It’s the little things . . .

I try really hard to be “disciplined”.  I make real efforts to finish a quilt top before I start another one.  That doesn’t always work, and I often end up with a bunch of quit tops that need to be quilted, but I really do try.

When I do find myself between monster projects, I try to get a few “little things” done at once.  You know what I mean- the kinds of projects that take anywhere from 15 minutes to a day, but that have to wait until you’re done with the “big one”.  All because you know that if you take a break from the “big one’, it will be months, or even YEARS before you get back to it.  Uh huh.  I know you know what I mean.

So, here are a few of the “little things” I’ve been working on this week.  I won’t bore you with details of learning more about how to use social media, or updating my planner with my deadlines, but I thought I’d share some of the fun stuff.

2014-05-22 16.57.56Just in case you aren’t one of the 600 people participating in the mega Schnitzel and Boo Mini Swap, I will explain.  Kristi McDonough is the brilliant mind behind Schnitzel and Boo, and you can find out more about her by clicking here.  She had an idea last year to host a mini quilt swap, which went quite well- to the tune of about 225 people.  So, she decided it would be fun to do it again.  Only this time 600 people signed up.  Crazy, huh?  Anyway, we’ve all been given our secret assignments with details on due dates and such, but more importantly, info on how to “stalk” our swap recipient.  I say that lightly, although such things in the real world are not funny nor light, but in this case just refers to finding out your new friend’s likes and dislikes for the purpose of making him/her something fun.  And so, I put a few feelers out there, and sure enough, he/she bit, and I got a perfect read on what he/she might like.  Jump on my Instagram or Flickr accounts to see what I’ve been up to . . .

2014-05-20 16.41.57This was a quickie that I was grateful to be a part of.  A friend of a friend recently went through a rather awful experience, and really needs some cheering.  I got the call for blocks and knew this was something I wanted to be a part of so that in my own small way I could let her know that I am behind her.  I can’t do anything to eliminate pain in this world, but I can send a little quilty love to try to help someone through the hard times.

2014-05-22 17.20.09This year I am participating in the Stash Bee.  There is a button on the right of my blog if you would like more information.  I am in Hive 11, and my Hive mates and I have been getting to know one another a little bit over that last several months.  I’ve been on time some of the time, and I’ve been late some of the time, but everyone has been wonderful, and I have enjoyed making new blocks each month and sending them to whichever Hive mate is Queen for the month.  This month’s block was fun and quick, so if I’m going to make one, why not make three?

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This little project just took an afternoon, but it’s one that has been brewing for a long time.  I have been picking up a few vinyl cutouts that I’ve liked here and there over the last year or so, but didn’t know what I wanted to do with them.  A couple of them are white, and my walls are too light for white vinyl.  I’m not one for putting them on my car, so I didn’t really know what I was going to do with them.  Then, just recently, an idea started to percolate, and finally sent me to the craft store and the thrift store.  After a base coat of color, and playing around with some spray paint and a few baskets and other texture items, this is what I came up with . . .

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On “This is How I Roll” I stared with a yellow coat of paint on a canvas.  Then I laid a woven place mat over the canvas and sprayed it with turquoise spray paint.  It came out a little more bohemian than I had planned, but I love it anyway!  “Runs With Scissors” started with a black base, and then I spray painted it red through the wire pattern of a basket.  The effect was more subtle, but still way cool.  My only beef with this project is that it looks kinda  like a beer commercial.  I decided that “Keep Calm and Quilt On” needed to be a little different than the others, so it is just the coat of pink paint with the vinyl lettering.  They didn’t turn out exactly as I had expected, but I have to say I had fun making them, and in the end I was pleased with the results.  I don’t think I am done experimenting with this one, though . . .

That does it for this time.  Just a “little thing”.

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