I’m getting the itch to pull out my sewing machine again.  I’ve been fighting the itch for a few weeks for a few reasons, the chief of which is when it comes to crafting, I don’t want to be a “Jack of all Trades”.  That might sound crazy but if you know the entire saying — it’s “Jack of All Trades, Master of None” — you should understand my dilema.   My thing is that I want to be Mistress of all the crafty endeavors I try.  I want to be technically sound with really well-done end products.  I don’t want to be a crafty butterfly, just flitting from one thing to the next never actually achieving proficiency at anything.  Am I the only one torn between all there is to craft?  Let me know in the comments how you manage being multi-craftual (yes … a made up word)  if you are.

Since I seem powerless right now (or it could just be indiscipline)  😳   to stop myself from responding to said itch, I’m getting acquainted with:


these stacks

and this tutorial

to see if I can come up with my own version of

image source and quilt tutorial creator: Jeni Baker

This should be an interesting ride.  😀

P.S. Did I also mention that the below is calling me also?


It’s a cross-stitch pattern.  🙄

Someone point me to the nearest crafty rehab group please?

What’s grabbing your attention for summer crafting?  I’d love to hear!

12 thoughts on “Stacks

  1. Sam June 22, 2014 / 10:00 pm

    Fun project plans. The quilt is going to be a beauty x

    • Nicky June 25, 2014 / 7:24 am

      Thanks Sam. I might need to message you for some quilting tips. 😀

  2. Amina June 20, 2014 / 8:25 pm

    hahaha…..we are so similar! Like you I have different crafts I love..and I am learning that I go through a phase where I only spin. Now I have no desire whatssoever! tour de fleece is coming up…then it is quilting….no mojo…right now it is crochet!!!! Knitting too…so listen to your heart. Sew :)The quilt will be soo beautiful!

  3. Lisa Huddleston June 19, 2014 / 7:29 pm

    BE FREE!

    • Nicky June 20, 2014 / 6:32 am

      LOLOL! Love your advice and I’ll be happy to comply! 😀

  4. Rae June 19, 2014 / 11:52 am

    Love your fabrics, they’ll make an amazing quilt! I am pretty much knitting-only at the moment, but I don’t think that having more than one craft in your life is detrimental. In fact, it may even be helpful – quilting may introduce you to a sewing technique or a way of thinking about color that comes up again in knitting; cross stitch may improve your embroidery skills which enable you to embellish a crochet project, and so forth 🙂 If you enjoy having some diversity in your crafting life, I say go for it!

    • Nicky June 20, 2014 / 6:33 am

      You know, I never thought about it like that! Thanks for opening my eyes to the connections I’d not seen. 😀

  5. savethestationery June 18, 2014 / 11:07 pm

    I have a whole set of cross stitch things to re-home, I guess I know where to send them now ;). I have the same problem, which is why I made the decision to get rid of all my misc craft endeavors, and focus in on certain things.

    • Nicky June 20, 2014 / 6:35 am

      LOLOL! Sure thing, if you don’t have anywhere else to send them and the postage doesn’t break your arm, send them on up! 😀

      I was feeling like you, that maybe I should cull my stash and just focus on certain things but the interest for the “misc” crafts haven’t left me so I’m going to do at least one project to see if I should stick with them.

      • savethestationery June 20, 2014 / 10:59 am

        I gave myself a date. If I son’t do another project by ‘X’ time then I need to be real about what I am willing to commit too. It is a bit disappointing but it feels good to have FO; a bunch of WIP is demotivating for me.

        And cool. I’ll let you know when I’m ready to send them. I’ll save for the postage so their won’t be arm-breakage involved, might just be a while before I get them off. 🙂

  6. Preeti June 18, 2014 / 10:46 pm

    LOLOL, we’re both having the same dilemma, I see 😉 Your stack of fabrics is so very lovely. Your finished quilt is going to be awesome! I usually get overwhelmed when I’ve got too many crafty things going all at once. As a “loose” rule, I only have one project for each craft at one time. Currently, knitting a shawl and sewing my mega project (might have bitten off more than I can chew with that one!)

    • Nicky June 20, 2014 / 6:36 am

      I think so too with my quilt. I think I’m going to try a table runner first then move on to the big kahuna!!! 😀

      I like your rule and think I need to institute this asap. One project per craft so I don’t get overwhelmed with the number of WIPs.

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