Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Just Call Me Sharpie Girl

It's been so long since I actually completed a project it is almost anticlimactic. I started my October Scare months ago, and I am so not kidding. I bartered with my niece who is a piecer and after I cut out the kits I gave her two backgrounds to piece. She then returned the two completed backgrounds for me to appliqué. which was no big deal. It was fast, it was fun, it was easy peasy. Now why is it that I hadn't finished this baby? It was the embroidery. What is it with me and embroidery? I just can't embroider. I am an embroidery failure. I just don't get it.

My embroidery is so bad it's like a toddler scribbling with crayons. Really, my straight lines have sharp edges. How the heck does that happen? I have no idea.
So this weekend I decided I would "bite the bullet" and take my time finishing this little cutie. I just had to clear it out and put an end to this "pending" project. I couldn't move on. I had to put this one behind me so I whipped out my black sharpie (Oh yes, I did, LOL!) drew in my lines, and then stitched on the lines. Oh and if you are thinking it's not so bad...I'll have you know that AFTER I stitched my little spider legs I went over them with my extra fine sharpie and "Fixed" them. Oh, it's "Just" a wall hanging. It's not like it's some fancy schmancy quilt... a crafter has to do what she has to do, and until my embroidery skills improve (I don't really foresee this happening anytime soon), I shall be a "cheating" with my sharpie so you can just call me Sharpie Girl. =)

If you would like to make an October Scare quilt of your own, you can order the kit here.


Strlady said...

Funny that my post today had to do w/ embroidery too! lol! I can completely sympathize but the crazy anal person in me could never get the sharpie out. Good for you that you have no such hangups and were able to call it done!

Barb said...

Oh...I so love this. I don't know why I stop midway through a project or right before it is ready to quilt? At least you know.

LibbiesHome said...

I bought this pattern last fall and never even started it, so you are way ahead of me!! It turned out great - sharpies and all! :)
(I've used that trick a time or two myself.)

Wendy said...

Hey Sharpie Girl,
I think your quilt is perfectly Perfect.....I love it, no matter how it got finished, it is now finished!!!!.......LOL.

Jenny said...

Sharpie girl! Sharpie girl!

Hey, I was just being obedient!

Good morning!

WoolenSails said...

You are so picky about your work, lol.
I love it, it is so fun.


Fiber Babble said...

Sharpies are absolutely necessary in my world! I use the xtra fine points and they come in a myriad of colors. Invaluable for making my ridiculously-detailed appliques "pop". You've seen it on my blog before (Don't forget to biggify). And no, I don't use it as a precursor to handwork (ptui!), but in place of it!

Dianne said...

I have soooo many UFO's hanging around in my studio, it's scary. I should bite the bullet, use a little discipline and get a few done. Thanks for the inspiration! ;-)

Rosa Robichaud said...

When you order the kit, does the sharpie pen come with it?


Just teasing of course.... you, my friend, seriously need to consider some beginner embroidery classes... Embroideries fun and relaxing, IMHO. *s*

*in Canada*

Lynn Barbadora said...

Hey thats cheating..JK......but whatever it takes to get job done!

Anna said...

oh well...I love embroidery but I call my embroidery Primitive...and then it's all cake!

Notes from the Homestead said...

I just stumbled upon your blog...and so glad I did! What a talented quilter you are,,, and I have twin boys who are autistic and special and wonderful too! I am so glad I found your blog!!

gmp said...

"Sharpie Girl", I love it! I would never have thought to fix the problem that way, but hey, it worked! The ends justify the means!Very funny post, Brenda.

Jenny said...

Before I die...wow...what an amazing thing. That really got me to thinking! Wow.