Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Confessions of a Quilter

When the boys were young and I would get on a "clean up this clutter" binge they would ask, "Is someone coming to dinner?"  With that said if they saw me in the last 24 hours they would know someone is coming over.  I got a call from a quilter (Linda) I met last year who is a writer/editor. She is a Woolie follower and was writing an article for the local paper about decorating with quilts.  When asked if I would like to have my house/quilts photographed for the article I balked because I don't think of myself as a quilt decorator.  I had a couple of big quilts on the wall...that's it.  But when she started questioning me about my quilts I realized...I have quilts all over the place.  I am NOT an art quilter.  I am a home quilter.  I make the quilts for my own creative enjoyment and then we use them.

Well...they are coming over today!  Of course I spent the whole weekend "not at  home" cleaning but having fun with girlfriends.  Which meant yesterday I started to pick up this joint.  It is not that HH and I are pigs but we really live in our home.  We occupy every room with our lives.  We eat breakfast and read the paper at our dining table.  Our main lap top resides in the living room.  We eat dinner in our kitchen and we sit watch TV while I stitch in our family room.  The only room in our house that doesn't get used on a daily basis is a guest room which I had totally trashed because I store my extra batting pieces in that closet and before retreat I needed some.  The life clutter had to be dealt with...the mail on the breakfast table, the newspapers on the dining table...clutter, clutter, clutter.  They are coming at 1130 today...will I be done in time?

Enzo is exhausted from the effort it takes to avoid the vacuum cleaner!

Of course I had a deadline...which for my brain means stress...which means I started doing stuff that had nothing to do with the cleaning deadline.  While my ADHD brain started pinging around I found a stitchery on Pinterest that I loved.  When I contacted the person who had it on their bulletin board she said that she didn't know the name of the pattern and that it was discontinued. Not to be deterred from being able to make it and wanting to avoid cleaning I made a copy on my printer, went to the blue print mapping place and asked them to blow it up to an 8 x 10 size.  I came home and then printed it on Transfer Eze. Which meant I started stitching not cleaning!!!  which is why this morning I have to finish cleaning!!!

I backed my main fabric with a fusible fabric interfacing that Karen from My Yellow Farm House sent me last year.  By fusing it to the back you can't see the thread cross overs of your stitching.  I am using a 50 wt Aurafil thread with an embroidery needle.  I'm going to put a red pieced sashing around it when done and hang it in my sewing room!  The whole sewing machine design is made up of words that have to do with the stitchery craft.  Fun huh!  

Happy Valentine's Day...I am off to clean!


  1. I really need to clean too, but I am blog hopping instead, lol.


  2. I understand what you mean-it's because you know you have the cleaning to do!lol but how lovely to be getting your quilts photographed:)

    I am loving that sewing arrangement stitchery-what a great design-is it available for anyone?

  3. You are soooo clever. Nothing can deter you when you get a bead on something. It's going to be wonderful and I wish it were going to be mine and you had something better.

  4. lol I love your cleaning methods! The stitchery will look great when you finish. I hope that you got your cleaning done in time.

    By the way....I finished my UFO for February just before lunch. It's tied into a roll with a scrap strip of fabric and I've already made a gift hang tag with a stamp and some inks for it, that is drying on a paper towel on a shelf. The UFO is another of the wall hangings like I did last month, except that this one has a black printed star above the leaves.

  5. LOL that is the same way I tackle cleaning up. :-) I am sure the photo shoot will be lots of fun.
    I love the stitchery! My sewing room is red and I'd love to stitch along with you~ can you point me in the right direction?
    Happy Valentine's Day Anna!

  6. How nice for your home to be in the article - sure gives you an incentive to clean as well!

    I love the sewing machine stitchery and can't wait to see it completed - perfect for your sewing room! Now we all want the pattern! LOL

    Hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day, Anna!

  7. Oh you are so clever, I may just borrow your idea, I thought the fact that the pattern was discontinued meant it wasn't to be, thanks for the great idea.

  8. That's a good idea. I know I just saw a kit of it in a magazine and I was trying to locate the pattern.

  9. Would love to have a copy of the pattern. Looks so interesting. MS

  10. i've been all over pinterest and cannot find this. could you please say where you found it? this would be soooo perfect for my sewing room.