Sunday, September 10, 2006
After starting the TV blanket for Shawn, I've started to realize that Christmas isn't really that far away. And when making handmade gifts, one needs to start well in advance in order to complete the gift on time. This got me thinking and using yarn again got me dreaming about all the other yarn I have stashed in a bin at the bottom of the closet. So I dug it out. And inside I found a partially completed scarf. Now if you've been reading my blog at all, this would come to no surprise, you'd know that I am amazing at starting, and not so great at finishing.
So where am I going with all this? I was beginning to wonder myself.
I finished the whole scarf yesterday, and am going to give it as a Christmas gift. And that means already, I have one down and many more to go. The great part is how economical it is to make gifts, especially when you have more than enough fabric, and every craft supply imaginable. So this year, I am challenging myself to make all gifts, and in the spirit of Simple Sparrow's Use What You Have I will try to use only craft items that I've already purchased. However IF there is something that is required to complete a project that I don't already have(i.e. quilt batting)these types of things can be purchased. So basically I will try as hard as I can to make these items with supplies I already own.
Back to this scarf, it fills all the criteria AND I've also finished something that was incomplete. I think this is going to be great. I’ll document the process.
Thursday, September 07, 2006
I know it really is WIP everyday around here. I promise there will be some finished projects eventually. As September started to approach I realized that it is time to start working on Christmas gifts. Especially those that require 140 crocheted granny squares. This is a gift for Shawn(my fiancé)he loved the idea of a TV blanket for snuggling up and watching TV. He's seen the blocks in progress and knows about it, but I will keep the finished product hidden until Christmas.
I sort-of knew how to crochet but never really made anything. A new friend gave me a refresher course, and now all I want to do is make these squares. On the bus, at my desk at lunch, at home in front of the TV. It's a real shame I can't make them in my sleep. I have been dreaming about it, but no finished squares on the nightstand in the morning.
Friday, September 01, 2006
I'm really disappointed in my lack of posts. As it is Friday though, I thought I should post a WIP. since I have mostly WIP's. Tell me crafty ladies, how do you stay motivated to see something to completion? I just want to start projects. Too bad I couldn't teach the cat to sew, I need an assistant to do the finishing.
Note: My job is super busy right now and this week is just the beginning of extreme busyness. So I apologize in advance for not being in the computer mood when I get home from using it all day at work. :S
Monday, August 14, 2006
I will work hard to post more often, and with pictures.
Friday, June 30, 2006
Until next week. :)
Saturday, June 24, 2006
In honour of Work In Progress Friday, I am now posting my WIP on Saturday. Is that allowed? I've always got a million projects on the go. This something I just started working on. A WIP in every sense. It is the beginning of a wallhainging about food. Not just any food though, all the foods that I should steer clear of or avoid completely. I've got digestive problems and this little quilt is my way of working through it. Some inexpensive therapy. At the moment he food is just construction paper(it will be appliqued fabric in the completed piece), I was testing out the idea of all these foods emerging from the bowl. I'm still not sure where it is going yet.
This is the border for the quilt.
Saturday, June 17, 2006
The colours of my favourite pieces in the package got me going on this design. It finally gave me an idea for using some of this very neat penguin fabric i have. I might go back and get the flamingo stuff too. :)
Because I have an optical mouse, the little bit of texture to the mousepad makes no difference at all. Now we need one for our computer at home. Perhaps a bit more subdued.
Monday, June 12, 2006
Last week was absolute mayhem, I was having trouble focusing on the simplest of task, breaking everything and just overall having a rough week. In hopes of regrouping I made it a long weekend and took today off. Got some cleaning done in the sewing room and made this for my corner at work. My workspace is very bland, so I’m trying to inject some of my weird quirky craftiness. Not sure what my coworkers are going to think. Hoping they get the intended gaudiness :)
I really like making these things. The best part being that I get to make use of all of the embellishments I’ve been hoarding but not using. Not to mention they take a lot less time than any of my quilting projects. :) I have this cool sectioned wooden box with a glass lid that I’m thinking of using for the next one. It is much bigger so I think I’m going to have to plan it out.
