I have been a busy girl. I was working on my handmade crafts for a local craft festival we have here in Panama City. Even though it was a once a month festival, it took all I had to mass produce items, and you know you never really get back what you put into the things you make. Mass production is not for me. It takes all the special-ness out of your craft. I’m the type that has to ponder and let the item speak to me and tell me what to do with it. I enjoy the process of the creativity, and making your vision come alive. It’s hard to do that when you are mass producing. So, I am starting fresh with this brand new year, especially since we all survived the mayan apocolypse or the end of the world zombie attacks. So I think it’s time for some new things. So wait and see what my creative mind comes up with.
I guess it’s good I don’t have any regular readers, because they would be plum bored by now. I have been in a whirlwind (more like wind tunnel) for the past few months getting ready for my craft show season. I haven’t done any craft shows for the past few years, but have started back recently. I love doing them, but they really keep you busy. I will post some pictures of my next one, but here are some things I have been selling. I am totally into recycling denim. One reason being that I have so much denim, heck that is my whole wardrobe. I live in jeans and so does my husband…so there you go, instant material. Let me know what you think!
I had all that left over fabric from the quilt I made for Annabelle and decided to cover her old cork board. I used adhesive spray on the board and should have been more careful in making sure my fabric was straight, but I thought my glue was drying and was working fast. Anyway I could pull off the fabric and re-glue it, but Annabelle loved it and didn’t notice or didn’t care if it wasn’t straight. She’ll have the whole board covered with all her keepsakes anyway. Just thought it was another way to tie her room decor together. We are moving soon and that is why we are working on stuff for her brand new room. She’s had the same decor for a few years now, and her style has morphed into a whole new dimension….(where did my little princess in pink go?)…who knew time went by so fast. She abhors pink now and wants so many different colors in her room that we think the “black and white” theme will go with any color. We bought her white wicker furniture when she was 5 or 6 years old. I thought the full size bed and wicker would serve her needs for years (instead of a twin bed) because it wasn’t too baby-ish and we could paint the wicker later if she wanted something different. It was definitely a sound decision, because the wicker is timeless to me, and how could you live in Florida and not have something wicker, right?
I have finally finished my black and white quilt. This is the quilt pattern I got off of E-How and it said it was a very simple quilt, in fact it said that this quilt was a weekend project. I have to give it up for all the quilters out there….Quilters are Super Bad! I just don’t have what it takes. I have done hundreds of craft projects in my life. I guess I know now that I like the quick and easy crafts. No thinking, measuring, re-measuring, cutting and finding out your measurement was wrong, or you cut the fabric from the wrong side, or you sewed the fabric on backwards. No, I think I’ll leave the quilting to the professionals. I am extremely proud of this quilt, but it is definitely a One and Only.
This quilt….my very first quilt…maybe my last quilt….it just keeps getting more complicated. I was very excited about this project because I have always wanted to do a quilt. I guess it will get easier after you’ve made the first one, but the site I got the pattern from rated this a “2″ on their difficulty scale. Almost the easiest one! They said I could complete the quilt in a weekend. They didn’t know me I guess. I’m into this thing for 2 weeks now, and three trips to the fabric store because I am not mathematically able to calculate the yardage. I thought the second time that I had enough fabric. I was wrong. I have still to buy the quilt backing. But so far I have spent $32.00 on fabric and batting…not bad for a full size quilt. I’ve priced them in the store. And really, if I’m fair about it, the 2 weeks is not sewing all day…just in the evenings for an hour or two. So, I will pull up my bootstraps and get busy and finish this thing with my chin up. I just have to get past the math disability I’m afflicted with. Cross your fingers!
I’ve wanted to learn how to quilt for a long time now. I want to make my daughter a full size quilt for her bed and decided now was the time to learn. I carefully researched a million “easy” quilt patterns and found a rail fence pattern that looks soooo easy. Let’s just start by saying I didn’t know you need a calculus degree to figure out how many squares you need for a full size quilt. What is wrong with me! I really don’t think I’m that stupid….but this thing has got me licked. I found a baby quilt pattern that has 30 squares (finished square = 7-1/2″) and finished dimensions of 43″ x 51″, so my mind thinks that 60 squares would be 86″ x 102″…double right? Does anyone else’s mind think this way? I found the standard size of a full size quilt is 77″ x 92″ so 60 squares should be more than enough right? Why do my calculations actually tell me I need about 110 squares to get the dimensions I need. I need 11 squares by 11 squares of the 8″ inch blocks – that equals 88″ x 88″ – so which is right? Do I need 60 squares or 110 squares? That is a really big difference we’re talking about…this is not just a few inches here. Well, I wish I had paid more attention in math class. If I get further on this project, I’ll show pictures, but right now my head hurts.
Here is a purse I made for my daughter from a pair of her old blue jeans. I give away most of her clothes to cousins and goodwill, but sometimes they are not in good enough shape to donate. That’s when you save them, cut off the legs and sew across the bottom. I lined this purse with some satin I had lying around (Okay, it was an old sheet that was torn and ready to be thrown out but otherwise in great condition) I made the straps from the same satin and added an old buckle I had from some old belt that she out grew and wahlah…a new purse. She loves it and I am going to make more. This was a very easy project to do. You can embellish with anything. You can make a clutch with no straps or make straps out of the legs of the jeans you cut off.