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May272014

everything but the kitchen sink

I hope you don't mind me doing only little-ish sewing projects lately.  I've had a serious craving for a few months now to make a nice big quilt.  Nothing complicated.  Just a bunch of squares or triangles or something.  But I don't dare start because of our impending move (late-July ... ?). 

The last time we moved it was just me and him and a few pieces of secondhand furniture.  Seventeen years adds a lot of weight - two kids, more stuff, (too much fabric ... if there is such a thing).  We're only moving 2 kms (1.2 miles) away.  It will take longer to actually LOAD the moving van than it will to DRIVE to the new house.  I've been slowly packing a box here and a box there for months.  I even tempted fate and packed all the winter stuff last weekend.  I feel rather unsettled - almost displaced. 

So when it comes to starting a big quilting project, I'm afraid that it won't get finished.  And then it will get all disorganized and messed up and then I will shove it all into a bag and toss it into the box marked Sewing UFOs and then mayhem will ensue and life as I know it will turn into an endless state of chaos and then I will die and my tombstone will read, "Here lies a quilter who couldn't land her UFOs" or "She got carried away by her UFOs" or "May she rest in pieces" or "She snipped her last connecting thread" or ... I dunno ... something ridiculous.

So.  My point is that today's offering is yet another little thing.  I played around with pretty fabric, lace, a label, patchwork, fussy cutting, machine applique, felt, ribbons, novelty trim, sequins and beads ... and they all went into this diminutive 3.5" x 4" sewing case.  I guess you could say I used nearly everything but the kitchen sink for this project.  But the best thing was that it went together quickly.

Now.  If only moving a house was that quick.

(Strawberry fabric available here.)

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Congratulations to Estee C. who says she is a "labeller wannabe"!  You won a copy of Lori Holt's Great Granny Squared book.  Thank you to all of you for playing along.  It seems I'm in good company when it comes to not quite getting around to labeling my quilts. :)

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Reader Comments (21)

It's still beautiful and it's still handmade! ;p I'll keep my fingers crossed that winter is finally over for Alberta and you get to move into your new space by summer! ;p
May 27, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterina
This is beautiful. Your work always looks so delicate and precise.

Four years ago my parents moved (about three miles) after being in their house for 42 years. My dad says he's not moving again for at least another 42 years (he's 79 years old).
May 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPaula
We're hoping to move early next year and I'm already thinking I should start going through some stuff and start packing. We moved from a 1 bed flat to a 3 bed house and filled it in no time! I think it's about time I got ruthless....yikes!!!!
Really looking forward to seeing your new place, it must be very exciting building a new home?
May 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMANDY
A year from now you'll look back and laugh at this! Take heart and enjoy each day as it comes. Hugs xx
May 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterChris Porter
This post is just in time for the Need a Little Needle Book Swap hosted by Amy at eamylove.blogspot ! I can't wait to dive into this swap and create a little beauty of my own. I love the fabrics and colors you chose for your little book. Fresh. Summer. Warm, sunny days. That's what your little book says to me. Great job!

Keep on creating and inspiring us like this Kristyne, we love it! Thank you. :)
May 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTara
I hope you're keeping track of all the tutorials I'd like you to make, Kristyne! Do you put any cardboard inside to keep them rigid?

Keep creating!

Lori
May 27, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterlori hunstad
Thanks for the laugh today! I am totally going to finish a UFO before I start ANYTHING new! By the way I adore your little projects, they make such nice gifts.
May 27, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterjenni
I can certainly sympathize with your moving angst! We moved a three small businesses (two Etsy shops and our online bookstore) PLUS our own personal library (of considerable size) PLUS our household goods in January 2013 from a two-story, three-bedroom, 2-1/2-bathroom, double-garage house into a one-story, two-bedroom, one-bathroom, single-garage house. I was packing months and months before the Big Day and it often was rather traumatic (especially at the end when an unexpected operation rendered me absolutely useless as far as lifting and carrying anything over 10 pounds was concerned). A lot of the times it was a Sophie's choice for me when it came to deciding which fabric/beads/yarn/thread/paper/and other craft supplies were to come along to our new house and which would go to a thrift shop. I simply did NOT have the energy for a yard sale...especially in our wet Pacific Northwest winter! So hang in there! Try my mantra during those looong months..."This, too, shall pass!" A year from now you'll be busy in your sewing room making something lovely, looking back on these days with a wry smile.

And I LOVE your little sewing kit! Especially how you included the mini tape measure...genius!

Best...

Tess
May 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTessieQ
May she rest in pieces. I didn't expect to pick my epitaph today, but there it is.
May 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLisa
I sigh everytime I read your blog - the prettiness of it all! I just don't have your ability to put fabrics together! So glad I can come here for inspiration.
May 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle
Wow, that is so, so pretty! And I love you line, "May she rest in pieces:)" I'm going to have to remember those little epitaphs...very funny.
May 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCristina
This is lovely! So pretty and cute! 😊 I saw Amy's needlebook tutorial, but you definitely got to make your own personalized one! Can't wait to read it, Krystine! 😊
May 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAlexia
Very pretty! Totally my idea of lovely!
May 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSara
I love all your little sewing projects Kristyne!! Instant gratification, perfect ;-)

Best of luck with the move in a couple of months! xo
May 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJessie @ MessyJesse
The little sewing kit is divine. Do you remember which range the strawberry fabric is from?
May 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKay
Did I miss the pattern you used for this darling project? This would be great to make for some of my sewing friends (and me too)
May 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSharon Buford
Our move to Colorado feels recent enough that I still get all twitchy just reading about packing and loading boxes and moving! Oh, Sweet Friend. I really hate that displaced feeling you describe, but I'm so glad for you that it will be over sooner rather than later. I think your wonderful little projects are just perfect for this season of your family's life. I wish I had been so smart! Now I am trying hard to finish up those WIPs. Happy thoughts and love and hugs to you as you prepare for your new amazing home!
I'm working on UFOs these days and it's a bit of a slog. But I really need to finish stuff before starting new projects. We'll see how long the motivation lasts.
I can understand not wanting to start a big project prior to a move. Your little projects are so pretty and inspiring.
May 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLorrie
Stay warm my little Canuck! You'll move...you'll move. Everything just takes time. We doubled the size of our kitchen starting in late summer 2008. we were into the new kitchen by november 2008. during the construction time we ate a lot of sandwiches for dinner! if i couldn't cook it in a crock pot or on the grill it didn't happen! i washed dishes in the backyard in a bucket of cold water. yep, no hot water. ;p

anyway, you'll get there....you will! miss you lots! ;p
May 30, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterina
I did some hand-embroidery yesterday and kept poking my needle into an old tomato pincushion because it fit in my small box of supplies nicely. I've never wanted a needle book before but after yesterday and now seeing your sweetest little needle book ever, I am putting one high on my list. Absolutely adorable!

Good luck with your move!!!
June 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJane @ Handiworking
Regarding moving, we went from a rental house once to a purchased house just 6 doors down so the guys were literally rolling the refrigerator and other large appliances down the street on a hand dolly while the neighbors watched. Still makes me laugh!
June 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJane @ Handiworking

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