Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Work in Progress Wednesday No. 10

It's been a busy summer, but I am slowly getting back into the swing of things. Forgive the light quality on these photos- I wrote this (and took the photos) very early in the morning.
early morning studio
I'm still (slowly) de-cluttering my studio.
studio decluttering in progress
(There are more bags elsewhere. The studio is still hands down the hardest to clear out space, and the one that needs it the most.)
rainbow art quilt mess
This pile of rainbow bits is STILL on my desk. It's getting finished or shelved THIS WEEK, so help me.
rainbow scraps

brussels griffon sketch
I'm drawing dogs and drinking coffee. Taking notes and making plans. And you know, obsessing. It's what I do.

on the verge art quilt by claire chambers
Ironically, I have never felt less on the verge of getting my act together, BUT. This piece is finally done, and will be listed in the shop shortly. Hooray!
on the verge art quilt

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Not quite a Work in Progress Wednesday...

I'm declaring a bit of a blogging sabbatical. There are simply too many summer things I need to do before summer ends! This being the only summer Olive will be three and all.

In the meantime, the shop will still be open, there will be updates on Instagram and possibly Facebook. (Flash sales are a real possibility!)

I'm also decluttering my studio like a nut, and listing some of the goodies on eBay.

See you in a few weeks!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Work in Progress Wednesday No. 9

We've been in the middle of a heat wave of sorts, and my sewing machine is in the hottest window of the house. It's been too hot to do much machine sewing at all.
I've been putting new prints in the shop, like this one:
Home is Wherever I'm With You - print by Claire Chambers
Poking through the nice cold storage areas on the bottom floor, finding treasures and turning them into grab bags:
Chickenpants grab bags
(The grab bags are already sold out. Thank you all!)

And looking at quilt tops that are begging to be finished, like this one:
Lunazuna (Arizona) quilt in progress
This one's only been in the works for, oh, five months.
I hate unfinished, drag on forever style projects, but ugh. Heat + no air conditioning is a bad combination for getting things done.

That's it for me. What are you working on this week?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Work in Progress Wednesday No. 8

We're getting close to the end of the month, which is when my quilt group meets. Which means that the blocks I've been procrastinating on all month are suddenly due.
So a fair deal of this Work in Progress Wednesday is that. How is July nearly over?

This unlikely clump of mismatched fabrics is going to turn into a house. By Friday morning.
quilt scraps

This one is a bonus challenge block. I tried my hand at a Great Granny Square. (The main fabric is chosen by one of the members, and then it's up to each member to turn that into a 12.5" block.)
Great Granny Square block

I Am On The Verge Of Getting My Act Together - art quilt by Claire Chambers
The irony that I have not made any progress on this one for over a week is not lost on me. Getting my act together, indeed.

fantastic scraps!
To be fair, July has been one of those months, with sicknesses and out of town-nesses and summer, and then I went and threw a novel on top of it. One of those really, really thick ones, the kind that you can't put down. Smart.
Rainbow scrap art quilt blocks
The rainbow art quilt blocks are coming along nicely, though.

That's it for me. What are you working on this week?

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Vintage Button Treasure!

vintage buttons
I remember this jar from my childhood, always tucked away near my aunt's washing machine. (The jar, not me.) I didn't know that it was first my Nonna's. It's one of those things that was always just there- like laundry soap.
I haphazardly collect/hoard old buttons, so I likely have many people's grandmother's buttons. But these are from my actual family, so they're special.
Vintage Laura Scudders peanut butter lid
The jar is an old Laura Scudder's Old Fashioned Style peanut butter jar. The same brand we always got when I was growing up. Is there a more unpleasant name for peanut butter? I think not. So close to shudder, and right around the corner from scat. It hardly says creamy deliciousness. As always, I digress.
The whole thing is so thick with nostalgia I can barely open the jar.
vintage buttons
Buttons! Duh!

excelsior 700 key & others
And a tiny envelope of tiny keys. Note the Excelsior 700. Is that cute or what? Perhaps it goes to a super secret safe deposit box filled with treasure. Or, more likely, a train case filled with dust bunnies that was donated to a Goodwill 35 years ago.

vintage buttons
I want to return to the era of adorable buttons apparently on everything.

