Heat Wave stitching & Tidying

2 wee paper pieced trees

from the book: 300 paper pieced blocks by Carol Doak http://www.caroldoak.com …I’m going to sew a view for my cubicle at work…I have a space approximately 24 inches square to work with…I figure a few trees and a cool house all in batiks will be perfect! Each is about 4 inches square

July 22nd 2012

The stitching on the back of one of the trees from the book: 300 paper pieced blocks by Carol Doakhttp://www.caroldoak.com …yeah I do them by hand…that’s how I roll…block is about 4 inches square I like looking at the backs…all the work shows…eventually all that work is mashed in the inside though and only another quilter would look at the quilt and see the work…July 22nd 2012

I’ve gotten a little OCD on my fabric stash…no done yet I’ve 2 massive bins to still go through and tidy…I can then use those bins for fleece and batting chunks so everything will have a place and that place will be dust free! July 22nd 2012

My sewing corner…yup there’s three sewing machines…I can usually have 2 going at the same time if I’m feeling really industrious…I use those hangers you get at Target and Wally when you buy skirts or kids shorts for block storage…no wrinkles and they’re in my face so I always know I have something I could be doing…I know it screams HOARDERS…but really…nary a flat cat or year old watermelon was found, dust on the other hand…whew!  July 22nd2012

Super yummy smelling rose from Jazmin’s rose bush…even after 4 days this still smelled fabulous! July 22nd 2012

Quilter’s Last Will & Testament

The Quilter’s Last Will And Testament*

I,___________________________,being of sound mind (a statement which does not bear close examination) do hereby record my last will and testament.

Knowing that __________________________________, my _________________ (husband, sister, or friend) hasn’t the least understanding or appreciation for, or for that matter, knowledge of my extensive fabric collection, which collection is suitably deposited in sundry places for safekeeping.

Knowing also that ___________________________ has already notified the local dumpster to pick up and dispose of the before mentioned collection “willy-nilly” (the thought of which causes me a most severe case of hives).

Therefore, I do will this collection and all other collections related to it, to my dear friend and fellow fabric preservationist, _________________________.

It is my wish that she/he, upon hearing of my death and obtaining clear proof that I did not manage, although goodness knows I tried, to take it with me, would come to my home post haste, before the dumpster, and search out my collection which is similarly stored at her own abode.

That she should rescue said collection and stack it in my quilting studio, along with my sewing machines, frames, old buttons, lace, patterns, quilts, dolls and works in progress.

After she/he has done this, she/he should purchase refreshments for my friends not yet departed, which friends are also her/his friends, and every last one shall be in that room and they shall hold a wake and say lovely and kind things about me until they run out and then they shall divide amongst themselves, by lot, my wonderful collection.

I shall be hovering over that very spot until this is done. _______________________ shall then quit this spot and close the door, leaving trivialities to those who do not understand. This is my wish on the matter.

Signed: ____________________ Date: ___________

Notarized: __________________ Date: ___________

*This is not a legal document

Written By Elinor Peace Baily,
Published in “The Cloth Doll”
Spring/Summer 1990