picky, picky.

I don't like to think of myself as a picky eater, choosy about music or overly opinionated about movies.  But my friends and loved ones will agree that I'm not as easy-going as I'd like to think I am (or maybe they'd say I'm a PITA).  How about we cut the difference and call me discerning.

I've been putting together my Farmer's Wife blocks into a quilt top.  And now I've come up with about 14 blocks that I plan to remake.  Either the piecing or the fabric selection just isn't up to par with the opus that I've turned this project in to.  The good thing is, I'm not tired of picking out fabrics or making these sampler blocks.  121 blocks in and I still love the process.

FW top

But, this isn't such a terrible thing to be picky about. Is it?

Vacation crafting

We just got back from a lovely trip to California to visit Henry's grandparents.  I have many beach photos to sort through and Henry thinks he should just be able to play at the ocean every single day.

Margene stayed home but my knitting needles came along for the trip.

two vests

madtosh little dress

These projects were inspired by the Ravellenic Games, a knitting challenge on ravelry held during the Olympic Games.  To participate, you set a goal for yourself and cast on during opening ceremonies and cast off during the closing ceremonies.  For the 2010 Games I did colorwork and weaving.  This time I planned a barbie dress and a toddler vest.  The toddler vest ended up big enough for a small child and then I made a second for a baby.

I was a couple of days late for cast off but that's okay.  Isn't it amazing what a person can create with sticks, string and time?  I also forget how relaxing knitting is.  And then I pick it up and discover the joy all over again.  Sometimes it helps to be so forgetful :)

Do you knit?  Are you on ravelry?  I'm quirkygranolagirl there, too.  I'd be curious what knitting you are up to if you decide to share.


I tried sewing clothing for myself a couple of times but not since high school.  I determined way back then that quilting was more my style.  I liked sewing things flat, square and simple right angles.  Curves and 3D sewing were just was not my thing.

Well, after my bee block sewing this week...

rex ray block for Krista
Rex Ray themed block for Krista, about 11x15", inspiration source

Leila's 50's housewife block
50's housewife themed block for Leila,  6 ½" square

... I think I'm ready to start tackling some clothing for myself. 

What do you think?  Do you like sewing clothing or do you stick to quilts?