Apr 24, 2013

Snippets and Threadtales

For anyone who follows my blog, a title of Snippets and Threadtales, is my way of doing a 'catch up' kind of post.

And like any good 'condiment' it's just a way to spice up things with all of the goings on from my life...most of it involving arts, quilts, and crafting..in one form or another!

We all love seeing into other people's  lives. Especially, when we're quilters and we wonder where... and how...everyone sews and quilts!

And whether we have a lot of space, only a little space, or we sew in a corner of a bedroom, or under the stairs...I've done it all...for the most part, we all tend to really  love our little areas. Sure, we may wish we had more space, but then we are lucky to have what we do have ..no matter what it is or how long it took us to finally get it!

We fix them up to look good and to work for us, the best we can.   We use boxes, and bins, baskets and buckets. We stash fabric under tables, chairs, curtains, any where we can get fabric and supplies to fit!  No corner goes unused!  This table has bins and baskets underneath it. My feet fit on the sewing machine pedal ..that's all the space I need to do what I love to do!

We all like to see one anothers quilts or quilting in progress...how we make them, how we organize, and even how we stick them in bins, bags, boxes, or in my case...baskets. These still need to be finished. Two in the flimsy quilt top stages, one needing quilting, backing, and binding, one just needing binding, and one only needing a label. 

We sew, we craft, we read others quilter's blogs as our own way of not just learning and being inspired by others ....but subconsciously to encourage the creation of connections between all of us.

I really, really love to read blogs...and I read a lot of them, every single day! I like to get ideas, experiment with new ideas, or network with other groups of like minded quilters. But mainly, I just enjoy reading about what all of YOU are up to!

One of my loves, of course, is making my small format art quilts, which I donate to the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI)  This is our last year and the last times I can be making and donating quilts..so I've been very busy making as many as I can before our groups last hurrah at the International Quilt Festival this November.

 I made and registered three of these this month and three the month before. And I've got another three finished as well..to make sure I have a quilt a month ready for the last three months of that program...let's see, May, June, July..yep..got it! And oh yes...of course there are some more in progress in the sewing room!

Another love is my creation of small prayer quilts. Three layers of free form and often floating fabric embellished with decorative elements of one kind or another.

So, if I'm not in my Sewing Nook, sewing..I'm on the floor playing and praying with these. Here, I'm working on my latest series of prayer flags. I cut them out, found my bits and pieces of crochet and fabrics, vintage buttons and laces..all in various stages of progress in this photo.

I showed one previously done here with it's little quotation about love:
Boston Marathon: Light a Candle, Make a Prayer Flag

And now, here is another one. This one with another heart but this time ....

With its little ink jet printing of a quote by Mother Theresa:

"Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without feeling happier."

I like to spread a lot of love around. And sometimes that love is for, and with, all of the things that I make. I spread it on floors, on counters, in sewing rooms, on ironing boards, in other people's homes, in businesses, in gardens......and if I'm not spreading it inside....

Then I'm spreading it outside.....

Here's Kermit looking at a few of my dozens and dozens of home made paper sheets that I've made since Easter.

These are being set out to dry and Kermit is wondering 'Now what is she doing with these?'
And also..'Can I lay on these like I can a quilt.'  No, Kermit..you can't. They're wet, they are delicate and they are ...oh no!


Here's our little Georgette, one of our four free range chickens, who I am repeatedly chasing away as she attempts to add her own 'decorative elements' ;)

Shoo! Shoo! And off she runs ..straight to me and the bin of paper mash that I'm working with!

Oh dear.....I almost created my very own paper mache' chicken!

So, what did I have to do with dozens and dozens of sheets of wet home made paper..yep, up into the sewing loft. Thank goodness for open floor space!

And in case you're wondering. What about my poor long suffering, husband who might want to use the computer....well, that's his problem to figure out.... I did all the rest of this stuff on my own ;)

Thanks, Kermit, thanks Georgette, thanks dear hardworking, long suffering husband.. I'm.back home inside again..up in the sewing loft and quilting nook ..ah, it sure feels good...quilting and crafting is food for my spirit and balm for my soul!

Quilt Credit:

What If? and all Prayer Flags by Michele Bilyeu of With Heart and Hands
Liberated House by Lynne Tyler of The Patchery Menagerie
Purple Flowers by Em of Em Celebrates as a gift to me from Julie Sefton of Me and My Quilts
Alaskan Laundry by Paula Denee of Paula, The Quilter
Blue and White Nine Patch Miniature by Julie of Julie K Quilts for me with my own monetary donation to one of my other favorite A.D. charitable groups

Michele Bilyeu blogs With Heart and Hands as she shares a quilting journey through her life in Salem, Oregon and Douglas, Alaska, as she sews, quilts, and creates small format art quilts, prayer flags, and comfort  quilts for a variety of charitable programs. Sharing thousands of links to Free Quilt and Quilt Block Patterns and encouraging others to join in her Liberated Quilting Challenge and make or donate small art quilts to the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI) Help us change the world, one little quilt at a time!


Paula, the quilter said...

In your second photo, those baskets under the plaid shirt piece -- I have one of those footed baskets. A large one that I lined with fabric. I use mine as a knitting basket.

Unknown said...

Hi Michele, It's lovely to have a peek around your work space and see where you create. I really love the prayer flags that you are sewing at the mo, there's something about the tranquility created by the neutral colours and the lace..beautiful. And what have you in mind for the paper?? It looks great x

Celia said...

Love your prayer flags, paper and your chicken among other snippets. Good to catch up.

Lynne said...

What a fun post! Thanks for sharing your creative spaces! And partners! LOL

Kathy said...

Much neater than my space... I'd hate to show you under my sewing table. Fun post!