An impromptu long snow weekend led to lots of crafty therapy. I finished a quilt that had been in -ahem- progress for about a year now. After some serious consideration (not really, it was more like productive procrastination), I decided to use this method that I saw some time ago on Whip Up. It saved so much time! Basically, I had all layers together (sandwiched right side down, batting, right side up), and then quilted everything together as I attached each line. To take out a step in the quilty process (having to construct the top and then quilting the layers together) worked perfectly, especially since it will be an everyday couch quilt. Here are some in-progress pictures:
Everything is quilted together- starting at the top, I laid out the bottom (RSD) with batting on top (using a few safety pins here and there). I put the first line down RSU, and the next line RSD on top of it. The I sewed all layers together. Next, I folded over the top strip RSU, and laid the next strip on top of it RSD. Going over and over until… voila! Then I edged and was all done. Sadly, all of the ups and downs on the floor to lay it out has me totally sore today. The hazards of quilting are real people.
I also finally finished a square by hand from the amazing Wombat Quilts. I cannot put the fabrics together quite as well she does, but with her pattern it’s hard to mess it up! Now, I am far too lazy to make an entire quilt, but I think it will be a lovely small something-or-another. I just need to add an edge and back and I’ll be donezo.
This weekend, my therapy was totally retail-related. But by way of magazines…the best kind. I have long been a fan of Euro-import crafty mags, but this weekend it was brought to a whole new level when I brilliantly thought to myself, “Self, what the hey? I wonder if there are any super-cool quilting magazines. Could it be?…this one looks…yes…it is larger than the other magazines…yes…QUILTY GOODNESS EURO-STYLE??!!?!” I apologize if the picture is, in fact, as fuzzy as it looks to me, but my excitement is clearly difficult to contain. I went with Patchwork and Quilting and Popular Quilting (I’m not really sure how I missed Popular Patchwork, except for that I must find it). I cannot be happier with these magazines, and just feel like there is something about the Euro mags that are more current, and way mare tutorial-ish. I have even already found a new awesome sewy blog at Diary of a Quilter from Popular Quilting– PLEASE check it out if you haven’t seen it yet…I would say it is imperative. It’s pretty and helpful and inspiring.
I am sure that it is noticeable that I keep posting about sewing blogs and magazines and haven’t posted any projects. That’s because it is very time consuming to collect all of the “data” which means I’m not actually doing anything. I’m ok with it though, it’s part of my process (and “productivity” is relative). On the work-front, I have been stalking Kate’s Science Classroom though, who seems to take her class beyond typical Science lessons, and integrates some really great concepts for personal growth. I admire her going above and beyond subject matter for her students, and find there are some great ideas here that can easily fit into the Counselor’s office as well!
One last note: While perusing the crafty book section at my local book store, I couldn’t help but notice this precariously placed self-help book. Regardless of the fact that I mix therapy and crafties right on this here blog thang, I had to refrain myself from leaving a note that says, “Crafting is in again! Just because I’m crafting on a Saturday night doesn’t mean I have low self-esteem! I choose this life! I have friends (friend) and everything!”
So, I woke up at 6:30am this fine Saturday morning thinking about something to make for the teachers at my school. Why so early? Because soon, we will all be together at the same time- also on a Saturday- for a…DUN DUN DUUUN…Saturday Snow Make-Up Day!!! Eeeek! That one hurts, doesn’t it?! I have to say, I made sure to thoroughly enjoy my snowcation, so I can’t be but so disappointed. (Plus, half of the kids won’t be there, and I will probably happily gain 15 pounds eating all day). Anywho, the teachers have been really upbeat about it (at least around the nerdy, annoyingly sun-shiney School Counselor 😉 ) and I wanted to do a little something to perk them up for the make-up day. I am thinking I will get packets of Lemonade mix and attach them to a little note — get it?! Make lemonade out of lemons??? Nothing like a freebie with a schtiky joke, right?
This week’s therapy has been some little stuffed fur-babies to send to my awesome cousin who is currently traveling abroad. They were supposed to be mice, as shown in this pattern. I, of course, hastily went through the pattern without reading the directions and came out with these, what I choose to call, “arbitrary woodland creatures”:
Still plenty cute, just a little bit more in a ‘made by my child’ sort of way.