I totally didn’t do what I said I’d do. I made a backup quilt top last weekend using jelly rolls and it came out pretty good. I will resolve myself to seam rip Kiddo’s quilt during the upcoming week and maybe get started with quilting it properly! My kids also found a use for my fabric stash
A year ago (Holy crap, it doesn’t feel like it’s been that long) Paul Miller left the internet, The Verge paid him to write about his offline life experience after having his life be so entrenched in the tech world. Yes, I realize I’m blogging about a blogger who blogged–sue me. He came back to the internet on the 1st. Within the article there was a video documentary sort of interview thing. That’s where I got this quote from him:
I’m kind of depressive, for me that means that just sometimes it kind of hurts to be alive, it’s just like-it’s just AH, you know, it sucks that you gotta kind of do each day and keep doing the next day and, it’s just, moments hurt sequentially and when I’m bombarded, you know, with information and stimulation and I can always fill that need every time. I feel like I’m getting bored and I’m not happy so I can go and do something really quickly to kind of fill that need. I think I can confuse the issue and confuse the subject and kind of not quite understand the way I was feeling was deeper than just ‘I’m bored right now.’ It had something to do with ‘I’m deeply stressed that life goes on.’
It was something that absolutely rang true when I was watching the video that I had to transcribe it and put it somewhere safe. I don’t know that my blog is a safe place but I needed to share it.
I also teared up when his niece thought he just didn’t want to Skype with her for a year. So sad how kids take things so personally but generally never talk about it.
I have a lot to cover this week and I thought it would be best to just do one big post.
Finished Honeybun’s quilt first. I mixed hand quilting, freemotion, and tying to get this one together. Instead of a separate binding I went ahead and just rolled the backing around and straight stitched it. I was eager for her to be able to use, play and cuddle it so I rushed it a bit.
I’m also nearing the end or am forced to since the baby shower is on Saturday but I’m trying so hard to get this quilt done that I’m thinking of skipping sleep tonight. It’s a very simple quilt based on the Ragged Squares tutorial by Amanda Jean. I’ve done it for my last shower quilt as well and it feels like it came together a lot nicer this time around. Might have also had a lot to do with a new machine and a LOT more experience with sewing than I had more than a year ago. I’m still not super happy with the freemotion quilting I did on it but it’s better than nothing. (yes it still needs thread trimming and all the rest of that stuff)
Really hoping to sit down and seam rip Kiddo’s quilt, I know that’s been on my todo list for a few months now but with doing the podcast, raising kids, keeping house, and all the rest it’s been pretty impossible to not neglect something in order to work on something else. I saw a some e-card thing with a man on the phone saying, “So-and-so is quilting today so you might want to bring paper plates, food, and a table to eat if you’re coming over.” That’s what basically happened last weekend when I was at my machine for the majority of time. Funny stuff.
It’s kind of depressing how little progress I made in March. Mostly because of PAX and being sick. I finished Kiddo’s lap quilt finally. Sadly he doesn’t seem too crazy about it. Honeybun’s quilt is still being hand quilted through a spiral sort of pattern. Kiddo’s twin size quilt is still in a state of needing to be seam ripped. The baby quilt I’ve been working on is sitting on top of my machine and has been for about a month . I wish I had more time to devote to my projects but I feel like I’m way too busy with work and kids to do anything. Images below the more tag. Continue reading
I should be working on other things today but I wanted to blog to share how completely procrastinate-y I am today.
I started another quilt, well actually, I planned out two more quilts and started on one of them. This one is just a simple sandwich of two 1-yard cuts as a lap quilt for Kiddo. He’s still in love with Busy Town so I thought I’d go ahead and commit. This is my first attempt at free motion quilting by machine so I thought I’d do some “simple” loopies. Yeah, not so easy lol This took me about 2 hours because of interruptions and such. I haven’t started back up on it since I need to refill the bobbin and so on. Some progress on the hand quilted baby blanket. I’m going slower than I need to be for scheduling reasons so I’ll probably start working on this as often as I can. The problem is, I know the loopies should only take me a few afternoons at most to finish and it’s so much easier to focus on a project that’s fast. I hope I can turn my head a bit and pour myself into the most urgent one as opposed to the easiest.
