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Friday, October 14, 2011

Straight lines....

Several people commented on how straight my  quilting lines are one this quilt.  I wish it was true but in reality they are a little wobbly.  I took this photo in the morning and finished the quilting in the evening.
You can see in this photo that they aren't all perfectly straight nor are they evenly spaced from the previous line.  I think I read that someone called this organic quilting, definitely done by a human being and not a computer.
I worked some more on my fabric shelves.  When I got to the top boxes I remembered why I kept my fabric in boxes.  The ceiling isn't finished except in one 15' x 30' area.  This shelf unit was in the unfinished area and the tops of the boxes were covered with dirt that sifts down between the floor boards above.  I moved the shelf unit to the area with the ceiling.  I had to unload it because the top of it hit the beam and I had to tip it at an angle to get it under the beam.  Now that was a lot of fun!! This thing is heavy!  When I got it moved I refilled the shelves.  The boxes on top have scraps sorted by color.  I decided on boxes for the bottom shelf since that is where most of the spiders will enter.  I put heavyweight clear plastic on the back of the shelf unit.  This is all of my kid type, novelty and bright fabrics, reds, and black and white batiks.
I was looking for these millennium fabrics when my art quilters were here last month and I couldn't find them.  I never did make a millennium quilt.  I guess anyone who was born in 2000 might like a quilt made of them.

26 comments:

Impera_Magna said...

I love your "organic" quilting... all of mine is "organic" as well!

:)

You have been working hard with your fabrics... love your millennium prints... they would be good in a scrappy quilt.

Jackie said...

Your fabric is so neatly stored! Makes me want to go through mine and redo. I love the metal shelving. Where did you find it?

Mary said...

I like your organic quilting. Do you have a tip on how not to drift to one direction or another?

Connie said...

Organic quilting is a perfect style, beautiful quilt! I remember you doing a gentle curve on some seams instead of sewing in the ditch and it looks so neat that I couldn't wait to try it.

I think you really love red fabrics or at least do on this shelf. I see your black/white prints too! Where I used to live my shelves of fabric were in the basement and I had the same problem with the unfinished ceiling and also the wall. I put up a heavy clear plastic behind the shelve to help.

Linda at Roscoe's Ma said...

I really like your organic lines. It's lovely. Your organizing project is killing me. I want to organize my stash too! It's a lot of work, but you are going to love it in the end.

Sewing Junkie said...

This way you can see what you have. Lots of work, but you can see at a glance what you have. Chris

Alicia said...

Wow! I am having some fabric envy. Love the organic quilting.

Frieda said...

Now you can come to my house and clean and sort all my fabric. :)

Dana Gaffney said...

Nice word Organic. I really do think it adds a nice dimension to the quilting making it much more interesting than evenly spaced straight lines.

patty a. said...

The quilting looks great. It has more soul since it is not in perfect rows. The fabric on the shelves looks great! I know how much work it is and how heavy fabric can be since I just move all my fabric out of one room to another so I could paint. It is nice to get everything organized. Love the 2000 fabrics. I made a millennium quilt but I did not put any 2000 fabric in mine. You could still make a millennium quilt. I didn't get mine done until I think 2010!

Quiet Quilter said...

Thanks for sharing your organic quilting..aren't metal shelves fun to move? I'm always looking up watching out for fans, beams, etc.

Cheryl Arkison said...

In my case I refer to organic quilting as "too lazy to mark". But I wouldn't tell that to anyone else!

You've also reminded my of the Y2K quilt I collected charms for, but never finished. In a box somewhere I have 2000 2.5'' squares...

karenfae said...

the wobbly lines add "character" :) it is nice to be human and not a computer LOL I love how colorful your stash collection is and how pretty it looks on the shelves - it is nice to see what we have out in the open I think. I was just telling Mike that even though I love hand quilting and the look of it that I will have to start using my machine for more straight line quilting so that I can use up some of the small-medium size stash that I do have or I will never use it all.
Karen
http://karensquilting.com/blog/

Janet said...

I love the look of your straight line organic quilting. Do you ever have a problem with the quilt distorting when doing this quilting? I have had distortion even with careful basting.
Your shelving looks wonderful!

Needled Mom said...

The organic quilting is really attractive.

The organization looks fabulous. I'd love to shop in your stash.

Quiltdivajulie said...

1. I love organic quilting!!

2. Your freshly re-shelved fabrics are a treasure trove . . . what gorgeous eye candy!

Melinda said...

I have a granddaughter who was born in 2000. It would be a great idea to make a quilt using some of these type of fabrics.

O'Quilts said...

Well..I think that the quilting is great. Once I put a quilt into a show with wonky channel quilting that was done on purpose and the judge commented for me to watch my quilting(: Also love your shelves...so inspiring!

Anonymous said...

You silly girl... you are too critical of your work. Those lines look perfect to me !

And OMG your fabric 'store' looks AMAZING ! I am so jealous of your wonderful array of fabrics. And your color arrangement .

Don't worry about spiders. Just put some of those flat sticky traps around, they are wonderful. You will be amazed at how many you catch. I have a couple on the floor of my workroom and I have a couple above my 'drop ceiling'. I too have my workroom in the basement and no more spiders.

J~MT

Sheila said...

Love the modern look of you organic quilting on this project.
Did you use a walking foot on your sewing machine? If so, did you try to reverse the direction you sewed every other quilting line? Example ... top to bottom, then bottom to top, then top to bottom?
I try do this piecing strips so I won't have a 'warped' result.
Just curious, would like to give this quilting method a try :D

Anonymous said...

I thought I had a lot of fabric! Holy cow, I don't even come close to your stash!!!
Love it all. I just caught up to today. I've been getting behind in my reading of your blog.
Loved all of your quilts you've been working on. The cross one is a beauty!
You get so much done, it's simply amazing!
Thanks for inspiring me!

Kay in Kansas

Muddling Through said...

Now THAT is a stash you can do some shopping in when you need a certain fabric! And isn't it great to have it all right there. You'll be able to find things a lot easier now, that's for sure.

Ali Honey said...

I love the quilting. ( I could even do that so am going to steal your idea. Please? )
I can't get over how much fabric you American ladies have! It costs so much here we keep only a fraction of the amount you ladies have. Looking at those shelves and the colour just makes me happy.

Barbara Strobel Lardon said...

Love love organic quilting. I think it adds something to the piece.

What an amazing job you did with all your fabulous fabric! I have mine in plastic boxes so I will stay tuned to see if you like this or not before I attempt it. I used to have mine that way but it did not take long before it was all messy from pulling fabrics out and putting them back.

I quilt for fun said...

stash envy -- not proud of it...but there you have it.

jan

Mary said...

I love the straight line quilting, and I love the name 'organic quilting.' I will be using that term, too.

I think you will br very pleased getting y our fabrics out in the open so you can see them.