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WiP Wednesday: Blame the Cats Edition

Every Wednesday over at Freshly Pieced they have a link party with all the crafty blogs putting up their work in progress pieces.  So I’m gonna start playing too, if only to make myself feel good that I am actually doing stuff!

First up is going to be the thing I have the LEAST amount of progress on!  That way I can get the disappointing stuff out of the way right off.

Old Lady Sundress!

I washed the fabric.  That counts and progress right?!  I am going to try to get some work done on this soon because I’m very excited about the fabric and hope that it turns out as cute as it is in my head.  Then I get to shop for some shiny nude pumps because I don’t have any shoes to wear with it right now.  See how I made this crafting project turn into shoe shopping?  I’m good like that.

Next up is the SECOND least worked on!

Rainbow Hexie Granny Square Tote Bag

Man, I’m on an “Old Lady” kick lately.  Old lady prints, granny squares.  I’m loving it.  Old ladies are awesome!  I always proudly say that I have a slew of “old lady” skills under my belt.  Except cooking.  Don’t ask me to cook.

But clearly, this is exactly where I left it after the last time.  2 of the 15 motifs are done.  I’m sure I’ll get back to it.  Sure.  But as this one actually has some of the parts worked on, it beats the dress as far as worked-on-it-ness goes.

And last but not least!

Prism Patchwork Quilt

I have a few more of the rows sewn together but the ironing got a little demoralizing.  Remember how cute Pickles looked sleeping so peacefully on the pretty strips of triangles?  Yeah.

OrangeFat x GrayFat = SuperCute!


Asshole cats.   So the pressing is taking a little longer than I would like, but its still getting there.  Thank heavens for Laura who suggested numbering the rows or I would be in a wold of hurt trying to figure out what goes where!   Though I might be bothering Jennifer for her copious and beautiful floor space to do the final basting/pinning of this beast of a quilt.  I’m excited to see it coming together!

Head on over to Freshly Pieced to see what all the other crafty folks are working on!  It’s sure to inspire some of your own crafty goodness.

 WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced


Skully Roses Dress: Results Edition!


I got married in it!

On a beautiful October day at one of my favorite locations in Georgia, we tied the knot and yes, I wore skulls and roses.

Rosey Skulls Progress!

Since I want to wear this dress on Saturday I figured I should get working on it!

So I found my motivation in the bottom of  a PBR and got to work.  I’m just going to say, the stars were against me.  Pickles bit me while I was trying to shift his fatness to read the directions,  Rusty and Oz thought they would lay directly where my feet go when I need to iron, and Skwisgaar thought it would be best to just menace all of us from random places in the room.  As if it wasn’t hard enough to convince myself to be productive, I had to constantly run the fur critter gauntlet.  Jerks.

Also, I came to the realization that I need to get new pins since they are all dull enough that the force required to push them through fabric also means that they will go pretty far into a human finger as well.  WARNING: Graphic human wound ahead.

Bleed in the seams and NOT THE BEER!

Charlie mike.  More sewing and pinning and stabbing and I had what is usually a sure sign that its time to stop for the night: my first grievous mistake.

Right sides together, dumbass.

When I make a stupid mistake like that, I take it as the universe’s sign that I need to stop.  But I always make sure to correct the mistake before stopping so its not the first demoralizing thing that I have to deal with the next time I get to it.  Nothing says, “Fuck it” like sitting down to sew only to stare in the face of the last idiot move you made and then have to fix it before you can do anything else.  I’ve learned.  So I trooper-ed on.  I cursed.  I seam-ripped.  I repinned and sewed it correctly.

Not wrong.

Now I’m not going to say that it happened because I had beer for dinner while I was sewing, but I’m not willing to say that it wasn’t the beers fault either.

Sewing Sunday: Skully Roses Edition

I picked up this pattern a little while ago and have been anxious to try it out.

After MUCH debate and near-tantrum throwing while shopping for fabric, some finally was chosen.

Inspector Rusty approves.

Into the wash it went!  After that it was ready to be cut out.  Technically it was after the pre-wash, a jog, and taking the dogs to the park hoping to wear them out enough that I could work in peace.  So with the dogs out of the way (napping in their crates, not all mafia style) it was time for my least favorite part of the sewing experience: laying out and cutting out the pattern.

Does anyone else neurotically fold their pattern pieces back to the factory lines like this? Am I alone in the crazy?

Incidentally, cutting out the fabric is the absolute favorite part of sewing for the cats.

Its cool, Pickles. I don't need that to see the fabric layout or anything.

Then, like rubbing salt into a wound, the whole thing is completely lined.  So I have to cut it out all over again in different, light-weight, slippery fabric!

Seriously not helpful.

After much scooting about on the floor and pinning and snipping and cursing, everything was cut out.  By the time I got everything cut out I was pretty much sick of looking at it so it was an ideal place to stop for the night.  At least next time when I get started I’ll be jumping right into the good stuff.

Skwisgaar looks on and is unimpressed.

Now the trick is to make time to work on it to be sure its done to wear by Saturday.  I think I can do it.  Here’s hoping for no surprises and minimal animal interference.