Amongst other activities, in my sewing room I've been flitting from project to project, as usual. I had a nice exchange recently with Susan, my quilt-y friend in Melbourne, Australia, who affirmed that quilters are "better busy, than bored!"
To that end, I made another pillowcase dress for Dress a Girl Around the World. I haven't yet donated them, but will when I've accumulated enough to send a nice boxful. Fabric in this one is Cotton and Steel's "Clothesline in Floral."
My fabric-strips crocheted rug is 22" wide now, and growing. Idea from CrazyMomQuilts.
I've foundation fabric pieced five of the eight sections for my tuffet.
Quilting has begun on my Scrap Vortex quilt top finished at the end of June. It's 81" X 92" and it took me some time to get it quilting-ready. Batting is Quilter's Dream Request Poly; backing is gray with large white spots. The quilt sandwich has about a jillion 1" safety pins.
Spiral quilting on a large quilt is something I've wanted to try for a long time, though I expected to quilt this on my Pfaff (with the 9-inch throat). However, that plan didn't work. For spiral quilting, you use the side of the walking foot as your "measurement" for the distance between each spiral. The Pfaff walking foot is wide enough for only 1/4" spirals! And, the Pfaff walking foot doesn't have the option of inserting a metal guide/bar to quilt different widths. So, to spiral quilt, I'm using my Bernina with the 7-1/2" throat and walking foot that allows for spirals 1/2" apart.
To make it work, and get smooth stitches, I'm taking it really slow, shoving wads of quilt through the donut-sized opening, adjusting, smoothing, and taking only a few stitches before shoving, adjusting, and smoothing again. I know I'm going to like the finished look, which is still hours away.
First Time Quiltmaking ended last Monday, and this past Monday, I began teaching Beyond First Time Quiltmaking with 17 students, 16 of whom have previous been in a class with me. Such a nice group of quilters! I'm enjoying teaching them.
Nary a sewing machine in sight because these quilters are learning English paper piecing. Next week they'll hand appliqué their English paper-pieced design to a background. The last week they'll learn how to big stitch quilt the layers, ending up with a pillow similar to mine in in the Fall issue of Modern Patchwork magazine. It's nice to see a room full of quilters.
Social media has allowed me to enjoy a great variety of "sewing room views." It's fun to see where quilters sews, and what they see out the window of those sewing rooms. My sewing room view has changed dramatically. In Iowa, I spent more than 20 years sewing in an unfinished concrete block-walled basement with that little window "view."
I had to climb on the ironing table to look out that window and take this picture! Yep, that's the neighbor's house.
Makes me really appreciate my view these days!
Palms, flowering allamanda, and the occasional wildlife. A couple weeks ago it was a turtle; today a crane.
Do you have a nice sewing room view? Linda