Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Work Wonky Star Runner
Finally. I finished the Wonky Star Runner. It's all of 15' long, and about 17" wide. Yeah. It's long. I don't think I ever want to bind another one like it. :)
It makes things much calmer looking in my cube. (Please ignore the tub up front in the picture). The Wonky Star was easy to make up and piece together, and it only took a few days to put together. The binding was the longest part! I will admit, that was the case because I opted to hand stitch the back of the binding. And it takes FOREVER to hand stitch 30+ feet of binding. Wheeeeee!!!
Here's the other half... It currently bunches up a little behind the computer, but I can fix that tomorrow morning before I clock in!
Now all I have to do is bring in blue, silver, and white deocrations, and I am all set for Christmas at work. Whaddya think?
I have a few battery-operated candles that I will light up for December, and so on... but I am so far quite pleased!
In looking at the pictures, I am a little weirded out. Not because of the state of my cube - it's actually pretty tidy (which IS weird, but that's not what's got me). I have never made a holiday-themed decorative piece for myself. It just doesn't happen. And I have certainly NEVER made a Christmassy-winter quilted project. Things like that have always smacked of... well... my grandmother and my great-aunt. Not that there's anything wrong with that (she says hastily, forestalling the glares). It just wasn't me. It was them - quilted ducks with wreaths around their necks. Pillows that said NOEL in appliqued red and green letters. I don't know why I developed an allergy to those things, but I did. "Not for me!" I'd say to myself. "I won't be making Christmas crafts for ME."
And yet... there it is. It isn't screamingly Christmas. But it's holiday quilted decorations. For me. I don't know what it says about me. Maybe I'm getting lax in my 'old age.' Maybe it's just different enough that it doesn't somehow break my self-imposed ban on holiday quilting crafts. Maybe I'm just branching out. I don't really know.
What I do know it that it's still not my grandmother's/great-aunt's Christmas craft.
Now.... for the rest of the projects in progress!!! It might be a little tough to get things roaring along again, because we're having massive house-cleaning for the rest of the week. The woman we bought the house from last year is coming to see what we've done. We invited her last year, but she wasn't able to make it. She finally is, and so we're going to be doing a nice hard clean-up to get things perfect! Vacuuming, mopping, the whole shebang.
I still hope to get a little time in to finish up a few things - namely, BST and my second AAQI quilt. I am getting close on the AAQI, and have plans for a third. Hopefully my skills are improving with each one (I think they are), and will raise at least a little for AAQI. Oh, yeah... I made a tunic-style shirt Sunday. I should post a picture of it (on my mannequin).
We shall seeeeeee....... tonight, there will be a ridiculous amount of cleaning. And maybe tracking down a basket for all the cat toys. (I have a smart cat. This is not always a good thing). She's getting bigger all the time, and while I know every cat owner thinks their cat is smart (okay, not ALL cat owners... because let's be honest, some cats are just NOT smart), but Joji is. She's figured out where the cat food is, and is working on trying to learn how to open it. (It's stored in a trash can with a step-on lid lift thing). She's a problem-solver. Should continue to make life interesting!