11 January 2021

A New Year - A New Post!

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I've been journalling for a while now. I've done it off and on since I was a teen.  In recent years, I mostly journaled my travels and came back from England the first time in 2012 with the idea that I needed to find a way to make journaling a part of my everyday life.  Working night shift with a  long commute on either side prevented me from doing that.  But since I "retired" in 2017, it has become a much more frequents pastime.  

I started off 2020 with a bullet journal.  I'd been watching lots of YouTube channels which produced lovely ones and I thought it might help me keep track of the many things I have going.  I made it through February 17 and then the detailed tracking of stuff stopped.  I'd made it too complicated and what I really wanted to do was write about my day.  

I visited my sister in March, and as I usually do, I started a trip journal, continuing on in the journal I'd been using since my trip to France, England, and the Netherlands in 2018.  I closed off each day with a few minutes to write about the things that had mattered in my day.  As the Pandemic lockdowns started, I began to keep it on a consistent basis and I find that it helps me sleep better at night.  I've "dumped" everything out onto the page and so my mind is at peace and rarely churns it all back up as I'm trying to fall asleep.

But I missed tracking a few things, and I wanted a place to keep my focus goals for the year and for each month in place.  And so, after watching dozens more YouTube videos on Bullet Journaling, I created my own hybrid.

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I gathered my supplies and got to work.  In truth, it took several days of thinking and making lists before I was actually ready to put it together.  And now that it's in use, I wish I'd allowed myself an extra page or two in the front section!  All my supplies fit in a small pencil case.  I only need the case at the beginning of the year and at the beginning of each month. 

I slid a large Moleskine ruled journal into the slipcover I crazy quilted a few years ago.  I keep my everyday journaling pen inside the journal.  

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Here is what is in the case.  
    Quick Clicker Mechanical Pencil
    Bic Atlantis Pen in black - my everyday journaling pen.  I really love these pens! 
    Sakura Micron Pens in black, sizes 01, 05, 08, PN (PN stands for Plastic Nib)
    Pitt Artist Pens with brush tip in #232-Cool Grey, and #272-Warm Grey
    Roll of double sided adhesive tape
    Elmer's Craft Bond Photo Stiks
    Art Gum eraser
    Tombow Mono Correction Tape
    Quilled Creations 6" roller with circle templates
    Tombow Fudeneskow pens in black, one soft tip and one firm tip
    Sakura Pen-Touch White fine point1.6 mm paint pen (Used to label the spine of my journal)
    Sakura Gelly Roll pen in white 0.4 medium line
    Zebra Mildliner in green.  
    Tombow ABt pens in #192, #158, #228, and #772
    Medium gator clip
I also wrote out a small card showing all the pens color and numbers so it's easier to find what I want. 

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Inside the cover, I put information on how to contact me in the event I lose my journal somewhere.  Then I put a calendar list of major holidays and family birthdays, anniversaries and such.  I have covered a few areas of information I don't want really public.  

For the Cover Page, I cut up one of my practice watercolor pieces.  On it's own, it wasn't much, but once I cut it to this shape, it looked fabulous!  I used the Tombow Fudenski pens to write the year as well as my focus verse for the year.  

If I were to choose a word for the year, it would be Trust.  I have a stubborn habit of not trusting in God and instead relying on my own inadequate resources.  This year, I have much that I need to accomplish and I know that it will only occur if I place my trust where it needs to be! 

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On the next page, I listed my primary or focus goals for the year.  I divided them up into categories and chose the ones out of much longer lists that were most important to me.  There are some big financial goals including paying off two debts this year and reducing a larger one by a significant proportion.  I also have a list of expenses that I need to eliminate.  Several of these involve a multitude of tasks in order to accomplish. 

