In the Studio - Week 28

Fun and Choices

Do you ever feel like there will never be enough time or space to get where you thought you were going?  Then to top it off - where you THOUGHT you were going isn't going to happen?

Sometime we just have to put a pin in it...for later...

I have to say that I've been blessed with a husband that gave up his garage work space to accommodate my sewing studio. 

This has also been a challenge to make an effective organized space for everything that goes with the whole quilting-making and longarm quilting scenario.

And as much as I love fabric and love making quilts and quilting them, some stuff just has to go.

So...

IT'S PURGE TIME

Yes it's time to move some of my fun stuff on to others that have more use for it than I do right now.  

I have kits, tools, fabric scraps and yardage and SO MUCH STUFF!

Over the next few weeks I'll be going through my studio and storage and getting items ready to move to new owners.

Keep an eye on my website, Instagram and Facebook.  AND tell your friends!  It's gotta go somehwere!

Under my Needle

Ok - with that out of the way I want to share some of what's going on under my needle in the past few weeks.

This is what I thought I was going to show off to you a couple of weeks ago.  Isn't it just so lively?

My client sent me a duvet cover that she had put together some years ago while living abroad.  She wanted it repaired and made into a quilt.  There were many seams coming apart due to poor tension and some areas of damage.

I've been remove all the stitching and resize all the blocks to the same size.  This helped to eliminate the damaged areas.

Then I was able to get it all put back together.

The interesting part about this fabric is there is very little cotton.  

I'm not sure what most of these fabrics are made from, but I'm willing to bet it's all a polyester or blended polyester.  

Many of the blocks are nylon-ish and very slippery.  I didn't want to stabilize some and not all, so I chose to not stabilize at all.

Honestly, I was a bit afraid of what the results were going to be for this quilt.  I'm still a little afraid.

My client asked me to use the duvet back for the quilt back.  This backing fabric is as polyester and nylon-ish as some of the other blocks in the top.  Also this would mean the top and back are mostly the same size.  We agreed that there would need to be some additional fabric to allow space to load the back onto the quilting frame.

Again, challenges ensued.

There are several pieces of the back fabric pieced together.  All the same fabric, but many pieces.  These pieces aren't all necessarily the same size and many still had the selvedge still on them.  I was leery of taking apart and trimming too much since I would have ended up with a much smaller back than I could use.

I squared up everything as best as I could and then added the cotton (chosen by the client) to the sides. If you've ever made garments out of this type of fabric, you know that it slips and slides very easily.  

Oh! Such FUN!

Here you can see the backing as well as the top.  

I chose to baste this quilt all the way around before I started quilting it.  AND it took me 2 days!

I've never had a fabric creep across the batting like this fabric did.  It was crazy!


It finally worked!

Now, it's being quilted!  It took a bit to get the tension and needle sizing correct, but it's on it's way to being a gorgeous quilt!

I won't make anymore promises about when or what will come next.  Life has become so unpredictable.

So I'll now let you in on what what home life has been like lately.

The hubs has immunotherapy cancer treatments every other week.  These cause a range of fun things to deal with from nausea to severe joint paint to just downright fatigue and roller coaster blood sugars.  But, since he is MAN, he still tries to do everything he's always done.  I get to run around and see if it's possible to stop of slow him a bit - LOL!  Mostly, I just be there in case he needs me.

THEN I discovered one of my medications was a likely culprit for the depression I had been experiencing.  The doctor put me on this medication (Cymbalta) some time ago.  Cymbalta is helpful for nerve pain. I had back surgery several and still have a disk that is deflated (thank you, insurance, for not paying for that).  I still have issues with a lot of sitting and standing and severe hip pain that seems to have no reason.  So the Cymbalta was somewhat helpful.  

After several years of using this medication, I began to have some short term memory loss and depression.  I only wish I had known what the results of long term use would be BEFORE I started taking it.  Funny, how doctors don't tell you that part.  No nevermind, it was my own fault for not researching thoroughly.

THEN - my bad - I stopped the medication cold turkey.  Not a good idea.  Again, I should have researched.  I'm glad to say, that's mostly over with and I'm picking up the pieces of my life and striving to carry on.

That's life here at home!  We're getting back to normal.  Well, as normal as life can be under the circumstances!

I hope you have had a good week and are looking forward to a better weekend!

'Til next time!

Much love,

Carolyn

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