A Change in the Workflow

A good amount of my sewing stuff got put away yesterday, where it will stay for the next month or so.  I kept out the things I will need to finish the quilts I am working on. I also have a stack of pillowcases and some basic quilt blocks to work on, but any designing or spur-of-the moment projects will have to wait. 

[That felt rather like having my security blanket taken away. I am so used to having things out in the open where I can work on them as I have time, or play with an idea when inspiration strikes. I know I am luckier than a lot of people who share space and have to take things out and put things away every time they want to sew. I also know that if that were my situation, I'd probably sew a lot less. I will just suck it up and deal with it for a few weeks.]

The binding has been sewn onto the loopy quilt and just needs to be turned to the back and tacked down by hand. I basted the second Christmas gift quilt yesterday. I can start quilting that any time now (and should). I also basted that low-volume/low contrast quilt from a few months ago. I had everything ready to put it together and it seemed silly to put the pieces back into storage rather than assembling it. Slowly but surely, the backlog of quilt tops is getting dealt with. 

My cutting table is going to be the last thing to get put away. It's in DD#2's room and she won't be home for two weeks yet. It can stay where it is for the moment. I also need it available to process this:

Some of you may remember me talking about my friend Cathy, who died last March after a battle with kidney cancer. She was the executive director of The Nurturing Center, a non-profit in Kalispell that helps to support local families. After she died, the center asked our church ladies if we would make some simple cotton drawstring bags in Cathy's memory; they would be used to hold some simple items for new babies and given out to anyone who needed one. Cathy was partial to ladybugs, so we made the first batch out of ladybug fabric. I did all the cutting and other women sewed the bags. 

A few weeks ago, my friend Twila—Cathy's sister-in-law—came to church and said we had been asked by the center if we would be willing to make another batch of bags. Apparently, the bags had been a huge hit and had been showing up in schools and daycares all over town as they got repurposed by older children in some of the familes who had received them. The answer was an enthusiastic "Yes, of course!" This is the bag of fabric I brought home yesterday. There are probably three bolts of fabric in there, some with ladybugs and some with cats. I'll work on getting this fabric cut here and there. Twila said I didn't need to cut all of it at once, but cutting fabric is actually rather relaxing. We're all missing Cathy, especially at this time of year. It's nice to have a reminder of her. 

[The sewist in me cannot help but notice that the tote bag that contains the fabric in the picture, above, is of really nice design and construction. I may have to reverse engineer something like it before I return it to The Nurturing Center.]

One really positive side effect of having DD#1 home and helping me to put sewing stuff away is that several closets are getting cleaned out and stuff organized to donate to the thrift stores. 

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