Well, guys and gills, after quilting for clients for three years, I'm... not... doing that... now. I thought the transition outta the biz went well with my customers. I gave them a year's notice and let my frequent customers sign up for the months they wanted me to quilt for them. It worked out well. I limited the spots available each month and it was easier for me to handle life homeschooling my oldest son and working.
When I finished up my customer list at the end of 2015, I spent most of January cleaning and organizing my house. And by house, I mean my sewing room. I went through every tool, notion and piece of fabric. I decided to keep a lot of it, but I also threw away and donated a lot, too. The result is a welcoming space that begs to be sewn in!
Here are a few of the things I've made in the weeks since the cleaning job was finished:
And below is the second top that I've made. I've been inspired by the traditional Ocean Waves pattern for a really, really long time. I don't know what it is about MANY, MANY half-square triangles that I love. It's a blessing and a curse. They look so pretty, but they are legit time-consuming.
I'll let you in on a little secret. It's always bothered me how the Ocean Waves blocks are typically not arranged symmetrically. I get that it creates movement and interest. I don't know what it says about my personality that I just couldn't do it the same way. Oh well, I made it my own and that's what it's all about.
And at the risk of being a one-trick pony (making one element different), I couldn't resist adding an outlier block.
I think I have a quilting plan for it, I just haven't executed it yet. More to come on this one.