10 July 2009

A fantabulous idea

On the Sanman board, they are starting something called Finish-It Fridays. You are supposed to pull a project on Monday and aim to have it finished finished on Friday. Now, I don't mean take floss and fabric, stitch it, and have it ornately framed with suede mats on Friday, just take the finishes that hang out in my drawers, totes, the trunk of my car, under the bed and remain unfinished for no reason other than (at least for me) my lack of ability (or fear--some of those glues will melt an acrylic nail if they get on one, ask me how I know) to gather my finishing supplies together and complete something, and FINISH them. Into something.

It works for me. I could do that. Frankly, y'all, the pile of nonsense in my sewing room that needs to be finished is starting to drive me crazy. I mean, I took 10 pieces to be framed at the end of June, but I got a lot more to do something with. I am slowly gaining the bravery to take on the sewing machine. Between you and me, I think Mom took me to Kutztown because she KNOWS that, when I see the quilts on display, I want to make one. And it worked. Like I have the room, the know-how or the fabric to make a quilt. Well, I do have the fabric, but, all together, it would be really ugly. But I need to sit down and get that machine cracking and make something pretty with it. I'm not stupid, I'm just chicken. And I need to do something about all the crap I've been collecting with the idea of, "Oh, I could stitch something and stick it in there." I'm tired of tripping over it all.

Sooooo, my first project is to, next week, work on doing an ornament. I want to practice before I do SO's ornament for the fair. Fair entries should not be experimental. I figure it shouldn't be too hard. I have all the stuff. Fairly close at hand. SO is very talented at working out any technical problems I can come up with. I should be OK.

It's time to get those finishes under control.


Old Yankee Stitcher said...

Great idea, good luck with your ornament. CJ ok;-)

CindyMae said...

Well I am looking forward to seeing some of your finishing!!

Julie M said...

That is a great idea! Good luck on the ornament!

riona said...

I think it's a great idea ... so much so that I have designated July as The Month of Finishes and have set up a finishing center in my dining room not to be taken down until the last of the 28 projects requiring finishing is ... well, um, finished. I got started on July 3 and posted some photos of finishes that day and I hope to have more done this weekend with photos posted on Sunday evening. The only problem I've got right now is that the local JoAnn's fabric store closed and it seems a waste of gas to travel 40 miles North or South to purchase 1 yard of blue and white mattress ticking and a spool of matching blue thread at what are now the nearest full line fabric stores. There is a quilt shop much closer but it only carries cottons ... beautiful high thread cottons ... but none of the velvets, corduroys, denims or mattress ticking that I like to use for totes, ornament backs, flat fold backs, etc.

I look forward to seeing all your finishes posted ... what are you going to do with that beautiful winter Secret Needle Night project. When I subscribed to SNN, I made most of the finished pieces up as classroom banners or as gift totes.

Pam said...

Can't wait to see that're on your way!

I do my thing and you do yours. I am not in this world to live up to your expectations, and you are not in this world to live up to mine. You are you and I am I, and if by chance we find each other, then it is beautiful. If not, it can’t be helped--Frederick Perls