer password lists to see if they are still valid and working. So I go to each website and check.  I don’t do this very often, and January seems like a good time to do this. But this isn’t even the “idea!”

This then leads me to www.catalogchoice.org which is on my list of websites that I have an account with where you can opt out of magazines being mailed to you. Sometimes I don’t know how I get on these lists, but suddenly I start getting tons of junk mail. So I’ve found CatalogChoice to be a good way to eliminate extra stuff in my mailbox! But you have to go there on a semi-regular basis (let’s say once a year) to keep things in check.

Less time going through junk mail means MORE time for quilting!

Happy new year…and happy quilting!