Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Fiberarts Afloat

Good day to anyone out there who may trip over this blog again.
This is an experiment to see if blogging from my iPhone is even possible.

We've been "homeless" 2 1/2 years now, and have been nomads living aboard our boat since May 2010. I can now say that I'm less of a natural nomad than my husband. It's been interesting Nd fun and sometimes very exciting, but I miss my studio, my sewing machines, my fabric, and my stuff.
It is a lifestyle though that we are committed to for a couple more years, so I'd like to blog about creating fiberarts while living aboard. Some of it is all about being flexible and being able to sew and do needlework in other locations, other people spaces, and under less than optimum conditions.
If you'd like to drop by occasionally and follow my exploits I'd be happy to know it.

Lately I've been visiting family back in the Midwest, and have managed to get some sewing done. In Grand Rapids Michigan I set up my 1976 vintage Bernina that I retrieved from my son on the kitchen table and recovered the seat and back cushions and created arm cushions for a rocker in the baby nursery, and stitched up some pillows for the living room chairs.
And I gifted my son and daughter-in-law with a bright fun quilt for my granddaughter due to be born at the end of October.

I found the fabric in a great little quilt store in New Smyrna Beach, FL back in June. We had sailed back from the Bahamas and were working our way north to South Carolina. We got weathered into NSB so I went exploring, and found this store within walking distance to the marina.
When I got to my moms house in South Carolina I cut and pieced the quilt top, then hand basted it to the backing. Then I got to practice my freemotion machine quilting. I have to say it was lots of fun, and I'm quite pleased with the job I did outline quilting the characters in the print panels. This was all done on my Bernina 165. After finishing quilting Istitched on a bias binding and hand stitched the binding over the edge to the backing.
Sigh, it sure felt good to sew something!
I'll be back later to chat about other current and past projects.

75 comments:

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

The quilt is beautiful! I love how colorful it is. So blogging from your iPhone worked...and maybe you can drop a line every now and again!

Nancy K said...

It's a beautiful quilt. Your post showed up in my blog roll, so it's a good thing that I am lazy about removing absent bloggers. Good to hear from you again. I'll be happy to read about your exploits.

angel66 said...

So glad to see u on this blog again! The quilt is beautiful. Congratulations on the pending arrival of your grandchild.

Mary Beth said...

Hey, good to see you might be posting again. Sorry I missed seeing you at the Haute Couture Club Fashion Show in Chicago! Love that baby quilt, it is so precious.

Melodye said...

Marji,welcome back to blogland! The quilt is cute and I'm sure baby, mom and dad wil enjoy it. I can't wait to read about your exploits at sea.

Anonymous said...

Wow, I was so pleased to see your new post come up on my reader! I love the quilt. Claudine (couturearts.wordpress.com)

cidell said...

I was so happy to see your new post come up! Gorgeous quilt. I've been thinking of setting up my quilt project separate from my fashion sewing.

Dana said...

Beautiful quilt! So glad to see your blog active again!

Anonymous said...

Welcome back. You're missed! Great quilt! We'll be happy to live the fibre afloat life through you!! Thanks for posting.

ACorgiHouse said...

I'm also a lazy blogroll cleaner-outer, and glad of it! The quilt is beautiful and fun, great colors. Congrats on the growing and family, and keep the posts coming.

knittinbrit_in_wi said...

Yay, Marji's back! So great to see a blog post from you. The quilt looks lovely.

fabricfan said...

Hi Marji,
Loved reading your blog again. It is a great little quilt for a llittle one. I love the colours.
I don't go off on the boat for as long as you, but I do like to take something to do.
I usually have knitting, sometimes, I work in a journal, even just pencil crayons, I might take sewing projects to finish, hems buttons, etc, I have done small fabric postcards. I just feel better being creative.

Jenni said...

Wow, what a fabulous quilt. I am sure that will become a treasured family heirloom. Its lovely to hear from you again and to know about your exploits. I admire your determination to sew under sometimes less than ideal circumstances.

Bonnie D. said...

Hi Marji! I still have you on my bloglist and was happy to see this post from you. The quilt is lovely - the colors are so fun!

I love following your adventures at sea and it sounds like such great fun although I must admit, I wouldn't be able to be away from my sewing room as long as you are. :-)

Sigrid said...

Lovely to see you in blogland again Marji. The quilt is lovely, such bright colors.
Would be nice if you can post now and then now you know you can blog with your i-phone.

Claire S. said...

Happily, still on my blogroll too - glad to see a post ! It's a beautiful quilt :-)

LauraLo said...

Marji!!!! Welcome back, I missed you!

Mardel said...

Yeah!!!! So happy to see your post here! It is a beautiful quilt and I'll be happy to see you showing up here again, whenever,

patti said...

Hi, Marjorie! I am so happy to see this post--the quilt is absolutely stunning! I look forward to seeing more from you as time and travel allow--and of course I hope to see you in Chicago sometime.

The Slapdash Sewist said...

Sounds like you were itching to get into some sewing with that huge burst of productivity! I love the bright colors in the quilt.

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad I wandered by. (I don't subscribe to a blogroll.) Great choices and work on the quilt - especially using freemotion where you did. Congratulations on your growing family, Marjorie. Enjoy your time with family and friends everywhere.
Miriam in Michigan

Anonymous said...

So good to hear from you again!
And I smile that the quilt for the new grandbaby is water themed!
Ah, isn't life all about flexibility?!!!
Here's to people who anchor us!

Brenda

Anonymous said...

Wonderful to hear from you Marji! The quilt is adorable (the fabric is beautiful) and I know it will be much appreciated.
Cynthia

JustGail said...

Nice to see a post again, Marji! I'd say blogging from your iPhone worked fine, so I hope to read more about your fibery adventures on the boat.

I LOVE that quilt, the theme is so appropriate to you living on a boat.

Anonymous said...

So glad to hear from you - I wondered how you were getting on. Lovely quilt, hope all goes well with the birth.
ruth

Marina said...

Love the bright colours. How long will you be on land. Our paths may cross again (and this time I won't chicken out) as we sill be spending more time in South Carolina. Sam will be going to the Honors College at Univ of Sc. in the Fall.

Sew Lady Sew! said...

Nice to see you're blogging again. I'm so intrigued by your adventure of sailing and creating with fabric/fiber. Thanks for sharing.

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