For instance, getting rid of the storage locker involves getting rid of a lot of stuff, such as my beautiful Eastlake Bedroom set that dates back to the 1870s.  I love it, but I don't have space for it in my little home.  I need to figure out what to do with my Mom's years of detailed genealogy research and accompanying "family mementos".  There are boxes upon boxes of this stuff.  I have boxes of canning jars and canning equipment.  Suitcases - 7 at last count!  How many suitcases can one person use?  LOL!  There are boxes of seasonal decor (11 tubs covering all holidays), the enormous car top carrier that I use on long road trips and is also used by some of my kids, and then there are the bits and pieces of furniture and lamps that don't fit in my current space, the artificial Christmas tree, and on and on.  It's only 10'x10' but it sure does hold a lot!  My little home does not have a garage,  so I need to figure out where to store the stuff I'm keeping.  So, as you can see, there are lots of tasks to do in order to eliminate this expense!  

I've also included a tracker for the 3 debts I have, and a couple of other trackers just to keep me focused and help me see where I'm at with projects. 

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I love to read and I enjoy being able to look back at the end of the year and see what I've read.  I have a loose goal of reading one book a week.  I'm trying hard this year to decrease my time on social media, as I am finding it keeps me from being productive in the way that I would like.  To this end, I've deleted facebook from my phone and only look at it on the computer - usually when I'm done with my "work" for the day or if I need a quick break.  That allows me more time for reading as well, as I no longer have my nose in my phone all day!  I read 26 books last year.  One every two weeks roughly.  Hoping to see this improve!  

Then I have my Master List.  These are all the things I have listed at some point or another that need done.  I know they will NOT all happen this year, which is why I chose just a few to focus on.  But I wanted one spot with all the tasks broken down into their many parts, so I could go to it for reference if I needed.  And I can check off those smaller tasks as they are accomplished, and also use these lists for my monthly goals.  

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As you can see, there are endless things on this list.  From painting the house to scanning all the family slides and genealogy, to the many crazy quilting and other handwork projects I have in the works.  I have so many ideas and start so many things... it's time to finish some of them! 

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I have so many ideas, that I even have a master list of those! 

I decided to add in a wish list of big purchases I would like to make at some point.  And then there is the lifetime bucket list.  This is fluid, but these three main things have been on my list since the 1990s.  Something to work towards! 

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At last we come to the monthly set up for January.  Once again, I used some scraps of practice watercolors to cut up for the top and wrote the month out with the Tombo Fudenesko pens.  I also made a small calendar of the month and listed the important dates of the month!  My birthday is one of them!  

I chose a verse as a complement to the yearly focus verse - another one on Trust to encourage me.  Then I listed out the months focus tasks.  Things I need to do this month to get me closer to checking off some of the yearly tasks.  Downsizing is ongoing!  More on that next week!  

A tracker for the month helps me keep track of some of the habits I'm trying to build.  I'd love to be able to quick snacking during the day.  I have an inordinate love of crunchy salty things.  It's a lifelong battle!  I'm trying to get better about walking or doing my PT exercises daily.  I'm working on a "no buy" month - where I can't buy new things for the house, no new decor, no new clothes, unless it's to replace something worn out that I can't do without.  Like a new pair of jeans to replace my 10 year old pair that finally gave way this week.  I'm also trying to eliminate my food waste and keep my grocery bill to $50 a week.  It's just me and I eat very small meals.  If I'm not buying things I shouldn't (like salty crunchy snacks and diet soda), I should be able to keep to this budget very easily! 

I'm also tracking Covid-19 numbers for my own interest.  World, USA, Colorado as well as the three Colorado counties where I spend most of my time.  If I had more room, I would track Arizona as well, where my sister lives.  Maybe it's just the nurse in me, but I really like knowing these numbers. 

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I added a little tab of the practice watercolor sketches for the month.  It makes it easy to get to the tracker for the month.  After the monthly set up is my journal.  I write it out like this:

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Daily Gratitude - 1 or 2 items I am thankful for that day
Journal entry.  I write about my day, what happened that was important to me, how I felt about something, etc.  Some days it's just about the normal routine of my day, so I can see that I DID accomplish something.  Other days, it might be a written prayer.  Sometimes it turns into a multi-page diatribe on whatever is bothering me at the moment.  Regardless, it helps me clear my mind and I can fall asleep in peace!  

