What Makes a Quilt Timeless?–And an Assignment

Red and White Wedding Quilt

Good Morning, Quilters!

Several weeks ago, my sisters and I came across several boxes of old quilt magazine and books.  As we perused the magazines, we were struck by how dated many of the quilts appeared—not at all to our current taste.

The quilts were all well made quilts–after all they were featured in magazines and books-so that was not the problem….

It was the patterns and the colors and the fabrics…

So then we challenged ourselves to find quilts that we did like

The only common denominator–as in quilts we all agreed stood the test of time–was two color quilts–like red and white or blue and white quilts.

Hmmm….

Will OUR quilts stand the test of time?  Do we care if they do?

Can YOU help my sisters and I figure out the secret sauce to timeless quilts?

 

Quilting the Double Wedding Ring, Kennedy

YOUR ASSIGNMENT this week:

Go through your Quilt Notebook: The Unfinished Project Page or box of UFOs…

Are there any partially completed quilts that are two color quilts?  Perhaps they deserve more consideration as a priority quilt?

Are there any quilt tops or UFOs that are already outdated?  Perhaps it’s time to let go…

You might want to alter your Big Three–The Quilt Notebook:  Setting Priorites

Do YOU have time to make quilts that aren’t timeless??? 

What is Timeless to YOU?

We’d LOVE to hear!

Signed,

Setting Priorities in my Quilting Life,

Lori

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My New Sewing Studio

 

Sewing Room, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

Last year, my friend Kimberley Einmo asked me to send her photos of my sewing room for a guild lecture she was preparing.  After much cleaning, I sent her a few sanitized photos like this:  (See more HERE)

I felt a little dishonest, because this serene setting was staged…

My Sewing Room, Lori Kennedy

The rest of the sewing room looked like this:

Sewing Room, Lori Kennedy

SEWING ROOM TO SEWING STUDIO

For most of my sewing career, I have carved out a small space in my basements next to the laundry room to sew.  I always installed good lighting, but used a hodge- podge of boxes, shelves and banquet tables.

When we moved to Minnesota, I took the bonus room over the garage for my sewing area.  I just moved the mess right into my new space. For the first time, I was out of the basement and I had huge windows!  I just loved the room…

But now….

We’ve splurged on REAL SHELVES!!  and a REAL ISLAND!!!

There are shelves to hold my stencils and drawers for all my fabric.  Cabinets to hide my messy stuff and a huge island for cutting!

I even had two huge bulletin boards/design walls installed!

Now all they need is a few coats of paint!

More photos to come…

Floating on air,

Lori

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A New Year-A Clean Slate

 

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Good Morning, Quilters!

I have been an errant blogger of late, but I haven’t forgotten about YOU!  I have been busy celebrating Christmas and the New Year with family and taking some quiet time to think, plan and organize.

I love the early days of a new year when everything is a blank slate–including the untouched calendar waiting to be filled with activities, goals, lists, hopes and dreams and of course, doodles!

WORD OF THE YEAR

One of the big discussions in the blogosphere at this time of year is the idea of choosing a word for the year-a word that suggests a guiding principle.

In 2015,  I chose the word  focus–a play on my interest in learning more about photography and my need to avoid distractions.

By the end of the year (Squirrel!) I was so harried (Squirrel!) I never chose a word for 2016.  (Perhaps I should have chosen Squirrel!?)

MOTTO FOR 2017

My motto  for 2017 is Make New Friends

I don’t mean it literally–but as a reminder to be open to new ideas and fresh ways of looking at things, exploring new possibilities and avoiding ruts.

Ruby and Roxie, Australian Shepherds

Remember the old Girl Scout song:

Make new friends, but keep the old…

One is silver and the other’s gold!

Ruby and Roxie, Australian Shepherds

MAKING NEW FRIENDS-MY THREAD STASH

One of my frustrations in my sewing room is my thread stash.

I LOVE thread, but finding the right thread is a nightmare and leaves my sewing room looking like a tornado hit!

All of my thread is stored (neatly) in boxes.  However, when I’m auditioning threads, I have to open all the boxes to see my choices–leaving my room a mess!

Threads, Sewing Room

HOW A THREAD NERD LIVES DANGEROUSLY

Last week I had six June Tailor thread racks installed on my sewing room wall.

I know this is not the best way to store thread–light and dust can damage thread.  

However, I have decided to throw caution to the wind and store my threads (on a wall with minimal sun light) in a way that suits the way I work--even if it means I have to replace threads more frequently!

Thread Organization

I spent several happy hours silently organizing my thread.  It was oddly calming and therapeutic…

Thread Organization

This will transform the way I work–a fresh look and a NEW FRIEND!

Isn’t it pretty???

What about YOU?  Do YOU have a motto or word for 2017?

Is there something YOU can look at with fresh eyes?

We’d LOVE to hear!

Signed,

YOUR Friend,

Lori

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