Until the right project comes along, I have just the spot for this tiny treasure: right next to a bag of my Dad's boy scout badges. Which are also waiting for the right project.
vintage buttons in a jar

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Work in Progress Wednesday No. 7

"Ryokan" house block. Their name, not mine. I know what a ryokan looks like, dude, and the answer is nothing like this adorable cottage.
Shhh! I'm actually out of town, so this is not a real post. Just a pretty picture. (Look, I finished that quilt square from like two weeks ago!) I don't have much art to post, but hey, if you want to see cute kid pictures, boy do I have them. We're enjoying the summer.
[caption id="attachment_4955" align="aligncenter" width="500"]Summer in Oregon! Summer in Oregon! Wear two layers of flannel instead of three![/caption]
We'll be back to normal posts and new art soon, promise. Enjoy the summer!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Work in Progress Wednesday No. 6

Last week's Work in Progress Wednesday post showed you the beginning of a project, and mostly just a mess. This week, the mess has moved along a little!
Rainbow art quilt in progress
This all started as a rainbow-y jelly roll of Robert Kaufman Kona solids. It was so gorgeous that I couldn't bear to cut into it for a few years. Last week was the time, apparently!
Rainbow art quilt in progress
Once I had them all connected, I hacked them apart again, and started putting them back together.
Rainbow art quilt in progress
Look how long these strips are! It's nuts!
Rainbow art quilt in progress
I'm still working on it. I have a few ideas for how I can use this stuff up once it's finally done.
Rainbow art quilt in progress
That's it for me. (It's summer time! I am needed outdoors!) What are you working on this week?

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Work in Progress Wednesday No. 5

You know those blogs, where everything always looks perfect, and organized, and the lady writing it is always getting more done and living more fabulously than you? This is not one of those blogs.
The cold that started up last week is still rampaging through the house. I feel so far behind that I may actually lap myself soon.
For this week's Work in Progress Wednesday, all I can share with you is this mess. Brace yourself:
Rainbow art quilt in progress by Claire Chambers - AbsolutelySmall.com
To help make sense of the chaos before you, I prepared a little key:
Rainbow art quilt in progress by Claire Chambers - AbsolutelySmall.com
After a (rare! treasured!) nap, I had a burst of energy, and I decided to start a new experimental project. After a little while, the energy ran out or I got distracted or hungry. Then I wandered away, leaving this mess behind. Untouched, to this day.
Rainbow art quilt in progress by Claire Chambers - AbsolutelySmall.com . Also just a picture of a giant mess.
I can barely string together a coherent sentence right now, so instead, let's just look at some pretty pictures, hmmm?
Rainbow Robert Kaufman Kona Solid strips.
Oooh, ahhh. The mess!
Rainbow art quilt in progress by Claire Chambers - AbsolutelySmall.com
These tiny pinwheels are part of the square I'm supposed to complete for my quilt club. Which meets tomorrow. I have had all month to get this done. They were supposed to be finished last week. I had a plan!
Miniature pinwheel blocks by Claire Chambers - AbsolutelySmall.com
Look at this poor neglected sewing machine.
Art quilt abandoned mid-stitch
That's it for me. Time for more cold medicine.
What are you working on this week?

Monday, June 30, 2014

Some thoughts on ironing plastic

  • Don't iron plastic.

  • You probably shouldn't iron plastic. Ever.

  • Unless you have a really awesome idea you just need to try out.


  • Use protection! Put something on your ironing surface (like cooking parchment), and something on your iron. Poor put another sheet of cooking parchment on top of the thing you're ironing. Maybe a mask on your face, while you're at it. Cooking parchment?


  • Open a window.

  • Open all the windows.


  • Ironing plastic is not conducive to getting rid of headaches.


  • Ironing plastic will probably give you headaches.

  • So much with the headaches.


  • Hot plastic can stick to other hot plastic, but not actually fuse to fabric.

  • Oh my gosh, look how cool it is to iron plastic!


  • Interesting fact: your sewing machine is going to be angry if you try to feed it plastic.

  • This must be what Teflon feet are for.


  • I have so many ideas for what I could do with this ironed plastic!


  • I need to go lay down. This headache, man.

  • Don't iron plastic.


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Work in Progress Wednesday no. 4

Home art quilt by Claire Chambers
This Wednesday I find myself with a sick toddler, a sick husband, and trying to not get sick myself. So I'll be keeping this post short and sweet and germ free.
Applique house detail of an art quilt by Claire Chambers
I'm working on a new art quilt, and it is soooooo close to done. Seriously. Just a few little details and some hanging pockets on the back, oh and a signature panel, and it's done.
I used a vintage hankie for the background. A generous friend gave me a stack of these beauties, and it's been fun finding the right projects for them. I free motion machine stitched the dogwood pattern for texture.
Free motion stitching on dogwood blossoms
The back is just white upon white, but I love it:
Back of the home art quilt - white on white

The song lyric "home is wherever I'm with you" I hand embroidered. Haven't had a chance to embroider anything for awhile!
Home art quilt by Claire Chambers
Pulling apart fabric is always fun, and how could I resist? It makes perfect weedy looking grass.
Applique house by Claire Chambers
The plan was to have it finished and listed sometime last week, but you know, life. Colds. Oh well.
Appliqued house art quilt by Claire Chambers
What are you working on this week?


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