Monday, April 13, 2009

small projects week

Thanks so much for your kind comments about my square dance quilt. I appreciate you all cheering me on as I quilt away. You guys are the best!

I'm declaring it small projects week here at crazy mom quilts. I find that my list of things to make "someday" has gotten extremely long. Some things have been waiting for a year or more. I also find that I would usually work on a quilt rather than a smaller project. Anyone else like that? This week I hope to make some progress on my list.



Today's project is a door stop from Lotta's book Simple Sewing. I checked out this book from my library last summer, made the pattern and that's as far as I got with it. Until this morning. It only took about an hour, and that included interfacing everything. Of course now I'm wondering what took me so long to make it. :) I used popcorn kernels and fiberfill (so it wouldn't get too heavy) to fill it. The fabric is Moda Cherries Jubilee. I love this fabric! As much as I am tempted to make a few more of these, I'm going to move on to the next thing on my list.

50 comments:

Katherine said...

Bravo! I love you new doorstop and I am cheering you on in tackling small projects this week.

I wonder what's next on your list to make?

Tracey said...

Lovely ... did you do anything special at the corners ..it can be so fiddly doing the inset seam thing.

Marie' said...

You are smart to use the library. There are usually only a couple projects I would do from a book, and paying $16 is too much for that. I go every week with my kids, but never get around to get books for myself. next time I will.

Door stop is a great idea. I could use a few. I always get nervous when my kids start slamming on the door.

Next small project on my list is the display board from your tutorial. I have made one for the kitchen, and the kids are waiting impatiently for theirs with a stack of artwork to put on it.

Robin said...

I LOVE that fabric!!! How cute and what a great idea to go to the library...I am so headed there this afternoon. :) Your blog is so inspiring and beautiful...I love every post!

Robin
robinheartsquilts.blogspot.com

rachel griffith said...

love it.
and the fabric...*swoon*

and hi-5 to small projects week.
i SO need to do this myself.

Betsy said...

Love that project...can't see what other small projects you have up your sleeve.

Jenn said...

Funny, I'm the exact opposite as of late, opting for more small, quick, easy to finish projects and totally avoiding quilts. Someday I'm sure I'll circle back around...I mean I have all that stash!

This door stop is a great idea. I have some doors that could use a little stopping!

Deb C. said...

Hey, I'm with you. I thought I was all alone. I almost always make quilts, bed size mostly. That's how I started out. I just try and try those small projects like wall hangings etc but don't feel satisfied, like I haven't "accomplished" anything. I dunno...but then again, I have more fabric than time. I just feel like I hate to 'waste' my nice fabric on small stuff or placements/tablerunners that will get soiled.

Dianne said...

I love this doorstop! Very cute and great job! I think that I'm the queen of "smalls" and I really long to have some "bigs!"

Thimbleanna said...

Cute doorstop! I have the opposite problem from you -- I usually tend to work on small projects, rather than the quilts I want to be working on!

Mal* said...

What a good idea to keep things small and simple. Completion is its own reward, sometimes.

Love the doorstop and the inspiration.

Sarah said...

I love this idea! Maybe I'll copy you next month, once I've "sprung to finish" my current goals list... And what a pretty doorstop.

Amy @ Park City Girl said...

Cute AND functional - love it :)

heather said...

I LOVE it! Great job!!

Karen L R said...

I admire how you maintain such a steady pace with your sewing/quilting! Always lovely work, too.

Jessica said...

At this point in my life with work and school taking over I am really into smaller projects...I can't wait to see what you make this week.

Lorraine said...

I love those big dots !
What's next ??

Lift Up Your Hearts said...

Oh, it's going to be so fun (and inspiring!!) to see what all you make this week! Thanks for sharing!

Calico Road said...

Very cute! This fabric would look great in my living room, have to keep it in mind.

Tara said...

Super cute! How big is it? I'm just curious as I have no door that need to be stopped!

Renee said...

Cute!

Casey said...

good idea to get small projects done! I should do it too

T said...

I broiled tilapia today...it had been in my freezer for at least 4 months...it's always such a good feeling to clean up, catch up, or get-going on ANYTHING! I also felted some sweaters again. I might make a wool blanket...when I get around to it! Love the dots, Amanda! Which door are you going to "stop?"

Heather said...

This is very cute. I love the red and white.

Pam said...

I need a couple of these in my house. Why is it we put off the simple but are willing to work on large items instead? Great job.

Norma in NZ said...

Love the small projects, and your doorstop is an ideal one. Looks just great!

Megan said...

Of course - popcorn kernels! I had actually assumed that it would involve a brick.

Anina said...

Cute! If I can make it an "any project" week it'll be a miracle.

Tracy said...

I love these! I made one for my daughter's bedroom door that wouldn't stay opened. We filled hers with some good ole dried pinto beans!

Oiyi said...

Small projects are fun and instant gratification. Love the door stop. It's so cheerful.

pratima said...

The fabric is really fun! It's pretty. I'm sure you'll make a great progress with the list :)

upstateLisa said...

with dots... how could you go wrong on any project!? cute!

Janet said...

I love small projects week. I have one every so often, it's good to have finishes. I do have to be in the mood though. Love the red and white polka dots!

nannergirl said...

Cute! I made a play apron for my daughter yesterday, just so I could say I finished something:)

kat said...

so cute! and I love the fabric.
Looking forward to all your small projects this week :)

Jilly's Space said...

Too cute...these are going to be some fun blogs for us! ;o)

jess said...

Good thinking on the small things week!

lexiep616 said...

i love lotta's book, i keep putting off making her all-day tote. hope you have a lovely weekend making small things!

Anonymous said...

This is one of the very projects on my ToMake list - okay, I'm going to go do it now.
--Vicki K.

Junior Mama said...

Yeah you are back. Love to check your blog and see what you are up to.

amandajean said...

tracey,

no, i didn't do anything special to the corners. they did come together pretty well. one had a little pucker, but nothing too noticable.

aj

amandajean said...

tara,

the base is 7" x 7" and it's 8.5" tall.

aj

amandajean said...

T,

i think i will use it to stop mainly my patio door. it slams a lot. :)

aj

lera said...

A polka-dotted door stop. Awesome.

So ... is this the week of the kimono????

Jilly said...

I am the same. I go down to the basement to sew some curtains for my naked kitchen windows, and come up having rearranged my stash and cut out squares for a quilt. Its a sickness, I tell you.

Rebekah said...

I love that fabric! I'm trying to tackle a lot of my unfinished stuff this month thanks to Jacquie's spring to the finish deal

Ryan said...

I made one of these last year, and I love it. It keeps my dog from locking himself in my office while I'm not home

alice said...

Thanks from No Mn for your patterns I made 28 for Christmas gifts I have quilted for 20 yrs and really love it Just finished a basket quilt for grand daughters grad from college and using the scraps I can find for a jewel quilt start for next Christmas
with 6 kids 16 grand,6 great grands Your patterns have helped me sooooo much Im retired and married 49 years & he puts up with me & my vice of quilting

Jacky O said...

I just Love it!

sulu-design said...

I got the Lotta book for Christmas and have looked leafing through it every now and then over the past few months. Maybe your small projects week will inspire me to actually make something from it. Probably not the cute bag that you made (you referenced interfacing... too complicated for me) but something!