Sunday, September 18, 2011

The Post Where Even The Worst Procrastinator Gets to Feel a Tiny Bit Better



The ingredients were first purchased back in April 2009. A month later, a sweet bundle was born. Over the course of TWO YEARS AND FOUR MONTHS, that small bundle has sprouted into a walking, talking, youngest sister to two brothers: she brims with chutzpah, is a force to be reckoned with. Throughout this while, a quilt has marinated* at glacial speed, through various phases. Last weekend I vowed to complete the binding. The sewing machine broke. I hand-sewed the binding. Last night, I gifted a quilt, crafted with (slowest ever) love. “Congratulations on the birth of your third child, Lissy!”, I exclaimed. (Lissy looked a bit startled).

My third kid is startled. As far back as she can remember, she has shared a home with this half-finished, marinating quilt. She cannot fathom why, now that it is finished and all the pins are removed and it is finally, officially snuggly, that it has been gifted away to a baby who isn’t a baby anymore.

Now that the quilt has left the house, I feel compelled to post a truckload of photographic evidence. This is so I can raise my hands in the air and fully mark the sweet victory that is crossing off a ‘To Do’ from the ‘Very Long-Term List’.

I heart french knots...



Thanking my lucky, procrastinatory stars for the SINGLE BED sizing...



This child is not asleep. ’Tis but a last-ditched, keep-the-quilt, ‘cute’ appeal...



Told you...



Random, quilt/mostly-clean-feet shot...



Mum has leant me her sewing machine. The first ten stitches into the use of her sewing machine, I was hit by a bolt of clarity and my own sewing machine was finally christened: Battleaxe. It is with forward-thinking clarity that I am sewing up a storm. Amongst the bluster are two quilts – one for a newborn, another for a not-yet born. I know that when Mum’s machine is returned and Battleaxe and I are left alone in a room, she will win the war without twitching a bobbin, let alone budging from the shelf. Quilty projects will marinate for years. Sewing into the wee hours, I am a woman possessed.

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* Term coined/adopted/stolen from the last craft camp. Specifically refers to projects of the slow burning type – the type common to the Myrtleandeunice household. Examples of marinating projects, include a french-knotted rug, a chair for the naughty corner, the knitting of a pair for TWO different socks (except I suspect I have frogged both of them and they have morphed into something that I have forgotten about), the unearthing of dead stick insects from their salty embalming and needless to suggest, that blooming blanket which I can’t even bring myself to link to...

Please. Your turn to ’fess up. Tell me I’m not the only one(?). What’s marinating at the bottom of your craft basket?

51 comments:

Naturally Carol said...

Very much quilty goodness here..very good that you made the single bed size methinks! I wonder whether your chair for the naughty corner is teenager size? I have some marinating pompoms here..for next winter I think..the tree's getting leaves!

Jackie @ Fred-and-Cissy said...

Your quilt looks lovely, and at least now the recipient is old enough to appreciate it as well!! If its any consolation I have a quilt top sitting in a box on top of my bookshelves that hasn't progressed since before the Cyclist and I were married (over 9 years now!). I'm a bit scared to look at it, because I think I might have done a dodgy job and it might need pulling apart and re-doing!

flowerpress said...

Not sure you're allowed to make partners for those socks, I happen to know they are loving the single life!
My procrastinary list is too long to roll out here, but usually enter marination after the purchase of must have craft materials, aka the fun bit.
Does that still count?
p.s. have a sashiko embroidery that has been on ice for two years, needs about ten more stitches!

mrs smith said...

One of those zig-zaggy crocheted rugs, that I have pulled apart three times as it inexplicably gains stitches every few rows and becomes increasingly wedge-shaped. I WILL finish it, rectangularly, one day.

I heart your quilt. Slow and steady totally won that race.
G

Loz and Dinny said...

Marination is my middle name. Pull up a chair, pop the kettle on and I shall turn my list into a ballad for yuour enjoyment. That quilt is a bit of alright - now I have to finish the birthday present for a 5 year old before she turns 6 in 2 months ... mmmmmmm

A Peppermint Penguin said...

what a rollercoaster of a post!

"the sewing machine BROKE"! aah

but then by the end I see that in fact BattleAxe wants replacing with a kinder companion. Can't be doing battle with machinery. It always wins.

That is one gorgeous quilt. You do have the eye for colour. It is truly lovely (or pulky as we say in t'other place).

We also have a term - marinating is good, I'll mention it to the group - WIPs you know, but we also have WISPs Work In Slow Progress.

These are not UFOs. those usually have some sort of issue. WISPs are for their own sake. Process knitting (sewing, whatever).

I don't know how you manage to put your (mostly clean) foot down with that wee face wheedling at you on a daily basis!

I have a difficult colour wants sorting. If I can find it online I'll see what your eye comes up with.

Cheers,
PP

One Flew Over said...

Cute as a button on both counts.

Good job Mrs xx

Jessi said...

if only i had a sweet friend to craft such an amazing quilt for my baby, even if they aren't a baby anymore :)

The longer it takes to make, the more love it brings... perhaps?

het groene kamertje said...

