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Chaos and customer quilting

September 10, 2009

Chaos and customer quilting, but not necessarily in the same project!

There has been a discussion on one of my groups about “cleaning” your studio.  I fall into the camp of after the project is done I clean, but during the course of working my studio can become slightly chaotic.  The thing is, when I’m working in this mess I can put my hands on the exact fabric I need at that particular time.  But once the piece reaches the end of that stage I “HAVE” to clean before I can move onto the next stage.

Here’s where I was at yesterday, while working on a new piece:

studio-chaos2

And now that I’ve reached the finished base layer, and am ready for the next stage, the mess is cleaned up, the floor is clear, everything is put away and on my design wall is this:

adaptations-base

So, what does chaos have to do with customer quilting?  Absolutely NOTHING!  Other than late last night, after the studio was cleaned up I loaded the cutest little quilt.  This is a “paper doll” quilt, and there are clothes that can be put on the little dolls and taken off and changed….much like those paper dolls we played with as children. (did I just date myself? LOL)

PaperDoll-QuiltThe customer requested quilting that was “not quite as primitive as the pattern shows”.  I hope she’ll like my choices:

PaperDoll-Quilt-blocks

The border didn’t photograph well as the fabric is very busy, but I used a swag design from Tammy Finkler called Pretty Posies and then did a meander on the outside of it.  The sashing and blocks were done freehand.

I smiled the entire time I was working on this little quilt, yes, I remember paper dolls!

5 Comments leave one →
  1. ginaquilts permalink
    September 10, 2009 6:56 am

    I’m the same way when it comes to a project. You’ve got to have everything at your fingertips.

    I love the paper doll quilt! Cute, cute!

  2. September 10, 2009 9:33 am

    I’m not sure what prompts the cleaning bug in me but it awoke in full force Sunday. That’s what resulted in the pet beds. I had to get the pile of batting bits out of the corner of my sewing room.

    I love the quilting you did on the paper doll quilt. I think it was the perfect choice.

  3. Jean F permalink
    September 10, 2009 11:44 am

    Isn’t it always nice to have a clean spot to work in? I love a mess too when I’m in the project. But cleanup helps prepare me for the next project.

    The paper doll quilting is perfect!

    I really like the project you’re working on. It’s very 3-D! Good job. Is it any place particular?
    Jean

  4. sammi permalink
    September 10, 2009 11:47 am

    Absolutely darling quilt!

    I agree about the studio clean up. If only I didn’t have to take 3 steps from my cutting table to my sewing machine! Oh dear, the snips that suddenly appear on that pathway!

  5. Rain permalink
    September 12, 2009 10:42 pm

    Hah! I had my share of ‘rm, too. I even had a Raggedy Ann paper doll book that survived years.
    We just are not going near the “Studio Cleanup” thing. Nope.
    Gotta have on to clean one!

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