rail fence

December 10, 2008

quilt close up

quilt close up

I actually finished this quilt last weekend, after the tie dye onsies, but I was debating wether or not I was going to post about it because I made this for my mom for Christmas.   But since I haven’t given my mom the link to my blog yet, I figured I would just wait until after I  give it to her to let her know I have a blog.

This quilt is the first “bigger-than-a-baby-size” traditional quilt I have made.   Before I started my blog, my first “big” quilt was actually for my friends Mischa and Chrystina as a wedding gift.   Since Mischa is such a video game fan, I tried making the ubiquitous video game quilt.  If you want to know more about that you can read about it in my craftster.org post.  It was a fun project and I would like to do more video game quilts in the future.   Maybe BurgerTime, my all time favorite classic video game.

somehow, i dont think this would work

somehow, i don't think this would work

More likely, I would like to do Q-Bert.  I have seen many awesome Q-Bert inspired quilts, and I would love to try now that I am getting much better at piecing and I think I could handle the tumbling blocks that the Q-bert pyramid is made from.   A particularly inspiring and awesome Q-bert quilt can be found on this girl’s Flickr page.

But back to my mom’s rail fence quilt.  Since I am still relatively new at quilting, my confidence can be lacking, which is why I haven’t ventured into making quilt blocks quite yet.  This was done using strip piecing, which essentially is sewing long strips of fabric together and then cutting blocks from that to sew together to make the quilt top.  It went really fast, which is nice, because I like to see progress before I get too frustrated or discouraged and give up.

the finished quilt front

the finished quilt front

I am really happy with how the “rails” line up, one of the biggest challenges in quilting is the precision involved.  It can be a pain in the ass, but I feel like at the same time I’m getting something out of having to be that meticulous.  It really puts you in the moment, applying those Buddhist principals of Mindfulness, being present, paying attention…everything I was taught in all my yoga classes that I never really understood how to use outside of the yoga studio.  Making this quilt has helped me to understand those principals, and I find when I am sewing I really just enter the “flow” I lose track of time, and I am happy.

back of quilt, i love the scrap strip to ad interest

back of quilt, i love the scrap strip to add interest

So while this quilt was made as a gift, the process of making it gave back to me.

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feelin’ grateful

December 7, 2008

This weekend I was feeling particularly ambitious and got a lot of stuff accomplished, many of those being christmas gifts I had been procrastinating on finishing for whatever reason.  One of those things I had been really putting off is making these tye-dyed baby onesies for my friend’s kid.   Mainly because where the hell was I going to tye dye in my apartment without staining everything rainbow.  I mean, I love rainbows and all but I don’t think my landlord would love my design choices dying the carpet or countertops or the walls in the color spectrum.  But Friday night I had nothing to do so I thought what better time to try something potentially destructive!

I finally decided I would just try and do this in the sink, being the most self-contained, non-stainable area in my entire department.  So I tied up all my little onesies, and a shirt for myself, just because isn’t it mandatory to own at least one tie-dyed piece of clothing?

tie-dye-onsies-003

they havent reached their potential yet

So there they are, all tied up.  At this point the pictures stopped, because I was alone and the further I got into this project, the messier it got and more stained my hands were, because genius I am I forgot to get rubber gloves.  After all of the dying, they each went into a plastic grocery bag and sat overnight to marinate – and in the morning after a trip to the washer and dryer, this is how they turned out.

taste the rainbow

taste the rainbow

I love them.  I think they turned out really well, considering I hadn’t tyedyed anything since girl scout camp.  Writing that I realize in my last post I said I hadn’t sewn anything since 8th grade…maybe my craft renaissance is my feeble attempt at recapturing my youth considering I am looking down the barrel at 30 and have little to show for it.

But I digress, I think these onesies are adorable.  Parents, dress your little ones like hippies, its totally cute, and they can’t complain, they know not what you do.  And remember kids, wear gloves when tie dying!

dont let this happen to you

don't let this happen to you

a blog is born

December 5, 2008

I haven’t had a blog in a long time.   Those old blogs from my early 20s were so pretensious, filled with terrible self-indulgent writing…trying so hard to be the most obtuse, gratuitous, elitist little hipster with a blog ever. (no easy feat)   But the older I got, the less and less frequently I updated until eventually they were abandoned.  I was not that person anymore.  I didn’t feel the need to tell the world the minutae of my life.   I privatized.

So why now?  Why start a new blog?  Well, because I got a hobby! One that doesn’t  involve American Apparel and Sparks and weeknights at dive bars and 2 hours of sleep before going to work in the morning.  Not saying that wasn’t fun (it was)

Earlier this year while I was laid off (again.  thanks, tech sector),  my brother’s wife was soon to be having a baby, and I decided I wanted to do something special.  I wanted to make something.  I asked my mom for her sewing machine and brought it home.  I hadn’t sewed since 8th grade home ec!  But I was determined.  I made a little blankie/toy hybrid.  I called it a snuggle bunny.  Here it is:

a little bunny blankie

a little bunny blankie

It was by no means perfect, but I was hooked.  I started making things!  Purses!  Stuffed animals!  Dog Beds! A QUILT.  And gave it all (save for a purse) away.  Its hard to explain the pure joy I feel when I give someone something I have made and they tell me “Wow! You MADE this!?” – its a mixture of happiness and pride and excitement that I just love – its addictive.

So basically the reason why I’m doing this blog is because I feel like  I am doing something worth blogging about.  I want to share what I create with everyone!  And unlike my younger self’s blogging exploits – I think this time I’m doing something positive and worthy of attention.   So is my craft obsession blog worthy?  I guess I will find out soon enough!