Wednesday, August 29, 2012
I've been traveling with this paper pieced project using 1" hexagons -- enjoying it immensely -- can hardly stay away from it!! But it's not using much fabric.
So how to meet my 17.66666 yard per month goal?
I did it by giving away about 25 yards of fabric!!
It's likely that I won't notice a few yards are gone, but it's hard to let go of it just the same! I've been pulling pieces out of the stash over the past few months in colors I don't use any longer and stacking them in a corner of my studio. The original plan was to use those for backings but as I prepared to leave last week on a mission trip with a group from my church, I learned that the Red Bird Mission in Kentucky has a quilting group at their Senior Center. They make quilts and sell them to raise money to fund the center's programs. So the pile went into a bag and traveled down with me.
I also went through a box of unquilted tops with backings that have been haunting me since I closed the shop. They are the last shop models and pattern samples that I had not been able to let go. Five of them went with me. There are still 3 or 4 in the box -- the older they get, the easier it is to let go of them!
The ladies were pleased to have the donations and I spent a delightful hour with them. They showed me their work and we talked about fabric . . . . of course. I sat at the frame with them for a bit, but didn't have the courage to take up a needle and add a few stitches. Their frame is suspended from the ceiling and swings like a hammock -- I don't know how they were able to make a stitch without jabbing themselves as the entire frame moved to and fro.