This really is making me feel so much better :) I'm not alone!
I have a quilt too, it's my first even and I am making it for my oldest son (who turned 6 last winter and was supposed to have it for his birthday). My last blogpost about the thing was last october... ( http://hetkabinet.blogspot.com/search/label/lapjesdeken )
But in the meantime I sandwiched it and am deadset on getting it done for his next birthday!

het groene kamertje said...

Oh, and I forgot to add: your quilt is LOVELY! What a wonderful gift, no matter how old the child is :)

SewHappyGeek said...

You're always so eloquent. :) would you believe I have over twenty WIPs, including 3 complete quilt tops with the backs already pieced. They just need to be basted and quilted. So don't feel bad, everyone does it!
As for my knitting WIPs, well I have them too. Lol I'm beginning to think UFOs are a casualty of crafting! I like the baby quilt, you did a great job!

Ange Moore said...

Marinating - lots happens here too!

And I love the colours in that quilt - perfect for a baby who has (and will continue to) grow into a sophistocated lady.

Nikki said...

Oh... you don't want to go loooking in the bottom of my craft basket. Neither do I.

But I love that quilt!

trash said...

Another glacial crafter? We should start a club.

CurlyPops said...

Procrastinator Extraordinaire over here too I'm afraid - I do love that first shot with those wiggly toes peeking out!

Liam's Mummy said...

It's a beautiful quilt. You wouldn't believe the UFOs around this place...

Posie Patchwork said...

Yes, professional patchwork quilter here, can do amazing things for money, yet my 4 poor darling cold children . . . my first born finally got a proper quilt for her bed when she escaped to camp, maybe year 6, please don't remind me it might have been highschool??!! I have BIG plans for when my twins go on year 4 camp in term 4, i'll pull 2 quilts out of a hat - my trick is to wow them when they come home, grumpy, tired, cold & hungry, with a bedroom make over. Twins might be pushing it, they only go for 3 days/ 2 nights, me thinks i'll have to start in secret. My son, well he can just wait, like all good last children do, maybe his 21st?? Love Posie

Wendy said...

Well worth the wait, it's gorgeous! I've got an alphabet chart that was to be a 2nd birthday present for my goddaughter. It may end up being her fourth birthday present, though only if I speed up from my current rate of one letter every two months...

emma @ frog, goose and bear said...

I'm super impressed that you finished it and still gifted it years later. Well worth the wait I say - great job - hand-sewing and everything!

Shannon said...

Mine (well one of mine but you did say to only write one)is a quite beautiful cross stitch I started in 1993...18 years it has been 'marinating' now. I have pulled it out a couple of times over the years. Hell I might even finish it one day... soon.
Love the quilt, especially the french knot heart. Two year olds are far more appreciative of lovely things than newborns anyway. Well done you, you should have a gin.

Tammi said...

I wouldn't say mine are marinating..more festering in a cesspool of forgotten about, no longer interested in projects :)

Lovely quilt though..I really should attempt to finish the one I started way back when :)

nikkishell said...

Erm, there's that Single Girl quilt i started at Craft Camp in Feb. It's meant for Esme's birthday which is just over a month away (best get crackin').
There are also many garments marinating, such as a jacket started while preggers with Heidi (yes, that would be 4 years ago), swimsuits, a silk blouse, a dress, lots of mending, blah blah blah blah.
I won't bore you.

june at noon said...

At least your marinating has something to show for it, even if it's in half-finished bits. My marinating happens in my head, and that only results in other people thinking I'm crazy! (Beautiful quilt. If it needed to marinate that long to look like that, it was worth it.)

Maggie May said...

That quilt is gorgeous.

I LOVE the name Battleaxe. Perfection.

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

How long have you got?
...Twoscarvesonecotquiltonesinglebedquilttwominiaturedittostwentynineuntriedmuffinrecipesfinishpaintingthehalldoors....
etc.

Andi said...

Love your quilt!!!
I'm mostly a finisher at much faster than glacial pace. BUT .... I have yet to finish the first quilt I ever pieced. I feel guilty about it but I also rather hate it. It may never see the light of day!
xx

Michelle said...

There's more stuff hiding in the bottom of my craft basket than I'm ever going to admit to! Like the quilt I pinbasted a year and a half ago.

Craftilicious said...

Stunning quilt but I can blow your 2 year marination out of the water!

When my cousin made me godmother to her first born daughter I decided to make her a cross stitch - something I did every night back then. I picked a large design 2ft x 4ft two clowns riding a rainbow - it's stunning. I started it, thinking it would be a great christening gift - OK a little ambitious for a 2 month project, so perhaps better as a first birthday present. Said child turned 18 in August - the clowns are still marinating....... Perhaps her first born would like it ;-)

Craftilicious x

grrl + dog said...

So after all that, was it feeling of

triumph, or just, "thank god"?

I have several ..er...marinating.

More like abandoned.

I justify it this way:

it's the journey not the destination.

I am a process oriented person, who cares about outcome?

It will get done one day - hey winter is merely 9 months away, plently of time then.

I wonder if I can palm this off to Mum...

