Tuesday, 3 February 2015

WIPs, UFOs, PhDs

So it seems a bit late to be posting about New Year resolutions but at the start of this year after having a busy and frankly quite frantic 2014 taking part in an exhibition, a talk for Worcester Embroiderers' Guild, an art trail, two day artist residency in Ikon shop, and completing two commissioned quilts I promised myself that I would invest much more time to completing my own projects.  I have so many WIPs (works in progress), UFOs (unfinished objects) and PhDs (projects half-done) cluttering up my work space that I have decided this is the year to try to get them all finished and to clear up some valuable space. So in no particular order here are some of the ones I have earmarked for completion (and believe me this is just the tip of the iceberg - there are lots more lurking on shelves and hidden in boxes waiting to pounce and shout out "Why am I not finished and making your sofa or walls look nice?") 

So first up and one I have been wanting to make since buying the fabric in 2012 from Hole in the Wall in Walsall is to make my own bean bag. Lining is almost sewn together so I just need to fill it with the polybeads and then sew the outer. I am reliably informed by a friend that stuffing the bean bag with the poly beads can be a bit of a nightmare and recommends doing this part in someone else's house. Her mother-in-law is still picking up the beads years later.  I might try this outside but look out for snow storms in the Shirley area.

This bargain stash of fabric remnants is destined for a throw for my worn out sofa.  Cabbage Patch Fabrics is a country barn stuffed full of the most wonderful soft furnishings and quilting fabrics deep in the Scottish Borders countryside just south of Biggar, Lanarkshire on the A702 to Edinburgh.  A sign saying 'Fabric Sale' just happened to jump out in front of the car so I had to stop and take a look didn't I?  It would have been rude not to. 

I got the idea from seeing a lovely throw there which had been sewn together by a young boy student who works there just on Saturdays. I just love the combination of colours and fabrics above that he has put together.  I was really inspired then to make my own. One thing I do find though about throws is they are lovely thrown over a sofa until someone sits down.  I do tend to spend a lot of time straightening my throws and have been tempted sometimes to throw out the throws. 

Last year at the Festival of Quilts I could not resist buying some Liberty fabrics.  One of the stands was selling reasonably sized off cuts of Liberty Lawns for £1.00 each so I splashed out on a tenner's worth here.  It was like a rummage sale with several other ladies frantically trying to bag the best prints with only about ten minutes to go before the show closed. Panic buying of the finest order.  Amazingly, it transpired afterwards, was that one of the other lady rummagers who I had been fighting with for the best bargains was none other than famous fabric designer Amy Butler and who had spoken to me about hoping they took credit cards as she had quite a stash to buy. I have yet to decide exactly what to do with these beauties but I think they would make excellent patchwork cushions.  

My stash or (SABLE) Stash Acquisition Beyond Life Expectancy expands every year as I can never resist buying up the odd Fat Quarter or six.  I think there are several quilts in this little lot. You can never have too many fat quarters! 

This is my denim stash.  I have not thrown any jeans away for years. My long term plan was to completely recover my old sofa (instead of those annoying throws) with covers made out of jeans something like this one here:

A little too ambitious perhaps but I made this cushion a while ago and have a mind to cover an old  chair. 

More do-able than a sofa I think.

This is a quilted sampler made from scraps of fabric from a workshop I did a few years ago.  Think I am going to make it into a cushion with some other scraps to make the back.


And some old shirts I have been collecting for ages with a view to making curtains or a throw.
Plenty to keep me occupied till Easter then.

Happy stitching!

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