As it gets close to the end of the month, I'll start preparing the next month's set up.  Let me know if you'd like to seen them as I create them each month!  

As you might have noticed, one of my goals this month is to post weekly.  I'm already a little behind, but I have a couple more in the works already, so hopefully there will a total of 4 posts this month!  I've missed blogging!  
  

31 October 2020

First Issue!


Crazy Quilt Magazine November 2020
The first issue of Crazy Quilt Magazine is here!  What a fun and challenging journey this past couple of months has been as I have worked to learn about putting a magazine together and getting it published!  

I had to learn how to use Adobe InDesign software, brush up my skills with PhotoShop, learn about tracking down creators for content for the magazine as well as advertisers, and then figure out how to put it all together in one cohesive vision.  Then there is the business side of it, figuring out the best way to do sales, and things like marketing: not one of those tasks falls in my favorites list, but I managed to work my way through them!   I must admit that I've had a lot of fun with the magazine in addition to some frustrating and scary moments when I thought I had lost all my formatting!  But it all came together and I have a plan for moving forward! 

The next issue, coming out February 1, 2021, will focus on Silk Ribbon in all it's glory, from silk ribbon embroidery, creating silk ribbon flowers, a heritage quilt with silk ribbons in it, and more!  I'm still looking for submissions, so if you have something about silk ribbon that you would like to share, I'd love to hear about it!  Dying silk ribbons perhaps?  How to stitch a lovely silk ribbon stitch?  Something you beautiful you have made that uses silk ribbon in any form?  There are so many possible areas to share through the magazine!  

Be thinking ahead to future issues as well.  Themes for the rest of the year include:

February 2021 - Silk Ribbon - deadline 30 November 2020
May 2021 - 2020 Crazy Quilt Challenge Projects - deadline 26 February 2021
August 2021 - Whole Cloth Crazy Quilts - deadline 30 April 2021
November 2021 - Wool Crazy Quilts - deadline 30 July 2021

If you would like to contribute to any of these issues, please send me an inquiry at 
Lisa(at)crazyquiltmagazine(dot)com

A huge Thank You to everyone who has helped me with this issue, including the many wonderful contributors and to the ladies who each helped with editing and proofreading!  They say it takes a community to raise a child and I think that it also takes a community to publish a magazine! 

20 August 2020

Changes!

         


If you haven't already heard, I am the new owner/Editor/Publisher of Crazy Quilt Magazine!  It is quite a fun journey to be embarking upon and I am really excited about all the possibilities it offers!  

The magazine began in 2012 as Pat Winter's Crazy Quilt Gathering.  In 2015, Pam Kellogg continued the magazine under the name Crazy Quilt Quarterly.  Now, in 2020, during this crazy year of pandemics, politics, and  change, the magazine has come to me.  I'm hoping that the magazine will bring a respite of calm and beauty amidst this difficult season and that it will become a treasured resource for crazy quilting in the 21st Century.  

The magazine is off to a great start, and even though we are still 2 ½ months from publishing the first issue, the pages are mostly full and I have a good idea of where it will be going in the future.  As with any new endeavor, there will be a couple of transitional issues while things settle into a more polished magazine.  I can't wait for you to see the first issue!  I'll be posting more about it as it gets closer to publication date! 

Until then, you can find Crazy Quilt Magazine in the following locations:
Instagram: @crazyquiltmag

If you have a quality project for Crazy Quilt Magazine to consider publishing, please take a look at the subscription guidelines on the website.  There are a few specific things that I'm looking for to put in each issue:
   - A block that needs improvement!  We'd like to take a look at a troublesome block and consider different approaches to making it better!  If you have a block like this that we could all learn from, please let me know!  
   - A vintage crazy quilt.  Especially if it is unusual, exceptionally well done, or contains something interesting!  The quilt must be your own quilt.  Photos of quilts in museums or someone's possession other than your own will not be accepted or considered for publication.  
     - Small Projects and/or Tutorials that fit each issue's theme/focus. 
     - Interesting articles about crazy quilting and/or crazy quilt supplies.
    - Photos of your crazy quilt work that has not been previously published or shared on social media! Be watching for the themes/focus of upcoming issues and consider submitting work for it!  

