Sunday, September 27, 2009

Stash, Freeze Frame, Iron and Other Ramblings

So, Judy L. asked people to show her their stash. After thinking about it, I decided that I should do it. I've been working really hard at using my stash and I've been saying for months that I am going to organize it, so maybe having these pictures plastered on the internet will be my catalyst. I do have some fabric on a shelf upstairs in the spare bedroom, but I didn't take a picture of it. I thought this was bad enough. I do have things in bins and what you see on the table is stuff that I have been working on. There are two sides to this table. My husband made it using Judy Martin's set up that she had posted on her website as a guide. He adjusted some things but I love the table! The whole things measures about 60" x 60" and half of it is a pressing table while the other half is set up for cutting. It is WONDERFUL! I took pictures from both sides. I have to be honest here, don't I? The first picture is from the cutting side and there are fabric bins, "works in progress" and other supplies like fusible webbing, stabilizers, etc. here. See, I'm trying to be organized!To the left of the table are bags of clothing that will be used in 4 memory quilts. I moved them to the table recently so I can start cutting them. I need to get started on that ASAP as they should be done before Christmas. Fortunately they are only going to be twin-size quilts so they shouldn't take too long.

I don't know if you can see the iron on the right side of the table, but that is the iron that gave out this evening as I was getting ready to piece the first border strips for Freeze Frame. If you look closely you can see the mini craft iron that I used to finish pressing the center and after that I decided to wait until I get a new iron to finish this. I've not had much luck with irons lately. The Bernina Steam Generator that I had and loved quit working about 3-4 weeks ago and even though I love it, I can't justify spending close to $200 getting it fixed. It was sent in for repairs a couple of years ago and I'm not very happy that it didn't last longer. I'm going to get a cheap iron tomorrow and start researching "good" irons. Anyone have suggestions or recommendations?

Speaking of Judy L.'s Freeze Frame. I really liked the picture and decided that I just HAD to make this quilt. I new I wanted to make it in brights but I couldn't decided if I wanted to use a white or black background so I decided to do both. I'm sure I'll find a use for two quilts, right? All of the fabric is from my stash except 3 bright fabrics. If you look closely, you will notice that everything is identical except that where there is white in the quilt on the right, it is black on the left quilt, and vice versa. I'm still surprised at how different they look. I can't wait to finish these, but of course, I need an iron first! This past week I was reminded as to why we should not buy fabric and put it away without looking at it. The fabric below was purchased a very long time ago (probably 4-5 years) with the intention to be used as the backing for a particular quilt. Well, I finally finished the quilt and while I was getting ready to layer it I discovered a flaw that ran the entire width of the fabric, all 108" of it! Of course it would have shown on the quilt for which it was intended so I had to get new backing and find another use for this fabric. You'll be happy to know that it is now contend as the backing on my Up North quilt (Thimbleberries) that my friend Rachel just finished quilting for me.(Check out her blog on my side bar-Sew Behind-she has finished 2 of my quilts and I love them both!) I really am in the mood to get things done. I sent 4 quilts to Rachel (she put out a plea to help raise money so her dog could have some medical care. How could I not help her, AND get quilts done?), and I have others that I am doing on my own. They are much smaller and they are much easier for me to do in my machine. As a matter of fact, on my stash picture, my Pineapple Blossom (Bonnie Hunter's pattern) is one the table. I'm half done quilting it, but decided to take a break and add the borders to the Freeze Frame. So much for that!


QuiltinLibraryLady said...

Nice sewing room.
I find that the Black & Decker "Classic" is as good as any of the "good" irons. And if you don't knock it off the ironing board too many times it last pretty good too.

Rachel said...

Hey Joanne, I agree with the previous comment about the Black and Decker. I have had mine for years and use it everyday for work, about $35 at Wallyworld. Also I love the freeze frame quilt! Thanks for the support with the "Max" quilts. Hope to get the other 2 finished up here in the next week or 2! Rachel