I have some fun and interesting plans for the fall and winter quilting season and have been spending nearly all my working time preparing for them for the past couple of weeks.
First of all, I am preparing for my fall workshops at G Street Fabrics in Rockville, beginning with the first one on Saturday, September 22nd at 11 am! See more about this on my blog from a few weeks ago here.
So I have all my handouts made and the kits for the first workshop. I almost have all the kits for the second workshop and have made progress on the third workshop. So when you come, you will have a lot of fun and be able to dive right in to our projects. You just need to call G Street sewing machine department and sign up! You can sign up for one or all three. So much fun to come starting in just a few weeks! I should finish preparations for these this week and be able to get back to sewing and quilting.
Sew my plans for the fall and winter sewing and quilting season are exciting for me. As you may know by now, I like to run two or three projects at once to keep me from getting frustrated…hopefully all at different stages along the way.
- My current quilt project is for my bed, making an applique pattern by Sue Nickels that is really pretty and will add a lot of beauty to my bedroom. I am about half way through that. It is not for a show quilt and is just for fun and adding something to my home for me.
- I am currently working out what my next show quilts will be. My plans are exciting and two of them involve other people.
- My dear friend, student, and what we jokingly call my apprentice Anita has drawn a beautiful scene with a steam locomotive train and gifted it to me for use as a quilt design. It is full of wonderful things and will be quite fantastic if I can pull it off…trees, rocks, trestles, the locomotive with steam, pulling cars…one with a load of wood. So cool! Send good thoughts, because this one is a challenge but I plan on starting it soon.
- My oldest son, who designed Pendragon, is designing an accompanying piece Excalibur. Oh I can hardly wait to see his design. He started earlier but work got so busy for him that he had to lay it aside for awhile. Things have gotten a little more sane for him now and he thinks he can finish it soon.
- Okay, so I am working on my own design(s) also. I have an array of things I want to do, and am engaged in trying to draw up some of them to choose from for this season. I am thinking of making one based on polyester satins that I embellish multiple ways to show what can be done with a limited quilt budget (under $100 is my goal). That design work is not done yet, and I keep oming up with new ideas with new subjects…I’m currently leaning toward a dark forest with spots of beauty and fun woodland characters, but it could end up entirely something else…spending a little time every day on this. So it will be a little while before I just get the design sealed down and ready to make.
- And then I also want to do another line drawing quilt based on architecture. I have a couple of possibilities, but I’m still looking.
- I haven’t forgotten my book. I have actually made considerable progress on it this summer, and hope to finish it sometime in October.
- Plus I am wondering just how I can approach the passing on of my many surface design and embellishment techniques. I have won several ribbons on this aspect of my quilts, and feel I have much to tell you about. I already have a book outlined and started, but I am thinking of videos. My son Ken has gotten me all set up to do videos, and I am thinking of making several…some on quilting and some on surface design and embellishment techniques.
I did mention clothes, didn’t I. I am planning on making a new winter coat this fall. I found a great pattern that I think I can make with fabrics (and faux fur) I already have..a free and hopefully gorgeous winter coat. It’s free because I’ve had this fabric for years and properly stored, so it is in great shape. If you haven’t made an overcoat, it is not really as difficult as making a shirt with a stand collar, really it isn’t. And using thick winter fabrics is very forgiving, hiding most little mistakes. I encourage you to try one. There are some great patterns just out this year. I also am planning on squeezing in a winter dress suit, yes a pants suit beause my legs just look best that way. This will challenge me to resurrect my professional tailoring skills, but I have recently lost a couple of dress sizes (though I freely admit that I am still “fat”), and I will make it in a way I can take it up one more size. I have fabric for that too.
As you see, this year is going to emphasize to myself trying to get all my sewing and quilting done by shopping my stash or keeping costs down while still producing some remarkable pieces.
Sew happy everyone! I hope you are planning to do a lot of sewing and quilting this fall and winter or are encouraging your friends and family who do sew to let their lights shine (and help them make time to sew). Happy September!