The Law of Stash

And what does it really mean to have stash?

It means that you are no longer limited to having only one project going at a time – now you can have not just one work in progress, but two . . . or three . . . or . . . ah, the slippery slope, which of course leads to starting everything, and finishing nothing.

An equation, a new law of crafting if you will –

Stash -> WIP x y = UFOs x y = 0 FOs

That’s probably all wrong – I slept through my logic class.

But, I do know, and was completely aware of the fact, that if I started a second project, I would put the first project in jeopardy. Of course, I had a perfect rationalization at my itchy fingertips – project 1 (Penny Sampler) was confined to the craftroom, proposed project 2 (Modern Medallion), featured much hand stitching and therefore could be done on in front of the tv. Of course, that ignores all of the steps you have to do before you get to the sewing in front of the tv part.

Like the reverse appliqué that had to be traced onto freezer paper, adhered to the background fabric, cut again, and then hand sewn to the center fabric –


The first border that to be sewn on, and the corners mitered,

The next white border, that had to leave a perfect 2 1/4 inch strip around, so that when the next border is sewn on, there’s a 2 inch strip for the 2 inch square embroidery blocks.

I had a lot of unnecessary trouble with this part, the white borders. I hadn’t squared up the previous round’s border, rather I eyeballed it, and it looked like a square to me. But, it wasn’t, and that little bit that was off threw off the entire white border square. So, I ended up trying to trim away the white to work, but of course that didn’t work, it made it all wonky lopsided. So I unpicked the entire white border, recut the fabric strips, and properly squared up the first border.

And now, I’m ready for the tv part!
Too bad we’re going to the movies!

Merry Christmas everyone!

1 Comment

  1. Daisy December 26, 2013

    I hate the unpicking, but it looks like it was worth it! That’s going to be beautiful.


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