Monday, March 21, 2011

Not-Perfect Perfect



On a Saturday night whim, I set myself a two hour deadline for fabric selection and cutting and piecing the top of a picnic rug. What a liberating thing, is a speedy deadline. No time for faffing, second-guessing or any of the time-consuming doubt malarkey. More a case of grab/chop/sew/done and there I am sitting in front of Lost in Translation right when the TV guide said I should. How I love that movie. Beautiful, lonely, empty, funny and now haunting because Tokyo does not look the same city just now.



From the outset of the Saturday night whim, I understood that the aim was to LIKE the picnic rug but not to LOVE it. The level of like should be such that I would want to use it, but it should not reach the level of love where I would be afraid to use it, spoil it, stain it, picnic upon it.

Yesterday I went out to buy quilted fabric for the backing and then sewed the front and back together and didn’t give a sideways consideration to binding.



I used the speedy tying technique for the ‘quilting’ bit. Voila! A picnic rug using big pieces of fabric that do NOT make my heart flutter and small snippets that DO. Not a labour of love, rather an entirely satisfying, crafty quick fix with function.



I tested the function straight away. Out in the backyard, with the lightweight newspaper sections, my hands-over-ears at the horrors of the real news bit. The knitty business is a Mara-in-progress.



The comfy, snugly, not-heavy, not-bulky and not-perfect picnic rug is just the perfect I was after.



The perfection is entirely proven by my devil-may-care attitude to this mischief monkey with her honey-sticky fingers...



The more used, stained, washed, worn and lived on it becomes, the more perfect the picnic rug will be.

.........................

PS. The middle kid says he has no time for picnics. He has time only for thinking, drawing and making dragons.



PPS. When next the aim is for a more considered, quilted number, (without the honeyed, sticky-fingered input), I am so giving this lovely a whirl...

39 comments:

CurlyPops said...

Now that's my type of quilting - swoon!

Stomper Girl said...

You did a great job. So much craftier than our plaid second-hand Onkaparinga or Laconias. We definitely don't mind how many sticky fingers or spilt drinks we get on them!

clare's craftroom said...

Love it ! I hope for many sunshiny picnic days for you .

Andi said...

Love the rug!!
Perfect for sunshiny autumny days.
Andi x

PS I think you DEFINITELY have another sculptor in the family. Look out!!!

One Flew Over said...

The perfect combinations for a picnic rug and I am digging that back!

Looking forward to seeing your Mara and your version of the geometric.

PS: Have read that book and loved it x

grrl + dog said...

aha.

YOu found a way to bypass the inner faffer.

And get a functional piece. I do suffer from chronic faff.
And then preciousnes about fabric, and hoarding..

Will give the deadline a go. good discipline.

Something the dog can throw up on..

kirsty said...

it's perfect!

x

Faeryfay said...

I love the dragon and the picnic rug!:-)

emma said...

love the blanket! now can someone tell me where do you all buy those swish looking silver knitting needles. they look like they would give a very satisfying click clack as you go?

beck said...

I'm so up for quick projects like this that are an instant blast of fun & damn practical too! Loving the colours you chose. Now it's picnics every weekend I s'pose? Not a bad idea at all except we have a lot of rain forecast. Maybe you could whip up a large waterproof tent thingie? Go on, I dare you...x

june at noon said...

It really is perfectly, not-perfectly perfect! I need one of those.

My Bearded Pigeon said...

I like it a lot- and I like the book you are reading too.

**Anne** said...

Gorgeous picnic rug in colours I adore. How nice to try it out the next day.
Middle child's time is very well spent! :)
Anne xx

Fer said...

Yep, perfect. Simply perfect! That's my problem with quilts, I'm too precious with them.

Thanks for the linky goodness too, don't you just love Madeline Tosh patterns!

teddybearswednesday said...

Ah a woman after my own heart.
It's just gorgeous and the most perfect picnic rug, and can't wait to see it as it gets even more perfect!
xo

Tas said...

Oh, don't make me chose between the dragon and the quilt. I have never felt the urge to sew a picnic rug before but you have just inspired me! And I love the idea behing "liking it without loving it"

Kylie said...

Firstly, love the dragon :) Secondly, but not secondly at all, totally love this whimsical industrious quilting! What a fabulous idea. Need to channel some I'm-just-going-to-do-it at the moment... thanks for the inspiration Mrs :) Kx

Tammi said...

It is perfect...I love it!!

CraftyCripple said...

I love it. I wish I could be as speedy as you, but maybe with lots of practice I'll get there. I agree that sometimes imperfect makes for perfect for it's use. I wish it was warm enough to sit outside here, but I think we will have wait several more months for that in the chilly UK.

Angus In Northcote said...

Ooooh now, that dragon. Mighty fine.

Cass said...

Swoon I love it

Nikki said...

That middle kid does great dragon. You do great no-fuss quilt. Whadda family!

Shannon said...

Most fabulous.. rugs, knitting, books!(what do you think of it by the way? I started it once...) honey eating and sculpting. Oh and haev you seen this? Starts this Wednesday! http://chasingcottons.blogspot.com/p/quilt-class-101.html

Jerri Neddermeyer said...

New follower and instant lover of your whimsical style! Love your writing as much as your craft! Perfect!
Jerri

www.thrownandfired.blogspot.com

Bonnie said...

That's wonderful! I'm very impressed with the speed and the finished product. Picnic on!

floatingink said...

Why not a picnic rug with DRAGONS on it?!

Hayley Egan said...

nice rug, great book and FANTASTIC dragon by the middle mini-sculptor! X

crzylady said...

your colors for the imperfect quilt are JUST my style! Love them. They are so cheery and warm. Also, on my trip this weekend saw an amazing quilt with circles! It was so pretty :) can't wait to see your next quilt!

Madeline said...

It is most definitely perfectly imperfect.
The modern quilt pattern is beautiful. Can't wait to see yours.

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

If you can ever bear to part with the honey-patina , your perfect picnic quilt will get softer and softer with each wash .
So inviting for knitters and dragons alike .

Amanda said...

Well seriously it is fantastically lovely and so totally a quilt right up my alley..I love it and the colors too...

The creative dragon is so great you have quite a talen on your hands in more ways then one :)

Astrid said...

I just want to eat jam-covered sandwiches all over it!

Love the idea of perfectly imperfect -- am knitting a blanket for my sister who's off to college, and can't bring myself to do it too nicely for fear that I'll class it as 'too nice' for her. Must remember to add imperfections :)

Mel said...

Too excellent. Love the sentiment of it needing not to be too precious and the quilted backing was a stroke of crafty genius!

p.s Lost in Translation never grows old around here. Still remember laughing out (too) loud the first time I viewed it on a flight when Bill is on the climbing machine and can't get it to stop.

Jenny from Ohjoh said...

Great picnic rug

BUT

that is the most fabulous dragon - absolute fire breathing awesomeness!

spectacularfairywren said...

wo - what a dragoon!

tea with lucy said...

the sky always looks amazing at your place. xo

A Peppermint Penguin said...

How did I miss this! (blame the penguins)

That is a fab picnic/quilt rugumy whosit. 2 hours!? Tis a thing of great beauty and more so for the finshing with all criteria met.

Please tell Middle that is a most hexcellent dragon, I am in awe.

Does your house bulge at the sides with all the creativity residing inside, bursting to get out?

Sandrine said...

Now this is totally my type of quilt at the moment Tania!the enjoyment without the dreading part:)
Nice dragon looks like talent in those genes too :)
x

Amanda said...

Gorgeous picnic blanket! I was searching google for a great picnic rug and stumbled on your post. Now I'm tempted to make one myself :)