Maybe because it's summer. Maybe because the kids are out of school. But, I just can't seem to focus on big projects. The thought of starting a quilt just seems huge and daunting and completely out of the question. I seem to be all about easy and quick to finish little projects lately. And there's nothing wrong with that.
First up, a couple of button bracelets for my sister-in-law. They took a couple of hours one morning, including cruising Pinterest for inspiration and the trip to the store for fabric button blanks.
Quick, easy and ready for Girl's Camp.
Also, I tackled a little kid's art display area for the dining room. Definitely easy. But, I pretty much failed on the quick part. After I bought the funky wood frames and paint, they sat around cluttering up my craft room for weeks until I could work up the courage to let the kids paint them. Finally, they bugged me enough that I covered the table with paper and set them loose with paintbrushes. They still got paint on the table. And themselves. And every article of clothing they and I were wearing. Check out Sam's foot-
Obviously, they enjoyed themselves. I set the frames aside to dry....and once again they cluttered the craft room for over a week until I could get it together enough to hot glue on a clothespin and hang them up.
They got right to work making works of art to hang in them.
They're a big hit and I love how bright and cheerful they make that corner.
I made some blocks for swapping at Quilt Guild.
In no way quick or easy block choices. but making just six blocks is definitely quicker than making a whole quilt. There may be a red and white nine patch sampler sort of quilt in my future after these, though.
I also got obsessed with the idea of making myself some quick and easy clothing. But, I didn't want to jump right in with good fabric and little idea of what I was doing. So, I bought some way cheap fabric. Like $2.50 a yard fabric from WalMart I would never usually buy and made myself some trial pieces.
A wrap skirt without a pattern or tutorial. It's a wrap skirt, after all. It's not that complicated. A couple of darts, a buttonhole, some ties, a couple of hours- boom, you've got a skirt. Definitely a success. I'm excited to get some truly lovely fabric and make another.
I also made a shirt from a pattern. Not as much of a success. Definitely needs a fabric with a lot more drape and some pattern adjustments- more ease across my chest, less ease in the back where it gaped weirdly at the neckline, maybe less low cut in the front. Anyway, that's why I made the first from 2.50 a yard fabric. Now I know how I want to adjust the pattern before I buy some lovely drapey expensive fabric.
My quick and easy project quest is about to come to a screeching halt. Anna and Ellery are obsessed with the idea of making a quilt. Each. Something big enough to cuddle under. Something to enter in the fair. I guess I only have myself to blame. So, last night they picked out their patterns. Today we start pulling and cutting fabric scraps (they'll be doing the pulling, I'll be doing all the cutting). Their attention spans are short, so I'm guessing we only work on them about half an hour a day. These are going to be very, very long projects.Wish me luck. And a lot of patience.