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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

Satisfaction Does Not Equal Work Input

I started another quilt…I know, I know. I have three weeks before I find out what the baby is and I have to occupy myself somehow. Right? I can’t sit around and watch trashy reality TV on Netflix all the time, can I?

This quilt I started is for the church bazaar (November 10- Mark your calendar!)

I’m trying to sew as much as possible before I am too occupied with preparing for our new velociraptor to join the family. And really, a side note, this is totally a velociraptor. I hobbled around most of the weekend because of the tremendous pain in my left hip. By Saturday night, I couldn’t get my leg into the bed and we have one of those low Ikea beds…lifting that leg two feet was NOT going to happen. Mr. Lulu managed to move it, with me in tears. YAY! Anyways, back to the quilt…

So I started this quilt and realized something. I realized why I keep saying I’m not going to ever quilt again. I find it tedious. RIDICULOUSLY tedious. The cutting, the measuring, the math, the “OHMYGOD MY SEAMS AREN’T LINING UP!” … it’s all too much for me. I don’t find the satisfaction of a finished blanket to exceed the trauma of sewing the blanket.

The thing is, my blankets usually turn out ok. If you inspect them microscopically, you will find numerous errors, puckered fabric, I don’t hand sew (oh no no, I don’t hand sew). But they are functional. I prefer Monet pieces…they are pretty when draped across a chair or couch and snuggled up with. My quilts will not earn quilting prizes.

I’m actually quite envious of people who can sit there and quilt and turn out beautiful pieces. I really am. I don’t have it in me. I find it dull. And boring. And tedious. The work exceeds the satisfaction of the finished piece.

So while working on dull, tedious pieces, I work on other things that are fun and cute, and where the input is equal to the output, at least in my brain. I do things like these:

Cute little burp cloths from cloth diapers. I love fun sewing like this. And I’ll be making me some of these little guys too. I mean, why not? I have a huge stash of fabric and the diapers are relatively inexpensive. Then I can look at something cute while my velociraptor vomits all over me.

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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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I should stop saying never.

Really, I said I’d never quilt. In the last year, I made three quilts. THREE!!! Ok, granted, I never really “quilted” them, I mean, that’s a lot of work. And patience. And who has the time unless you are 50+ and maybe have a lot of cats? That’s an unfair statement but once my blanket is put together, I really am done with it. I like short projects that can be finished and used and not sit and me say things like “wow, only 11/12 left to quilt. Glad I decided to do this by hand.” (that’s a true conversation. I ended up ripping out my hand stitches and went with little yarn ties.)

I was going thru my stash last night and thought I’d do a simple tag blanket for our church bazaar. Instead, I found quite a bit left of my Moda fabric from the Oz collection. After I cut it up, I thought “hey, I can try my hand at triangles! who cares, right?” So off I went, measuring, cutting, drawing diagonal lines and sewing a quarter inch on each side…and I came up with…

It’s just started. That’s 36 squares and I have 36 more (I think) and then I’ll attempt to sew it together. I don’t know what I’m going to do with it yet. It’s cute but I don’t know if it’ll go to the bazaar or a friend or where. Oz, maybe :) We’ll see how it goes. I still need to find a border for it and backing. Again, just not sure.

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HI!

Hey there! Hi! YOO HOO! (I really just like saying YOO HOO! <- see, I did it again)

I wanted to update you…no, I haven’t quite moved to Tumblr yet. I know. And no, Jon Hamm did not show up at my house with hockey tickets, or a trip away, or anything like that. Mr. Lulu did make me scream on Christmas morning LIKE JON HAMM was at the door, when my stocking rang…and inside (buried at the very bottom) was a new iPhone 4s. SIRI! She’s my new BFF.

But this isn’t about Christmas past….No. Or New Years…because that too has come and gone and here we are, ten days into the new year. Only 355 days left to accomplish all I need to accomplish! 

Let us start with a list of (and I will put this in big bold letters for dramatic effect) EVERYTHING LULU BEAN WANTS TO ACCOMPLISH IN 2012!!! (if you said it in a big booming voice, you got what I was going for!)

  • Clean my sewing closet. I wish I had taken photos of it to post, but um, its an embarrassment. It needs cleaned, purged, reorganized and made all the better. Are baskets REALLY the best way to store fabric if it ends up in piles? I don’t know. Thoughts, dear reader(s)?
  • Take three more graduate classes (and then I will have one left in 2013 and I will graduate!)
  • Continue to work with the commissions I sit on, without being a poopoo head about it
  • Continue to work with my most awesome church and do the most awesome things for the Most Awesome. (She totally deserves capitals!)
  • Keep my hubby happy. (Make your hobby, hubby. Keep your hubby happy. When he’s a little chubby. He’s the happy pappy. With Rockenschpeel! Flintstones, anyone…anyone…?) This includes renewing our vows at our 10 year anniversary.
  • Redo my screened in porch, which includes painting, replacing wainscotting, cleaning, maybe removing furniture. Why DO we have so much furniture? Again, I’d show pictures, but…it’s scary
  • Sew more. Hey! Look at that! A sewing bullet! And by sewing more, I mean, the quilt top for me. A new dress for me. And work harder to better my sewing skills.
  • Better my sewing skills (totally deserves its own)
  • Learn how to use my serger

It’s going to be an exciting year, this 2012. Iwill do what I always do…get ridiculously busy, freak out, wonder why I do it, enjoy it, and then rinse and repeat. Because that’s what I do. And at 32, I think I’ve become OK with that. I’m not sure Mr. Lulu has…I really don’t think Mr. Lulu is OK with the “freak out” step in all that, but he’s supportive. But I’m sure he’d like to see one of those bullet points “not freak out when I put too much on my plate and can’t deal with it simultaneously.”

So before I leave this posting today, here is the finished quilt I made for my friend April. We are doing a blanket swap. She’s crocheted me a blanket, I quilted her one! It’s so exciting!

April's Quit

This is the beginnings of Charlotte’s quilt. Her mama picked out the fabrics, which are adorable! It’s another Disappearing/ Vanishing 9 patch. When it’s finished, I’ll post more pictures!

 

 

Charlotte's Quilt

 
Till then, happy sewing and happy 2012!
 

 

 

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