Where’s My Stuff?

I’ve semi-rearranged the sewing room to make room for the new quilting machine and in the process I’ve managed to misplace most everything – I can’t find my stuff.

I use the word rearranged very loosely.  It was more of a case of “shove this cart over into a corner, and this table over there.  Then stack a few things on top of whatever was most recently moved.  Okay, put a few more things on top of that tower of fabric, it shouldn’t topple over.  Oh yeah, and push this out of the way, too.”  The sewing room has reached critical mass, and I can’t find one thing in all of the chaos.

I could start cleaning this evening, but I think I’ll pull a Scarlett O’Hara – I’ll think about it tomorrow, meanwhile ignoring the mess while I sip on an adult beverage while I sit in front of the biggest time waster of all, my computer.

I’m still hanging with Bonnie Hunter and have spent the weekend hunkered down with Segment Two of the Celtic Solstice Mystery Quilt.  Thank goodness that I’m only making the small quilt which measures 75″ or 190.5 cm square.  The fact that I don’t own a king-sized bed had a lot to do with my decision, in this case size does matter.

If I had opted for the large quilt, I would have needed to cut a total of 1,464 fabric patches to make 244 chevron units.  As it is, I cut 600 patches to make a grand total of 100 chevron units.  Each chevron measures 3.5″ or 8.89 cm unfinished.  Ten more chevron units and I can color this segment complete.

butterscotch yellowI had a last minute change of heart over the yellows.  When shopping my stash for this project, I pulled every piece of caramel colored fabric that I owned.  But within the last few weeks, I’ve been gifted with a number of bags and boxes of fabric and with the occasional surprise of quilting related buried treasure.  (Note: if I could find my stuff, I’d show you).  While burrowing through one particular bag – or maybe it was a box – I found a scrap of yellow fabric that made me think of butterscotch the minute I saw it.  “Too bad,” I thought, “that there’s so little of this fabric.”  I smoothed it out, and set it aside while I delved deeper into the bag (or box).  Soon after, I shouted “Eureka!” while hauling out several yards of the same fabric.

Selecting greens is easy – all greens live together in nature.  Blues can be a bit tricky, and in my world, so can reds, and oranges, and yellow.  So I chucked all of the caramel colored yellows in favor of the lighter, and in my humble opinion, happier butterscotch yellows.

Bonnie Hunter Celtic Solstice

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18 thoughts on “Where’s My Stuff?

    1. Jo Post author

      Very prettily put. I’m happy to hear that others agree with what I was seeing when I decided to work with these particular yellows. Thanks for stopping by and for the comment Rhoda.

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  1. Susan

    I agree, love the butterscotch tones of yellow…. as for losing “stuff”, happens all the time ….usually takes about 6 mad rounds of hunting and digging for me. Then I find it right under my nose where I looked 3 times for it. good luck with all your rearranging and you Bonnie Hunter project. Everybody but everybody I know is making it….. I am resisting the temptation…… too many projects on the fire. Merry Christmas JO!

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    1. Jo Post author

      Susan – What’s one more quilting project? It’s never stopped me before, at least not until January. That’s when I put a ban on cutting new quilts until I get the previous year’s quilt tops finished… or at least that’s what I keep telling myself. And Merry Christmas back at ya Stitchin’ Witch!

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    1. Jo Post author

      Thanks djc! It would be great if you’d come help me organize, but I think that this is the worst state the sewing room has ever been in. I should be embarrassed, but it’s so far beyond that point… true chaos. You should come up soon and get some time in on the HQ though.

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  2. mosaicthinking

    “600 patches to make a grand total of 100 chevron units.” I doff my cap to you. That kind of work flow makes me feel more like a sweat shop worker than an artist. I just can’t do it. I’m sure the result will make all the effort worthwhile.

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    1. Jo Post author

      It’s not how I normally work, but it is fun to participate in this once a year mystery project of Bonnie’s. I think that it’s more about the community and camaraderie than the workflow. Intense? Definitely. Loads of fun? Absolutely.

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  3. Karen Pelletier

    how did you get the Button from Bonnie’s page on here? The little green teddy bear. I have been trying on my blog, (I am new at this) and I can’t get it to show the picture. It just shows Quiltville.com

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    1. Jo Post author

      I cheated!  WordPress doesn’t much like “foreign” code for widgets.  I did a work-around by copying Bonnie’s photo, then adding it to a WordPress image widget along with the URL link.

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    1. Jo Post author

      Letting yourself go completely scrappy can be very liberating. Plus… I think that having many of the fabrics from my stash in one package is as satisfying as it was collecting them in the first place. Thanks for stopping by my blog, and for taking the time to comment, Jackie!

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  4. Vireya

    I think your blocks look lovely!
    I’m making the smaller size, too. I’m not sure I’ll have 100 of these by the end of the week, but 244 would be mind-boggling.
    Thanks for visiting and commenting on my blog.

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    1. Jo Post author

      Mind boggling, indeed! Thanks so much for stopping by, Vireya, and I’m looking forward to seeing more of your progress on the Celtic Solstice in the weeks to come.

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