Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Oops!: Now with Finishes.

I had considered calling it Oops!: The Musical, but I couldn't get song rights. :-P

Seems like I forgot to check the internet for a month.  Oops.  Maybe it's a failure to really dig into the new routine or just a need to spend less time with my computer but I've definitely tried to prioritize other things this summer than blogging and blog-reading.  You do NOT want to know how many unread posts are in my Feedly....

I have been busy with the following:  meeting blog peeps in person!, sewing, knitting, teaching Nephew a bunch of stuff his mother doesn't approve of, hiding in dark basements away from sunlight, teaching English as an Additional Language, offering my shoulder, cooking while listening to loud music and kitchen-dancing, watching just about every CFL game (something has to fill the void between hockey seasons....), and reading actual, physical books.  Books, people! Remember those? I love real books, but man, I have a hard time sitting still long enough to get "gripped".

Anyhoo.  I'll ease back into the (ir)regular blogging routine with some finishes I meant to post ages ago.  A couple of months ago, I was giving a little presentation on QAYG at the Saskatoon MQG as part of our meeting.  I had done up a few slapdash sample pieces using scraps and 12" batting squares just to illustrate some things that I'd learned for the prez.  And then, of course, I'm left with these little thingies and no plan.  Blergh.  So I just started throwing them together.

I ended up with two mug rugs from my piles of scrap,
a mini table topper,
and a coffee table runner.
The white on white chunks are leftovers from my brother's Punisher quilt.  The muslin that backed most of these was from yardage, but that too was leftover from another project so I call it a win.  Even the binding was from the leftover basket.  The batting was scrap that had been cut into 12" squares just for practicing free-motion.

Is this my best quilting/sewing? Heck, no, but I used up some scraps , I learned some techniques, and if I spill something on them, I won't cry for days. So there you go.  Not every piece has to be show-worthy.  I think these are like the quilt version of sweat pants. I wouldn't show them off to fancy company, but to protect a table from Hot Wheels or the carpet from living room picnics, they're just fine. :-)

And now I have a month's worth of blogs to catch up on. Again.

16 comments:

  1. Hi! So glad to see you are still around. Love what you have done. I like the idea of having picnics in the living room on the table runner. I'm sure the nephew will love that just like my grandson does. Talk to you soon.
    Julie

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  2. Thanks for sharing, I could use a few coffee table runners for non-show purposes :)

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  3. Welcome back! Breaks are important for staying in the real world. Really like that coffee table runner. The quilting looks ribbing like-lovely! I think you should mark as read to date. Everyone posts on... Take the time to sit down with your real book again instead!

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  4. Hi Carly, so nice to hear from you! These are all so beautiful and as you said useful! There is a cute coffee cup in the other mug rug!
    I love real books and used to read much more when having a great library in Finland. Still I need to have always one book going on.
    Sometimes if I haven't read blog posts for a long time, I do so that when there is a new post from someone, I look also several older posts when I'm in that blog.
    Here it's still full full summer but I'm looking forward the lovely autumn and catching up with blog friends! Hugs! x Teje

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  5. Absolutely! Summer is for easing up a bit! Good to see you again though, and I love those scrappy mug rugs you did, not shy at all :D

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  6. I was just thinking about you the other day! So glad to see what you are up to. Loving the QAYG things you made!

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  7. You're so funny Carly. Sweat pants! I really like the modern look to your topper and runner. Cool quilting too

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  8. I love the coffee table runner! and the little mug rug on the left seems to have a little cup and saucer pieced into it-- couldn't have planned that one better,

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  9. Nice to see you again Carly! We spent 2 weeks away, with less computer time than usual and honestly I didn't miss it, but here we are back home again and I'm right back at it. Which is good, and bad. Why can't we humans control our computer time??? Ugh.

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  10. Cute mug rugs and runner. I find a good break in the summer pretty essential...... sounds like you're enjoying it. I love dancing in the kitchen too, makes cooking even more enjoyable!!!

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  11. I love the mug rugs; what a great way to use up scraps

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  12. You should click "mark all as read" and call it a day. :)

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  13. Hi Carly! I hope that your "blog-cation" was a shot in the arm!! Welcome home!!

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  14. Ohmigod - the quilt version of sweatpants. That is fantastic - I'm using that line to describe some of my projects. Including one that's coming up that I'll be emailing you for advice on when I get into it.

    It was great meeting in person! After our dinner I thought "It's probably good that we don't live in the same city because our friendship would be super intense. People wouldn't get our inside jokes, they'd feel left out of our all night chatting sessions...." Damn, why can't we live closer!?

    I love cooking and kitchen dancing!

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  15. Those look great! Love the colors :) Also, my "unread posts" has 4 digits.... Never thought I'd see this day!

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  16. loving your work as always x

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