Have been in the house all week tending to paperwork and chores -- and last night I actually did some sewing. (really???)
During the week I put a sleeve on Emma's quilt because Jessica wants to hang it on her wall now that they have moved and Emma has a big bed. Till I put the sleeve on it I hadn't realized that it was larger than most of the art pieces I make. Well, maybe it is now an art piece, since it it going on the wall.
I had another quilt that could qualify as a baby quilt that I was going to give as a gift, but have not finished it yet.
Last night, as I was packing my supply suitcase for the color class I am teaching, I was musing about how so many quilters are worried about colors "going together." You all know how I feel about THAT! So, after I tripped over the 5 gal plastic bag of nothing but strips, I decided to return to my roots.
Even before I took a class and made an actual quilt, a friend of my mother's showed me how to make string blocks by sewing strips to squares of newspaper. It wasn't till years later that I learned to make a quilt the official way - by hand. Over the years, I have made a number of string quilts that ended up as baby quilts. Every so often I would sit and sew (I guess an early version of "therapy" sewing) and when somebody had a baby, I pulled out a bunch, assembled them, et voilà.
So last night, when my brain was so shut down I couldn't even make a phone call, I cut a bunch of 6-1/2" squares of newspaper and started sewing. Got as far as 4 blocks, which I threw at the wall before I went to bed. They are not sewn together, nor will they be for quite some time. Maybe tonight I will make a few more. The hardest part is tearing off the newspaper from the back after the strips have all been sewn on and trimmed to size.
But I can't figure out how else to do this.
In the meantime, I did say I was out the door, didn't I? Wanted to post before I left to do a million errands - bank, a few gifts, and the dreaded visit to my mother's apartment to see call some dealers and see what I can haul out of there, or at least organize. OMG.
Before I close, I want to let you know that I am delighted to be one of Terry Jarrard-Dimond's guests on her thread nest site:-). Go over to the sidebar, click on the image at the top and take a look at my thread nest. Then check out the others - it's fun and interesting to see how different they are!
Ok - enough avoidance!