Piecing together beautiful scraps to create clever, practical items ~ sharing dreams, ideas, and stories
Monday, September 3, 2012
do you like my newest quilt design? It's called Sidetracked, and
there's a story behind the name. I finished piecing the front
yesterday, after a day of cutting and sewing leftovers from my scrap
basket. It was a spur of the moment design inspired by moving
furniture in my sewing room. But I'll start at the beginning.
Tuesday I had planned to sew a vest for my mama. Amazingly, I didn't have the right color fabric. That's right, with hundreds of yards of material in my stash, I didn't have anything to
match her camo print cargo pants. Yeah, I realize she's 79 years
old, but those of you who know Sam understand the feisty redhead who is my mama.
after putting away the fabrics I had pulled out, I couldn't get
interested in sewing anything else. As I was sitting there, a new
layout for my furniture just popped into my head. I love to
rearrange furniture, so I had to do it right then. I put the sewing
table and desk back to back by the windows, and moved the cutting table on the other
wall. This may work better when I sew quilts, so they won't
fall over the edge of the table as I sew.
the upheaval, I found a scrap bin that had been tucked under the
sewing table, behind my thread cabinet. Aha! Inspiration can come
when you least expect it. After I had put the finishing touches on
my room, I sorted through the fabric pieces and started laying out a
have to admit that I've been a little sidetracked lately. But I did
order some fabric to match the cargo pants, got a fresh new sewing
room, and pieced a quilt from forgotten scraps. So it must be a good thing to divert onto another path every now and then.
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. --Ralph Waldo Emerson