Monday, August 3, 2015

Just Had to Do It

There has been so much going on here.  More jam, peach this time, more varnishing, more gardening.  The latest blow to my time is that we have one more room to panel in the house and that is our bedroom.  My "office" is a tiny nook in one corner and I had to completely dismantle it as part of the renovation.  This meant that DH had to move his stuff out of his office so I could set up my computer there.  He uses a laptop and doesn't need the desk temporarily.  You can't even imagine the mess the house is in.  My sewing room was commandeered for some displaced items, the rest are all over the living room, and I gave up sewing for a week.  At least my piano is clear so I can play a little to relieve the tension.

Well friends, that can only last so long before my sewing gene refuses to settle.  I just had to do it.  I went into the black hole (usually called a sewing room), straightened things out by finding a better arrangement for uninvited items, and sat down to sew.  Oh the joy.  I started out with orange pebbles under my fires and then proceeded with black pebbles and McTavishing, continuing to fill the background, which still has a lot of fullness.  It is working well capturing and taming that excess fabric so my time went really fast.  I feel refreshed.
Pebbles under the fire.
I did orange pebbles under the fire, thinking of hot coals.  They show up more in this photo than on the actual quilt, but there is still an orange coloration that is different from the black quilting in the rest of the background.  It grounds the fire, or so I tell myself.  Anyhow I like it.  None of the black thread quilting has been done in this photo.

TIP:  When you are busy take time sew even if it is for a short time.  If you truly love it you will come away refreshed and ready to take on the world, knowing you have accomplished something.

Sew a happy seam this week.



  1. Great to see your pebbling. It is something I really want to do, and I was trying it out on a test piece the last couple of days. Doesn't look as neat as yours, but I'm guessing you have some experience! The thread-painting of the fire looks amazing - the color gradation is perfect!

    1. Thank you for your kind words. I found pebbles very difficult at first and thought I would never learn to do them. It takes practice, but when you conquer them you will find that you can do almost anything else with tight curves. It is surprising how imperfect they can be and still look nice. It is liberating! Keep at it.

  2. The fire with the pebbles under it looks amazing!

    I too find that if I go too long without sewing... either by machine or hand, that I just have to take the time to sit down and work on something.

  3. It's true, even a short spell of sewing refreshes the spirit!