Two weeks ago I decided to give myself permission to finish some projects on my own terms. Finish is my One Little Word for the year, which means it is my mantra/guiding light for 2014…I’m focusing on finishing what I start, celebrating small victories, and allowing myself to quit things that just plain suck and don’t deserve my energy.
Since that time I finished the top of one lap quilt and cut the triangles for a second lap quilt (that will be a Christmas gift). Finishing the quilt top for the first lap blanket was such a great feeling…it isn’t perfect but I’m totally in love with it. It’s my second quilt (the first quilt is the yellow quilt in the photo on the left) and I’m already much more confident in my sewing abilities. I’m also learning some lessons the hard way…I didn’t think ahead with the Christmas quilt and bought two patterned fabrics that really don’t look good from all angles so I had to work around those prints. That means that quilt won’t have any sort of pattern or “sense” that the other finished quilt top has. I’ll keep that in mind for the next quilt (I’m hoping to get a third one made before Christmas as another gift…but I’m not holding my breath).
For these two projects, I ordered fabric and supplies from Fabric.com which makes buying really easy. I’m using Elise Blaha Cripe’s tutorial for a simple triangle quilt. My sewing machine is about 6 years old and is the cheapest one I could get from Walmart. The yellow quilt is from vintage bedsheets that I purchased on Etsy. The pillow in the photo is mentioned in this post and the fabric is from IKEA (similar here).
I’m working on one other project that’s leaving my living room a bit of a mess: Climbing Gym Crafty Competition – my climbing gym is having a contest this month to turn an XL shirt into something else…a tank top, shorts, whatever! I started sketching my idea for what I’m hoping to create and I’m hoping to make two items from the shirt. I’ll post my finished project(s) to Instagram.
I’m really excited about these three projects because I included making a modern lap quilt and something I can wear on my list of 14 Projects in 2014. These projects will knock those two items off of the list and that gets me motivated to get more things off of that list (and my 28 before 29 list!).
What are you working on this month?