Crazy Quilt Magazine is also looking for quality advertisers having to do with Crazy Quilting!  See the Advertising section on the website!  


With all the focus on the new magazine, my YouTube channel has taken a back seat for a while. Once things settle into a better routine I'll be posting more videos!  


On a personal note, my dear old kitty Thomas passed away in June.  He was 19 years old and with me for nearly 1/3rd of my life.  I think he gave me more unconditional love in his 19 years with me than any other person or critter.  Truly a huge  and difficult loss.  

But, now a new little furry friend has come to live with me!  I'm still not certain of his name - he goes by Mr Buddy Tibbs (Buddy or Mr Tibbs) and Mushu.  I think Mushu is winning.  He is very playful and VERY mischievous and I suspect that played a role in injuring his eye and it's subsequent removal.  He came to me via my DIL who works at an area humane society as a vet tech, where he had been brought in as an injured stray.  He's super sweet (most of the time!) and totally into and on top of everything.  He's settling in nicely, though I can't say I'm super happy about the 3:00-5:00 a.m. wake up he gives me every morning! We think he's about 1 ½ years old, so I hope we have a long and happy time together!   






28 March 2020

My Father's Devotion #7

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Awhile back, I posted several of my Dad's devotions that he had written over the years. There are a few more and in light of the current situation worldwide with the virus pandemic and all the anxiety that goes with it, I thought it was a good to time to start sharing the rest of them.  This one provides timely encouragement and advice. 

 Dial-a-Devotion #7 - 17 Oct 1969 
by Myron N. Plooster

 John 15:5 
 Philippians 4:13 

Our Lord said to his disciples, “He who abides in me, and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” And the Apostle Paul stated confidently, “I can do all things in Him who strengthens me.” 

 Apart from Him we can do nothing; abiding in Him, nothing is impossible. The one consuming purpose of our life should be to live in union with Him, guarding against everything that would destroy this union, making the most of every opportunity to reinforce it. For as we do so, we will find that He furnishes us with the strength to meet any emergency, to accomplish any goal. We may not always be aware that this power is ours; but we will always find it present when we feel the need to draw on it. There will be no temptation we cannot resist; no burden we cannot patiently bear; no difficulty with which we cannot cope; no work we cannot perform. And throughout all our days we will have the assurance of His love and grace, and of forgiveness for our own shortcomings. 

 Our Father in Heaven, who provides for our daily needs and for our times of special need, give us a sure confidence in Thy almighty power and steadfast love. When things are well with us, accept our heartfelt thanks; and when we are bowed down with cares, enable us to look up to Thee and to the heavenly world from whence comes our strength; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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He who abides in me, and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, 
for apart from me you can do nothing. 

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I can do all things in him who strengthens me.

08 February 2020

Creating a Denim CQ Block and a look at the Japanese Fabric I used




The latest video is up on the Denim Crazy Quilt YLP!


I used some special accent fabrics in it and wanted to share more about those fabrics with you as they are really wonderful!  

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My dear friend Sheryl has been collecting and using antique Japanese fabrics and she generously gifted me with an assortment of fabrics to use in the Denim CQ project!  There are several different types, and while I am no expert on them, I wanted to share the little I have learned about them. 


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Katazome fabrics are created using a resist dying technique similar to the way batik fabrics are made.  Instead of wax, they use a rice flour past to stencil the designs on the fabric, which are then dyed and washed.  Successive stencils provide additional colors.  This piece looks like it was stenciled and dyed at least 3 or 4 times; first to mask the white areas, second for the reddish areas, third for the pale blue and then finally the entire piece was dyed probably several times to achieve the dark blue.  When the resist paste is washed off and the design becomes visible.  

I found a short YouTube video of the process that you can see here:


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I really loved the back side, where the design is not as crisp and easily visible.  The design is a bit more abstract. 

