Modern Sewciety and an extra hour.

First, it was such a pleasure being on Modern Sewciety this week. You can find the Podcast here. carolyn podccast art

Stephanie was easy to chat with, and I really hope to get a chance to catch up with her one of these days since she’s a Florida girl as well.

 

While we were chatting she asked what I work on when I’ve got an extra hour, which got me thinking. What I realized is that some of my favorite projects are those that I can slip into extra pockets of time. That point was well proven this weekend when I had a couple extra hours and found myself making up some Shirts.

 

shirts quilt blocks_carolyn friedlander

This pattern lends itself well to that, and I’ve made it very easy to do so. I keep a box specifically for these guys with extra templates and fabric ready to go. Whenever I’ve got some extra time, all I have to do is pull it out and start sewing. Many times a little bit of this does a whole lot of good.

shirts quilt box_carolyn friedlander

 

Other “extra hour” projects include…

 

+ Any slow sewing and definitely endless amounts of Alturas blocks

 

+ the Single Girl

 

+ Green Tea and Sweet Beans

 

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+ Candy Coated

 

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+ And then there are always future projects to plan for when the mood strikes…

 

project planning_carolyn friedlander

This pile sat on my floor for an embarrassing long time while I was finishing up the projects for my book. The pull is now taking shape as another extra hour project from one of the patterns in my new book. Maybe it’s strange, but this was the first thing I wanted to dive into after finishing all the book projects.

That’s probably a good thing.

 

What’s your favorite project for filling pockets of time?

 

blue shirt quilt block_carolyn friedlander

 

hello new year!

I’m feeling quite refreshed after taking a break. I had my computer turned off for at least a solid week, which is nothing short of a miracle. I did sneak a moment here and there on my ipad, but overall my effort to disconnect was successful, and my chi feels good.

 

While unplugged, my biggest goal was probably not to obsess over my schedule, making lists, or filling every moment with something productive. Aside from a couple of personal projects in mind, I just wanted to let go and enjoy. Some highlights were getting lost in good reading, knitting on a project that had gone totally dormant, spending time with family and friends, baking, sewing, and even getting lost in a 24 marathon. It’s been good.

 

Cue the visuals.

 

Shrug update: She’s being blocked, which means I’m closing in on the finish line. It’s always amazing to me how much lace opens up when blocked–a good reminder since I’m always tempted to skip this step. (Try to ignore the heinous pink towel and shoddy blocking system.)

 

blocked shrug

 

Single girl‘s got some new additions. It’s fun being able to work in some architextures.

 

 

single girl rings

I’ve been page-turning to Kaffe Fassett, vegan ultramarathoning, and industrialized fashion (not pictured). All very enjoyable.

 

reading book pile

 

Craft-wise, I’ve got a stack of flagged pages and projects from some recent acquisitions. (Apparently I’ve got a Japanese obsession going on. What can I say?)

 

craft book pile

 

And I’ve even gotten a start on a tunic from the Stylish Dress book (on top). I need to work out a few alterations, so it’s gonna hang for a bit while I ponder on that. The tea calendar was something I picked up at Quilt Market from Spoonflower. All it needed was some architextures binding to finish it off, which miraculously felt like the thing to do one afternoon.

 

tunic in the making

 

So, lesson learned that breaks are good. I’m feeling pumped to start a new year off with some energy and excitement for whatever it may bring. I’ve taken time to review the good stuff of 2012 and will continue to map out goals for 2013. I do love my goals.

 

Hope you are able to do some of the same. Happy New Year!

 

 

plugging back in.

quilts riding shotgun

quilts riding shotgun

It feels great to be back home, finally. My trip to Quilt Market was a wonderful adventure and only being able to work from an ipad was a great excuse to unplug a little bit, which I love. I continued my digital hiatus by spending the weekend unloading, unpacking, re-organizing, cleaning, and generally trying to get life back in order. I’m making progress. As a goal today, I’m facing the computer screen and my inbox, which doesn’t feel so bad since I’ve given myself some space from it. I kind of make these deals to myself. If I do this much of X, then I can do some of Y. Most recently Y is clothes sewing and the single girl. Remember this weekend project I started recently? I’ve finally got an update.

 

single girl update

 

Also, I have been getting ready for the follow-ups and the long list of thank-yous — more non-digital tasks that I enjoy. I’ve got a big stack of stamped stationery just waiting for the right sentiments.

 

art quilt stamped cards

 

Happy Memorial Day.

 

the single girl.

single girl by denyse schmidt

 

 

 

 

I LOVE this pattern and have for a very long time.

 

 

There’s a lot to love–the traditional reference, the Denyse flavor, the shout-out to the single girl…

 

and it also just looks cool.

 

 

 

 

 

 

SO, it was with great pleasure that I ran into it at a quilt shop recently, and I’m thrilled to get started. I’ve decided to bypass the tedious-ness of cutting out the 30+ different shaped pieces and am instead paper-piecing this bad boy. That way I can a) be lazy with the cutting b) pick fabric as I go (and on the fly, my fave), and c) jump into this project a whole lot faster than I would be able to otherwise. But to each his own in terms of technique.

 

 

single girl sewn rings

 

So here are my first ring-lets! My approach is the more the merrier in terms of color and print. Reproductions, kaffes, shirtings, and whatever else are all fair game. My hypothesis is that the single girl will allow for a lot of variety and still look cool so long as you pick a nice fabric for the background. We’ll see…

 

Right on Denyse.