Monday, September 27, 2021

Looking at things differently...


We’ve been here for almost a month.  And we have been very slow to hang - or rehang - what we had in LaGrange.  We’re moving slow.  And I think about each piece I have and whether or where I want it hung.  What I know for sure I need some kind of design wall - for now I have hung a piece of batting (see below).  But I knew for sure I wanted to rehang these three pieces.  Brenda aka @2louises made the Red Cross wall hanging in a Chicago and Ann Arbor guild swap.  I love it for its colors, simplicity, and the sentiment.  This corner, a tribute to Double Plus Good, a quilt @rossiecrafts did years ago, is a reminder to do good.

With that in mind, getting back to purse making is important.  But I don’t have the floor space I had before, and I’m a visual sewer.  This tacked piece of batting holds the parts for 4 purses with the flaps coming from pieces that were experiments in techniques.  

I also came across quilted jackets I enjoyed making and wearing.  But I haven’t worn them in years.  I thought about turning them into purses.  Instead, I made some oversized zip pouches.  Below are the purses I've been working on...
This purse has a denim component paired with red and gold glittery fabric.  Because why not?

Because the flaps are scrappy, I found some neat reds for the underflaps.

This flap was leftovers from something.?

Here you can see the kimono experiment.  The red and black were experiments in a feather technique and the stripes are leftover from a grandson's quilt.

I tried something different and put a back pocket on the denim-body purse , using a pretty special glittery fabric.

Slowly a normal life rhythm is resuming.  And we are very happy.  Now, if the La Grange house would just sell…

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

And the adventures continue in a new studio!


We have been in our new Oak Brook condo for a week now and are fairly organized.  I actually was able to resume sewing.  While I’m still working on things like lighting and organization, I am very happy with my new space!  I have found all of my important stuff although I’m still looking for homes for some of these things.  

When I needed to photograph quilts, I would pin them on my design wall.  I don’t have a design wall, yet.  But i do have a terrific balcony with John willing to hold the quilt in a pose. (And he’s getting quite adept at hiding his fingers!)  This quilt is for my nephew Nathan who is marrying Clarissa in October.  The wedding is in central Indiana with a lot of unvaccinated people.  So I will send this quilt and hope our absence is forgiven.  My machines are in front of windows that overlook trees.  And today was one of those perfect days with the windows wide open and the air fresh and clear .  I think there are going to be some terrific adventures here!