Monday, January 6, 2014

Choosing What To Bring

We drive down to Key West each Winter. It's always a full car. Of course I need to bring Bailey and my sewing machine and definitely fabric. This year, there was also the Adirondack chairs I bought out in Amish country made of poly something or other. I chose a bright aqua for our small deck. I think they will look great, but they take up a lot of room in the car. Thankfully they fold and we do have an SUV.

Oh and there's the sewing table with a drop-in place for my sewing machine that I bought at Joann's during the Christmas sales. That will replace the 4ft table I have been using for the past 2 years. It should help my shoulders. So I am limited in the amount of fabric that I can bring.

I have had a drawing on my design wall for a couple of months. My goal is to make it out of Dupioni silk. Since I work intuitively, I am not sure which colors I will need. I am also teaching a couple if silk workshops in 2014, so I need to make a few more samples. The result of this planning is that I need to bring all of my silk. This is one overstuffed bin.

There is sewing and there is sewing. The silk sewing is brain intensive. It requires designing and choosing colors . This type of sewing can be work. There is LOTS of trial and error involved AND lots of pacing. Sometimes it works and sometimes no matter what I try it just doesn't look right. So I need a counterbalance.

The counterbalance is mindless sewing. This usually involves cotton scraps and some type of basic geometric block, using up fabric that I already have in my stash. I'm not sure yet which patterns I will use, but I brought the fabric to make 3 bed size quilts. I put this fabric in a nifty clear bag that you suck the air out of to compress it.

I threw in some zippers just in case I need to make some zippy pouches and graph paper and teaching paper just in case I have an idea I need to work on. I am so afraid of running out of sewing projects, as if this could possibly happen. And if it did, there's a nice little quilt shop just a few blocks away.
Well, I better start sewing, otherwise I will have all this fabric to bring home with me. At least there will be room in the car.





  1. It looks like you are all set and I bet you can't wait to get down to the warmer weather.


  2. Uh what about Don! You did not include him in that first paragraph missy!

  3. Like like your Adirondack chairs as well as their color. It's great that they fold! You have quit a load to take to Key West. You know, if you make it all into quilts, you will still have the same amount of fabric coming home but it will be much prettier!


Thanks for stopping by. I'd love to hear from you.