Thursday, November 20, 2008

For the Love of Productivity.

I must take one selfish moment to pat myself on the back. Okay. There. Done.

Last night I spent several hours tracing and cutting my sweet little squares that I will be using in Lily's doll quilt. You see, this girl here (moi) does not have a lovely self-healing quilting mat and a rotary cutter. No, I have a good old paper template that I made myself and my fabric scissors. Hey, I figure that if that's how they did it a hundred years ago, there's no reason I can't do it that way now.

So, here is how I arranged my quilt. I may add a border around this as well. That will depend on how small this becomes after I actually stitch it together and my seam allowances go "bye-bye!"

Oh, and I also spent last night felting wool.

Felting wool? Well for those of you who have no idea what in the world I'm talking about, I'll give a quick explanation.

Basically, when you felt wool, you change the way the wool fibers lay. You do this by exposing the wool to hot and cold temperatures (hot and cold in your washing machine and then hot again in your dryer.) Once the wool is felted it becomes soft and fuzzy and can be used for all sorts of crafty projects such as appliques, ornaments, pillows, table runners, penny-rug garlands, etc.

Fun stuff, huh? This is only 1/3 of all the wool I have that needs felted. I've decided I need to work on this project in increments so as not to completely overwhelm my already overloaded brain.

Oh, and here's to productiveness! (Insert image: This is where you imagine me doing a celebratory toast with a nice glass of iced tea.)


Tolentreasures said...

Good work, Amber...wish that you would have emailed or called me...I have a couple of rotary mats and cutters and would have been happy to lend one to you. Great job on the wool also. I love to felt wool....It usually goes straight from my car to the washer...if only I could get so excited about my normal laundry duties! Can't wait to see what you do with the wool.


melissa said...

You are amazing~that doll quilt is to die for. She will love it. I have to admit, I have never heard of felting wool either~thanks for the little tutorial. Happy Thursday!

Holly said...

Amber, today I am so jealous of your ambition and motivation! I've been lacking that!

Congratulations on getting so much done! I can't wait to see what you do with your felted wool!

Be blessed!

Christian said...

That wool makes me want to snuggle up with a blanket and some hot chocolate!