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Here you can see both the front and the back to see the difference.  

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This is another piece of Katazome fabric, with a simpler two or three color design.  Like a favorite pair of jeans, it has faded with use, so it's hard to tell if there was more color once upon a time.  

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This is the backside where the color maintains a deeper richer hue since it was not exposed to the light as much.  Once again, I prefer this "wrong" side of the fabric! 

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You can see just how much these fabrics must have faded with this look at both the right and wrong sides of the fabric.  

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Next we move on to some Shibori type fabrics. Shibori is also a resist dying technique, but instead of using a rice flour paste to prevent the fabric from taking on the dye, it uses a variety of methods such as thread stitching, folding, clamping, bunching, etc to create areas where the dye will not be able to penetrate as well.  

Both this piece and the next one were created by my friend Sheryl.  I love the way they look with the worn denim! 

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This is also Shibori done on silk or a silk cotton mixed fabric.  I believe this one was likely created with a stitched pattern that was later removed.  

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This is yet another piece of Shibori that I believe is done on a fine silk.  It is transparent as you may be able to tell, and it has a couple of stains on it, but they all add to its character.  It's also quite a bit narrower than the usual 13" that you find in these old Japanese fabrics, so I wonder if it might have been used as an Obi or neck scarf.  

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It was obviously well used as the fabric has worn through in a few spots exposing the weave pattern.  It's easy to see how the heavier threads give this fine fabric texture and added stability.  

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Next we move on to Kasuri.  These dotted fabrics or fabrics with small patterns were the common fabric used in everyday kimono and 

I found these great videos on how the threads are dyed and then woven to create Kasuri fabric:



Watching these processes makes one appreciate all that has gone into making these fabrics!  
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Some are a darker indigo, created by dying multiple times in the dye bath, as well as by the possible additions of other materials. 

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Some are a much brighter blue.  I love that this piece shows evidence of much mending! 

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Most Japanese traditional fabrics were woven on a loom that produced a piece of cloth about 13" wide.  A length of 29 feet was needed to make a Kimono.  

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This is a larger pattern of Kasuri.  

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Here you can see the difference in the scale of the patterns.  All of these appear to be fairly old fabrics, though I do not know how to determine the actual age.  It boggles the mind to think of the amount of time and effort that went into creating each and every piece of these fabrics!  I know I will treasure these wonderful bits of history!  

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Today's Japanese indigo fabrics are more likely to be printed.  I have quite a variety of these and even the ones that appear woven are actually printed on the surface of the fabric.  I believe it is likely that the dyes used are not actually indigo, but synthetic dyes used to mimic indigo.  While I love these newer fabrics, they cannot hold a candle to the exquisite older fabrics!  

I'm so very grateful to my friend Sheryl for the gift of these beautiful fabrics and the opportunity to use them in this denim crazy quilt project!  

26 January 2020

Denim YLP Intro


Getting started on my Denim Crazy Quilt, which will be one of the Year Long Projects (YLP) on my YouTube Channel!  

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My daughter and I started collecting old jeans from the rest of the family about 4 years ago to make some picnic quilts.  Picnic quilts are simply durable quilts that can be kept in the car for use as picnic blankets, or spread on the ground to sit on.  Denim makes a really heavy quilt, so these won't have any batting.  We are hoping to back them with old flannel sheets.  Our hope is to make 6 to 8 of these quilts over the coming year, and these will be our gift to each family this coming Christmas.  We've been talking about it for years, so I don't mind sharing it on here!  

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My quilt is going to be a crazy quilt, and I thought it would be a perfect project to share on my YouTube channel!  In all, I'll be making 16 blocks that are 14" square to end up with a quilt approximately 62" square once the outer sashing is applied.  I have a stash of old white cotton cutter lace that I hope to use, and also some old Japanese fabrics from a friend that I hope to incorporate in little spots.  

