State of the Sewing Room - February 2022





How have I never had a quilt cupboard?  You know those inviting looking wardrobe/armoires you see with one door hanging open and stacks of quilts inside?  This cupboard is not deep enough, I realize, but it's a start!  A quilt maker should definitely have one of those, right?  I think I've been pretty ruthless with selling or giving away most of my quilts.  I've always felt like why would I keep them if I didn't need them.  Almost like the act of letting them go freed me up to make more.  Some have been a bit painful to part with, but for the most part, it was a good feeling to think I wasn't attached to them... now I wish I had kept a few more!  So that might change in the future.  I think it wouldn't hurt to have a few more hanging around.  I can still give them away if the moment presents itself, but at least I have the option!



And then this quilt! It was such a happy accident that I immersed myself in this week!   I happened to open my UFO drawer, which I do occasionally, just to see if I have any urge to work with anything in there.  Because of the way I quilt, there are never entire unfinished quilts in there.  I never cut out an entire quilt ahead of time.  I usually try making a few blocks to see how I like it, and then sometimes I'm just not feeling it, or something more exciting comes up.  But I've made a few blocks and can't just throw them away, so they go in this drawer.  And of course after a year I have no desire to finish them exactly as I had thought, so they're pretty hard to work with.

This time tho, inspiration struck!

Starting with the orange and blue/purple triangle blocks... this is a block from Cultural Fusion Quilts.  I love the lively look these blocks have, they're quite improv and the only reason I quit with them was because the color palette I started with overwhelmed me.  It was just looking too bright and crazy for me.  But this time I looked at them and thought they looked like a sunset.  And then I had a couple of these free form house blocks and I thought, 'I could make a scenic quilt with these together!'

And then those log cabins in green and browns would make the perfect ground beneath the houses!!

And those blue stars can fit in the sky.  I mean, stars can always fit in somewhere!

And then everything else just kind of mashed together...I tried to only use fabrics that had been partial blocks in that drawer and not add other fabrics.  I did have to add a few strips to make everything fit.

I love this quilt now though!  I think I'll add a row of blocks on the top to make it rectangular since I'm not a fan of square quilts.  I'll have to make them from scratch though because the drawer is about empty!  

Just one Gwen Marston inspired medallion quilt that I'll finish soon and show you...







39 comments

  1. Hi,
    I'm just about to make a design wall and I was wondering if you used batting or flannel for yours?

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    1. Just sharing my opinion on this one: I found batting did not hold my pieces well enough--they'd fall within an hour or so, esp if there was any sort of breeze from an open window. I now have the specific design wall fabric (prepackaged) and it does wonderfully. Pieces, blocks, even rows stay up indefinitely.

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  2. I too only recently go a quilt cupboard. Actually my husband found it on the side of the road. It is quite old but has been well looked after and is hand made. It has so much character and I love it. I still have quilts out to use but now I can have them on rotation and know they have their own special cupboard to live in when they are"resting". Thanks for sharing, I get very excited when I see you have a new post. Nicole - Australia.

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  3. I LOVE your quilt! It brings images of early dusk in an alpine village with tall mountains behind, stars in the sky and houses nestled below.

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  4. Wow it is wonderful how you were able to take orphan blocks and make such a coherent quilt. This is beautiful.

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  5. I have been looking for a quilt cabinet too ! Found one everal years ago and didnt get it . Could kick myself it was really a glass chest to store quilts. Your quilt is gorgeous ! Like,"Wins awards gorgeous" !!!!

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  6. Your quilt cupboard is gorgeous. I, too, always admire those cupboards in quilt book photos so I can understand your excitement at acquiring one! Love your Orphan quilt - such a clever way to put together so many different blocks to make a cohesive quilt. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. Congratulations on your new quilt cupboard!! It looks like you had a lot of fun with that Orphan Block quilt. Happy finishing!

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  8. Quilt cupboards are great, but I don't have space for one. I have to admire everyone else's, and I am okay with that. I love, love, love what you did with the Parts Department! Your quilt looks terrific! :)

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  9. Loving your quilt cupboard - yes, you definitely need to keep some more quilts! I find it very hard to let them go but use nearly all mine (in rotation). Such a great way to combine your different blocks - it looks so good!

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  10. Beautiful quilt cupboard, and I love the quilt - so clever!

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  11. Love how interesting and amazing this quilt is!

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  12. I am assuming you've never had a quilt cupboard for the same reason I don't have one--trying to find one is impossible!?! I just keep thinking the right one will appear I guess. I'm a little jealous over here. Instead of just keeping my eyes open maybe I'll start being more active on this one again. Yours looks like it was all kinds of fun to fill!

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