Sunday, June 11, 2006
I have been listening to Craftsanity on my ipod while in the sewing room (although the sound of the television is good company, it can also be a HUGE visual distraction). The podcast featuring Violet Clark a folk artist from BC got all of my bright coloured creative juices flowing. Swirling around in my head were the images I'd seen of her home years a go when she was on the TV program Weird Homes, accompanied by the funky shrines I' have seen around and was reminded of when I stumbled across Retro Revamp while digging through my pile of craft books. I had also been thinking about the bright colours of this beautiful sun ornament I bought when we were in Cozumel this past winter.
Since all of these colourful ideas came at me all at once, I figured it may be a sign from the crafting gods. Time to pull out the paint, plastic gemstones, buttons, and all the other forgotten crafty supplies. A shrine for the sewing and quilting gods. For guidance in hand quilting, putting on binding, trying out a challenge, and using my fabric. We'll see how effective it is. :)
Wednesday, June 07, 2006
Maybe I’m just trying to hard to focus, and I should just go for it and be pleased with any progress, no matter howlong it takes to finish something? Just make stuff, be creative, and if you finish something-good, and if you don’t, well it was fun to work on. Maybe that’s exactly what I need to do. Switch my focus from the finished item, to the process of making and creating.
I might be on to something here.
Sunday, May 21, 2006
I spent a better part of today working on the baby quilt fror Shawn's friend's upcoming baby. I believe that the true tester of a quilt's quality and beauty is the kitty. The second I finished the quilt top and checked that the batting fit, I set it to the side and there was Stewie giving it the seal of approval. Better pictures to come. I hope to do the quilting tomorrow.
Friday, May 12, 2006
Monday, May 08, 2006
...I got a lot accomplished this weekend (or should I say Sunday, because I spent most of Saturday with my Brownie troop). I ended up taking apart all of the block groupings that I had from my earlier projects and redesigned it to look like this...
I'm quite pleased with how it is turning out. The missing spaces will be turquoise blocks (need more) and that is really all I have left to do. Well..aside from deciding on the colour to use for the strips in between the groupings and of course assembling the whole thing. I'm not sure which colour at all to use for strips. If I knew the sex of the baby I would probably use that as the colour but they are waiting until the birth to find out. I was thinking maybe black and white prints, but also thinking that may be a tad busy. I could go solid black?? I'm really not sure. I think I'll assemble the groupings and then I can throw them on top of various pieces of fabric to audition them.
Saturday, May 06, 2006
I finally got with the program and put up a design wall (excuse the terrible lighting). Very high tech. A flannel backed plastic tablecloth and pushpins. The project on display is a distraction from hand quilting my fall wall hanging (I will finish it this weekend, promise).
I made these blocks ages ago, and will be using them to make a baby quilt for Shawn's friend and his wife. The blocks were already sewn together for various abandoned projects and I am looking forward to using them for something fun and exciting. I'm not sure of the layout just yet, I would like to use as many as I've already made, and avoid having to raid the scrap bins to make more (although I am prepared to make a few more).
The current dilemma is finding a way to incorporate both the multicoloured and monochromatic blocks without it looking mismatched or like switched gears halfway through. I've entertained the idea of making the main part of the quilt monochromatic and putting a small border/strip of pink, green or whatever and then putting one or two rows of the multi interspersed with turquoise mono. I don't really want a real border, just the strip to break up the two styles.
I would really welcome any and all suggestions.
Friday, May 05, 2006
Hoping to finish the fall coloured wallhanging once and for all. Also for some time to start finishing another UFO (UnFinished Object), although I'm really itching to start something totally new, but small, just to keep the creative juices flowing. And seeing all this swapping going on around blogland, makes me really want to take part.
Monday, May 01, 2006
Friday, April 28, 2006
Sunday, April 23, 2006
The next project is this wall hanging for above our bed, it brings together all the colours of the bedding, pillows and such. And I hope will add some cosiness to our room.
The original plan was to machine quilt it, but after a few failed attempts (it getting all bunchy and such) I have decided that hand quilting will be much more pretty and add more puckery dimension (ooh I love the pucker) as well as that handmade charm. I had a heck of a time trying to get a decent picture, so hopefully when it is done, I can take one that will do it justice. :)