My biggest hurdle when working on a project is getting the fabrics cut. I’ve had my fabrics selected for Pulsar (that I shared earlier this week) for a while, but sharing my fabric pull was finally the push I needed to overcome the inertia and get everything cut out. After that, I’ve had a fun week of piecing.
I learned this week that I can pull out my nesting ironing table and have it just to the left of my sewing machine without interfering with my husband while he is also at work. Excellent! I can only sew at the slowest speed setting on my machine when he’s doing a video call, but hey, we’ve learned that we can make it work.
I’m testing the lap size version for the upcoming pattern release, and the big test of the pattern is how the sizing of the angled chevrons come together. With my first angled chevron pieced, I have notes for how to improve the pattern and I’m guessing that I’ll have the quilt top pieced soon. At which point I’ll need to pause to consider how I’m going to quilt this 72″ square quilt.
2 weeks ago I was delighted to receive the ribbon that Downstream won for placing 1st in the Negative Space category at QuiltCon Together. The ribbon was beautifully made by Nicole @modernhandcraft. Here’s the thing: I’m a minimalist. I don’t know what to do with the ribbon. I don’t make quilts to win ribbons and haven’t kept any of the small ribbons I won at local state fairs. My mom has offered to take the ribbon and put it in a dresser in my “room” in her house (note: they built this house after I graduated from college), which made me giggle: nothing like kicking the can down the road for me to deal with later.
My husband suggested that he could turn it into a memory bead for me. That idea has good merit. He took memorabilia and sentimental objects that had been sitting on shelves or tucked into my jewelry box and turned them into beads for us a few years ago. Puppy the cat’s hair encased in some epoxy, a piece of my grandmother’s crochet hook, and bits of the aerospace projects that we worked on together over the years condensed down into beads. I guess I’m just not quite ready to cut apart this handmade ribbon. But it feels weird to wrap it on top of the quilt and just tuck it into storage (no, I will not be hanging this ribbon on a wall).
I might be in the huge minority here, but are you or anyone you know in the minimalist camp with creative ideas (storage or otherwise) for what to do with something like this handmade award ribbon?