Tuesday, April 22, 2014

to make, to do

Do you ever wake up in the middle of the night and experience a moment of crystal clarity?  Suddenly your mind starts racing with a million ideas, all of which seem positively FANtastic at the time?  The other night I tossed and turned, but mostly in a good way, my mind churning with things I wanted to make or do.  Of course I could not go back to sleep until I jotted the ideas down.   So now I have a list!

to make.. nesting cubes
from Handmade Beginnings by Anna Maria Horner

***Make these fabric nesting cubes with my friend Heather.  She has some great fabric for the project and I'd love to help her get started sewing for her baby.

Lovely Liberty of London flag buntings
photo and bunting by Emily Moss

***Sew a mini scrappy bunting to soften up my photo collage in the dining room.  It really  needs something with soft edges.

to do... paint kitchen


***Paint the kitchen "spring linen" peach.  Quick, while my husband says it's OK!

photo and tutorial by SnowyBliss

***Make a bouquet or two or three of fabric roses.  Because somehow I've never yet made fabric flowers.  Do you think they'd be pretty or silly?


***See if a friend from Florida might be like to come up for a visit and paint a mural on that big blank wall behind my piano that looks quite a lot like this Anthropologie wallpaper.  (Yeah, that one's a little far fetched, but remember, it was 3 am.)

Sleeping Bag Tutorial


***Make Aria sleeping bag like Liam's in Heather Ross' soon-to-be-reprinted unicorns.  Fabric not expected until July though...

***Plan a homeschooling road trip for next spring.  Because, if I'm going to take so long getting pregnant, I may as well use the time wisely.

to sew... hexagons!


***Consider a new hexagon project.  Now that my dress is finished, I can start a new English Paper piecing project totally guilt-free!

Well then, time's a-wasting!  What's next on your list?

26 comments:

  1. I usually wake up in the middle of the night when I have a project close to being finished...then it's toss and turn till I get up and go sew. My hubby gets up during the night to snack and he looks in sewing room and shakes his head. Oh well, its good to me!!

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  2. I really want to put the Schoolhouse Tunic next on my list, but I'm not over my fear of garment construction. I'm going to keep trucking along with bee blocks and gypsy wife blocks and hope that I can do a little quilting on some tops that need attention. If your road trip takes you through Raleigh next spring, be sure to let me know! I'd love to facilitate some sort of educational outing! (Plus, we now know we'll be here for another year.)

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    1. Daisy, I just found out that AMH approved our use of her Flirting the Issue pattern for a sew along. So I'll be organizing that soon. Maybe that'll help with your garment fear, of which I totally sympathize.

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  3. Wow! Your list just makes me want to crawl back into bed and take a nap...I clearly do not have as much energy as you do! Can't wait to see what you create!
    P.S. Don't forget to add some quilts to that list!

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  4. I make fake lists in my mind before going to bed! Then I dream of fabric and little girl dress patterns. (Kidding. Sort of.)

    Right now my list has one thing on it: finish the Student Art Tote I started nearly 2 weeks ago! It is such a great pattern but I sure am slow getting it done.

    Can't wait to see your list come to fruition. Especially that peach kitchen!

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    1. I can't wait to see the peach too! Good luck on your Student Art Tote. I got the pattern and got discouraged looking at it, since it's so long. But, I bet it'll be worth it!

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  5. I like everything, except for the fabric roses. Different strokes :) I really love that wallpaper!

    On my to-do list:

    Finish the penny sampler quilt (I can't believe I'm still not done...for shame.)

    Finally make the wall clock I've designed (It's been 12:40 in my living room for a year...so embarrassed! I made my paper piecing pattern, chose my fabric, bought the clock parts, and bought the canvas that will be the body of the clock. I just have to put the pieces together!)

    Make more pot holders to sell in my online shop. I have fabric I bought specifically for this about a year ago, and there it sits.

    Make some summer dresses for my niece who has outgrown last year's clothes and doesn't have many replacements.

    Make a skirt for me with some voile that I bought. I plan on copying a skirt I bought from Banana Republic.

