The State of My Sewing Table

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Since returning home, a new project has emerged, while others simmer on the back burners.  I came back with remnants of curtain cottons, and the desire to use them.  Fortunately, my husband was amiable, so off to the fabric store I went, bringing home a few yards of brightly coloured quilting textiles to bolster the mix.

Now, it wasn’t that I needed more to sew; the Former Roomie quilt is screaming at the top of its lungs, while the Birthday Quilt quietly hums in the closet, not to mention Scrappy’s Big Sister, loitering on the quilt wall.  Now I fully understand how established quilters end up with several projects going at once, sort of how I used to balance more than a few novels all at the same time.

Rag Quilt squares are to the left, while the Former Roomie quilt is topped by the already cut binding stripes, with the stack of backing fabrics alongside.

Rag Quilt squares are to the left, while the Former Roomie quilt is topped by the already cut binding strips, with the stack of backing fabrics alongside.

And speaking of novels, I’ve reached chapter (ahem) 72 out of 75 in The Hawk, which means that soon enough I’ll start reading it again, this time with revisions taking place.  And yes, I will definitely squeeze that noveling work into the schedule (sorry quilts!), because I don’t want that book to fall away, lost in a pile of cotton scraps.

But in the meantime, there are quilts, and the latest to muscle its way onto the scene is what I’m calling the Pre-Washed comforter.  This is the first time I’ve used pre-washed fabrics in a quilt, and the only difference I’ve noticed, since starting to piece rows, is that the fabrics aren’t as slick as unwashed cottons.  They feel thicker, but not as when starch is used.  In fact, while a can of starch sits on my table, I didn’t employ it in this venture.  I’m not sure if I like starch, I mean, it makes thin fabrics not so malleable, but it also makes fabric feel…  Weird.  Or maybe it’s me.  Anyway, for now the starch is just taking up space on the table, which currently is at a premium.

Pre-Washed squares, binding strips, and four pieced rows; this quilt came outta left field, apropos for all the baseball we've been watching.

Pre-Washed squares, binding strips, and four pieced rows; this quilt came outta left field, apropos for all the baseball we’ve been watching.

I’ve got the Former Roomie quilt battling with another stack of similarly bright floral patterns, both locked in a fight for supremacy, while the Rag Quilt stack is waiting for me to cut to size the remnants of the Pre-Washed leftovers.  I was going to cut them the same 6″ squares as the Rag Quilt, but uh, I sorta forgot, and cut them 6.5″.  Where my mind is, I’m not exactly sure.  Probably in the state of my sewing table, which is right here in this room, but sometimes it feels miles away.

This stack is from leftovers of the Roomie quilt and the Pre-Washed squares; not sure how they'll come together, but in another fifty or so squares accumulated, I'll find out!

This stack is from leftovers of the Roomie quilt and the Pre-Washed squares (with a few stragglers from the Summer Duvet); not sure how they’ll come together, but in another fifty or so squares accumulated, I’ll find out!

When I’m piecing quilts, I’m in another place, much like when I write novels.  The only difference?  Well so far, there seems to be no starch in my books anywhere.

Although, maybe there won’t be all that much starch in my quilting efforts either…

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