I’m still working my way through my UFO Dirty Dozen projects. The number that was chosen for November was #1. I have this spider web string project listed as #1. I guess it’s time to tackle it!!
This project came to me via the thrift store. I was thrilled to get it. The bag cost a few dollars and had these unfinished blocks…
and one finished block. I was so excited as there were a lot of finished ones. I thought I had plenty…WRONG. There weren’t nearly as many as I needed.
I didn’t think it was a big deal at all. I’d grab some red fabric and make more blocks. Well…that didn’t work as planned. All the reds were wrong.
I blogged about it and readers were so encouraging and told me to cut more reds from the fabrics I had and to not worry about it. Well, that’s not me. The different colors or the reds would have very much bothered me.
Well fast forward. I was working on some organizing. One of the things I was doing was sorting thrifted fabric. In there was a red. It seemed like it was the shade of red I needed. I dug out the spiderweb quilt and happily it matched. The problem, it was only a fat quarters worth of fabric. I got out my template and started cutting.
This is what I discovered.
From there I wrote about the project on the blog and one wonderful blog reader sent me some red to finish the project.
When I pulled it out, it looked like this…
I had hoped to make the quilt the same size as the first spider web string quilt I made…this one…
(Read more about his quilt HERE)
Kalissa’s boys were at my house and we were going to do some “twilting”. Our project was to prep the rest of the papers. They were actually good help.
We cut out the kites and glued them down. When I say “glued them down”, it only means a small smear of glue stick.
When Kalissa left the last thing she said was, “Why don’t you shoot a video for and I’ll edit it. That way I don’t feel so bad for asking you to watch the boys so much”.
All I knew is I wanted to sew…so up the stairs I went.
As I was setting up the machine and pulling strings I decided that I would do just what Kalissa said. I would shoot a video. I’ve been playing around with the idea of filming a few “sew along with me videos”. I watch cross stitch videos that are called “stitch along with me videos” and wondered how they might go over if I did a “sew along with me video”. You don’t need to be sewing the same project…in fact, you don’t need to be sewing at all. You can stitch or watch or do whatever you want.
Here is the video I ended up doing.
In the video, I tell you about my project and ramble on about this or that. So many of you have said you’d love to sew with me or be on a retreat with me. Well, this is the best I can do…
I had fun filming it…I was a little nervous about the camera set up and all..and nervous about the noise of the machine. You’ll have to let me know what you think. Any of the videos I do are works in progress. I’m very much at the learning stage of it all so I do appreciate constructive criticism.
If I get a good response, I’ll make more…it’s just a little chattiness with me while I sew.
I ended up with a nice little stack of blocks. I think there are about 20 there with a few more left partially done at the machine.
I didn’t sew them all during the video. I kept sewing. I so appreciated some machine time and am super happy that I’m making progress on this UFO.