I have spent the last two days helping clean out my LQS, which has officially closed it’s doors. It had been in operation for 18 years, and was my go-to spot for picking up quilting threads, even if I didn’t buy too much else there. It is a sad day, but we do have another few shops in town, so I am still well served for quilting fabric, in the unlikely event that my stash should run low.
When not taking apart furniture and generally straining muscles in my arms and back, I have been getting prepared for the Gypsy Wife QAL.
For me, this has in part consisted of getting rid of my scraps, or “The Ghosts of Projects Past”. I am slightly embarrassed by the heap of scraps currently piled up in the garage. I had previously assumed I would use my scraps, and kept every last little piece. But they were accumulating everywhere, and after deciding they were a major contributor to my growing discontent with my projects, I decided they had to go.
My scraps are piled up with the donations from the LQS, which Daughter#1 and I are transporting to the Arts Recycling Centre.
I’d like to say I have a nice clean Quilt Room now, ready to launch into the QAL, but I don’t. Maybe tomorrow, after I have chased the spiders out, and vacuumed the floor. But it’s certainly looking better.
My plan for the quilt is to diverge from the pattern a little. Having (mostly) completed two Gypsy Wife quilts already, I want to replace some of the larger blocks with alternatives. Even if I only substitute out half a dozen blocks, it will be enough to give it a different vibe from my earlier efforts. I really want an alternative to the pinwheel blocks too, since I have developed a strong dislike to creating them.
I must admit I started early, and have already sewn a few blocks. I’m still trying to make up my mind about the strips running through the quilt though. I am used to sewing the sections together at the end, once my fabric choices for all the blocks have been made. I have been cruising fabric shops online, and quite like the idea of using more Art Gallery fabrics for the strips.
More browsing is required.
Linking up with Hydeeann at SplishSplashStash.