Tuesday, August 23, 2011

My Craft Day

As I told you yesterday I would be crafting all day. Well, I had a few errands to run this morning so I didn't get started until 11:30. First, let me say I have never claimed to be the sharpest crayon in box, or the elevator doesn't go quit to the top floor, or insert your favorite one here..... lol. I decided to start my daughters quilt she has been asking for. I know I need to get crackalackin on my stitchery designs BUT I have no working printer to print out my graph paper AND the one at work needs a new printer cartridge too. So I have not been able to do any charting only stitching on a pattern I bought at the thrift store. How did I digress already? OK back to the quilt and not being the sharpest tool in the shed... I read the directions for the quilt or so I thought. I got my rotary cutter, mat, and fabric all out and started cutting my 1 3/4" strips. So far so good. Well, somewhere up in my cobweb infested mind I thought I only needed 40 blocks. The directions said 40 sets of dark fabrics 1 3/4" X 27" You would have thought somewhere along the way the light would've gone off. I'm here to say it did not. I cut my strips and stitched them together in sets of five. I was thinking man this is too easy.... until the directions said to cut each of the units into 6 3/4" segments. I got out my trusty ruler and proceeded to cut the segments. Still the light did not go on I was doing something wrong. After I got my first set all cut I looked at it and something didn't seem right. I remeasured and sure enough my seams are off. Grrrrr... the seam was to be 1/4" and mine were bigger....so the segment measured 5 3/4" not 6 3/4". Luckily my Facebook friends reminded me to check the seams when I posted a message asking if I stupid... LOL. I am here to announce I am. LOL. It took me at least an hour to find what I did wrong. So that entire set got scrapped and I started again. I made my 40 blocks still not thinking that wouldn't be enough to make her quilt until a few minutes ago. I actually need 130 blocks. Oh crap!!!!! In other words I still have a ton of sewing and cutting to do. Seriously some days I wonder where my brain is....

My daughter decided on turquoise and brown... the fabric in the middle has silver sparkles in it. She just LOVES it.

I don't think I ever showed those of you who follow me here and not Facebook the pillow I made. The sham is burlap and then I made a "sleeve" that you could take on and off. My friend Laurie asked if I decide to sell them would I think about making different sleeves for the different seasons to change them out. I thought that was an awesome idea!

I also forgot to show you what else I got at the thrift store yesterday. I think I'm going to try pouring wax in it and see how it comes out.

I also came across my fake treenware scoop I didn't show you that I got awhile back at the thrift store. $4.00!!!!! What a steal!!!!!

Last but not least a picture of the kitchen... I'm still not quite done... I need a different cushion for my chair because it's not quite tall enough for my son. lol. YES I still need to make my curtain for the bottom of my corner desk too.

Well, day 2 my daughter caught the right buses today. The boy I was talking about yesterday asked my daughter "out" this morning on the bus. I told her I thought it was a little early for that because she just met him. She said I know I wasn't expecting it either. She did say she told him that she had high morals and that she would be taking things very slowly with him and he said that was fine. I'm not going to lie and say I'm not worried because I am. I have yet to meet this boy. Better yet Steve has yet to meet this boy. The shear size of Steve would scare anyone if you didn't know him. Maybe I'll have Steve sit there and pretend he's cleaning a gun when the boy comes over. :) LOL. Hey wait I don't even own a gun! LOL. I think that Steve's size will be enough for now.

I am hoping to get a new printer soon so stayed tuned for some new smaller stitchery patterns. Have a great next few days. I work the next two days then have the weekend off. I'll talk to you then.

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Ann said...

LOVE the quilt fabric you and your daughter chose for the quilt. Hey, I'm not going to look my nose down on you - the first quilt I made the directions kept saying cut the strips 2" (or whaterever) x WOF. What the heck is WOF?????? well it's width of fabric but nowhere did it explain that! Can't wait to see your progress on the quilt. ~Ann

earlene said...

The quilt colors are great!
Your kithen pic is wonderful...love the way you displayed everything.

TheCrankyCrow said...

Ahhh...your daughter chose well...those colors are awesome! Love that little sham/sleeve too - and what a great idea to be able to switch it out for the seasons! Good luck with that "boy" thing....yikes....I have a son and still get the same thoughts....That song "cleaning my gun" never rang truer! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

~Madalynne~ said...

The pillow sleeve is such a good idea! Love the fabrics your daughter choose ~ I used the stripe in a quilt I made for my grandson. The kitchen is lookin' really great!

*Kountry*Porch*Primitives* said...

Gotta love not being the only bubble head on the earth!! Amazing how stupid a smart person can feel!! LOVE the kitchen girl...it's amazing! ~Kriss~

janie said...

Love the quilt colors. I think the sleeve idea for the pillows is a great idea!!

It is not easy when our babies grow up. She sounds like a great girl.

Enjoy, Janie

renee said...

Hey you are doing better than I would! I wouldn't ever say that you were dumb. That shouldn't be in your thoughts! We are scatterbrained~ maybe~ not dumb though!
It's hard letting go~ I am right there with you, I get that after Labor Day. Lots of changes, momma don't like it, but it's growing up, and time to spread their wings a bit.
I want to do some crafting soon too, I have to get started on a doll for a swap~ I have an idea as to what I will do, but need to get started.
I still need to get ink for my printer too! LOL! Then I can FINALLY try your cross stitch! So much to do, so little time!
Hang in there girlfriend!

frontporchprims said...

Oh you are so funny. The quilt will be gorgeous when it's done!! I love your GW finds. How lucky. I also love the pillow slip cover idea. You have to sew to make that you know :)

Carmen at Primcats said...

LMAO at the quilt debalicle! Love that mold. Hope it works! THat scoops is a great deal too! I have found many of those over the years!

Hope you have a beautiful day!

Carmen and the Primcats