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Fabric storage

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I'm organized. Very.

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I felt good with this setup. But it didn't leave much workspace on the table.

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So, on the day after Thanksgiving while Bill was working, I cleared off the bookcase in our bedroom and moved it into the craft room (thick felt pads on the bottom of the bookcase made it easy to move!). Then, I added the containers of fabric sorted by color. (Cleo is testing access to the cat bed!)

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Ah, workspace on the table! I'm inspired to work on a project when I see it!

Completed Projects for 2008

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I busily crocheted for the first 7 months this year and then burnt out on crocheting. I did, however, begin the first step in quilting: cutting fabric into squares, rectangles, and triangles and then sewing them together. Using the pieced squares, I made Quilt Block Curtains to hang in my craft room.

When crocheting, I sit in the living room and watch TV while following a pattern in a book or making it up as I go after I've selected the yarn to be used. I don't need to move for hours!

Quilting is much more interactive. I sit or stand and think and select a pattern to use. I stand and think and select fabric and measure fabric and cut fabric. And, I sit and think and move between the work table and the sewing machine to layout fabric pieces and pin them together to be sewn and then sew them - and sometimes pull out the stitches and restitch. A DVR-recorded television show or DVD or music CD is playing in the background.

2008 Projects in Review

Crochet: 19 lap blankets for donation; 1 lap blanket for a gift; 1 round lap blanket for me.

Knitting: Nada. Nothing.

Sewing and Quilting: 1 set of quilt-top curtains using 24 12-1/4″ blocks; 12 12″ quilt blocks.

The Project List:

  1. Quilt Block Curtains for craft room using 24 varied 12-1/4″ quilt blocks (start Jul. 13; finish Dec. 20)
  2. 24 12 1/4″ (including 1/4″ seam allowance) varied quilt blocks for Quilt Block Curtains for craft room (start Jul. 19; finish Nov. 2)
  3. 12 12″ (including 1/4″ seam allowance) varied quilt blocks left over to use for a quilt (start Jul. 19; finish Nov. 2)
  4. Primary Colors Granny Square Lap Blanket - Blue, Green, Red, Multis of Blue / Green / Red, black (start Jul. 5; finish Jul. 23)
  5. Custom Granny Square Lap Blanket - Print Pastels, Blue, Yellow, Pink (start Jun. 29; finish Jul. 7)
  6. Granny Square Lap Blanket - Pinks, Blue, White, Beige, Yellow, Baby Pastels (start Jun. 22; finish Jun. 29)
  7. Hexagon Lap Blanket - Greys, Red, White (start Jun. 8; too hot to continue hiding yarn ends Jun. 18; finish Jun. 29)
  8. Blue and Gold Blocks Lap Blanket - Blue, Gold, Green, Red, Orange (start May 31; too hot to continue hiding yarn ends Jun. 8; finish Jun. 29)
  9. Granny Squares with Flowers Lap Blanket - Scraps (start May 18; finish May 31)
  10. Flower Centers Granny Square Lap Blanket - Melon, Purple, Yellow, Baby Print, Light Yellow, White (start May 3; finish May 18)
  11. Round Wheel Lap Blanket - Burgundy, Multi (start Apr. 14; finish May 3)
  12. 4-Patch Granny Lap Blanket - Pink, Blue (start Apr. 3; finish Apr. 11)
  13. Double Crochet Striped Squares Lap Blanket - Pink, Blue, White, Purples (start Mar. 19; finish Apr. 1)
  14. Flowers in Snow Granny Square Lap Blanket - White, Coral, Green, White-Pink-Green-Yellow Multi (start Mar. 28; finish Mar. 31)
  15. Panel Variety Lap Blanket - Green, Purple, Off-White (start Mar. 20; finish Mar. 24)
  16. 6-patch Striped Squares Lap Blanket - Pink, Off-White (start Mar. 10; finish Mar. 18)
  17. Steps with Ruffle Border Lap Blanket - Red, White (start Mar. 2; finish Mar. 9)
  18. Offset Log Cabin Lap Blanket - Greens, White, Black (start Feb. 23; finish Mar. 2)
  19. Log Cabin Lap Blanket - Greens, White, Black (start Feb. 17; finish Feb. 23)
  20. Double Crochet Scraps Panels with Black Lap Blanket (start Feb. 13; finish Feb. 17)
  21. Granny Square Lap Blanket - White, Greens, Pinks, Yellows, Blues, Grey, Purple (start Feb. 10 using leftover squares from blanket just finished; finished Feb. 12)
  22. Granny Square Lap Blanket - White, Tan, Greens, Pinks, Yellows, Blues (start Jan. 22, 2007; put aside early Feb. after 20 squares; picked up again May 28; put down again May 29, 2007; finally finished Feb. 10, 2008)
  23. Flower Picture Afghan Lap Blanket - White, Reds, Greens (start Jan. 21; finish Feb. 7)
  24. Filet Pinwheel Granny Square Lap Blanket - Greens (start Jan. 2; finish Jan. 14)