I learnt alot from that go.. now I'll be ready to tackle a bigger quilt/crochet blankie/ hand hooked rug.

Taps said...

The quilt is beautiful! And I am sure will be greatly appreciated. I think we put too much pressure on ourselves when we have the creative handmade gift, gift. I love the words about your quilt marinating!

Fer said...

The words "better late than never" spring to mind.... that's my philosophy with most of my quilts. It also reminds me to finish Tamsyn's quilt, that I started even before she was conceived...... !

Mary said...

Hmm, I've been planning a fessing up post myself, maybe this is the kick up the bum to dig out and assess all that marination. I suspect I may have a couple of candidates that have gone a little rancid.

Great quilt by the way too

Tas said...

The phrase "better late than never" springs to mind. But it is gorgeous and is bed size, not cot size, so I think being late is not really too much of an issue.

I promised Mr Boozle I would do a painting for him for his birthday. His 21st birthday. He is now 40. And still waiting.

Interesting question. I am cleaning off my sewing table as we speak. So far I have found a sewing fail that I need to unpick the bias binding off becasue it is too lovely to waste. Another soon-to-be sewing fail that I don't want to finish because then it will be an official sewing fail.
2 softie robots that I cut out for crafting retreat (which was in May 2010) And about 6 tee shirts that I bought for the kids 18 months ago with aim to embroider or stencil. Wonder if any of them still fit...

I'll keep you posted as I dig deeper lol.

jo so and sew said...

Wonderful quilt - congrats! I also have 1 sock of 2, a leg warmer that might be a neck warmer and numerous half cocked plans for things.... big hug...

mel @ loved said...

that's just beautiful, well done. I'd want to be wrapping myself up in it & keeping it too..

Beck said...

I'm kind of tired tonight so I couldn't quite follow all your words..they jumped and wiggled & poked their inky tongues out at me in delight. I can, however, say quite sleepily, that your quilt is divine, I love the colours & fabrics you used and I really think you should make me one, a big one, under which I can snooze..endlessly. What do you think? It looks so soft and gorgeous. Much love to you xo

Sally said...

Oh I am so sure your friend didn't mind waiting almost two and half years for that gorgeous quilt. You are such a talent. Such fine choices of fabric. Such beauitful quilting touches here and there. A beautiful gift worth waiting for without a doubt.

Vic said...

That quilt looks SO worth the wait.

kelly said...

Two quilts, a crochet rag rug, three dolls, two pairs of gloves with decidedly odd looking fingers, and a partridge in a pear tree....ok not really but I do have a pear tree and I plan to sew a partridge to place in it at christmas...so another project then. (Do you think your easter chicks could masquarade as partridges?)

quirky granola girl said...

you are not alone with the project marinating. this summer i finally finished a quilt 10 years in the making by chopping it into 4 baby quilts, quilting, binding and donating them. i like having a baby quilt top half done in my basket in case i need to "whip" one up. my presents are never on time, either. nope. you are not alone.

Astrid said...

Sweet peaceful toes... they'e inspiring me to put away the computer and go to bed myself :)

rozhearts said...

Another wonderful post I have said before it makes me chuckle everytime I read your blog. I love that word marinating and I feel that most crafters out there are doing just that. Love your little quilt and don't feel so bad about how long it takes my marathon quilt took me 15 years but like yours was full of love and comfort to the recipient.
Love your blog and sometimes wish I was as inventful.
(((HUGS))) Roz.

Rochelle said...

That quilt looks beautiful. Thanks for posting this.I love reading your blog!

Christie - Childhood 101 said...

Three years worth of love make it a very special quilt indeed =)

Friko said...

I had to come and look at the blogster who mentions 'en brodje hareng'.

now I know. What fun you are, in spite of the pickled herring, or perhaps because of it? Me too, please.

Bonnie said...

I have 4 quilts that are on the back burner. I have names for them: the Hawaiian quilt, the Seattle quilt, the pinwheel quilt, the sailboat quilt. I keep saying I'm going to finish them! The tops of the quilts are all done, except the Seattle one. It's just a matter of actually "quilting" them. Also, my embroidery project that is moving at a snail's pace which is a picture of Sasquatch's lovely face with flowers all around. I really love this project and actually I just picked it up to work on it last night and I plan on working on it again tonight. I am really close to being done!
By the way, I really love the quilt you showed in this post! It is adorable and looks very cuddly! Good for you for getting it done! yay!

cityhippyfarmgirl said...

I haven't see the bottom of the craft basket for years...and then some. There is one particular blanket that has been going for 15 years, (best not to talk about it.) Sitting up top of the craft basket however is a fist full of creative plans, filled with love and hope... now lets see if any of it actually eventuates.
Awesome looking quilt.

piccoLINA said...

E' bellissimo!!!!!

Tanya said...

great quilt. I think that some of the things I am marinating have fermented and need to be chucked out...what was I thinking?

Planet Penny said...

The quilt is lovely, and so quick! I have one that took twelve years five months to complete!

martine said...

I love that term: marinating! I think I might have to use it. Lots of marinating over here too.