Monday, April 14, 2014

A Year of Projects: Projects 7 & 8

This year I aim to complete 52 projects - here are some of them: 

Project 7: Cat Quilt for my daughter. This project was a labor of love and took many small sessions of sneaking in time at my sewing machine when able, but it came together just as I imagined and is my favorite project so far. Everything I have ever been taught about sewing comes from a home economics class I took in 1999, so I am basically flying by the seat of my pants and learning along the way and I am okay with that as it brought me to here and this fun quilt full of red corduroy cats for my girl. The background fabric is a light blue-green print while the backing is 6 or so strips of different fabrics I already had on hand all sewn together and finished with handmade bias tape from some of the same gray fabric that is folded over on the top. I have a small book of quilt square patterns I once picked up at a garage sale that contains a cat square, but I wanted to search to see if their were any others and that led me to another blog. I liked that look a lot better so E looked at it and then made me some larger sized templates in Adobe Illustrator that I used to cut out all 300 pieces of these 30 squares. While I am no expert I think I am made for quilting. It really speaks to the side of me that enjoys repetition, tedious tasks and being able to see continuous progress. Roxanne seems to feel right at home on the quilt as well so I guess it's a keeper.

Project 8: A trio of knitted balls for the ball basket. This one is pretty simple. After a play date at a friends house and seeing a knit ball there it rekindled my desire to finally find a decent pattern and make some of my own. I used this pattern called Little Ball and worsted weight for the blue/purple and the striped balls and sock weight for the orange gradient ball, filling them with stuffing from an old pillow we had on hand. I have since searched for other patterns and made a tiny ball as well using this pattern called Orb-It Ball. They are both nice patterns but I do enjoy that the second is one continuous piece and knit up a lot faster for me due to that.

More projects to come as I tick away at the goal of 52 in a year. I'm still feeling pretty good about that goal so far.

What have you been making lately?


Monday, April 7, 2014

A Year of Projects: Projects 5 & 6

This year I aim to complete 52 projects - here are some of them:

Project 5: LOVE sign made with our daughter's hand and footprints at 16 months old. I had seen this idea online at some point and it stuck in my mind. Fearing her hands and feet would soon be too large to make this reasonable we made a mock-up on paper and then E cut a board to size. I coated it with a couple of coats of paint we already had on hand and Iz helped out with the rest. This now hangs above our bedroom door and it makes me happy every time I see it so I'd say it's a successful project.

Project 6: Whoever lived here before us had put in these wine bottle holes in the wall and they were always such an eyesore. They would end up filled with scraps of paper/pens/random get the idea. We put our heads together and thought shelves would be nicer, somewhere to store our cookbooks specifically since we would usually have to travel to the bookshelves two rooms away to get to them and they would always accumulate in a pile on the counter until someone returned them. So we made a plan and E made it happen and I am happy to say these shelves have been serving us well. It was also nice to really look through our cookbooks and put a few in the giveaway pile that we realized we were never using.

Be on the lookout for my favorite project so far next week!