Projects started in 2008 but not completed yet:

  • Quilt using 12 12″ (including 1/4″ seam allowance) left over varied quilt blocks from Quilt Block Curtains (start Jul. 2008; 12 blocks done Nov. 2; quilt top in progress)
  • Houses art quilt - fusing (start Oct. 17, 2008; in limbo)
  • Garden art quilt - fusing (start Oct. 16, 2008; in limbo)
  • Hexagon Mile-A-Minute Lap Blanket - Blue, White, Blue-White Multi (start Jul. 24; got bored with crocheting and too hot so in limbo)
  • Ripple Lap Blanket - Multi, Burgundy (start Jan. 15; got bored with it so in limbo)
  • Ripple Lap Blanket - White, Lavender (start May 29, 2007; Jun. 2 put aside for Pineapple Blanket, then Babette Blanket; still in limbo)

Projects started in 2006 but put not completed yet:

  • Keepsake Kitty Wall Hanging (start May 7, 2006; top nearly done except for applique tail Jun. 2, 2006; now in limbo; March 2008 sewed/appliqued the cat's tail onto the pattern; again in limbo; Dec. 2008 began quilting the top-batting-backing "sandwich")

Photos of my craft room

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These photos were taken on August 3 after a few weekends of quilt block piecing.

From the doorway:

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From the opposite corner:

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Completed Projects for 2007

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I still crochet a great deal of the time - it's still my number one hobby. The number of projects completed this year is just over half of last year - but many of the projects were large blankets and some had a lot of time-consuming yarn ends to hide.

In 2007, I pursued learning to knit (again - for the third time), but it still hasn't taken with me. Of course, if I don't continue working with it, knitting doesn't have a chance of becoming "second nature" for me like crocheting is! I haven't given up my desire to make colorful knitted socks, but I also haven't become comfortable enough with knitting using 2 knitting needles to want to try to handle 4 or 5 double-pointed knitting needles.

With regard to sewing and quilting, the desire to play with colorful fabric is there. However, I still haven't gotten around to getting comfortable with it. Someday…

2007 Projects in Review

Crochet: 1 huge full-size afghan (my Babette Blanket), 1 large round 6-point to 24-point afghan, 4 full-size blankets, 8 lap blankets (7 donated, 1 gift), 6 scarves, 2 headbands, 1 cardigan, 1 hat, 1 cat-size blanket.

Knit: 1 head band.

Sewing and Quilting: Zero, zip, nada. Bah! The year slid by with no progress here! Didn't finish the Keepsake Kitty Wall Hanging, and didn't start any new sewing or quilting projects.

The Project List:

  1. Ripple Blanket for Bill (start Aug. 18; then too hot so put aside to do granny squares; picked up again Dec. 12; finish Dec. 22)
  2. Stone Path Hat - Browns (start Dec. 3; finish Dec. 11)
  3. Patchwork Solid Granny Squares Blanket for Bryan (start Aug. 25; finish Sep. 30)
  4. Babette Blanket for me (start Jun. 24; finish Aug. 13)
  5. Pineapple Blanket for Billy and Rowena Wedding - White (start Jun. 2; finish Jun. 23)
  6. Delicate Summer Jacket Cardigan for me - Purple Cotton-Ease (start May 10; finish May 28)
  7. Simple Knitted Head Band for me - Green Sugar 'n' Cream Cotton (start May 7; finish May 8;)
  8. Ripple Lap Blanket - White, Pastel Scraps (start Apr. 6; finish May 6)
  9. Sampler Stripes Blanket for Elizabeth - Green, Maroon, Pink, White (start Apr. 19; finish Apr. 30)
  10. 6-point to 24-point Round Ripple Blanket for William - Greens, Blues, Multi (start Apr. 7; finish Apr. 18)
  11. Ripple Lap Blanket - White, Cream, Dark Scraps (start Mar. 31; finish Apr. 4)
  12. Ripple Lap Blanket for Candace - Purples (start Mar. 22; finish Mar. 31)
  13. Ripple Scarf - Beige/Cream, Cream (start Mar. 18; finish Mar. 21)
  14. Ripple Scarf - Gold/Orange, Cream (start Mar. 13; finish Mar. 17)
  15. Ripple Scarf - Black/Grey, Cream (start Mar. 13; finish Mar. 15)
  16. Round Motif Scarf - Cream, Gold/Orange, Black/Grey (start Mar. 3; finish Mar. 12)
  17. Ripple Lap Blanket - Blues, Greens, Tans (start Mar. 4; finish Mar. 11)
  18. Head Band for me - White, Purple, Green, Blue (start Mar. 8; finish Mar. 9)
  19. Head Band for me - Purple, Green, Blue (start/finish Mar. 8)
  20. Burgundy Shells Scarf (start Feb. 25; finish Mar. 3)
  21. Octagon Cat Blanket (started as a baby blanket) - Dark and Light Turquoise (start Dec. 16, 2006; Dec. 17 need more yarn; Mar. 3, 2007 decided to finish off as is and use for a cat blanket)
  22. Long Soft Warm Scarf for me - Black, Brown, Tan, Pale Blue, Cream, Blue-Purple (start/finish Feb. 25; ooops! too long: shortened Feb. 28)
  23. Cluster and Lace Granny Square Lap Blanket - Red, Pink, White (start Feb. 9; finish Feb. 17)
  24. Calico Lap Blanket - Red, Pink, Light Green, White (start Feb. 4; finish Feb. 9)
  25. 9-patch Granny Square Lap Blanket - Blue, Beige, Off White, Multi (start Jan. 4; finish Jan. 21)
  26. Granny Square Lap Blanket - Pinks (start Jan. 13; finish Jan. 17)

