Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Project Boob Vest (PBV)

I call this one 'Flava' because of
the time piece on the right
I’m not sure where to begin. I was planning on mentioning Talkin’Tuesdays because I’ve had a blast joining in and experiencing such a fun community. But somehow, ‘Totally Lovin’ Talkin’ Tuesday’ turned into, ‘Project Boob Vest.’ Blame it on Twitter crashing. Blame it on me. I blame it on the extra glass of wine being a newb and not being able to keep up with the convo. The name, though, should definitely be blamed on @jmmaxman :)

Anyway, the topic of quilted vests came up and how, er... sexy they are. Several of us suggested that making one would be a good idea. Many thoughts were shared - think sparkly, glitter cats with beads...

At some point, there was talk of bobbins (I think) and bobbins became boobies and of course boob vests made sense...

This prompted talk of making and wearing these delightful items in public and of creating a swap (because there is nothing better than a swap!).

'The Twins'
This got me thinking. There's a lot of talk about general scrappiness and scrap vomit projects (will add that link because I'm not sure where 'scrap vomit' originated). So why not scrap out a sexy new vest? C'mon, you know you want to.

In my ‘research’ I decided to look up the various slang words for boobies and, surprisingly, my search results were relatively PG. I did come across a fairly comprehensive list from this poll

This was extremely helpful because it gave me an idea; assuming everyone still wants to do a swap, that is. If not, this is your Christmas gifts project. I think we should have vest themes. Here’s your chance to push creativity (and taste) to the limit. I know EVERYONE has fabric that would fit into these slang categories:

Fun Bags

Speed Bumps (REALLY?!)
Mosquito Bites
Ta Tas
Puppies  (ws_on_etsy can change this to kitties)
Milk wagons

I can't help but crack up when I envision vest interpretations of boob slang... fun bags - LOL
Oh, the places we could go with this!
So there you have it. They said they'd come if I blogged it so consider it blogged. It would be great if you left a comment so I know you stopped by (and hopefully got a laugh). Oh, and feel free to add your design ideas! And I suppose if you really want a swap, leave a comment that you want to do it and if there are enough brave souls, then I'll put one together.

'Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself'
Remember, A Jedi's strength flows from the Force - Yoda

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Weekend

Unfinished Quilt: 'Quilt me now, woman!'
I find myself enjoying some alone time this weekend. It's not often that my husband goes away so this is a real treat. Don't get me wrong, it's not that I don't like having him around, I just enjoy quiet time by myself too.

I've spent the weekend... sewing. Can't help myself. It's become a real habit. At least it's healthier than smoking an whatnot. Notice I didn't say drinking. Not giving that up anytime soon (sorry, mom).

The quilt in that photo up there has been waiting patiently to be finished and quilted. Last night I finished the last bit of border and tonight I'm quilting it (just took a break to write this post). I LOVE to quilt and I have NO idea what I'm doing. I'm serious. I've read some stuff/ looked at some tutorials, but I'm pretty much using the 'wing it' method that I'm so fond of. So far, so good. But this method is very stressful which is why I tend to stare at my projects before actually doing anything.

Close-up of binding

On the learning front, I've finally learned how to bind correctly! YIPPEE!!! and I have the Mug Rug Madness Swap to thank for it. Seriously. I was getting so frustrated with how my binding was turning out that I forced myself to do it until it was correct. No easy task since I have the patience of a squirrel. But I did it!

Mug Rug Madness package I sent to my partner

I've mailed out all my swap items but I am still holding out on showing the other one because it's a surprise. I promise I will post photos as soon as I know she's received it. For the Mug Rug Madness Swap, I made a coffee cozy thingy. It didn't come out like I wanted it to. I tried to make the edges frayed but... yeah, not so good. I debated whether or not I should include it. I decided that I would use it in public so maybe my partner will enjoy it (I included a letter of apology, though - HaHa).

The other thing I did to enjoy this solitary weekend... I made my first quilt block all by me onesies (Favorite Jack Sparrow quote). This is the first time I haven't followed a tutorial as a starting point. I even MEASURED - I know, what is the world coming to?! I'm not kidding. I sketched and did some basic math and that's the result over there.

I will even prove it you. Check out that photo! All my ideas and finished block info. Now, I just have to figure out why the other two didn't come out the same...

One issue I had was that it was a bit too perfect. That irritates me. If one is perfect then they'd all have to be perfect. And let's be real, the odds of pure perfection are... (where's C-3PO when you need him?). The point: it's not going to happen so I made them a little crooked. However, it's only the border that's crooked, not the actual block - pretty sneaky, huh? If it turns out, I may even do a tutorial - imagine that. I will call it the Perfectionist's Quilt :)

Up Next:
More Swaps


"Who's more foolish: the Fool or the Fool that follows him?"

Thursday, April 14, 2011

WIP It... real good

Scrap Pile
I've been putting off posting something new. However, it's not because I haven't been creating. Nope. It's because all of the projects I'm doing are for swaps and I can't really show too much - at least one of my partners reads the blog so I don't want to ruin the surprise. Instead, I thought I'd list my WIPs along with some links so you can read more about the swaps. Okay, and maybe a few pictures...


* Still working on that FreeBirdGiant Quilt - I needed to take a breather but I started working on the back design this week. One day it will get quilted and finished.

* I've almost completed another quilt top using Moda's Chrysalis fabric. I initially wanted to make it for Modern Relief: Japan, but that didn't work out so now it's just a 'whenever-it-gets-done' WIP

Scrappy block samples

*Just last night I decided to make a 100% scrap quilt. I have a huge stash of scraps. They are every size imaginable but mostly small 1"x5" or are cut very irregular. Anyway, I was trying to make something entirely different using scraps but as it turned out, I liked the result better as a quilt block. I had already played around with this idea but now I know exactly what I want to do. 

* I just finished all of my items for my first swap - YAY! I just need to send out the goods. This was the HomeMade Swap sponsored by Katy of It's My World. You should check out her site - her scrapbook pages are amazing!

Some mug rugs in progress
*Mug Rugs! I've joined the Mug Rug Madness Swap too hosted by Brie at Little Creatable. Posting items is okay for this one because our partner is a secret. Check out the flicker group and while you're at it, search for other mug rug links - there are some great examples out there!

* And the most recent swap I signed up for is the  (are you ready for this?) 'I Heart the 80's: Modern Sewing Swap'. I am totally psyched for this and I already know what I'm making. Well, actually I already know what I want to make. I have to wait and see my partner's likes and dislikes before I start. This swap is still open. Sign-ups run through 4/22. Although I haven't started sewing anything for this, I did make something...
Inspiration Mosaic
It was suggested that we make an Inspiration Mosaic to give our partners better insight into what we'd like. For mine, I focused on the things that make me feel nostalgic. Things that when I see or hear them, I can remember a significant memory. Take, for example, The Smurfs and the Fisher Price record player. My best friend and I used to take our little Smurf figures, put them on the record player, then turn it on 45 speed and see who got the most air. Ahh yes, good times! 

That's all for now. If you decide to do the 80's swap, let me know. I'd love to see what you make. Next update will include what I looked like in the 80's. One word: HAIR! Remember, I grew up in South Jersey, need I say more?

\m/ Rock On,