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Welcome to the asylum.

I have a serious problem.  I love to do nothing.  I am a Procrastinator with a capital ‘P’.  I procrastinate like it’s my JOB*.  On the flip side, I also really, really like to make shit.  These two sides to my personality lead to this:

I made this as a reminder to myself.

I made this as a reminder to myself.

And also this, which you may recognize from a previous post:

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What we have here, collectively, is 2 quilts ready to be quilted and bound, 2 quilt tops that need backs and batting cut, 2 sets of pieces for quilts waiting to be assembled, a toddler dress so close to being finished it’s not funny, 2 wall hanging embroideries, everything for a corkboard project, 1 large pencil drawing that has been half finished for almost a DECADE, and my inspiration pieces for this year’s Desert Bus for Hope auction submission.  Not pictured, is one more quilt that needs to be quilted and bound and a small chair that is painted and ready to be upholstered.

Like I said, I have a problem.  BUT.  I have decided that this ridiculousness has reached epic proportions and CANNOT be allowed to get worse.  So, my goal for the remainder of this year is to not take on or begin any new projects until this lot is done.  That gives me almost six months.  The only project with a time restriction is my submission for Desert Bus** (for the kids!), so that will be what I concentrate on first.  The embroideries I can work on while I watch OITNB or Supernatural, so I should have some simultaneous finishes.

In addition to the crafty goodness, I’m also hosting a 60 day fitness challenge based on Hero’s Journey 2.0.  Details of the program we’re following can be found here.  A group of friends and I will be exercising our way to being fitter, healthier humans with a little bit of geeky role playing fun thrown in for interest.

Perhaps having all of that going on at once is asking a little much of myself given my tendency to do nothing at all, if given the choice.  I figure the more I make a plan to do, the better chance I have of actually getting some of it done.  Right?

* I wish it was my job.  Having to focus on actual work 5 days a week hurts my lazy brain.  No wonder I’m so dang tired!

** If you’re a maker/crafter/Sorcerer of Awesome, there is still time to submit a craft idea for Desert Bus!   Submissions close on the 20th of July.

 

 

You know you’re a quilter…

…when you have two tops waiting to be sandwiched and quilted, one quilt ready for quilting, one quilt ready for binding and, the pieces for two more tops cut and ready to be pieced (one of which isn’t pictured because that would just be embarrassing).

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Actually, I’m pretty sure I have at least two others in various stages of completion but I don’t know where they are am keeping them secret for a future post.

Waffles!

Well, waffle cloth, at least.

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I had bought a few meters of this rather non-descript light brown waffle cloth a few months back and my intention was to make tea towels from it.  It’s the perfect kind of material for that purpose and, honestly, I’m not really sure what else you’d use it for other than place mats.  I have seen it used to make bathrobes but you’d need a heavier gauge cloth for that (and a much more appealing colour, too!)

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However, for my purposes, the colour doesn’t really matter.  Using white cloths in our kitchen is asking for trouble so the brown is doubly useful.  Honestly, we’re not filthy but….cats.  And toddler.

If you’re wanting to make few of these yourself, they really couldn’t be more simple.  Cut the waffle cloth to the size you want your tea towel, adding a quarter to a half inch.  You could be fancy and double fold the edges (hence, the half inch extra), or if you don’t care about appearances, you can just fold over a quarter inch and sew so that the edges don’t fray.  That’s the easy road I took.  I mean, come on.  They’re tea towels.  Ours won’t be for show so I wasn’t going to go overboard on the finishing.

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For mine, I cut the waffle cloth to 18.5 x 25.5. Then I picked out a few prints from my stash and cut a 5 inch strip the width of the towel from each print.  I pressed about a quarter inch under on each long edge of the strip, then I positioned the strip about 5 inches from the bottom of the towel.  A few pins here and there and then I sewed.  Since I was making these for myself, and wasn’t being too precious about how they turned out (seriously, they’re towels), I decided to use a few of the decorative stitches on my machine.  I’m really a straight stitch kind of girl but it was fun to see what my machine could doSo, experiment and have fun with it.  Theses really shouldn’t cost very much to make so if they’re less than perfect you can call it a learning experience.

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If I use the rest of the cloth for place mats I’ll definitely add a binding to the edges.  I’ve never sewn with waffle cloth before but I knew it wasn’t going to behave like my usual quilting cottons.  Let me tell you, stretch is a bit crazy on this stuff and yeah, some of my towel edges are a bit wavy to say the least.  However, I think they’ll straighten out a bit in the wash.  Again, not too worried because they’re just going to be wiping up who-knows-what in the kitchen.

For a couple of hours work (with a few breaks thrown in) I now have 4 new tea towels and cute ones to boot.  Added bonus, I get to throw out 4 old towels that have seen better days.

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