Thursday, September 27, 2012

Insane

That's me. Certifiable.

Last weekend, caught up in a wave of oblivious confidence, I decided to make a wedding quilt for a young couple that work for the chef. Forgetting that I have vowed, publicly, never to make a queen size quilt again. I was awash in the happy glow of young people in love.

So, thinking I would make it easy on myself, I chose something from the stash that had "Fun" written all over it - a lovely bunch of fat quarters from Marcia Derse. I had seen the very same fabrics made up in the pattern pictured above at my local fabric store, Stitches, and thought it would be a nice simple project. It's by Yoshiko Jinzenji, who I have always thought was pretty cool.

Ha! Segue to this afternoon, where I wander from room to room, looking for my measuring tape (I own at least five - can I find any? Nope.) Then I put my scissors down some where and can't find them, because I have also put my glasses down somewhere and I need my glasses to find my scissors. Then, too late, I realize the upcycled linen tablecloth I am using for the background (chosen since it's supposed to be a white background and I didn't want the newlyweds not to use it because it was white and might get stained, but the table cloth has a few little stains on it already, so I thought it a brilliant choice) flops around like a just-caught trout, and I can't get a straight edge to save my life.

And that pattern? So simple I put it together upside down and backwards.

As I sit trying to figure out if I am stupid, senile, or both, Angus strolls in and starts walking all over the sewing table meowing for his mid-afternoon snack.

I decide I should take a break.

Gracie notices that I have gotten up from my work and thinks its time for a walk. She gives her trademark optimistic little "huff", not quite a bark, and I turn and glare at her: "Don't you dare huff at me!" She gives me a baleful look and skulks out of the room.

Take me away. Now.

6 comments:

  1. Yes - Linen is a bitch to work with. It's weave is so loose.

    I always loose everything when I'm quilting that's why I have 5 pairs of scissors, two pin holders, 3 trays of chalk, 3 rotary cutters, 6 thimbles, and 4 pairs of reading glasses floating around my work space at all times.

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  2. trust me the Chef appreciates the effort involved and is grateful that you are doing it for these two lovely people.

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  3. onesmallstitch10:34 AM

    - c'est la vie, Heather. It doesn't help to know you are not alone. Do tape measures, scissors etc. deliberately "hide" because they don't want us to go there??

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  4. Anonymous2:16 AM

    Ever thought of recording your work process on video? It sounds very Chaplin-esque. I had a good chuckle.

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  5. I had to laugh too, this is exactly what happens to me: losing scissors, glasses, needles, etc.
    It is somewhat comforting to know that I am not alone.

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  6. My god, you're brave. I lose all of my sewing things, and accessories such as glasses each and every time I begin sewing. I tried leaving a pair of reading glasses on each floor of the house, but I forget they are on my head, and they all gang up in the same room on the same table by the end of the day.

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