Posts Tagged ‘personal sewing projects’


6.1 The Home Sewing Front

May 2, 2010

Here are pictures from the Home Sewing Front

Kelley from the Pioneer Quilter has issued a May Mayhem challenge which I am taking. Kelley wants us to quilt 15 minutes every day in May.

I had to practice for about a week to make sure I could discipline myself in quilting every day. Brye asked Kelley if we had to sew every day or we could double up one day instead. Kelley responded that she wasn’t going to sit in our living rooms, but progress was progress.

So I came up with the Drill Sergent idea:
“Okay you quilting scum. Get out the needle and give me fifteen stitches! Don’t even think about putting down that project, you still have 10 minutes left, you filthy maggots!”

Image courtesy of wikipedia

Here are my May Goals for May Mayhem (found in big tent Brye Lynn’s subgroup)

1) Finish the embroidery for quilt guild (two small 15 minute sessions should knock this out)
2) Complete the tote bag in time for the swap deadline
3) Finish fans on quilt, cut and applique corners down
4) Get an idea on quilting pattern for the fan quilt (perhaps trace it down & deciding backing fabric for it)
5) Cut out and finish one more applique piece for the sunflower quilt
6) Find another hand project for work (only if #5 is done).
7) Craft more podcasts in May than in April. Oops!

Guess What?  While waiting for Audacity and Podbean I found two sessions of 15 minutes in the past few days to finish goal #1!

Progress on April 24th

A couple of long sewing sessions – one watching television, and one sitting on my newly cleaned off porch got me mostly finished by yesterday afternoon.  Here is the finish!

Next project!


4.6 Getting things sorted out

February 25, 2010

Hey all.  It has been a few days since I posted that I was needed a little more time with the DNA podcast. 

I always feel obligated to post the podcast as the next post right after the preview one, and then when life gets in the way, don’t think to keep posting other things to keep in touch with all of you.

I’m in the process of still sorting things out and I am not sure how much you want to hear about the reason for the delay, but I am sure I will mention it (at least once if not a ton) in my podcast when it gets recorded. 

I know a lot of people would have wondered why I haven’t recorded.  I do have a full-time job and am spending time solving my problem, one thing every day.  There is no happy time to update or record.  

I’ve been really frustrated (at myself and the situation) and I have made myself ‘overly anxious’ (worried – A LOT) about solving this problem, so I have no energy. 

Nothing really like the feeling of adrenaline when you’re stressed to give you the energy you need, but then there is nothing like the crash when said adrenaline leaves the body.

Hopefully things are looking up from friday afternoon on. 

If I do happen to mention the cause of my delay on the podcast and you say “That’s all?” or “Why are you getting so worked up?”, please don’t tell me that – I already know this. 

It’s what I do.  Nothing rational or scientific about it.  Just worry. Even though it doesn’t solve anything and tends to make me physically ill.

I did get the flowers and leaves sewn down on my wall hanging.  I made a bottom floor of alternating browns for my flowerpots to sit on.  Before the flowerpots get stitched on I think I may need at least one more leaf on the left side. 

Suggestions have been a bird (which I would love to do and I saw a cardinal pattern in a book that I don’t own and may not have money to buy just yet) or butterfly, which I do own a pattern (or several – I have a butterfly pattern book!)

I have been asked if I was going to do any different flowers, and the answer to that is ‘no i don’t think so’. 

I do have a wildflower applique pattern that I bought a while ago that has just been sitting on my shelf, but I even with that resource I still like the continuity of the same flowers in the pots.   

I suppose I could have bought a complimentary orange-colored fabric or used different shades of yellow to create more interest in the flowers.   

If I do use the butterflies though I do have a lot of color options.  We shall see. 

That’s the wonderful thing about this quilting thing.  You have the time to figure things out if you need it.  

At least if you have taken since September to work on this piece, you don’t feel like it needs to be done tomorrow or anything. 

No stress.  Unlike my situation.  Which makes this fun to work on right now.