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The cutting up of the denim turned into quite a project.  Not wanting to go through expensive rotary blades on this heavy fabric, I opted to use my designated wire/ribbon cutting scissors.  They were pretty sharp to start despite the occasional nick in the blades, but they are noticeably duller after cutting 6 boxes of denim jeans up!  I developed a couple of interesting calluses on my fingers as well, not from rubbing on the scissors, but from the fingers rubbing against one another as I cut.  

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We salvaged as much as we could.  We even kept the double stitched seams to see if we can find a use for them.  I'm thinking of making woven hot mats for the table with them.  We also saved the back pockets, many of the watch pockets, the odd triangular back yoke pieces, and the zippers.  My daughter does a lot of clothing repair, and the short zippers for jeans are hard to come by, so now she has a big stash to pull from to help with that.  

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For some of the jeans, we kept larger pieces so we can include the nicer seams in larger pieces.  Some of these larger pieces may also be used in creating a tote bag to store each quilt in.  There are some fun decorated back pockets that we saved and hope to make a few fun denim purses out of.  We are going to focus on getting the quilts done first, making the denim crazy quilt I'll be working on a priority so I can upload videos of its creation in a timely manner.  While I'll probably help with the planning and cutting pieces for each quilt, Jessie will likely do most of that sewing, and then I'll help her finish them.  Should be a busy but fun and productive year for both of us!

Check out some of our inspiration pins for this project on my Denim Picnic Quilt inspiration board herehttps://www.pinterest.com/boni0366/denim-picnic-quilt-ideas/

One of our inspirations behind this project was learning about how many textiles end up in the landfill, or are baled up and shipped thousands of miles overseas, using valuable resources in order to be remanufactured into rags or other items.  In some cases they clothes are resold in other countries, which impacts local manufacturing of clothing and textiles in a mostly negative way.  I'm including some links and facts here if you are interested in learning more.


Some interesting things about textile use/reuse in the U.S.A.
In 2017: 
- 16.9 Tons of textiles were created
- 11 million Tons of textiles ended up in landfill, accounting for 8% of all municipal solid waste
- 2.6 tons of textiles and footwear were recycled (including sold for reuse as is as well as deconstructing and remanufacturing into other products.) 
- 3.2 tons of textiles are incinerated in energy recovery facilities 
- Only 1 in every 4-8 garments that are donated to thrift stores are actually sold for re-use.
- The average American throws away approximately 81 lbs of clothing a year.
- 85% of discarded textiles end up in the landfill


A good article from Great Britain on the impact of fast fashion that also highlights what we can do to help decrease the impact of textile waste by responsibly managing our textile purchases

Good article from the Saturday Evening Post about the waste clothing problem in the US (and around the world) 

A UK perspective

Article on some of the social implications of used clothing from the US/UK being sold in other parts of the world.

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All of this makes me glad to be a crazy quilter, because it is so easy for us to salvage and re-use fabric from otherwise unusable/unwanted garments and linens!  We get to stitch AND help the environment at the same time!  

For my part, I decided at the beginning of the year that this was going to be a NO-BUY year when it comes to my crazy quilting, with one exception.  That is the heart quilt that I'm working on, I don't have an appropriate fabric for the solid blocks and so I will plan on purchasing that fabric.  But otherwise, I'm going to make it a year of using what I have - which as you have seen is a lot!  Hope that some of you will join me!  

Happy Stitching! 

20 January 2020

2020 Projects



I always have to laugh when I hear someone say that they have a "couple" of projects going as though that is a terrible thing! They have NO idea! That's what my latest video is about!

Watch the video first and then to see more of what is in my project bins; read the rest of this post! 

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I am a list maker.  Every year, I make a new list of projects and things I want to complete that year.  Some years I make great progress, others... well, not so much!  Then I make new lists.  Reorganizing my studio this month made me realize that my lists of projects were vastly incomplete - all three of them! In fact, I probably had 3 times (or more) the number of unfinished projects than were actually on my lists.  So my daughter and I set out to make sense of everything.

We sorted everything into 4 bins.

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Bin #4 is the "cold storage" bin.  The one of projects I probably won't have time to work on for a long, long time.  

