Monday, January 28, 2013

Laughing at my Wall

 
I am sure you recognize these - Bonnie Hunter's 'Scrappy Trip' blocks.  Not that I wanted to start another project, but I have been going thru my bins and drawers and processing fabrics down into the next 'level' of the fabric food chain.  So left over jelly roll strips and mix of home-made strips are being worked into these.  Don't throw things at me, but I find these boring.  It may be because I hate working large blocks, or because I've made this before, or because I have to purposely use that seam ripper or I just am not in love with the whole process.  I usually don't 'control' scrappy, but I am using a constant brown to flow thru the centers - maybe that's what is bothering me.  Well the strips are all there and I have a start, so they will be a 'finish up that bobbin' project. 
 
 
I just laugh myself right off the chair every time I look at this!!  Our Quilt Guild is having a challenge to do an applique self portrait.  The pre-fused fabrics were available during the meeting, and being part of the program committee, I helped with the event so just took the  face/neck fabrics to work on mine at home.  I don't work with Batiks often but just didn't see the affect of this until I had most of the pieces fused in place - OH MY!!  I have wrinkles and I have scars, but this is really scarey - or just down right laughable!!   From a distance, it really blends, but up close and on film - HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!  Hey, ya gotta laugh at yourself - and I really am!
 
 
And I have to laugh at this wall.  I am blaming Barbara and the NewFO.  Being sick for so long, too.  I just dove into so many project for the New Year.  So many, that the allotted space doesn't hold them and they have grown - ALL OVER!!  And the handy pull of pretty fabrics calls me every time I look at those shelves.  So this week I have to really re-gain controll of this space.  A lot of the projects are BOMs and QALs so they are going to be long term - need to get them in order.  My door cover (block these winter wind blasts/drafts) needs repair - yes the wind blew that hard that it tore it down!!  And the dump truck - well my grandson's toy, but I could almost use a real one to get this mess cleaned up!  But that makes me laugh to see that in the photo.
 
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Sewingly Yours,
Sharon  

28 comments:

  1. Love the idea of a self portrait and I think your doing a great job on it.

    I haven't jumped on the scrappy trip yet, but I have leved seeing the blocks.

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  2. Oh my, you cracked me up too Sharon!!! So funny! I LOVE the self-portrait! What a hoot!!! And that little dump truck in the middle of the chaos - I think that should be hanging in the art gallery as a statement of some sort. Too cute! I have a lot of little projects sitting here and there too and plan to clean them up this week now that Dresden is almost over :*)

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  3. Love the self portrait...too cute, and brave too! You have got a lot going on with the overflowing wall. I would be in a panic to get it organized....so I could start something new!

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  4. LOL... great post! I am right with you this morning on your last pic. Time for a swoop through to organize before I start the day's sewing.

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  5. Love the self portrait mini quilt. Haha.. So funny :D
    I am building a stash for the New FOs too. I have a box with new FOs I want to do. I have another box with UFOs and another box with projects I want to do... *sigh*

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  6. I would never attempt a self portrait -cuddos to you for doing one.

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  7. OOH, it will take a big dump truck to clean up mine! Heehee!

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  8. I have way too many bins around here too. Love the Scrappy you! That's a nice project for the Guild group. I saw a small group quilt at our quilt show that had all the members faces made up in fabric. SEW FUN to see. I'd need a bigger Dump Truck too.

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  9. Love your self portrait, I think it's cute rather than laughable! I took a "before" picture of part of my sewing space and I plan to post it when I get the time to clean it up. Hmmm... that picture was taken way back in September, so what does that tell you, LOL.

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  10. I haven't taken on that scrappy challenge , but really those look great ! I think your self portrait is wonderful, you are doing a great job and it looks like fun . I had to reorganize my room last week just so I could get in ;-)

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  11. Well, Sharon - I am glad to finally get to see what you look like - LOLOLOL!! Your whole post made me laugh!! Love ya!!

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  12. You have a lot of excitement going on in your sewing room...and I love it all! Yes, I am thinking of doing that scrappy quilt too...every day I get closer to making the decision. I love your self-portrait...you are just adorable! I don't see any grey hair and that big smile just makes me smile!

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  13. Perhaps if you squint you won't see the wrinkles! LOL! I'm sure once you finish it, you won't even notice them Sharon. What a fun challenge.

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  14. Well. Now I can put a face with the name. haha. Haven't make a scrappy trip block yet, but I plan to eventually ....
    I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed with UFO's at the moment. I may need to turn off the computer for a few days and finish up on some projects.
    I enjoyed your post. I have a smile on my face : )

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  15. what a fun challenge Sharon,you are doing a wonderful job,have a wonderful week my friend.xx

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  16. I love your self portrait challenge and yes that is the problem with using batik but it's looking good.

    I'm trying to avoid the TATW scrappy blocks because I have already started too much this month (Barbara's fault again) but the more you do the more scraps you have so I may have to give in and join the trend. As for a mess I'm not photographing mine as it is too bad to show to anyone. I think February is going to have to be the month of getting my quilting and related sewing bits fully organised. Problem is where to start?

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  17. I shudder to think of what I'd come up with if I tried to do a self portrait! I like yours and the fact that you can laugh at yourself and actually shared it with us. You are just too cool!

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  18. I sort of agree with you about the scrappy trips blocks, but they are quick to do and I can pick one up when I have a few minutes to sew and make the quilt top a little larger.... so it's useful for that, and for using up scraps. Love your self-portrait, too - and my workroom looks worse than yours does! But I can either sew or organize...

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  19. Well aren't you a cutie....grin. Your portrait does blend well in the photo.

    I can't keep my room clean for more than a few days.

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  20. when you mentioned about the self portrait looking better from afar...I was just thinking about MY image in the mirror with the same regard! =P

    I do think that the portrait in fabric looks quite good, tho!

    hugZ,
    annie

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  21. Your self portrait is really nice :-) great job :-)

    Your wall looks like you have a full life and lots going on! The sign of a busy, fun person :-)

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  22. Your self portrait looks adorable.Great job!

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  23. I think your self protrait is fun. And at least the mess is a sign that you have been busy somewhat.

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  24. OMGosh! I laughed through this post!! Love it! Your self-portrait is fun!! Love your blue eyes and pouty red lips!! And the wall ... wall of shame? No. Wall of fame? Maybe. Wall of pain?! Nah. Perhaps Wall of GAIN! LOL!!! Scripture says that laughter does good like medicine! :)

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  25. Ahh Sharon what a beautiful place you have to work in and the photo of you is gorgeous as you are. Too hard to be so creative and keep the the place better Homes and garden showable rather have the messes and be happy! good job Lady!!
    You always amaze me with all that you get finished!!
    Patty

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  26. I love your self portrait. Blame it on the batiks. They have the wrinkles, not you.

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  27. I love your self portrait Sharon, I did have to laugh about the batik....but it adds so much! Have fun going through your projects now that you're feeling better!

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