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Little owls for my Little Owl. I finally, finally finished this blanket for her. Took me long enough! I used flannel instead of batting, and kind of cheated by just using a big bias tape maker to make the binding.  But she loves it, and it’ll be perfect for taking to the farmers’ market and for picnics and things.

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Quilts and Messes

Finished the four doll quilts for the tot’s school today. I put a new blade on my rotary cutter and it pretty much made my week. Honestly, what’s with that? Just change the blade when it’s used up. It’s kind of like when I cut open the bottle to get the last speck of lotion out. Frugality is great, but sometimes it can get to be a bit much.

Anyway. I’m happy with the end results. I was quilting in the present, so no noodle-brained mistakes were made. Which is nice.

I also tossed together a few doll pillows for the school. Speaking of excessive frugality, I spent a good while shredding up the scraps of batting I had sitting around. It works ok.

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Less nice is that this is the current state of my “craft room” aka disaster zone.

Something must be done. The closet is so full of stuff I’m not quite ready to get rid of yet. Under the bed is packed. That keyboard hasn’t been used since 1996. As the tot would say, “oy gevalt.” But honestly, how am I supposed to toss this stuff? Not everyone has a “Big Tex Rooster Crowing Contest Grand Champion” banner.

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Randomness

After quite a long hiatus, I’m doing a bit of quilting. Mostly I just want to use up my (not extensive) fabric stash so I’ll have an excuse to go buy some more. I had a couple of random half yards of fabric sitting around that never got made into pillowcase-style dresses for the tot, so one of those is now a doll quilt.

I had a big heap of scraps from the three small quilts I’ve made – I deliberately bought extra, wrongly assuming that I would waste a bunch of fabric on some kind of quilting error. I’ve made a couple of doll quilts from those scraps, so I’m making more for the tot’s school.  I’m all set to quilt and bind four tomorrow.  Easy peasy, they’re only about 16 inches square.

I’ve got scraps enough for one more that would be too big for a doll quilt and too small for a crib quilt. I suppose I could just cut out a few more squares from some of the random fat quarters I have sitting around. (The tot likes to sneak them into the cart when we go to the fabric store, and it is very hard for me to put them back. Especially when she tells me she needs them for a “very beautiful blanket that you can make me, Mama.” She’s crafty in more ways than one, this one.) Here’s the potential layout. I kind of don’t like those bluish green ones, but then that to me is kind of the point of a scrap quilt. No it’s not perfect, just make it and move on.

There is something about doll quilts and scrap quilts that I find very liberating.  I’m not making them to be works of art, and they’re small enough to be forgiving.  I just slap them together, don’t even baste, throw a binding on and they’re done.  Super cute, great for kids to play with, and I didn’t spend a ton of time on them.  I always like to see things I’ve given get used up, but it’s especially nice with stuff like this because I can make them quite durable then hand them off without a worry in the world.

But for some reason, despite all this lackadaisical quilting, I seem to always wind up doing these when I am in a remarkably foul mood.  And for some reason that translates into just frankly dumb mistakes.  Which is such a great way to lighten my mood.  I’m hoping tomorrow the husband and the tot can go to the park and give me a couple of uninterrupted hours to work.  So maybe I can make some beautiful gifts for the tot’s beautiful school without too much swearing.

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Quilted

For you consideration, two poorly focused shots of the inadequately quilted crib quilt that I finally gave up on and finished binding on the machine. So it’s half hand-bound and half machine-bound. I make my own rules.

Actually it’s the quilt I made for the beginner’s quilting class I took, and she didn’t have us do much quilting because of time constraints. I will probably go back and do some more. And she wanted us to hand bind it so we would know how. Well, I did half of it. So I know how.

Despite all this, I really love the colors I picked over a year ago, and the tot is mesmerized by it. She loves that both she and her two dolls, Marabelle and Annabelle, all have quilts.

Here you can see Marabelle with her quilt and Annabelle with her blanket, otherwise known as a vintage embroidered hankie, comfortably resting on the custom Dora pillowcase of doom.

This crafting slump must end soon. I am starting to get a little twitchy. Time to cast on that last pair of armwarmers. That’ll make an even dozen. Just the right number, I think.

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Quilting frenzy

The other day the tot and I were shopping for some fabric and stumbled across something truly wondrous. Now, this is not my usual aesthetic. But here’s the deal. Grandma – that’s my mama – is about to start caring for my niece, when her mama goes back to work. Grandma often blasts around the farm on a tractor. My niece and her parents, my brother and his wife, are about to move to the country. So I’m sorry, but this had to be….

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I also made another doll blanket – this one for my daughter. I don’t know how, but I screwed up the binding completely. I think this is what happens when you try to quilt and keep the small child and the dog playing happily at the same time.

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Quilted

Yesterday afternoon I panicked because I needed a special gift for a special little girl – we’re missing her birthday party but that certainly didn’t mean I wasn’t compelled by the Goddess of Crafty Over-Acheivement to make her something. So, feeling very clever for having already cut out a bunch of squares, I whipped up a little doll quilt for her. Not exactly something I’d be entering at the county fair – please don’t look too closely at the binding – but certainly something a three year old would love to play with. (I also made her a purple “feather” boa out of eyelash yarn, but that doesn’t photograph so well.) So, happy birthday to beautiful Miss A.

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Long overdue

Two months ago I took pictures of my beautiful new niece – and have finally finished editting them. I got the important announcement ones done and the rest have been sitting there gathering virtual dust. Until today. Here are a couple of my favorites. I admit, the main reason the second is a favorite is that I made the quilt.

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