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This is what is in the cold storage bin.  Several embroidery projects that range from a dresser scarf, numerous cross stitch kits, and a shirt I'm embroidering.  There are some quilt projects including a log cabin quilt that was pieced by one of my great Aunts that I'm finishing, another log cabin quilt that I started piecing in 2015, as well as an appliqu├ęd bunny quilt I started when I was pregnant with my daughter - 37 years ago! Yikes! Then there are some kits and patterns I've picked up here and there, including a rug hooking pattern/partial kit because it's something I'd like to try at least once.  There are also a number of Altoid Tin kits that I put together for a workshop I taught in 2016.  As I look at this pile, they are all still things I'm interested in completing... someday!

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Bin #3 is filled with lots of odd bits of projects, miscellaneous blocks, etc.  It's the junk drawer of my crazy quilting world.  This is also mostly a cold storage box as there isn't a lot in here I'm planning on working on in the coming year... and yet, there a few things that will probably find their way into my work bag from time to time.

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There are blocks made for pincushions that never got made, blocks made for doing some stitch samplers, little blocks I embroidered in 2017 that never got made into anything.  There are several bags of round robin projects that have never been finished as well as bags of miscellaneous blocks that I made up here and there but have never done anything with.  Lots to work with here, but not much for the immediate future.

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Also tucked into bin #3 are my various "faux paper piecing" projects.  These range from the Woodland quilt that I started back in 2010 or so, the bags of bits for making pocket prayers and a couple of other small pieced items I've been playing with.  These are great take-along projects and so these will probably all get stitched on a little bit here and there - just as they have been for the past 10 years!  They are constantly progressing and changing as I work on them.  Let me know if you would like a tutorial on doing a small project like the pocket prayers.

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Bin #2 has some fairly large projects that I've been gathering materials toward.  It's not quite cold storage, but most of these projects are still a ways off, as I simply MUST get some other projects out of the way first.  

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Here is Thomas kitty looking pretty disgusted with me for having so much stuff to work on!  

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These are projects that I really want to work on!  They are big projects that are far enough along, that I've gathered materials for and have a pretty good idea of what I want to do with each one.  There is a folk art wool quilt, some old quilt blocks made by another great Aunt that I'd like finish.  There are two sets of blocks I made back in 2015 when I thought I could do 3 blocks a month while working full time and take care of a house and big garden... it obviously didn't work out!  Theres a project with a piece of embroidery I found at a thrift shop, which should be a fairly quick project once I actually have time to get started on it.  There's a Bavarian Trim quilt to work on, some wool pennies, a project inspired by a piece of pottery I found at the antique store, and a collection of things I've been gathering for a special "Ivory Blush Roses" project!

These are the projects I'm really itching to get working on!  But... with so many other things yet unfinished, they are going to have to take a back seat for this year.  

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Bin #1 is the stack of priority projects that I aim to finish this year.  Most of these are projects that a nearly complete.  My daughter called them NFPs or Nearly Finished Projects. I also wanted to do a big project, similar to the Crazy Quilt Journal Project, but without actually joining that group this year.  I came up with 2 of them.  A denim crazy quilt, which I'll be posting more about later in the week, and the heart quilt which began as a round robin in 2014 or 15.  Those are YLPs or year long projects.

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The video went into detail on these so I won't repeat that here.  These are things I'd love to get finished and off my project list!  A few of them have been there for a very long time... like the Scottish themed block that might have been the 3rd or 4th block I ever made.  There are three round robin projects in here to finish as well.  So, 11 NFPs, 2 YLPs, and 2 bonus projects - Lots to work on!

Now that I'm "retired" and have a much smaller house and yard to care for, hopefully I'll be able to stay focused and productive this year!  I'm looking forward to sharing these projects with you via You Tube in the coming months!

P.s. I also have a large tub of unfinished projects in my storage locker... deep, deep cold storage!  Mostly embroidery and sewing projects as well as some needlepoint.  I don't even want to think about those!  My daughter thinks I have enough projects to work on for the rest of my life if I work at it full time.  I'm afraid she might be right!