While I was rummaging around in the sewing room I came across a pumpkin I had embroidered this fall so I just made a quick pillow with it while I was there.
I love the border fabric on this one, though it doesn't show up well in this picture. It's spider webs with little orange spiders on it. :)
Abut that same time I finished a wool hand applique piece I'd been working on so I just stayed with my pillow theme and this is what I ended up with.
This pattern was in a recent Primitive Projects magazine. I think it will be put up and given to someone for Christmas next year. I love the addition of the gingham.
I had another wool piece I'd finished weeks ago and, you guessed it, another daughter who needed a pillow for her new house. Yes, two daughters, two new/old houses. And my son is remodeling his. Good grief. Since this daughter loves chickens this is the one she's getting.
I keep a basket on my sewing machine filled with things that need to be finished. So I continued with my chicken theme, but not my pillow theme, and made this rooster market bag. I think I'll send it to a friend who loves chickens.
I made several market bags for Christmas presents this year - my girls use them for absolutely everything - and so I'm now completely out of the fusible I use for interfacing. That means I need to make a trip to the fabric shop. I'm trying to stay out of fabric shops - honestly - but sometimes that's not possible.
My problem is not really not that I have too much fabric. It's that I have too many UFOs. My January resolution has to be UFOs. I'm going to write it on the bathroom mirror, and tape it on a piece of paper to the front of the television. Maybe I'll make up a song about finishing UFOs. I was horrified last week when I rearranged and cleaned and sorted in my sewing room at the number of UFOs and unstarted kits I have.
See those four dark baskets? Kits not yet started and UFOs. Seriously. On the floor are 3 tubbies of wool fabric and two sets of drawers of thread and things I don't use often. There are a couple of shelves of layer cakes and jelly rolls and fat quarter bundles and flannel fabric and on the top are pillow forms. I just bought most of those because they were on sale this week. Honest.
I keep fat quarters in the old gym baskets, sorted by colors. I don't have an ironing board but use this ironing station, which works better for me.
This is fuzzy but on that far shelf I keep jars, and jars, of buttons. And also patterns I want to use soon. After I finish the UFOs. Patterns I've already made or want to make way in the future are in the file cabinet.
One of the problems I have in my sewing room is there is never enough light. I think I might have to consider having these cataracts removed soon. :) To solve that I've added what my dad would call "chicken lights" in a couple of places to help until I figure out something else. I just moved my fabric to these shelves last week when they got displaced in the closet by the UFO baskets. See how I subtly reminded myself to finish those UFOs?
This is where I actually sit and sew. The bins have all sizes of pieces I've cut from scraps of fabric - 5", 2 1/2", 3" squares, different sized triangles, etc. It's too much. Really. That basket on the left...that's the stuff I'm working on right now. Except for that snowman on top, which is finished. Yea! I have no idea this turned into a tour of my sewing room except here we are.
And now I must go. I need to work on UFOs. :)