30 November, 2007

What's In My Studio?

... very little trash for one thing! Read on:
I was sewing yesterday afternoon with the late afternoon sun streaming through the windows (and through my String Star Quilt which was draped over the cutting table) when this I did behold! Isn't it pretty, even from the wrong side? This scrappy project just keeps expanding, too; into even more projects... as if the Leader/Ender four patches weren't enough of a bonus! I also found that after trimming up these pieced diamond shapes I was left with lots of sewn-together trimmings... aha! These could be stitched yet again for some little Crazy Crumb blocks! And then, what if these were set... Attic Windows style? Like this:Wouldn't these combine to make the lovliest table runners? Quiltkeemosabe is laughing at me now, I just know it; this is exactly the sort of thing that she LOVES to do (and I always said I wouldn't). I'm getting to the point where there's almost nothing too small to use! Oh, no. This could on forever... I have Bonnie of Quiltville to thank (blame) for this. After reading her crumb tutorial I'll never look at my trimmings and snippets the same way again. Bonnie is one of the most productive quilters out there, read through her website if you don't believe me. Hey, Bonnie-when are you going to market your own line of vitamins? I'll order a years' worth.

These projects will be set aside for awhile as Santa's Workshop for home-created gifts officially opens tomorrow. As attention turns to December and a change of seasons I will share with you what IS in my studio come the advent of cold weather. Awakening Hands lotion and Stash Lemon Blossom tea! One soothes dry, chapped hands and the other your soul. You'll notice that the tea bag pouch is crinkled and empty. I just finished my last one and will need to make a trip to a neighboring community to buy the tea there, in the bread thrift store. Don't ask. Sometimes the best things are found in the most unlikely places. The hand lotion? I pick that up where they sell wild birdseed!
Life is Good!

14 comments:

Bonnie said...

Oh cool! It really does look like stained glass! I love the crumb blocks too. Attic windows would be a great setting...as to the question...about the vitamins? My energy is about as empty as your tea pouch today....and I'm out of dr pepper!

Bonnie

Libby said...

A beauty . . . one of my favorite things is to look at a quilt or block with the light shining through - like a stained glass window, it just becomes magical *s*

Sheila said...

Beautiful quilting, I love the colours.
Isn't Stash tea great, have you tried the Christmas Eve one...delicious..
Hugs
xx

paula, the quilter said...

I thought you actually put black "leading" in there when I first saw the pic. Beautiful. My all-time favorite tea: Twinnings Earl Gray and decaf Earl Gray.

Ancestor Collector said...

Being the true English girl I am, only Twinnings English Breakfast tea for me. Or sometimes, when I want a whole pot, Upton loose tea in Assam or English Breakfast. So soothing.

Your star is just gorgeous! I also thought you had added the "lead" around the "glass" until I realized I was looking at the wrong-side. Very cool.

Today, Mandy sent me a photo of a quilt done to look like an old card catalog from someone's blog. It's very clever. I hope she decides to make it. Sorry, I can't make the link "clickable", but here it is: http://feeddog.blogspot.com/2007/02/quilt-update-card-catalog-and-assembly.html

Laurie Ann said...

Sometimes (well, most times) I can't wait to finish up my main projects so I can have fun with all the scraps that are left over! :) Those crumb blocks are great and I think that setting will be dead on.

Karen Dianne Lee said...

Well I'll be darned if you aren't doing the coolest things! I love all the recommendations, too.

quiltkeemosabe said...

I wish I had checked your blog earlier so I could have laughed all day!!! Actually I am now the one who is beginning to throw out the small pieces that you used to laugh at me for saving. Just because I have gotten totally overwhelmed. Maybe you would like to come look through my waste basket now??? Both projects look great however and I can't wait to see the crumbs in the window project take off. Good job!!!!

Faith said...

I love what you are doing with the scraps and the effect with the light coming through the patches while you took the photos, one idea certainly leads onto another, what a great idea about the crumbs little pieces, they remind me of crazy patchwork pieces great ideas!!

Shelina said...

I really love the stained glass effect on your star. Yeah after reading Bonnie's website, I too have had even more trouble than before with throwing away scraps. I will follow her advice and cut them up to store and/or use them one of these days.

atet said...

Oh -- those crumbs look like fun. Something else on my list, but like you Santa's workshop is officially open and I can't even THINK about anything else!

Quilting Journey said...

Prettiest 'stained glass window' that I've seen in a long time. Light makes everything magical and so does all of the love you put into your quilting!

gwen said...

The look-alike stained glass block would look great at my windows (to cover the not so cleaned panes!). I am sure the crumb blocks will look nice in Attic windows.
I love green tea (organic) and I HAVE to have a mug a day of it in the morning. Since 2 or 3 years I have started drinking herbal tea in the afternoon and I must say I developped a liking for it too.
Take care.

Quilt Memories said...

Absolutely Beautiful, but between you and Quiltkeemosabie, I can NOT keep up,actually I don't try!!!! I now too, am keeping all my scraps, but don't tell Quiltkeemosabie or Quilt Teacher or Kathy B. as I have said (repeatedly) I wouldn't even think of doing THAT!!!!!!!!!
What an influence all of you are!!