Projects started in 2007 but not completed yet:

  • Ripple Lap Blanket - White, Lavender (start May 29, 2007; Jun. 2 put aside for Pineapple Blanket, then Babette Blanket)
  • Granny Square Lap Blanket - White, Tan, Green, Pink, Yellow, Blue (start Jan. 22, 2007; put aside early Feb. after 20 squares; picked up again May 28; put down again May 29)

Projects started in 2006 but put not completed yet:

  • Keepsake Kitty Wall Hanging (start May 7, 2006; top nearly done except for applique tail Jun. 2, 2006; now in limbo)

Projects started in 2005 but put on hold and then pulled out to re-use the yarn:

  • Not completed: Jazzy Beach Wrap (cardigan) for me (start Mar. 24, 2005; put aside Apr. 13, 2005; pulled out Feb. 18, 2007)

Completed Projects for 2006

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I still enjoy crocheting a lot and spend part of nearly every day doing it, as evidenced by the number of projects completed!

I'm pleased that I learned more about sewing this year. I even bought a new sewing machine - it has been much more fun to use than Mom's older-than-I-am sewing machine!

I finally started my first quilt project. I didn't get around to finishing it (yet), but there's no rush. I'm strongly drawn to quilting - and the use of line, color, light and shadow. I am also, however, intimidated by my strong desire to not waste fabric or time or money.

2006 Projects in Review

Crochet: 1 huge full-size afghan, 24 lap blankets (16 donated, 4 gifts, 1 door prize at work, 3 toward 2007 donation), 3 baby blankets, 3 cardigans/sweaters, 2 pairs of socks, 2 bags, 1 vest, 1 scarf, 1 pet bed wrap, 1 flag cover, 1 pin cushion, 1 stuffed VW Bug, 1 stuffed turtle.

Sewing: I completed 4 sewing projects and bought my own sewing maching this year! 8 panels used as curtains for home office closet, 1 cover for fabric cutting board, 1 set of bathroom window curtains, 1 sleep shirt (and learned the basics of using a sewing pattern!).

Quilting: I also started my first quilt project this year, but didn't finish it: Keepsake Kitty Wall Hanging (top nearly done except for applique tail, then needs to be quilted).

The Project List:

Quilt National On Tour

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Hmmm, I may just have to go to this! Tour of the Quilt National 2005 collection. The tour of Collections A & B will be at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles from October 10 to January 7 (tour information). Hmmm, I didn't even know there was a Museum of Quilts and Textiles in San Jose!

Update

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My 3-day weekends for the summer are over. Bummer. It's hard to believe 12 Fridays have already gone by. Back to 8-hour days 5 days a week starting today. I really like working 4 9-hour days (I take 1 hour of vacation each day to make 40 hours a week). If I didn't have to take a 10% cut in pay and pay 10% of my benefits, I would switch to a 4-day week working 9 hours each day.

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Craftwise, I've been uninspired since before we left on our Hawaii vacation. Other than the 3 1/2 books I read on vacation and the 1 1/2 books I've read since we got back, I haven't done much except watch lots of TV and DVDs.

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We're working our way through DVDs of Rescue Me season one right now, then moving on to season two. I want to get Bill involved with Lost but he says he's not interested. I'm gonna try, though, with the first DVD of season one.

