Tuesday, January 24, 2017

January Sewing

Since it's already the 24th, the January sewing isn't going to amount to much. With the exception of joining my Quilt Squad group last Saturday, and stitching on a binding, I haven't done any sewing since a few weeks before Christmas.

We had an old worn out office chair in the office that I finally threw out so my sewing chair ended up as the new office chair. That left me chair-less in my sewing space so I began the hunt for a new chair. My sewing machine table sits on top of another table. That puts my sewing machine at 34" and a regular office chair never really was quite high enough. I always padded it with pillows so during my chair search, I decided to go with a drafting chair. Buying something like this online is a gamble and I hemmed and hawed while I compiled my list of possibilities. A chair is such a personal choice. Thankfully, this one is just right for me although it's got a modern look that looks out of place in our home. The armrests sit farther back than I am used, but I don't really even need the armrests and they can swing down and out of the way, and the back is not adjustable, but I actually love that for sewing. It's very supportive.

So now that I've got a place to perch, sewing can commence, and yes, I can still reach the foot pedal. :) And I'm finally carving out a little bit of time to play with fabric. I've got a few things to finish, but my UFO list is in pretty good shape. My main goal is to get everything back from the quilters' and finish those.

When I was cleaning and moving some random items around the other day, I picked up the project box that had these blocks in it and it became the first project I'd work on this year.

 I had worked on  this stack of leader-ender blocks last year and started piecing them into a top today. I never did empty my box of 2 1/2" squares, but I'm thinking I may be adding a patchwork border in hopes of leaving me with an empty box.

The inspiration for this quilt came from Lollyquilts...she called it Crayon Box:

As I sewed, I started thinking about quilts I wanted to make this year. This one has been on my list for a few years:

It's called Saddle Tramp and it pretty much fits the bill when it comes to my love of scrappy quilts.

I also need to add a border to Stars and Strips and get it to Jackie:

Then I ran across this table runner that needs to be quilted:

And I've had this Valentine's Day table runner top hanging in my closet for a number of years:

Time to see if I can get it finished this year. That ought to keep me busy and out of trouble for the remainder of January. I can count on the busy part, but don't hold me to the out of trouble part. :)


Janet O. said...

Yes, it looks like you will be busy!
Looks like a comfy chair. I like that the arms can be dropped out of the way. I don't like arms on my sewing chair. That is a risk to buy online--glad it worked out for you. I was lucky enough to try out sewing chairs at a quilt show and a couple of stores. I then found it online at the best price and the local store that carried it was willing to match the price.
I have to say, I LOVE Saddle Tramp. Is that a Marcie Patch design? I know I have it somewhere, and eventually I hope to make it, too! : )

Tired Teacher said...

Finding the perfect chair for sewing is a problem, but it it looks like you found a good solution. I use a chair from my kitchen set. It works but is not ideal.

The projects you've selected to finish are fabulous: hard to pick a favorite from that selection. Have fun.

Shelly said...

Good grief! That many projects would keep ME busy till June! Love the Saddle Tramp quilt -- I vote you make that one!

Terry said...

Looks like you have quite a bit to keep you busy. I did the same thing, I made a stack of projects that needed to be finished and plan on getting to them. It seems it's so much more fun starting a new one! Glad you found a chair that works for you.

The Joyful Quilter said...

Congrats! on the new chair and all of those wonderful projects in the works (or on deck.)

Sherrill said...

I loved Saddle Tramp the first time I ever saw it and THINK I have the magazine that it was in (if I'm remembering correctly). Also love your stars and stripes table runner--so pretty and if you hurry, it'll be ready for Memorial Day and the 4th of July!! LOL

Dar said...

Your new chairs looks like it will fill the bill. I like good support on my back when I'm sewing for long periods of time. I have a removeable backrest that is mesh and can slip over any office chair back. You've got some nice projects to keep you busy for a few weeks. lol

Kathleen RosePrairieQuilts said...

You are busy person and look forward to the Saddle Tramp.
A good chair is so important.

Anonymous said...

Don't worry; you'll do well! You've shamed me to start back on my projects which often only get finished in my MIND. Like your chair and I use an armless one too. Arms get in the way on quilt stuff IMO.

allthingzsewn said...

Oh, I really like the saddle tramp quilt. No way I would get all that done this month with all you have to do on the ranch.

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