Wednesday, September 28, 2011

What to do with them?

Because I'm in the midst of cleaning out my parents' house, I'm starting to take a good look at my own home.
My sewing room is full of fabric and projects that I have begun. When I decide to start getting rid of some of these things, the fabrics will go to groups that make charity quilts. The projects will most likely go to a "free" table at quilt camp or a guild meeting.
But at what point should I sort out the quilts that I have made? Where should they go?
And what about the old quilt tops and quilts that I have collected? I also have a large collection of old quilt blocks, old quilt patterns, and other assorted quilt ephemera. What will happen to all of that?
I'm definitely not ready to get rid of a lot of these things now. They are still needed for the talks I give, the workshops I teach and the patterns I design. But at some point, they will have to go. Is it better to give them away while you can still "control" where they go? Or is it better to let someone else do it after you are gone and not know what happens to them?
I guess I feel that I need a plan. Do you have a plan? If so, please share your thoughts. Thanks!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Challenge Begun

At the beginning of the summer, the editor of The Quilting Quarterly put out a challenge to the staff. She titled it "Spontaneous Delight." She sent each of us a fat quarter of fabric, some ribbon and 3 buttons. We are to work these things into a small quilt--18" square--to be auctioned off at next year's NQA Little Quilt Auction.
An idea came to me as soon as I saw the fabric. But with my hectic summer, all the materials just sat there.
I am happy to say that over the weekend, I got started on the project. If I keep at it, I should have no trouble completing it by the December 1st deadline. Wish me luck!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Emotionally Drained!!!

Wish I could say that after being with the Livonia 9-Patchers in July that I truly was able to get back into my quilting! This summer has been a real emotional roller-coaster for me and my family. Not only did we lose my father, but my mother-in-law also passed away, three weeks ago. I have been away from home so much in the past 4 months that some mornings when I wake up, I have to stop and remember where I am! I have so much to catch up on around here--gardening, bill paying, house cleaning. I'm taking things one day at a time and gradually trying to get back to my quilting projects. They are all stacked neatly in my sewing room, waiting for me. Which one to start with is the question now. :)