We've switched from Netflix to Blockbuster's online DVD service because it is cheaper. Blockbuster is $7.99 for 3 DVDs (one at a time) and 2 coupons for free DVD rentals at Blockbuster stores. Netflix is $9.99 for an unlimited number of DVDs (one at a time). The usual turnaround for us is 1 DVD per week by mail so the Blockbuster plan works nicely for us.

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Before we left on vacation, Bill offered to switch the bedroom he uses as his office with the smaller room I use as my craft room. So, I took him up on it! We switched rooms last weekend. My new craft room has lots more room and natural light and a great breeze through the window! Bill decided to use his new space as a TV Room since he really doesn't need an office (hmmm, not that he really needs a TV Room either...). We moved the TV from our bedroom into the TV Room since we don't watch TV in bed anymore. This weekend, we bought a new recliner chair in a nice shade of sage/light olive green for the TV Room. We also hooked up the livingroom TV to also display on the small TV in my craft room (which used to be in my office for when I used the treadmill... but since I haven't used the treadmill since probably January...). Now, Bill can watch a football game or whatever in the TV Room while I'm watching something in the craft room or livingroom.

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Even though I've been uninspired craftwise, I did try to jumpstart myself yesterday afternoon by starting a sewing project: a t-shirt using flannel fabric which I'll use as a sleep shirt. I had to do something (besides sit on my butt) when I kept nodding off while watching the NASCAR race even while my Tony Stewart was winning! The back and front and sleeves are cut from the fabric. Now I just have to figure out what to do next... I've read the pattern directions and read about sewing online and in a book, but I'm just not comfortable with the pattern markings.

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Greg and Lauren took the Oregon bar exam at the end of July. They'll get the results sometime in September. In the meantime, they're still looking for jobs. Makes me nervous, but something will work out.

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I have quite a bit of sock yarn that I'm not sure what to use it for. I'm not on a crocheted socks kick anymore. In fact, they're just not comfortable. Unusual and cute for when I'm feeling that way, but not for everyday use.

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I collected more fabric in the past month or so. Another sale at Jo-Ann Fabrics. At about $80-85 each visit, I must stop the insanity. I have been able to resist the recent 30% and current 40% off sales on Keepsake Calico fabric.

Must. Not. Buy. More.

Must try to use what I have collected.

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The monthly online transfers from my checking account into my ING Direct savings account are growing.

Must. Not. Buy. More. Fabric. Or yarn... Or other collectibles...

Must. Put. More. Into. My. ING. Account.

Lacking that creative feeling

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Late Monday evening last week (June 10), we arrived home from 2 weeks in Kona on the Big Island, Hawaii. A 2-hour delay at the Honolulu airport meant landing in Oakland at 12:15am Monday night/Tuesday morning. Luckily, Bill had suggested when we were making vacation plans that we also take off the day after our return. Sounded good to me, so I did. He did too, but of course felt compelled to go to work Tuesday morning at 6:30am as usual! (By the way, 6:30am Pacific time is 3:30am Hawaii time!) I was exhausted Tuesday (and the rest of the week!). Grocery shopping and laundry were on Tuesday's list of things to do.

Since returning from vacation, the bah-humbug don't-know-what-project-to-do feeling I had before we left has continued.

When I cruise crafty websites, I wonder at the inventiveness and creativeness of others...and wonder where they find the time. Then I remember that I'm watching TV or in some other way choosing not to work at creative projects.

So, during today's NASCAR Cup race, after my boy Tony Stewart crashed and dropped back 20+ laps, I dragged myself off the couch to take photos of the Julianna cardigan, as well as cute turtle goodies and colorful tropical-themed socks I bought in Hawaii. They're coming up next!


Another project for Bill! He likes making stuff! After work last Friday, I asked him to make an extension table for my sewing machine - and this is what he came up with Saturday morning at work! Cool!

New sewing machine setup

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Last night, I finally got around to removing the Singer 7462 from its box and setting it up. I even read the manual to get an idea of its features. I haven't used it yet...but it's ready when I am! On the right side of the first photo is the old 1960s-era Kenmore sewing machine Mom gave (loaned?) me a few years ago.

Sketch of Cheryl

About Cheryl

Enjoys crocheting, gardening, cats, NASCAR (especially Tony Stewart and Kyle Busch!), reading, photography, snorkeling in Kailua-Kona with sea turtles, Sizzler's Mega Bacon Cheeseburgers, hot and iced decaf coffee, dark chocolate, color (yarn, fabric), playing around with web technologies - not necessarily in that order! Still very much a beginner with quilting, knitting, and sewing. Donates crocheted lap blankets.

List maker, detail-oriented, organized, leans heavily toward perfectionism. ISTJ. Libra.

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