Friday, August 20, 2010

Creative High Party

One of my highs this week was a blanket/throw. First a bit of back story. When I was in Junior High, I was in 4-H for one or two years. During that time, I took some sewing lessons (My Mom was a sewer and quilter but she knew better than teach me herself. I was always stubborn when it came to lessons from my Mom). After that I mastered two patterns that I made over and over again - a blouse (crop top) and a pair of pants with a v-yoke that I loved.

As I said, my Mom quilted. I absorbed the basics watching her and that was it.

One day 90 plus degree, very humid day during summer vacation from high school (in a house without AC) I decided to make a 'quilt.' I went upstairs and pawed through my Mom's fabric and pulled out a bunch of flannel. I cut the squares. Laid out my design and sewed my blocks, then sewed my strips.

When Mom got home from work, she found me and my completed top. Mom didn't let me stop there. She made me buy fabric for the back (we used a blanket for the batting) and made me finish the blanket. I used it on my bed in college and we used for on our bed for awhile after we got married. Then it was used as a couch throw. It was used to protect the chairs from my oldest who was a champion spitter when she was nursing. Finally, I noticed it was beginning to get very worn and rolled it up and use it for decor.

When C was about 2 I got my own sewing machine. I hadn't sewn since HS. I decided to hem one of those pieces of pre-printed quilted fabric for my first project. It was a single panel with trains on it. Soon it became a fixture on the back of our tall armchair/recliner. It kept the back from getting soacked whenever I sat there with wet hair and protected the back from laundry (the chair is the perfect height and size for folding laundry, it is especially perfect for t-shirts). That poor little piece of fabric is frayed and stained. Time for something new to protect the back of that chair.

I've been saving jeans for awhile to make a blanket. My stash was out of control and so I dedicated a day to making my blanket. I am inordinately proud of myself!

Check out these Creative Highs from my fellow bloggers:

Cecily from Craftopotomus made this beautiful quilt that she calls a Muddy Prairie Quilt. She has a story for the name and it is a wonderful story. Check it out!

You all know I love a great refashion. Check this one out! Catie from Do Ah Diddy transformed a poncho to a skirt. Isn't it adorable?

 Suzanne at Just Another Hang Up made this adorable memo board. Isn't it the sweetest?

I am not a scrapbooker, but sometimes I wish I was. I always think I want to make these cute homemade albums like this one from Maria at Bubblegum and Duct Tape. She is our Creative High Winner this week!

The Rules:

1. Link to your specific post, not the main page of your blog. Link to something you made that shows off your creative genius; something that gave you a creative high kind of like the endorphin rush that runners talk about. It can be an old post or a new post but it needs to be something you made.

2. Give your entry a descriptive title.

3. Use my button to link back to the party or add a text link in your post..

4. I can't accept links to etsy shops or online stores but I will accept parties and give-a-ways.

5. By entering your link, you are giving me permission to use any part of your post including pictures in a spotlight at Those Northern Skies (appropriate credit and links will be given to you and your blog of course).

The Prizes:

1. Every Friday at the next party, I will highlight my favorite posts from the previous week.

2. My favorite entrant of the week will win an advertisement in my sidebar free of charge for one month (four weeks). If you do not have a shop, I can put your blog button up or if you would rather I can put up a button for your favorite charity.

3. In addition, for those who make a project inspired by one of my projects or one of my tutorials, I will pick one winner a month and they will get to keep an advertisement in my sidebar for two months. Plus all inspired entrants will be part of a featured post at the end of the month.

I will be sharing this at these places:


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  1. Melissa, you are so sweet! Thanks for featuring my quilt and I love the two you've made up there. The first is lovely and the flannels remind me of my college days. Is the second all denim? And I love what you did with pockets - awesome. Have a great weekend!

  2. I still haven't finished the baby quilt that i was going to make for my nephew who was born a while ago! I have all the pieces cut and ready to sew but something is holding me back! I am not a natural at handcrafts, so maybe I just need some more confidence. I love your quilts and the stories behind them!

  3. Yay! thank you so much for posting my project. I'm humbly honored. The other projects are really nice. I loved the skirt and the quilt. Can't wait to read about Cecily's story.

    That was a beautiful story you shared with us about your quilt. It is so meaningful and now it's like a part of your family, with so many memories. I guess that's why it's hard to part with things, because of the memories they carry.

    Hope your having a wonderful day!

  4. Lots of hugs for a great weekend, Melissa, filled with SUN and FUN! xxx

  5. Look at you!! A quilt made of jeans. I was right you are the expert in re-purposing things! It looks great and good job!! You should be very proud of yourself!

  6. Love your jean quilt!! Especially the pockets!!

  7. I love your jean quilt Melissa! Very cool.. no prizes for guessing my creative high for this week ;)

  8. What a great use for outgrown jeans!

  9. All of you are very talented. Well done. I read a lot also. Thanks bunches for visiting me. hugs♥olive

  10. Your jeans quilt looks great! You did that in one day?!

  11. I love your blog! I love the quilt! I had saved all of the boys jeans from this past year and it is my goal to make a quilt from them this winter!!! I added your button to my site and I am following you too now! Thanks for hosting the party and feel free to join my party too this week! :) smile Anna Sams "Moon River"