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11  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Insert Baby Here....aka My Grandmother's Garden on: September 29, 2009 03:28:04 PM

    I started this quilt almost a year ago.  The desire to try something as ambitious as a completely hand stitched quilt containing over 800 tiny pieces very gradually wormed its way into my mind until my fingers were twitching, my eyes darting around every spare moment looking for fabric from my stash.  There have been a few Grandmothers Garden quilts posted here recently and although I am not normally attracted to more traditional type quilts I appreciated the vast history and connection to the past that such a time-honored pattern would bring.  It was also around this time that the mid-twenties baby insanity came upon me.  Its pretty embarrassing to type this to a bunch of strangers in cyberspace, but its relevant to my point, so bear with me.  Since actually procreating is not really appropriate for me currently, I decided to make a baby blanket in the hopes that the act of preparing for the future would help me rip the damn batteries out of my pesky, intrusive biological clock.  I also joked with my husband that if I could actually complete such a long task, I might actually be adequately responsible and accountable enough to be an adult in the first place.  We both pretended I was actually kidding.

    The reason I tell this whole story is because I think it shows something about why we craft that Ive never really been able to put into words before.  When someone asks me why I spend so much time and energy making things, I usually just shrug and say, because I enjoy it, or, if I feel a bit more comfortable with that person I might try to delve a little deeper and try to explain how I feel the most like myself when I craft, but that doesnt really quite explain it either.  When people who dont make things look at my quilts or other things Ive made, I imagine they see hours of mind numbing repetition which could be spent doing things altogether more interesting and useful.  What they dont understand is that we dont craft just simply to have whatever we make at the end of the process.  It isnt even the act of doing the craft which is so important, although that too is enjoyable.  I think that when we craft it is our way of making sense of the world around us.  I made this quilt to help me deal with all of the confusing issues in my life that I mentioned above.  I have seen examples in my own crafts and in the crafts I have seen on this site that show how people craft to show love, express emotions they cant deal with, connect with people, and be a part of something.  Thats why I craft.  At the end of the day, it may not seem like Ive accomplished much, it may even seem like Ive wasted the precious time given to me, but I wouldnt stop for anything.  Even if I tried, Id probably just go insane anyways.

Here are a few specifics on the quilt itself.  There are roughly 850 hexagons, which measure 1 from pointy end to pointy end.  It is a 34 square.  Its extra scrunchy because I have laundered it.  I found this website very helpful in creating the layout: http://www.lizardofoz.com.au/Layouts/h.htm
Thanks for looking!

This is the back of the quilt

I like to embroider my labels directly directly on the backing so that they can't be easily removed Wink

12  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Kitchen mural on: September 19, 2009 02:40:11 AM
Wow!  I love it!  What an inspiring place to cook.
13  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Vinyl Cuckoo Clock on: September 17, 2009 03:32:35 PM
That's awesome!  Really innovative!
14  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Super Fun Crazy Nine Patch Quilt on: September 12, 2009 11:30:08 PM
My boss actually bought it!  I think she ended up paying $45 or something like that.
15  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Nicolas Cage's face. on: July 25, 2009 05:44:16 PM
Wow!  That is amazing!  What a likeness!
16  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Gauge is off vertically, correct horizontally? on: July 15, 2009 03:38:16 AM
Thanks for the information, soozeq.
17  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Gauge is off vertically, correct horizontally? on: July 13, 2009 08:02:33 AM
Hello Knitters!

I recently converted to the continental style of knitting and I'm noticing that it has really thrown off my gauge in stockinette stitch (not really sure about the others).  I believe it is because I am purling a bit tighter than I am knitting, but I'm not sure.  As a result, my current project calls for 4" = 20 stitches X 24 rows, but my gauge is 4" = 20 stitches by 28 rows.  Has anyone ever come across this problem before? Is there any solution other than just try not to pull so hart on those purls?  Any input would be appreciated.
18  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Re: Bug Girl on: June 15, 2009 04:50:59 PM
Your stitches are beautiful!  Well done!
19  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: playdate hoodie on: June 15, 2009 03:35:53 PM
This is too cute!  Thanks for linking the pattern source.  My sister-in-law is pregnant and this is just the pattern I've been looking for!
20  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Super Fun Crazy Nine Patch Quilt on: June 05, 2009 12:44:31 PM
Thanks, nagelbagel!  I used this tutorial:
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