Category Archives: Studio Ideas

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!

Back To Work In January!

My surgery and recovery have gone well, and I’ll be back at my machine starting January 2nd! This has been the longest break I’ve had since I started quilting, so it was weird – and good -  at the same time I suppose. But I’m eager to get back at it. I spent a couple days in my studio dusting and getting organized.  And to warm up my “quilting chops” I’ve done a couple of my own quilts to get back my rhythm.

While I was “away” my husband and our contractor Rob put down tile in the upper part of my room and it looks fabulous.

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One of my favorite parts is the metal band he attached at the top of the concrete wall (what used to be the outside wall of the house before we added the room). It’s very industrial looking and very cool. I’m keeping the lower portion of the room raw concrete. So all that needs to be done now is paint the walls and stain all the woodwork (and there is plenty of wood…oh my gosh). So it’s a beautiful, happy room to quilt in! I’m one lucky girl!

In the next week I’ll be arranging to pick up quilts if you have one in my queue and I don’t yet have it in my studio. And if you’ve been merrily quilting over the holidays, I’m scheduling quilting work starting in about late-February. I have to finish the many quilts I had in the queue that I didn’t get to before my surgery, and then I can start on any new work that comes in. So give me a call or an email if you have a quilt ready to go.

Happy New Year to all of you! And I hope 2012 is a good quilting year for you!