Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Wrandom Wednesday

Yes, I know the word random doesn't start with a W, but I was wanting a little faux alliteration today so I added the W. Also, I know that alliteration means the words should sound the same at the beginning, but I'm calling this faux visual alliteration, so work with me.
Mostly, today's post is random or wrandom, whichever works.
I thought I'd start with happenings of the past and move to plans for the future. A little organization to the randomness, huh?
This past week saw two somewhat new items exiting my shop. Well, one really new one and one that I just hadn't made in a long time.
 A sweet customer asked me to make her a little pillow with my squiggles fabric.
I saw it as an opportunity to go knuts with machine quilting.

Someone else put in a request for this baby quilt:
 I'd made quite a few of these in the past, but now only make them as custom orders. The top is part of an IKEA duvet cover. It's recently been discontinued, but, needless to say, I  purchased a few of these when they were available.

Another bit of wrandomness that appeared in my inbox yesterday was this:
 Erin, customer and crafter extraordinaire, emailed this picture of her latest sewing creation. She made it with a combination of commercial prints and solids as well as some she'd purchased from me, but, even better than that, the pillow features Erin's first ever zipper. She mentioned that she followed the directions in Fresh Quilting to add a zipper to her beautiful pillow and has since made several more. As sappy as this may sound, I so love seeing the things folks make either from patterns I've written or with the fabric I dye. It really completes the circle for me. So, keep it up people.

I'm needing to knit a hat by Sunday morning. Well, not needing to exactly, but really wanting to. Sunday morning I'm running my first-ever half marathon and, me being me, feel I must commemorate this event by making something. I made this hat a few weeks ago while my daughter was home from college, but ended up giving it to her to take back to Atlanta. I have yarn to make a second one, but am a little worried that I'll run out of time and have to wear, perish the thought, a store-bought hat. A hat is probably a necessity as word has it the temperature at start time will be in the mid-30's. I can't help but imagine myself running the race with my new hat on my head and my ipod tuned to Alison Weir's The Lady in the Tower. Last Sunday I ran 11 miles listening to that story and made it home just in time for Anne Boleyn's unfortunate beheading. I could purchase a new book to listen to during the race but I'm worried the other 5,000 plus people running it will distract me from the story, so it's best to stick to one I already know.

If you happen to have hat or race-day advice, by all means, let me know.

12 comments:

Dan Rouse said...

My race day advice is to give yourself plenty of time to get to the starting line, then let yourself start slow even though you'll be high on adrenaline and feeling like you can finish the whole thing in a sprint.

As for completed projects, here's my first project from Fresh Quilting: the needle case.

Siobhan Rogers said...

That post tired me out just reading it! I'm still in very slow summer holiday mode, but kids back at school next week............

Poppyprint said...

Good luck on race day - sorry no advice, I can't imagine my knees lasting for 30 minutes, let alone a 1/2 marathon. Enjoy it!

Cheryl Arkison said...

A half-marathon?! That's awesome. Good luck, hat or not.

Andi said...

Run Malka Run!!!!

Teresa said...

Have you ever used a loom? The hats are pretty fast to make on them. That is my only thought!
Good luck!!

Michele Pacey said...

Oh gosh! Congratulations on your half-marathon-to-be! I don't know how you create all these beautiful things and still find time to run run run. Perhaps you could do a time-management post one day and let us in on your secrets?...

Good luck in the race!

Darlene said...

I really like your work. I found your blog in "Blogging for Bliss". I love quilting it can't wait to sift through your blog some more. I've bookmarked it for when I have more time!!! THANK YOU!

FatQuarterQuiltFarm said...

love the squiggles as fabric but quilted really rocks!!

purduepam said...

Run at your happy pace.
Plan the race and then race the plan.
Love your book. A true source of inspiration.

Kay said...

Love your sense of humor in this post. I enjoyed reading about Flat Stanley too. I remember him well. A quilting adventure may be a first for him.

Glennis said...

I just came across your site and absolutely love it! You are so talented! I look forward to keeping up with you blog. On the baby numbers quilt that you made from an IKEA duvet cover, do you have instructions for that item anywhere? I absolutely love the way that turned out. Again, thanks for sharing your beautiful crafting!