    Find a better solution for storing my sewing stuff. Space is the issue. Short of buying a house, I currently can't figure out a way, though I do my best :P

    Make pillow covers from my bargello quilt scraps.

    Make more makeup rolls (again, bought the fabric - there it sits).

    Make more zipper pouches of various sizes and shapes.

    Start making my fabric / quilted Christmas cards early this year. Maybe include some non-Christmas cards (birthdays, valentine's day, new baby, etc.)

    Whew...I'm tired thinking about my to-do list. But I'll feel better once some things start to be done. That's the catch-22 of long lists :)

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    1. It's a good list. It does feel so good once you get started and then you can get on a roll with a list. Good luck!

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  6. Oh I would love to making a sleeping bag but it seems daunting. I'm looking forward to the HR reprint also! I still have the Penny Sampler quilt on my to-do list. I really enjoyed the paper-piecing but lost momentum. I will pick it up again - I will, I will! Maybe I need a StichedinColor Remedial class...

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  7. great list! i love your paint choice and can't wait to see it on the walls!!

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  8. After watching The Secret Life of Walter Mitty last night, I want to run away to an exotic location to "experience life". My passport is at the ready; but then I remember all of the stuff I have to do, and how crazy it is to just run away, and I put my passport away. Boo!!

    I like your list as it is filled with both plausible things as well as things that might be a bit of a stretch.

    And yes...you should definitely do fabric flowers, they would look amazing!

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    1. Ok, I'll have to remember to catch that film. sounds like something I'd like. Now I have a yay and a nay on the flowers. Hm.... I think I'll probably try them.

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  9. I say make the roses. If you decide you don't like them in your house they will make a sweet Mother's day gift for someone or you could give them out as single roses :)

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  10. Wow, next on my list is to make some little dresses for my 2 yo granddaughter, and two more hooded towels. I would love to make the Aviatrix quilt by Oh, Fransson, plus I need to work on my FAL list for this quarter. I want to catch up on my BOM paper piecings, and I can go on and on.

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  11. Nothing like starting a new project to get the creative juices flowing.

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  12. a wonderful post! I loved all of it!

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  13. I love the roses and now, I want to make some too! They're on my list :)

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  14. I particularly like the fabric flowers idea! Pinterest has some great ideas for these. I like these ones http://www.pinterest.com/pin/103090278942645354/. What I would do with them though, I have no idea - LOL! Maybe I should concentrate on the quilts I need to finish ;)

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  15. Hi Rachel! I would like to add 'your list' on mine but it's already too long. Often I think and plan also at night and it's so nice! Often the best ideas come then. Lately I have in my mind fabric animals - just made my first ever bunny. Fabric flowers are Super and they are on my list, too!
    Happy sewings! x Teje

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    1. A bunny, how sweet! A friend mentioned that she'd like a fabric hippo. hmm...

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  16. Nice to see I'm not the only one with projects that are started, stopped, abandoned, restarted, start something new, add to the list, buy more fabric, finish something, start something new . . . Right now my living room is housing my scraps that were making me crazy. Ironing and sorting so I can make kits for quilt group, cut the rest into 2 1/2' strips, there is a purse half finished in my sewing room, several tops that need quilting and more stash kits than I would really like to admit!

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  17. I have a few quilty finishes to do. I also have a few that I want to start - so I am trying to clear the decks. I am totally inspired by Material Obsession/Kathy Doughty's Adding Layers and I spend time thinking about what else I can do to make my projects special. I am EPP too!

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  18. Ohhh..... Sleeping bags... In camo.... Yepper !!!

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  19. Nice list! That wall mural sounds potentially amazing. It's fun to get a new fresh color going in rooms as well. I think I don't like the line of stitching around the flower petals. I would either leave them totally raw edge or encase the seam. Or use that fabric stiffening stuff. I'm sure there must be a way of converting all the paper flower how-to's to fabric as well, maybe with interfacing added? Then you could have a whole garden of selection.

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    1. mmm... thanks for drawing my attention to the stitching. I'll have to keep that in mind...

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  20. Could you make a stencil and re-create the wallpaper effect that way?
    (I too am full of more ideas at odd hours, and all the projects would take longer than I have hours to make them in.)

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