Sunday, May 30, 2010
Saturday, May 29, 2010
A little preview for my upcoming First Blogiversary: there will be a giveaway contest. It won't be random.
(Yes, I was crafting in my car.)
Saturday, May 22, 2010
I finished piecing the top together last night. I had a perfectionistic moment when I began sewing the horizontal strips together and realized that the squares were not aligned at every corner. Not even close on a few. It was then that I remembered that I should have trimmed each square before sewing them into strips. I considered that I might need to take apart the strips and do that.
So I took a break and waited for the perfectionistic moment to pass. It did. There were a few corners that required a bit of fiddling, and a couple that I went back and re-seamed to make them a bit smaller. Then everything came close enough to meeting at the corners, and that was okay by me.
Next I need to buy fabric to make the backing and bias trim.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
So far, despite having cut a half billion rectangles the wrong size, I have not cried yet. I just went to the Hobby Lobby and paid the whopping $2.77 for another yard of fabric.
My first foray into quilting resulted in a wall hanging and table runner for my mother in law, a wall hanging for my mother (that I still cringe when I see hanging in her house - the color value choices were that horrid), and a set of placemats for myself that are still in use. That sounds pretty good, for the few months I spent on it, but none of it was fun. Tears were shed in frustration many times. So why try again?
I love the idea of quilting....the history, the thrift, the venue for self expression. I don't love the perfectionism involved - the criticism of imperfect seams or, yeah, that's it, it's the perfectionism. I've been reading the blog of kotkarankki for the past year, and she quilts. She quilts like I wanted quilting to be, but it wasn't: thriftily, creatively, generously, and without obsessing over every seam. Her quilts are not perfect, but they are all made to be used, not hung on display. She inspired me to give quilting another try. Thank you, Ulla!
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
I made an apple pie today, and shared the cores and peels with the dogs. There were so many of them that Trixie couldn't finish her portion. Fortunately, Jeb was more than happy to eat her leftovers.
Some people tell me their dogs do not like to eat fruit and veggies, but mine love most of them. Only leafy and stringy things do they not eat, like lettuce and celery.
Whenever I am cutting up produce, they come running to the kitchen and stare at me until I'm done, just hoping for some treats.
Jeb likes to carry his snacks to the grass and eat them there. It's funny to watch how different they are. Jeb ate all his cores first, carrying each one to the grass, then ate all the peels. Trixie just randomly ate until she was full. Jeb does not know the meaning of full. He eats until everything is gone.
Friday, May 14, 2010
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Snow is not something I want to see in May, but this is what we woke to this morning.
These two shots are in my back yard. As you can see, the trees in leaf are bent over by the weight of the snow. I was told when I moved here that the front yard had lost a tree to spring snow. I wonder if it looked like the scrubby, shrubby maple that you see above.
My daughter is out now, knocking as much snow as she can reach off the trees with a broom. If the sun comes out soon, it should melt quickly, and the trees should be okay. At least the big one should. The little one is still bent over on the ground. We'll have to wait and see if it bounces back.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
My husband does not care about decorative pillows. I know this. (I suspect the love of decorative and excess pillows will be one day discovered to exist only on the X chromosome.) Yet, I wanted to make him one anyway. I go away for the month of July, and I wanted to leave him a love note. One he'd see every day, throughout the day, and maybe smile. Or, at least, think what a silly wife he has.
So I made him this little (11x11 ish) pillow, with a phrase we've always said to one another.
I showed the start of it the other day, the backstitch lettering on a piece of cross stitch linen I had on hand. I used to cross stitch quite a bit, and have a nice supply of floss, a few unused pieces of linen, and the frames and whatnot.
I don't have much of a fabric stash, so I bought two fat quarters for the backing and binding. Remembering how to make and apply the bias tape was the most difficult part. I don't think I got the end finished off quite right, but I'm happy enough with it. I love the width I settled on. You can't really see it in the photo, but the back is an envelope, just two pieces of fabric that overlap, no closure.
The pillow itself I made from an old mattress pad whose elastic had died. I tend to save those, convinced they'd be good quilt batting should I ever take up quilting, which I think about.
I'm thinking that next I should make a little quilt for Trixie. Perhaps it would keep her from burrowing under my husband's pillows and messing up the bed. I like a neatly made bed. It increases my happiness factor enormously.
Sunday, May 9, 2010
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Never a fanatic for coloring within the lines or limiting myself to color realism, I, nevertheless, always have liked coloring books. So when I saw Amy Karol coloring toile and framing it, my interest was piqued....except, I don't really want framed toile hanging on my wall.
(This is a problem I often encounter with craftiness. I want to make things. I enjoy making things. I don't want the finished object. Once I tried unsuccessfully not to take home a mosaic stepping stone I'd made at a friend's craft and gab party. It was fun, really, but I don't want a broken plate mosaic stone in my garden. I hid it under my back steps and left it behind when I moved.)
The idea was there, though. When I recently checked out Franklin Habit's book of knitting cartoons, It Itches, I found something I wanted to color and display. My husband made the copies for me, and today I used my twistable crayolas and colored in my favorite. Then I popped in a $2.50 frame I bought on clearance at Target.
It makes me smile, because, yes, I do like to knit for Trixie. I've knit for dogs of friends, too. I have even toyed with the idea of knitting for Jeb, but he gives me a look that lets me know he wants no part of it. He would look awfully cute in a Charlie Brown style sweater, though.
Saturday, May 1, 2010
Free Comic Book Day today!
Here is our loot.
After reading them, we plan to use ours in crafty ways: maybe decoupage, maybe saving some for the next flair workshop.
Flair, I learned, is the new word for buttons. My daughter and I recently made some cute buttons at a workshop, but wished we'd brought our own images.
I also wish I had realized earlier that I was applying the pins upside down.