Sometimes I am easily sidetracked. I start out with a goal in mind and before I know it, I am off in another direction.
My intention was to get out the fabric pieces that are ready to sew together for a quilt. While rummaging around in the tub where they have been living since I cut them out last fall, I found two bags of partially crocheted afghans. They are partially done because I was using yarn left over from another project, and I ran out. And I haven't been to the store to get enough yarn to finish them. So I sat down and figured out what colors and how many skeins of each color I need.
Back to the tub. A little further down I found a length of fabric that will work well for sashing strips between the blocks of another quilt top waiting to be finished. Ironed the fabric and cut out the pieces I will need.
Back to the tub. Next I found another quilt top that was finished. I think I remember that when I sewed this one together I made a mistake that has to be fixed. I looked it over but couldn't find the error, so I set it aside and will press it later, when I get ready to add the batting and backing.
Back to the tub. I finally I found the quilt pieces I was looking for to begin with. I sat down and started sewing. This quilt is an old pattern that has just two colors. I'll take a picture when it is finished.
There are quilters who make fancy quilts that are the kind seen in quilt shows. I am not one of those quilters. Mine are of simple patterns and are made to be used as opposed to being hung on a wall and admired. Guess that comes from my frugal ancestors. Those other quilters have studio sewing rooms and shelf after shelf of designer fabrics that cost a lot of money. I wait until my local Joann Fabrics store runs a sale on quilt cottons and then I stock up on enough fabric for several quilts. My "studio" consists of my kitchen table for cutting fabric and a table in my living room for sewing. I love the looks of all those beautiful quilts at quilt shows, but the thing is, I really love what I do and more importantly, I love making something that is useful. And for that I don't need a studio. My setup works just fine.
And with that, it is back to my sewing machine. There are lots more little pieces that need to be attached to other little pieces. Funny...I have very little patience for some things, but all the patience in the world for making useful stuff.
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