Every once in a great while someone will say something to me along the lines of, "It must be amazing to be you! You're so creative and talented. You make such wonderful things." Most of the time I answer with a quiet, polite "Thank you." Sometimes I answer truthfully- "Well, actually it's a bit crazy and overwhelming." They never believe me.
Would you like to see just how crazy and overwhelming my little hobbies can be? I thought I'd share my current list of projects.
1. My hand-pieced star quilt. This one's been waiting since early September for me to make it through Christmas, buy batting and backing fabric, and decide how I want to quilt it. Well, I bought backing fabric and batting. I used the batting for something more important. I made it through Christmas. I bought more batting. I'm still trying to decide how to quilt it. Maybe I should just baste it and hope inspiration strikes while I'm crawling all over it, sticking pins in it for hours.
2. Scrappy Sawtooth Stars. On hold until I decide what to do with them. It could be a while.
3. Scrapbuster blocks.
On hold until I can gather the enthusiasm to cut hundreds more 1.5" squares. I don't mind sewing them up, but the hours and hours of cutting is soul-sucking.
4. Blocks from block exchanges at Quilt Guild. I should really do something with these. Especially since the whole thing was my idea in the first place.
5. A super-secret commission quilt. Have supplies- lack enthusiasm. I'll find it soon, hopefully.
6. Hand-quilted baby boy quilt. It's been sitting around waiting for a paycheck and a new craft budget so I could buy binding.
Bindings now been bought, cut, pressed and and wrapped around a soda bottle to keep it nice and neat (thanks to a great tip from one of the Quilt Guild ladies). I'll get around to attaching it and sewing it down eventually.
7. Distraction #1. With all these other projects, why not start a new one? One night I got obsessed with the idea of a pink and navy quilt. Obsessed, I tell you. There was just no letting it go until I made a couple of test blocks. The problem? I've been so good at working from my stash that it's kind of been reduced to scraps and really weird novelty prints. And, I'm sick of it. I'm ready to branch out from these same colors and prints that I've been using for years now. No navy in the stash what so ever. Only small scraps of pink. So, I bought just enough fabric to do a few blocks.
Aren't they absolutely lovely? I'm planning this as a slow, long-term project. I'll buy pinks, navys, and greys only when I see ones I really love. Cut them, throw them in a shoebox and add a few squares at a time in between other projects. There's no rush. No deadline. Not even an intended use for this project. It gets done when it gets done.
8. Distraction #2. Sunday I pulled out my Valentine's Day Wallhanging and hung it up in the living room. I immediately thought- "That would make a cute quilt for a baby girl." And, I almost immediately started cutting out squares.
I've got the squares for the heart all cut out. Now I just need to cut out the significantly more in number background squares. And, this is where I'm in danger of losing momentum. It's a lot of digging through low volume scrap bins and cutting out one square at a time. Once again, soul-sucking.
9. Anna and Ellery's quilting projects. Yeah, I should really work on those with them.
10. I agreed to swap some potholders with a quilty friend. I can't forget to actually start those.
11. EPP Flower Garden quilt. I kind of hate how pastel it is. I'm considering starting over with a bolder color palette. Maybe I'll make the few flowers I have into a pillow or cushion for the girl's room first.
I'm also considering starting a new quilt for my own bed. Something scrappy in a desperate bid to use up some scrap bins. And, if I'm going to do any quilts for Christmas this year, I should start planning now.
1. Still working on unbreakable Christmas tree ornaments. If you count carrying the bag that they are in around occasionally as working on them.
2. A baby viking hat for a friend.
Stalled because I'm sure it's way too big. Sam can almost wear it. But, it's the smallest size in the pattern. So, I'm going to have to do some tinkering with it. Blah.
3. I've promised to knit a pair of gloves for a friend's husband. I refer to him as Huge Hands Han from now on. I've got a pattern I can adapt to fit him. Now I just need yarn. Harder than you would think because no one sells good yarn around here anymore.
4. I bought yarn months ago for a cardigan for Ellery. I should do something with that someday.
I'd also like to make a cardigan for myself someday. I think I've got a pattern picked out. But, enough good yarn to make a sweater to fit me is not going to be cheap. Also, no one sells good yarn around here anymore.
1. The girls talked me into buying some knit fabric to make nightgowns for them. It won't take long once I get started. But, drafting the pattern, even for something simple just doesn't sound fun. And I'm too cheap to buy a pattern when I do have the ability to draft my own simple pattern. And I'd have to find my ballpoint needles. They could be anywhere.
2. My project life album from last year. Still chugging along. I'm almost to the end of the photos I have printed- about July of last year. That means another six months of photos to print before I can continue on. Yeah, that's not going to be cheap.
3. I've been meaning to make Sam a snazzy vest to wear to church for almost a year now. Maybe for Easter.
4. I'd like to get more into sewing clothing. Especially for myself. I'm currently obsessing over this pattern and Ellen Mason's Dress + Cardigan project (go check out her Pinterest Dress + Cardigan board- it's amazing) and the book Alabama Studio Sewing + Design. I'm just too much of a chicken to actually start anything yet. But, I'm picturing a pretty dress with a matching cardigan and matching jewelry- all of which I've made. I'm just afraid of it all looking homemade and frumpy rather than the handmade, elegant outfit I have in mind.
So, that's a little look into the clutter of my creative mind. All the projects and ideas and stray hairs. Granted, this is a little worse than normal. My husband's been doing a musical. So, I've had plenty of long lonely evenings after the kids are in bed to obsess and plan and search Pinterest and start new projects on a whim. We're in the home stretch now. Photos tonight, performances Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, matinee and breaking down the set on Sunday. I'm going to try and take advantage of this last lonely week and the wretched gloomy weather and get some of these projects marked off my list.