Sunday, January 23, 2011

Daylight savings my a**

I work full time, and that means between November and, oh, March, I'm never home during daylight hours except for Saturdays and Sundays. Totally inconvenient when you need to take photos for a post. I'm in Indiana, and we only adopted DST a few years ago. I LOVE being on EDT in the summer. It totally rocks (except for those few weeks in June when it's light until 10 o'clock and, as a consequence, I'm up until 1 or 2 AM  But that's a small price to pay.) I just wish we didn't have to change the clocks back come November.


Today was a great day. it's 6PM and i'm still in my jammies. My husband is in NYC, and the sun was out for the first time in I-don't-know-how-long, so I got some major stuff done. That is to say, I took gobs and gobs of photos. 300 or so. 

I also had a bit of quiet time to sit and stew about a couple of swaps I'm in on flickr. I signed up and was admitted to both the Scrappy Mug Rug Swap* and the Doll Quilt Swap 10.  The way it works is that you answer a few questions about your likes and dislikes and your skill level, and then you're secretly assigned another sewist for which you'll make something fabulous that suits his/her taste. Meanwhile, a secret someone is making something for you. If you're really on top of things, you make a photo mosaic to help inspire your partner. 

*for those of you who don't speak quiltlish, a "mug rug" is an oversized coaster made from fabric. it's a wee quilt that you can put your mug and perhaps a little nosh on. cute. 

Here's my inspiration mosaic for the Scrappy Mug Rug Swap:  
scrappy mug rug swap inspiration board

And for the Doll Quilt Swap (AKA DQS10). 
DQS 10 Mosaic

It's fun and VERY serious business. This is my first time in both swap groups, so I'm keen to make a good impression. 

I'm in design mode. During this phase of the swap, I cyber-stalk my assigned partners to get a feel for their likes and dislikes. In the case of my Doll Quilt Swap partner, it looks like we might share a brain, so designing something that she would like was totally easy. The hardest part was narrowing it down from the half-dozen things that sprung to mind originally. Here's what I'm planning. 

DQS10 - sketch

I've always wanted to make some wonky stars, and I've never found the time. Lo and behold, my secret partner's profile indicates s/he's a fan...voila. Idea born. 

The Scrappy Mug Rug swap is a bit more of a challenge because my secret partner and I have dissonant likes and dislikes. After a couple of weeks of utter paralysis, I've transitioned to action mode. I've thoroughly combed her favorite photos, and I've taken a look at everything she's created herself. From there I made a list of MY favorites from her favorites and her posted pics, and I tried to find a place where our tastes intersect. 

She likes blocks on point. I like blocks on point. 
She likes meticulous patterns with a modern twist. I like lots of "whitespace".  
She likes bold primary colors. I like rainbows. 

4 sheets of graph paper later.
Do you like argyle, partner?

Argyle. I'm totally stoked with the design, and I'm even going to try hand-stitching the orange diagonals so I don't have to fuss with trying to piece a teeny strip down the middle of these blocks. Did I mention a mug rug is around 5" x 8"? 

I planned ahead today and took enough photos to support about 100 posts. We'll see if that holds me until March 13. Only 48 days to go (i added a nifty countdown timer to my nav bar  ---->). 


  1. I'm a big fan of the argyle design! I'm currently in a card-making swap on Craftster, because I knew it would be low investment, but I can't wait to see the galleries for the two swaps you're in. Everyone in blogland is doing it. :)

  2. I saw your finished wonky star quilt. Did you have a pattern/tutorial you used? I want to make one too!