One of my goals of sewing summer dresses for Taylor is to use up my fabric stash. It’s going pretty well, with six dresses, a shirt and skirt done this weekend. But I’m finding that it’s impossible to completely use every scrap when I make clothing. There are still these little pieces left , that somehow seem to take up as much space on my shelf as the full uncut yardage did. I want them gone, but I don’t want to throw them away. This has to be the predicament that prompted many of our foremothers to quilt. Though I’d guess they were relieved to have extra fabric pieces, unlike me.
Should I attempt to make a quilt? I can’t decide. I’m intrigued by the sampler patterns in the Freshly Pieced Summer Sampler Series, shown above. Unlike many quilts I’d admired before, which require fairly large amounts of each print, this quilt seems perfect for using up mismatched scraps. As long as I could find enough of a print to use in one square, it wouldn’t matter so much if that print didn’t reappear elsewhere in the quilt.
Another cool thing about these particular patterns is that they use paper patterns that you actually sew onto. So these complicated shapes aren’t actually cut out and pieced in the normal way. I feel like I could sew straight lines all day, and that it’s the detailed cutting that intimidates me about quilting. So maybe this method would be easier for me?
I think I’ll keep sewing until all I actually have is scraps, and then I’ll decide. After all, we need clothing much more than we need extra blankets.
In other news, I made my own liquid soap last week. I kind of used a few recipes that have been floating around the Internet, with some modifications of my own. I grated up a bar of Ivory soap like cheese, then I cooked it in 8 cups of water until it dissolved. That left me with cloudy soap water, and it seemed impossible that it would turn into anything like soap. But hours later, I checked on the pot, and it had congealed into a jelly like substance. I took my stick blender to it, blending until it was no longer goopy or solid. Then I used a funnel to put it our empty liquid soap containers. So far, I’m really happy with it. You have to use a bit more, and you have can’t scrub while your hands are under the tap. It rinses off easier, so that’s why. But it seems to be getting my hands clean. And since I used a coupon on the soap that made it free at Kroger, the whole deal cost nothing. Pretty cool!
Yesterday, I got to live out a lifelong dream of laminating stuff. Seriously, laminating has always seemed like such a cool thing to get to do. And now, at 31, I finally got to use the big laminating machine! I’ve been volunteering in my daughter’s kindergarten class the past couple of weeks. Most of my work has been in the copy room. I’ve learned to make double sided copies. I’ve almost gotten to use the giant die cutter. And there’s been lots of stapling, cutting, punching, and gluing. I’m loving it! It’s nice to have a job for a few hours a week. I feel useful and helpful. And I’ve always really loved the rhythm of office tasks. I’ve had interns groan over such jobs before, and they didn’t seem to understand what a fun game it can be. I try to be the fastest and best copier/laminator/etc. there ever was. Sounds silly, but if you knew me, you’d understand!
Okay, so that’s enough blogging for today. Jacob has decided to make homes for a bunch of toys, using empty toy boxes and bins. Only problem is that they weren’t empty bins until he dumped them all over the floor. The caught up laundry is magically appearing again. And those pots in the sink keep refusing to disappear on their own.