I’ve wanted to try a studio challenge for a long while now. This is the first free Saturday I’ve had in months! Here’s how I think it will work:
- Turn off the computer and enter the studio.
- Start working!
- Update every 2 hours with a quick check-in
- Keep at it for at least 8 hours.
In fairness – I have no idea how this is going to actually work. Will the 2 hour check in interrupt my flow? Will the needs of the housemates take away too much attention? Will I just get bored and want to play Warcraft? Since I don’t know – I’m not doing it live this time, but I promise not to change a single word after it is written (unless I spell original “origional” again). If it goes well, next time I’ll do it live and maybe even recruit one of you to join!
Getting Started: 10:30 AM
I picked up a pattern from Marcia Layton at the Original Sewing and Quilt Expo because it screams me and bestest friend Jess. Tacky to the max with flamingos, yo yos, and rick rack. One day – I’m going to make one for Jess and I to hang up in our retirement beach house, but for now it seems like a good practice opportunity. If it turns out – I will donate it to my quilting bee who is collecting house wall hangings for Habitat for Humanity. You may remember the first house attempt, mushroom house – Nice experiment, but I can do better for sure!
YO YO Mania: 12:30 PM
In the last two hours, I cut a super ton of yoyos with my fancy new circle cutter. I don’t love hand sewing when I’m in the studio. It is much better suited for traveling and keeping my hands busy during movies or TV. I did want to have one or two of the different sizes made up to try as the wall hanging came together so I decided to sew as many as I could before I hit the 12:30 update deadline. Time for a little snack and then it is back to work!
The Background: 2:30 PM
I finally was able to cut out some large pieces and see this thing start to come together. I fought with myself a bit because this is *NOT* how I would build this quilt. Then I remembered – the reason I do projects like this following someone’s instructions is to learn new ways of doing things. Sometimes, as difficult as it can be for my hard headed self to admit, their way is better! (ok, you got me, MOST TIMES)
This project calls for using fusible fleece to applique the parts together. Until yesterday – I didn’t even know what fusible fleece was! So far it is pretty cool. Works the same as fusible web, but is plushy. The sky and the sand go together and all the other pieces are appliqued on with a blanket stitch. It leaves a raw edge under the blanket stitch, but I think I can live with that. We’ll see how it all comes together.
Applique Fever: 4:30 PM
Phew! I’m so tired of blanket stitch I could cry! My machine only has one right and one left blanket stitch and both are quite short. I find it a bit tedious to work with, but made it though. All of the water and sand has been attached as well as the house, door and windows. You can probably see, the windows are a touch wonky. I dont know if it is a machine or user problem, but I struggled a lot with two layers of batting and two layers of fabric. I know a walking foot would certainly help, but mine only works with straight stitch.
I started adding a few of the embellishments then deiced to take an hour off for dinner. A girl’s gotta eat right??
Rainbows and Trees: 7:30PM
Alright alright! It’s starting to look like something! I didnt have any of the ribbons recommenced. I made do with what I had for the door and made the awning all by myself. I’m quite pleased with my problem solving here – I had nothing that would just plop in there and manged to pleat *just enough* of the light blue ocean I had left. I didn’t have any striped fabric, but I did have some ribbon left from the Hungry Caterpillar gift bag (thanks Jess!) to improvise. It is only 1/2 and she suggested a full inch. An inch is probably better, but I think it is ok at this size.
The tree was quite a pain. It sits far in the corner and has lots of turns. I didnt think I would ever get it on there, but finally managed it. Marcia has rick rack to mark the frowns on hers, since I didn’t have any, I just used thread. More problem solving!
Now the fun part is left – putting on all the little picture making things like the flamingos and crabs and such. I’ll work on the yoyo’s in my down time this week and see how it goes. I knew I didnt stand a chance of getting all the hand work done today, but I did kind of expect to make it through all of the machine applique. I’m famous for overestimating, I shouldn’t be surprised!
I’m home all day Thursday (July 4). I may try another challenge with something I can actually finish in day! The rules I set out for myself worked ok other than I didn’t really include time to do things like eat. I may just repeat the update times, 10:30, 12:30, 2:30, 4:30, 7:30. Anyone else home for the holiday and want to play along? It would be fun to check in on someone while I’m at it. 🙂