Hexagons, again.

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A year and a half into this project, and here is where I’m at: I haven’t been stitching every day. There have been entire months where absolutely no stitching took place. The colder weather and recent crop of head colds around here have inspired me to suddenly get cracking on this again.

Work in Progress Wednesday No. 10

brussels griffon sketch

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. I’m still (slowly) de-cluttering my studio. (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.) This pile of rainbow bits is STILL on my desk. It’s getting finished or {Read More}

Not quite a Work in Progress Wednesday…

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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!

Work in Progress Wednesday No. 9

Lunazuna (Arizona) quilt in progress

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. So… I’ve been putting new prints in the shop, like this one: Poking through the nice cold storage areas on the bottom floor, finding treasures and turning them into grab bags: (The grab bags are already sold out. Thank you all!) And looking at quilt tops {Read More}

Work in Progress Wednesday No. 8

I Am On The Verge Of Getting My Act Together - art quilt by Claire Chambers

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. This one is a bonus challenge block. I tried my hand at a Great Granny Square. (The {Read More}

Vintage Button Treasure!

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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. The jar is an old Laura Scudder’s Old Fashioned Style peanut butter jar. The same brand {Read More}

Work in Progress Wednesday No. 7

Summer in Oregon!

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. We’ll be back to normal posts and new art soon, promise. Enjoy the summer!

Work in Progress Wednesday No. 6

Rainbow art quilt in progress

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! 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! Once I had them all connected, I hacked them apart again, and started putting them back together. {Read More}

Work in Progress Wednesday No. 5

Rainbow art quilt in progress by Claire Chambers - AbsolutelySmall.com

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: To help make {Read More}

Some thoughts on ironing plastic

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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 {Read More}