Monday, October 13, 2008

To Sew or Not to Sew...

Lots of things get in the way of me being productive.  Things like family visits, lazy Sunday afternoons, naps, going to the park, and well, a host of other events that allow me to procrastinate.  I know I'm blaming all of the above, and that all of above can be avoided and/or rescheduled, but if I don't take time to do some good 'ole nothing, my projects suffer. I give you exhibit A:

In the past, in order to de-stress, I tried to crochet.  I decided that I would maybe take this approach this afternoon. I opened up my drawer of half-finished crochet projects and found this- evidence that crochet is rarely a stress-free activity for me.  I'm so focused on making sure it's square and even and has the right amount of tension that I tense up and it's not square, or even or loose.  On the right is what happens when I try to crochet and I'm not relaxed.  On the left is what happens after I've had a beer (or 3) and told myself that it's okay if it's not perfect.  

I'm not even really sure what to do with my NINE crocheted-so-tightly-I-could-hardly-get-a-hook-in-there squares.  Maybe I'll make Duncan a vest and give him more of a reason to bite my ankles in the morning. 

After seeing the squares and realizing that I was nowhere near being relaxed enough to go to war with a ball of yarn, I decided that maybe I would finally cut into this stash.  

I've been hoarding these fabrics for a few months now because I'm having a hard time deciding what I want the quilt top to look like.  And, I have a hard time cutting up any fabric that I really love because, well, then it gets used up and I don't have it any more.  It's like being 8 years old and eating all of your Easter candy in one night.  Guess who never did that and still had purple Peeps chickens come Christmas?  That's right.

But, I enjoy reading blogs in which I get to see projects come along, so I figured I would do the same. Plus, it gives me more motivation to move ahead and *sigh* cut up my tiny collection.

This is a quilt that is pleading to be finished and put up on Etsy:

I created the pattern myself, and I haven't decided how to quilt it.  I believe I may give my first try at free motion quilting, which I'm sure will include lots of prayers, cursing, and maybe a few tears.  I suppose I should go ahead and have a drink first too, because if my experience with free motion quilting is going to be anything like crochet, Duncan's getting a vest and a quilt.  Merry Christmas, Dunk-a-Dunk. 


LollyChops said...

I love that stash (so many wonderful rich colors). I cannot wait to see what you make with it!

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