It’s been at least a few months since the last episode of Doctor Who was aired so I feel somewhat okay about talking about a few things. SPOILERS, SWEETIE!
They went so far as to declare The Statue of Liberty as a weeping angel. Okay. Then every image of her is an angel, based on the Crash of the Byzantine episode and the canon that came with it. Why, then, is the Lady Liberty poster in the elevator in the weeping angels’ hotel not an angel? The Doctor ignores the poster completely whereas he should be staring at it to keep it from coming off the poster. That would’ve been a VERY easy end to The Doctor. The weeping angels are after time, that’s why they were stealing time from these people in the hotel in the first place. So why wasn’t this poster an angel? I just don’t get it. It’s a plot hole that was left in set dressing.
I am a nerd.
This sincerely bothers me.
Finished baby’s quilt top and am working towards quilting Kiddo’s quilt via stitch in the ditch on the blocks first and then I’ll work towards hand quilting in a road pattern on the grey blocks I think. But then at least it won’t need to be basted with safety pins like crazy the whole time. Second row on the baby quilt still needs it’s 6×6 piece of dark green but I went ahead and just pinned the dinosaur to the main block and assembled. But LOOK, all the corners are together and not crooked! /INTERNETHIGHFIVE
I’m “working” on four quilts now. My queen size nightmare bento box quilt, Kiddo’s green bobeep quilt, Honeybun’s quilt and now a baby quilt for a June baby. Oh, actually five because I’m trying to learn how to use a paper piecing program so I can make some Destiny’s Edge lap quilts. Don’t place your orders yet, I’m terrible at applique and that may end up being the method of greatest ease.
My bento box is in a box, waiting for a time when I feel like undoing everything I’ve done already because I royally fucked it up. There’s just no getting around it. This picture is from around six months ago. I just can’t bring myself to work on it knowing that I messed up as bad as I did.
Kiddo’s green quilt is basted and ready for me to start quilting it but I feel like I need to put my focus onto the fourth project just to make sure that it’s done in time. I’m pretty happy with the way it’s turning out and I’m debating trying out my new machine and walking foot and just doing it that way but I feel like I would need a lot more practice before I work on the quilt itself.
Honeybun’s quilt is planned and the fabric has been purchased but this is as far as I’ve gotten. It’s the fabric on the left by the way, I didn’t take a picture of all the fabrics together apparently. My main thought for her room has always been California sunset and I think I’m well on my way with the palette I chose.
I’ve worked on it for 4 days or so. I’ve got all (but one) the blocks done and Benj helped me to better spread out the colors so it wasn’t too clumpy. I’ve got rows waiting to be assembled and then I’ll sew those together to finish. I still need to do one more block because I was a little tight on my measurements. I need one more 6×6 square of the dark green. Seems like a silly thing to have to go back to JoAnn’s for but that’s the predicament I’m in.
I heart all of yall’s faces and I hope to get this particular quilt done before the baby’s born
Life’s been busy! Wait, I think it’s not been calm since I had my son 5 years ago. We’re still house hunting. I’m still quilting. I’m still gaming. I’m still podcasting. I’m still twittering. Facebooking. Attempting Google Plus’ing on a regular basis. Nothing much new to really report. I felt like my blog was getting a little bare since I hadn’t posted since November about a project that I haven’t worked on since that month. December steamrolled my family and I. January will hopefully be kinder, so far it’s been alright. I’ve got Kiddo’s quilt basted. Fabrics picked out for Honeybun’s. A new baby is due in the extended family in June so I’ve got another to plan, assemble, and quilt before then. At least I’ve got a new shiny sewing machine to do it on! More mundane posts to come as life continues.