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Friday, 20 July 2018

I Kissed a Girl

So, today, I did a thing. (No, I didn't kiss a girl. But if I titled this "I made a quilt", who would care?)

It's a real thing. It's something that I've never done before, and it was completely outside my comfort zone.

Well, at least, it used to be.

I spend a lot of time crocheting beds for animal shelters and adoption centres. I also spend time on decluttering (well, now and then). In the process, I go through my many, many, t-shirts, and decide what to do with them. Some are still in good shape, but I haven't worn them for a very long time, and they are of no use or interest to other people. (After all, who would want to buy a convention t-shirt for a convention they've never heard of - if they have even heard of conventions?)

I thought that perhaps I could make a kennel quilt with some of them. There's lots of material, and only minimal quilting is required. They don't even have to be bound.

I even got brave, and decided I wouldn't need stabilizer.

Now, this is the first time I have ever tried this, and I made lots of mistakes. But I learned a lot too. So all in all, I'm happy with this. Now let's see if any of the cats want to lie on it.

I should note that this is the first time that I have experimented with making something completely out of my head, too. So, go me!

Monday, 9 January 2017

A Picture

As promised - this is cat bed number 7, toward my goal of 50.

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Because it's 2017!

It's a brand new year, with brand new opportunities. And I've decided I don't want to waste them.

So here I am, blogging again. And it will be about my creative activities such as crochet, quilting, and sewing.

In November, I set a goal to crochet 50 cat blankets in one year. Since I can average one a week rather easily, this is an achievable goal. And so far, I've finished 6. (Pictures will follow maybe tomorrow.)

These will be donated to Cuddly Cats Rescue and to the Animal Emergency Clinic in Whitby.

I've also got several flimsies completed to make into Kennel Quilts, and these will be donated to Second Chance, which rescues cats, and some for the Humane Society of Durham Region.

If anyone else wishes to receive either of these, I will add them to my list and just keep going.

This means that I will be using a lot of cotton fabric, and a lot of yarn. If anyone has any extras that they would like to send my way, I would be grateful! ;-)

I've also got several quilts that need to be sandwiched and completed, as well as some WIPs and many kits/projects on the go.

I plan for this to be a productive year!

Happy New Year to all, full of positives and possibilities!


Sunday, 16 October 2016

It's Sunday

So, let's be totally honest.

I've never had it all together. Never.

In fact, I've frequently had it all over the place. Like this.

In the foreground, you can see my quilting frame, with various sets of drawers and boxes underneath to provide storage. On top of the frame is a pile of fabric and patterns, that need to be sorted and put away.

In the background are shelves that are in the room to provide room for boxes of fabrics. You can see that isn't happening.

So, this is my attempt to "shame" myself into getting stuff sorted out. I've put the word shame in quotation marks, because I don't like the idea of shaming people. But I need motivation.

I'd be interested in any tips you might be willing to share to help me in this. Please don't tell me that I should just "do it". That doesn't tell me how, and, sadly, I do need assistance.

So, other than that, how has *your* life been?


Tuesday, 14 June 2016

It's not Wednesday

For a while, I used to post pictures of what my cutting table looks like every Wednesday. It may still be something I'll do in the future, but for a very long time I haven't accomplished anything. And there's nothing more boring that reading someone (me) moaning about how nothing is ever getting done.

So today, I'm posting about a small finish instead. There have been a few, but this one actually happened this morning.

This is the front and the back of my very first kennel quilt. I finished it in the spirit of "done is better than perfect" - and to get me over my fear of not being able to get something right.

In the past couple of weeks, I have also completed two crocheted squares to be part of a blanket for a charity, and two crocheted cat beds (one for friends in the US - all red - and the other for donation to Cuddly Cats Rescue).

So yes, I actually do appear able to accomplish something. Guess I just have to keep it up.

What have you been working on lately?


Friday, 27 May 2016

Did you miss me?

I've missed my blog. And all the wonderful bloggers I follow. Perhaps it is time to come back? What do you think?


Sunday, 24 January 2016

Forget Perfection

If you are anything like me, that is very difficult to do. And the problem with this is that it makes it very difficult to actually start something. I mean, what's the point of starting something, if I'm only going to get it wrong and everyone will judge it and know I'm a failure, and, and – well, you get the picture.

So, today a friend was on Facebook, and I commented on a post he had made. I followed this up with a note through Messenger. One thing led to another, and I ended up sending him a picture of a quilt top I had made. The quilt was intended for his son, but it was so busy, and so bright that I figured he would hate it. Plus I made a booboo in the quilt.

Well, as a result, he has told me that he has plans to come and pick it up from me. I told him I would have to go and buy backing and finish it. So – guess what. Off we went to the quilt shop where I bought suitable backing, and some extra fabric for the binding (in case I don't have enough on hand). Next, I'll have to clear off my quilting frame, and start practising like crazy. I know exactly how I want to quilt this, and it's going to take some work.

But. Despite the booboo – and how busy it is – he likes the quilt! I showed it to the owner at the quilt store, and she told me it's great! (She also commented on the small kennel quilt I had made, saying that all the corners meet and it's crazy. Did I mention it's made from 2” squares?)

The bottom line is – I need to remember that perfection isn't all it's cracked up to be.

Wonder how long I'll actually remember.