My Read-a-Thon effort was a bit of a fail. As in, I read a measly 291 pages (For the Love of Physics) and only wrote two book/author reviews. However, my week was anything but a fail. Instead of reading, I spend most of the past week working on a baby blanket/quilt. I took pictures along the way, so here we go:
Step 1. Buy a ton of fabric.
Iron very carefully to get rid of all the wrinkles, lay out more carefully on the floor. Realize that you will have to iron them all at least three more times; don’t bother putting the iron or ironing board away.
Step 2. Draw, trace, cut shapes. Take no good pictures of them, so continue onwards.
Step 3. Carefully lay them out, pin them down.
Realize they look creepy without faces. Convince Mom that they’ll actually look fun with faces. Pray everyone can tell what type of animal they are, even without faces.
Step 1b. Return to the store. Buy some thread.
Step 4. Sew!
And by “sew”, I mean “applique.” And by “applique”, I mean pin, repin, and make very slow, detailed, painful, and beautiful progress.
Step 5. Accept compliments. (You knew they were gonna look cute, but a little reassurance never hurts)
Step 1c. Return to store, buy more fabrics.
Step 6. Cut, layout, sew, pin.
Accept reality – this blanket has taken over not only your room but also the dining room. (At least you cleaned up the TV room, right? Right?)
Step 7. Sleep. Finish tomorrow. And then maybe read those 500 pages you skipped last week…