I don’t have a picture for this post – mostly because I didn’t sew at all this weekend. Saturday we got hit with the tail end of Tropical Depression Helene, and the lights were going on and off, and I was in no mood to sew anyway. Since Katrina changed everything back in 2005, August usually is surrounded with a certain amount of weather anxiety for me. It’s always there in the back of my head – I’m always calculating the hurricane plan. If I can make it past Labor Day without being waterlogged – I will count this year as a success.
So right. I didn’t sew at all. I also couldn’t really work with the lights going in and out – so I didn’t make much progress there either. Mostly I just snuggled up with the pets and read. It wasn’t the worst way to spend a rainy Saturday.
This evening though, I definitely have a date with my sewing machine. I want to get all my 9 patches done for my Charm Square Quilt. I manged to assemble 3 blocks this morning, but tonight – IT WILL BE FINISHED! My mom finished hers yesterday, so now I’m the one who is behind.
Also as a sidenote – I was invited to a Halloween Party last night, so that is an upcoming project that I have to start thinking about. I’m thinking something steampunky, just because that is fun – either a steampunk Mad Hatter, or The Joker. I am leading towards the Joker because I saw an awesome cosplay of one last week. It was a whole lot girlier than I would do it – but it gave me lots of ideas. I will probably be making everything except the corset / bodice piece. I do have all the hardware to make one somewhere in my closet – but I lack the sewing expertise…serious foundation garments are WAY above my pay grade.
Weekend to-do list:
Well before I start sewing – I need to do work work. So that comes first. I have a site migration and template buildout. Both are pretty pressing, but they are paying me early ( for some reason I don’t know ) for the migration so that will probably come first.
As far as quilting goes First and foremost I need to finish my Sparkle Punch top. No excuses. It needs to be off my design wall and ready for basting. Serious. It needs to be done.
Number two: the 9 patches for my Charm Square Quilt project for my Quilting Quickly class? Need to be done. The sashing can wait until next week, but those blocks will take no time and need to be assembled. Actually, I might do that tonight while the Lug is putting together his new computer.
There’s something else I really really need to tackle, but I just really don’t want to do it. My fabric stash is a giant mess, and I can’t find anything in it. It’s awful. Everything needs to be pressed, it all needs to be organized, and I don’t have any room for any of it. See Below. Not pictured is a very large suitcase, and a big rubbermaid full of fabric. Ugh.
Lastly – I wanted to kind of explain where I want to go with all this business. Right now, in my quilting I am working towards developing a skillset, and trying to get all the technique down so I can move towards a more fine art approach to quilting. My background is in art and design – and I want my quilts to eventually become a more personal body of functional artwork. It goes a bit deeper than that really, into a discussion art vs. craft, and why so much creative work – seriously hundreds, thousands of years of pieces made by women’s hands are dismissed as “craft”, or as something lesser. But that is really a long discussion and rant for another time when I don’t have my workday breathing down my neck. I need to get to it before the natives turn on me….
So let’s see – what have I been up to?
This Sunday the Mom came over and we worked on The Secret Project™ for a while, and she also brought me a new quarter inch foot – so that was cool. I managed to make some progress on the Sparkle Punch quilt, but not as much as I would like – there’s all kinds of drama afoot from all directions. Families = Crazy. Yep.
And my big box of scraps came in the mail yesterday – there’s some highs and lows in there. A lot of woven countrified plaids – meh. And quite a few tweeny novelty prints – blah! Of course this only led me to take the most offensive of the bunch and add it to my scrappy HST collection. Only one clearly says “Hannah Montana” after everything was sliced and diced, so I guess it could have been a lot worse.
Since the Lug has purchased his new computer, and it should be shipping next week sometime – I have commandeered the Change Jar for an upgrade of my own. Right now I’m using a Brother that I bought from Amazon for a couple hundred dollars. I like it just fine, but I really want something more substantial that will last me more than a couple of years.
I’m in an online swap group over at swap-bot.com, and we’re doing a Half Square Triangle Swap – and I’m loving getting all these awesome bits in the mail! Today I had two envelopes full, so of course I had to play and arrange them for a bit ( instead of tending to that large pile of work that is gathering in my inbox ) I’m planning on using them to make curtains for my double back doors – so I may have to make a few more sets myself before I start piecing them.
Also….I am ashamed to admit…I bought MORE Fabric! I saw a very reasonably priced Box O Scraps™ and I couldn’t help myself. I have a particular weakness for the Box of someone else’s scraps idea – and it’s been a long time since I purchased one, so I figured – what the heck, I could always use 5lbs of someone else’s trash to make treasures out of!
Quilting Todo for Today: I WILL put at least an hour into assembling my Sparkle Punch Quilt. I will not make excuses like yesterday ( Note to Self: It’s August, Spork – It is going to be hot this afternoon. Suck it up! ) Edited to Add: Mission Accomplished!
Non-quilting Todo for Today: At least an hour reading work books. You Bought all those Work related books….now read them! Edited to Add: I so did not get any reading done. Instead I watched Great Balls of Fire and putzed around on my computer.
Today I wound up buying more fabric – I was poking around Connecting Threads – and saw that they had VERY reasonable charm packs. The next project for my Quilting Quickly class is a disappearing nine patch using charm squares, so I picked up a handful of their Riviera II charms. I’ve got a Grandma’s Flower Garden project in their Riviera line that I will probably be working on until I die, and I really think the bright florals are just so happy and fun.
I swear I had plans for last night. I’m in the middle of a Sparkle Punch Lap Quilt for a friend’s mom who donated bags and bags of fabric to my stash, and I really wanted to make some progress on it. But even before the rain started – my lights were out. How does that even work? I will never understand the power grid here in Hammond. So instead, I sat in the dark and read. The lights were out for a good 3 hours or so , just enough to start getting all gross and muggy. Bleh.
Yesterday wasn’t all bad though – I got my Charm packs in the mail! I’m a couple years into this whole quilting thing – but I’m completely self-taught. So there’s a LOT of gaps in my knowledge base – and as a solution I’m taking an online class with my mom. We’re starting from the beginning over at Craftsy, taking the Quilting Quickly class. I’m pretty excited about it. In retrospect, I probably should have gotten some coordinating solids – this little quilt is going to be super busy!