Busy Bee

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I have been a very busy bee lately. Between working, working out, and crafting, my next full day off is….end of May, early June. Until then, I have something already planned every single day. My most recent crafts that I’ve completed are a quilt and a box cushion.

I started this quilt in October or November; worked on it a lot during the Christmas break; to the point where all I had to do was quilt it and bind it. Well, it’s been sitting at that stage ever since December. I don’t make plans for the things I make, I just enjoy making them, so really there wasn’t a rush to get it done. A few months back I decided that I would give this quilt to my sister-in-law (Jen) who just had her second daughter. I learned a lot more about quilting while making this, and I learned that I really don’t know how to bind a quilt, I usually just wrap around the back fabric and sew it to the front to bind it.

Ta-Da!

Another project that has been on my to do list for quite some time is a wagon bench. Back when I did photography, I bought an old radio flyer wagon for a photo prop. Well, I’ve been carrying it around with me and have yet to use it as such. In some magazine I got the idea to turn the wagon into a bench. I went out and bought some padding, and had the fabric, and yet it still sat for months, waiting to get done. I found a pattern online that made it sound simple to make a box cushion for it. Most recently, I signed up for a class at JoAnn Fabrics to learn how to make a box cushion (they canceled the class, so that didn’t work). Finally, once I got the pink quilt done (since that had a deadline) I decided to finish the cushion. Since I don’t have a lot of time off to craft I did it on a Sunday. While this pattern wasn’t hard, it included things I’ve never really done before, and I only had to un-do a stitch twice. 10 hours later, I got myself a good looking cushion! There are a few mistakes I made, and some things I would do differently, but it’s all a learning process right?

2 projects down, only 30 left on the docket.

PS: I’ve made myself a goal. For the year 2010, I want to practice my sewing and quilting skills enough so that come 2011 I can make a quilt one block per month, so that by the end of 2011 I’ll have a wonderful quilt. I bought this book in Nauvoo, and it looks to be above my skill level right now, but isn’t it such a cute quilt? (or I can have monthly wall hangings).

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