What are quilters doing this time of year?

Now that the holidays are over, we either finished all the gifts we wanted to give to friends and family, or we put those unfinished gifts away, hoping to finish them later. Now is the time to get cleaned up and organized for the new year.

Standing in the doorway of my quilting room, I sigh. The room looks like a bomb went off in it. I admit, I’m lucky to have a whole room in my house dedicated to my sewing. Many quilters have to share their sewing space with other rooms of their house, such as a spare guest bedroom or the dining room table.

I’ve seen articles in quilting magazines where some of the most accomplished quilters work in a space the size of a closet. A quilter does not need lots of space to be creative, but it sure does help if we can dedicate some small space for our quilting habit.

So where do I start in my sewing room? Piles of fabric, sorted by color, are under my big ironing board. I can put them away now because last fall I purchased some new plastic drawer units. I outgrew my fabric cabinet several years ago and the fabric piles just started to grow.

There’s a drawer for each color group and one for fabric that doesn’t seem to fit anywhere else. Then there’s the remnants of my last quilt project scattered all over the place. I need to figure out what scraps and fabric I want to keep and what to throw away. Yes, I throw away scraps. After so many years I’ve learned I will not use little scraps of fabric. Although they are called “quilt seeds” by others, they are clutter I can do without.

I find it’s easier to start a new quilt project if my room is clean. I have several new projects I need to work on. I want to try my hand at the new quilting craze called “Modern Quilts.”

I went with a group of ladies to Austin last year to see the first Modern Quilt Show. Although it’s still a little unclear as to what exactly a “modern quilt” is, I’m going to give it a try anyway.

The Shades of Texas Quilt Show will have a modern quilt category this year.

Next on my “to do” list for the show is to donate at least one item to the silent auction. I know what I want to make, I just need to buckle down and get busy on it.

I have a quilt I’ve been working on since 1999. Every other year at this time I bring it out and contemplate if I can finish it in time to enter it in the show. I haven’t decided yet ... but maybe.

The Shades of Texas Quilt Show is March 14 to 15 at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center on W.S. Young Drive in Killeen. To enter a quilt in the show, go to www.cttquiltguild.org, get an entry form from your local quilt store, or call 254-680-5260. The quilt entry deadline is Feb. 14.

Nancy C. Judd of Harker Heights is a member of the Crossroads to Texas Quilt Guild.

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