Ahh… It is great to be back in the quilting studio!
Labour Day marks the end of the cottage season. I am now back to reality after three solid months at the cottage. It was great, but I admit to missing my quilting studio, fondly known as my “Woman Cave” where I can indulge my creativity. I did take piecing projects – mostly UFOs – with me to the cottage and was able to assemble most of the projects. I do like piecing at our lakeside cabin, but it is not quite the same as my Quilting Studio where I have my big cutting table, lots of counter space and plenty of tools at hand.
Tuesday, first day back, I tidied my sewing room, vacuumed the summer crop of dust bunnies, unpacked and put away all of the supplies and projects I took north. I did finish a few small projects over the summer, but mostly I pieced flimsies which I now need to quilt.
Tuesday evening, I quilted one large top for the guild’s outreach program to ensure my machine is working happily, and my quilting arms are all warmed up.
Wednesday and Thursday, two custom quilts I had promised for others were first on the list. Friday, I judged quilting at a fall fair.
So today, finally, I get to do my own quilting. First thing I loaded is a Shoe Fly quilt in jeweled tones on a solid black background. These blocks were made from leftovers of another project. I wanted to spice it up a bit, so selected a Variegated Valdani thread in coordinating jeweled tones. The quilting pattern is my own version of an oak leaf and loop meander, the results of which is quite pleasing to my aesthetic sense. Can hardly wait to get it finished!
It feels good to be back quilting again. The creative outlet in quilting gives great scope for the imagination and is very satisfying!
Being back in town with internet access, posting project completions becomes possible again. Over the next while, I will post the small projects I finished over the summer and as I get the large ones quilted and bound, will post those too.