Thursday, January 24, 2008

My next project

I know that Eric is attempting to do all the chores, but I also know that there is a lot to be done. So, if he helps just a little bit, it would make it easier on me to do things with them and to get on my sewing machine to make, well, things for them. I don't expect Eric to do everything, I never did ask for that, I only asked for a little help.

Anyway, about a year ago, maybe more, I spotted this pattern in a magazine.
It was too cute. I figured that I can do this, maybe. Yes, I can do it, it is only squares that are sewn together, anyone can handle that. So, I found the main fabric online and ordered it. Since that moment in time, my machine decided to go bust.

I was so excited when the fabric came in,

but there was nothing that I could do but wait. Eventually, I did forget that I had the pattern until PJ reminded me.

Well, I got my machine for Christmas and since I have taken it out, it hasn't left the kitchen. There are 3 things that I would like to get done shortly. One is this quilt that PJ has be patiently waiting on for about a year. So, I do believe that this is on the top of the list. There is also a pair of flannel lounge pants that PJ would like to have. Does he need them? No, but Eric is making his own pair, so, of course PJ wants his own pair. And then there are the curtains for the kitchen, I have plenty of the material that I covered the chairs with last year. So, I have my work cut out for me. But in the long run it is worth it. My family and my home reap the rewards!

This past week I decided that I needed to get some of the other fabric for this quilt. I am just a beginner, so when a pattern says tonal and mottled, I have no clue. I think that tonal is what it says, tone on tone. But the others, well, I really don't know. And I was not gonna bother my neighbor with that, so I just took PJ to Walmart and had him pick out what he thought would be good. After all, it is his quilt, he needs to have some say so in what goes in it.

I had gone to the older Walmart earlier in the day, and their selection was, well let's put it this way, squat. So, I decided to take him to the other Walmart, and their selection was wonderful, in Walmart standards. But I found two patterns for him to pick from. I knew that I needed the blue, red, green and yellow. But finding something that wasn't going to put a dent in my pocket was a challenge. So, the first place I hit was the $1 and $2 table. And there were the 2 patterns that had all the colors that I needed.

Now, I have this fabric. I think he did a good job picking out the right one. Kids have an eye for this kind of stuff. I just need to go back next week and get the black and the checkered flag fabric. Then I can get started. I know they aren't the right colors for the blanket, the green matches perfectly with the flags on the flag fabric. But this isn't for anyone that expects it to match right. This isn't for my neighbor that would pick it apart and comment on it. This is for an 8 year old that appreciates anything homemade.