Monday, January 26, 2015

Random Notions – A step closer to a finished project

My resolution to try to sew every day has been good so far.  I only missed one day, and that was yesterday.  In my defense, it was a very long day where I was in the car practically as soon as I got up early and didn’t stop running until I got home mid-evening and collapsed into bed.  There have been a couple of days where all I had time to do was a short seam, but I did it and it made me feel better, so I think maybe it will be good to do as much as I can everyday.

The blocks of the Scrappy Stars quilt top are together.  Here is a look at the 20 stars I made over the last few weeks –
Yup, that is quite a pile o’ blocks even if it doesn’t look like much!  I was beginning to think I wouldn’t get through all of them.  Then I started making rows of 5, then I put those together and this is where I am at – 
Is it just me, or do those white squares on point just jump out at you?  It’s kind of an optical illusion for me – they look like they are standing up from the rest of the top.  You can’t see it well in that picture, but here is a close up of how the two whites I used are different –
There must be something to this making something scrappy, because my inner control freak is not shrieking out, “It’s just not right!!!”  In fact, I’m perfectly okay with it.  This has been really good for me to do something I am trying to NOT control for a change.

Next up is to make a narrow border of white, maybe one that will finish about 1.5” – 2”, and then a scrappy batik border, much narrower next to that, with another white one that is much wider to finish it up.  I am also going to make a scrappy batik binding for it.  I have only a couple of charms left, but I have a huge tub of batiks collected over the years so I know there will be plenty to finish it off.  I may even make a pieced batik backing for it. 

While working on this, I am already trying to figure out what to do when I get this off to Janet the Longarm Angel. 

Going to leave you with a smile for the day – 
I wondered for quite some time who was destroying what was once a beautiful jade plant in my bathroom.  Max and Dexter!  Finally caught them red-handed –or is it red-pawed?  (For more antics of these guys and their friends, please visit Rules of Standard Cat Behavior.  I had way too many pictures of cats, I had to create another blog!)

Have a great day!  Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Random Notions – Sew in 2015!

I was thinking about New Year’s resolutions, and since I was successful with one for once, I decided to try another.  I finally decided that no matter what, I am going to sew every day, even if it’s only for 15 or 20 minutes.  I am tired of telling myself I can’t sew til I get something else finished, and I am such a terrible procrastinator.  So now, I am going to do something every day, probably first thing in the morning, and take a picture of whatever I do, just so I will have 365 pictures to make a collage next year!  LOL

Classes start tomorrow so I have been sewing like crazy since last weekend.  It was so nice to sew guilt free – not worrying about school work that needed to be done.  Here is the finished wall hanging top I made with the floral I wrote about last week –
My mother and daughter didn’t like the dark pink border I stuck in there, but I do.  I guess it’s true that you can’t please everyone all the time.

The same day I finished that, I pulled out another fabric I wanted to make kaleidoscope blocks with –
I love how this fabric looks like someone has water colored on it.  It made really fabulous 4 piece blocks –
Both of these wall hangings turned out approximately 50” square.  There was practically nothing left from either piece of fabric.  I love using up what I have!

So then I was looking around for something else to work on.  I turned to the four charm packs of batiks I had bought a few months ago-
I had gotten 4 packs because I had an idea in mind for them, that after thinking long and hard about them, I decided I didn’t think I would like it.  So for quite some time, I have been looking for something to do with them.  Earlier this week I was looking through a quilting book and I saw a star – just a plain old star – that I started thinking I might like done in batiks.  So I set about doing it.

It was so hard for me to get started - I finally figured out that even though I like the scrappy look, I have always tried to make things match or go together.  I never thought I could make something look as good as what I see other people do with lots of different fabrics.  I was actually trying to match up colors as I was pulling charms for each star.  I was being fussy and saying “no, that looks wrong” until I finally figured out that in scrappy, there is NO wrong.  You just have to let it go and do it.  And when you do finally let go, it is such a freeing experience.  I really like what I have so far -
I suppose if I was going to really completely let it go, I would have made all the triangle squares and then mixed them up, but I did stick to using both halves on the same block, just making them opposite each other.  Maybe next time – baby steps, right?

I have enough charms to make 20 blocks, but the white background I was using – I didn’t have as much of it as I thought I did.  Of course, it’s something I got a very long time ago and I can’t find it again, so I had to get another piece of white.  I keep saying, hey it will add to the scrappy thing.  I figured I would make the other 10 blocks with it and alternate them.  It’s okay – I am only making it for myself.  I have never had any interest in any kind of competition quilting, so I only have to please me.

The blocks will finish at just under 16”, so I think 5 by 4 rows will make a nice size bed quilt after all the sashings and borders. 

I didn’t sleep well last night, and it finally occurred to me why.  Last week I mentioned that I had stayed away from Starbucks for a year – and I did make it through that last day.  But I had a $5 gift card and while I was out yesterday, I thought I would use it.  So I went through the drive-thru and saw the sign for the new Flat White drink they are making.  I figured since I wasn’t paying for it, I would give it a try.  My first couple of sips were like – wow, this is the strongest coffee I have ever experienced - I wasn’t sure if I liked it or not.  But I kept drinking it.  By the end, I decided, yeah, I could drink this again.  However I was not thinking about the fact that it was already after 3 in the afternoon!  So I bring this up to let you know – if you decide to try a Flat White, do so very early in the morning!

Hope you have had a great start to your New Year!  Thanks for stopping by!