Whew! It's been an other whirlwind few days with lots of quilty goings on. We had the SOQS Volunteer Appreciation Party, which is always fun. I got a very nice thank you package with wine, a gift certificate and a stack of fabric. Sarah gave me some of the coffee in her package, so I got that too. On Thursday was the SAQA meeting, my knitting group and my book club in the evening.
At the same time, I managed to finish the piecing and get this scrappy quilt machine quilted. Below are some close ups. This quilt includes all sorts of scraps from older novelty prints to Kaffe Fassett. This will be donated to my guild's community quilt program.
I am still working to clean up the studio so that I can start fresh in September. It'll be like going back to school and I'll be concentrating in some areas that I'll share later. Even as I finished this one, I knew I had enough scraps for a bunch more of these community quilts. I also knew that it was really starting to drain my energy to work on things that aren't furthering me as an artist. I have only so much time in the next 6 weeks to get things under control and I have some trips coming up and so forth.
So, even though I love scraps I just realized last night that I can actually sell/giveaway some scraps and life will go on. Why is it that it took me so long to accept that? Anyway, three bins later and I'm making progress. I decided that it would be better to sort them. Some scraps are not usable except for those dedicated to small pieces and skinny strips. The rest was sorted into color piles. I will be selling these at the Mt. Bachelor Quilters' Guild show on August 16. I have also raided my magazine piles and book shelves, cleaned out several drawers of ancient projects and old notions, etc. Things are looking up!
PS. Thank you to those who commented on the previous blog post. There is still time to get in on the giveaway! If you want to be in on it, please see the end of the previous post and comment there: SOQS 2014 :: SCRAPS (AKA ODDS AND ENDS)