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I am wearing my “I finished craft projects” gold star!

You know that quilt I started? Yeah, I finished it. It’s a good snuggle blanket, which is about what I’m OK at. See, didn’t say “good at.” Just ok. And I’m ok with being ok. But you know what? I didn’t take a photo of the finished project. Why? I don’t know…I blame the velociraptor.

This is the same velociraptor who has turned toasters into heavy machinery, made me forget that that to heat the kettle, one must first turn on the stove, and the same velociraptor who kept me home from work on Friday when my right leg (not the left this time) went out on me. Thank goodness for Mr. Lulu who can talk sense into me regarding things like driving with the left leg. (For the record, you shouldn’t attempt it)

Anyways, I HAVE taken photos of other projects that I recently completed. It’s been a lot of fun being home and being crafty. Some call it “nesting” I call it “not in school and  having to find things to occupy my time.”

I have found Pinterest to be a great inspiration. I made these by melting plastic pony beads in a pie tin for 20 minutes at 400 degrees.  Yeah, it smells a little bad but hey! They are cute, unbreakable suncatchers!

 I also decided to recover my chair I’ve been using for my sewing desk. I used leftover Moda fabric (I forget which collection, but my guess would be Oz, just because that’s what my other ones came from. I could be wrong though).

And I taught my niece how to sew this weekend! That was a LOT of fun. We learned the very basic mechanics of using my sewing machine, with her sitting on my lap and me helping her guide the fabric. Monkey got a new sleeping bag, complete with attached pillow. I don’t think sewing was nearly as much fun as her new iPod Nano, but that’s OK. She’s learning. Kate also worked on her embroidery a little, learning the back stitch and the split stitch.

And the last thing I’ve been working on have been plant markers to sell at the church bazaar. These fun things are made of wire, wine corks, and beads. I wrote the names of herbs as pretty as I possibly could, decorated wire and dug it all into the base of the cork. They are fun and cute. I have a few more to make, but ran out of wire and beads. I’ve kinda been keeping Michaels in business lately. Sorry for the crummy photo. Mr. Lulu and I are in the market for a new camera. I’ve been using my iPhone, can you tell?

Speaking of Michaels, they have these awesome pendants that you can make lockets out of. I wanted little itty bitty embroidery hoops to do miniature embroidery but no one seems to make them, unless they make them for themselves, to sell their own itty bitty embroidery. So I bought one of these lockets and did my own. First of all, I didn’t realize just how difficult small stitching is. Um, that’s more, way more difficult than I imagined. But it worked and fit in the locket. I’m not wholly pleased with the end result of my matroyshka doll, so I may go for something  a bit less ambitious and try a flower.

But it’s been a good time finishing up a few projects, starting new projects, attempting projects…like another quilt. I KNOW I KNOW. ANOTHER ONE. Yes, I’m going to be giving these away. No one needs this many blankets around the house. And for someone who hates making blankets, I sure do it a lot. Mr. Lulu equated it to an addiction, I keep doing something I don’t like, but it occupies my time.

Oh wait…maybe it is.

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by | June 19, 2012 · 10:25 am

Found the Emerald City

I finished my quilt using the Oz fabric by Moda (2010) over the holiday weekend. I am really pleased with the quilt I never intended to sew. First of all triangles! Second of all, self-binding! Third, it’s actually quilted! (ok, machine quilted, but I did it!)

I had hoped to incorporate yellow as the border but it just didn’t look right. I really thought it needed a yellow brick road but instead it got a green flannel backing. I was thoroughly surprised at how easy it was to self-bind. OK, I cursed a little but really, I was pleased with the results.

And really, as much as I keep saying “no more quilts” or even “the last quilt I make will be for the baby” that is all a big lie. Over the weekend a friend delivered two large tubs of quilting fabric, flannel, and fleece. It was even mostly matched by color! So even after I got rid of fabric recently, I’ve acquired more. I think I’m going to have to eat this elephant one bite at a time. Or quilt one stitch at a time.

I figure I have plenty of time to work on some sewing before the baby comes. At least, I have about five more weeks before we know what it is and I can throw myself into sewing for the room. Yes, there are more important things than pretty curtains and happy blankets they won’t use but it’s fun to indulge a little. After all, it isn’t like I don’t have fabric…

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