CRAFTY | A WEEK OF RANDOM PROJECTS

I’m suffering post-massive-quilt-deadling come down. You know the come down you have after you’ve been entirely consumed with a task.  I’ve been wandering around the house in a daze looking for something to occupy my idle hands.

Of course, this has not meant that I’ve picked up my Woodland Sampler.  Nope, it’s sitting neglected in the craft room while I inch my way closer to a new month and being further behind.  But that’s ok, I know I will make time when it becomes important.

3_gnomeangel_perfect…there’s always time for brownies and hay day…

I have however made time for brownie baking. (Much to HUBBY’s delight!) I’ve also managed to spend a shed load of time growing my Hay Day farm (that’s creative right?).  I baked the brownies because I had the most lovely and wonderful Bron (of Krafty Kuka) and Michelle (of Buttontree Lane) over for a bit of a crafty afternoon on Sunday.

I know I’m in my mid 30’s but I still get a kick out of having an afternoon of play time with the girls.

While we were devouring the awesomeness that is Michelle’s homemade piklets combined with her and Bron‘s homemade jams I decided I would ask their opinion about a little quilting project that I wanted to do.

Everyone on Instagram has been sharing photos of their Scrappy Trip Around the World quilts. I’ve sat back and watched content in the knowledge that I have my list of 2013 quilts that I’m working through and I don’t really have the time or desire to get involved with the crazy that is a quiltalong.

Oh how I was denying my inner follower.  I couldn’t help it. In the end I decided I’d use an upcoming event as an excuse to get my Scrappy Trip Around the World on.

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When the Little Man was born I may or may not have gone on a bit of a kid’s novelty themed fabric buying bender.  I have heaps in my stash and it’s all very cute, but there’s no way I’m going to be able to use it all before he’s 15.  So I decided it would be a perfect excuse to use it up in a quilt for someone special.

I pulled out the fabric from my stash but it was apparent that all the novelty prints would blend into one big blob if they didn’t have some solid colour to break them up… but what colours…

After auditioning a few different variations I decided on the gender neutral purple, yellow and grey. It helps break up the patterns and give the quilt a little bit of a pop.

Only one problem… I suck at math.  I decided I’d do a 4 x 4 square quilt so I set to the task of making 8 blocks. (Seriously, I’d love to blame baby brain but I think it’s time to accept that I’m just a monkey when it comes to math!)

I made my 8 blocks and laid them out on the family room floor to admire my genius…

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It was at this point… no, not during the couple of hours of cutting, sewing and making the 8 blocks… that I realised the folly of my ways… I’m 8 blocks short of my  4 x 4 quilt pattern.

/facepalm

I can’t believe it… oh well back to the cutting board.  Only one slight fly in the ointment; I’m out of solids.

So now I’m trying to come up with a workable solution that doesn’t involve me buying more fabric. I’ve got a couple of ideas floating around that I’m going to think about and then implement one of them.  Should be interesting to see how it all comes together.

In the meantime I’m just going to use this little guy as a reminder of my mathematical masterstroke…

2_gnomeangel_scrappytripalong…that’s the same way I approach my quilting…

I’ve not just limited my quilting to making botched Scrappy Trip Around the World quilts I’ve also been doing a bit more work on my HexyMF quilt.  I finished another flower:

6_gnomeangel_hexymf…it’s rather hypnotic…

I finished this one while watching Michelle (of Buttontree Lane) teach the Modern Quilt Group of Canberra Quilters how to make the Scrappy Trip Around the World block at our monthly meeting.  I quite like how this one has come together.

I’ve started the next one and will be making time to get it done soon as well.  I’m finding the handstitching to be rather therapeutic. I’m slowly learning to stop being so critical about the perfectness of my stitches and just enjoy the process.  It’s a good lesson for life really…

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I also managed to finally make a decision about what colours I would do my B Blocks for the Scrap Vomit quilt. I’ve gone with a colour combination that reminds me of a memory that my Mother and I share.  I decided to cut all the pieces out instead of strip piecing because I want it to be as wonky as the blocks I’ve already done (plus it gave me an excuse to use my Sizzix). I’m excited to see it come together, but again I’m short on fabric so I need to decide if I mix up my B Blocks or order more fabric.

That’s a decision to make on another day…

When I wasn’t busy trying to cram craft in around mothering and being an awesome wife I was out enjoying the sunshine with the Little Man and hanging with Michelle (of Buttontree Lane) watching her applique her latest addiction.

buttontreelane_stitchingintheparkImage source: Michelle (of Buttontree Lane)

The Little Man and I met her in the park across from her office to keep her company on her lunch break and use it as an excuse to get out of the house.

All-in-all it’s been a pretty awesome week. I’m loving having all these little projects on the go and I’m just so excited that it’s Thursday because it means that tomorrow I get to pick up the swoon quilt. Wheee!

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8 Comments

  1. suzanne February 22, 2013 at 2:10 am

    I swear you must have an extra battery embedded somewhere inside your body. You have got to be the MOST productive person I know. It is incredible!!! and super inspiring!

    1. gnomeangel February 22, 2013 at 8:40 am

      I’m positive that’s not true – you’re an artist and hang with arty types – you know how much you can pack in around the daily grind. But thank you for the amazing compliment. It just looks busy, really I spend a lot of time on the couch (I’m just usually stitching while sitting on the couch…)

  2. ejorpin February 21, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    I always forget to use the http:// in my link! Ooops!

    1. gnomeangel February 21, 2013 at 8:54 pm

      I do that too!!! Should just autopopulate!!! 😉

  3. ejorpin February 21, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    I am always, always in awe of quilters. I can’t believe that all this work was done in one random week of crafty play! Amazing… And I love your novelty prints. Oh, and I am a monkey at maths too (no baby brain to blame here, just bad maths brain!)

    1. gnomeangel February 21, 2013 at 8:54 pm

      This is why I love quilting – it looks impressive when it is easy as! I suspect most things are… but it’s just whether we’re the ones doing them or lusting after them that makes the difference I guess.

      It’s an ongoing joke in our house how bad I am when it comes to numbers… I shudder to think how I’ll handle the Little Man’s maths homework when he needs assistance!

  4. Michelle February 21, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    I’m glad to have been a part of your crafty week, although I’m especially glad you were a part of MY week! Tuesday lunch was an absolute delight. Let’s do it again before it gets too cool to sit outside with the little dude.

    1. gnomeangel February 21, 2013 at 8:51 pm

      Deal! It was brilliant to see you and to have some time in the sunshine (although the $10 it cost me in parking stung a little!!!).