Revised Handout

Here is the final handout! Yay!TARDIS QUILT HANDOUT

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Handout

Here is a version of my handout for now…but I will have another one up before class tomorrow (My mother is going to look it over in case I am forgetting anything…freaking hard man to do write a handout for a quilt…just saying!) A revised version will be up then, and I will have it up for my presentation tomorrow! I wish I was a more creative person for handouts, but I did a basic one, so hopefully it makes sense and is ok! TARDIS QUILT HANDOUT

End of Work/Class Observations…

So the final week is here! I hope all your projects are doing awesome!  Having now taken this class, and looking back at the time and work I have put into it has made me do some thinking about all of my accomplishments this summer.

First, my favorite tool to use this summer was the Cameo.  Seriously am considering asking the fam for one of these for Christmas (as I am a broke grad student, it’s a bit out of my price range at the moment 🙂 ).  I thought it was so neat, and would love to learn how to do more with that! Brilliant.  My least favorite was probably GIMP, which I had a difficult time using.  I think will play around with it more and see if I like it better, and attempt using a mouse this time because it was really difficult for me to use with my key pad.

Second, my final project.  So my final project is still being finalized.  It was a lot of work, and will continue to be a lot of work until I finish it later this summer (which I will post on twitter for anyone who does want to see the final project and on this blog as well).  My first difficulty with the project was the fact that I tried to create my own design…EPIC FAILURE!!!! (There is a reason people that I went into the liberal arts, I can’t do math at all, and this project so lovingly proved that.)  That’s when I found a pattern on pinterest to use, which was a lot easier to use.  I also probably would not do as big a quilt, which is taking a long time to quilt (I really thought I had it all planned out, and then real life happened).  This was a good lesson in time management as well as exploring my creative side.  I already have plans to make another TARDIS quilt, and have a better idea on what to expect this time around and how to make it easier to work with.  And again, I’m not doing one this big for a while…seriously, so freaking large! (I know I did this to myself, but damn, it’s big!) I’m posting the final pic for class of what it looks like right now as a WIP still, as well as some up close shots of the quilting I have completed!  As of this post, no more work will be completed until after 9 PM Wednesday night! IMG_0705 IMG_0706 IMG_0707 IMG_0708 IMG_0700

Overall, this has been a really fun class, and I am excited to see what people have in store this week! I’ve learned a lot, and have laughed a lot, and that is a good thing for such a class!

Quilting

So I spent the day learning how to freehand quilt, which I have never done before.  It was a lot of fun, but holy lord does my upper body hurt!  But more on that later.

Having never done freehanded quilting before, Abbie (the brave soul who took on the task of teaching me to quilt) had me practice in some interesting ways before I actually started on my quilt.  This was a good idea as it helped me to get into the motion of moving the fabric while the needle was going.  First, after looking on Pinterest (a god send ladies and gents), she had me sit at the machine with a pencil tip attached to the sewing needle, and I practiced moving a piece of paper around underneath it.  Surprisingly, this is an excellent technique to learnt the basic maneuvers needed to feed your quilt through the machine.  It offered the same resistance that a quilt does, and gives you a feel on how to move the fabric with your hands.  Then we switched to small squares of fabric with batting in between, which allowed me to practice moving the actual fabric around.

Now, I have never quilted before…however, I have made quilts before (which is an oxymoron, right? maybe?).  In high school, I would make the top of the quilt, and then use colored thread to tie it, the batting, and the backing together.  This is an incredibly tedious process; first, you  cut your thread, and then you use a needle to thread it through the quilt, and then you tie it off…you repeat this process a hundred million times depending on the size of the quilt (I made ones for full size beds, and helped my sister tie her queen sized quilt).  Let me tell you…it takes forever, you stick yourself more than once, and you have to make sure the thread is the right length and width.  So boring.  I chose this project not because I have never sewed before, but because  I had never actually quilted before.  My mother is a master quilter, and she is very good at what she does.  However, she is very much a type a personality, where she has to cut everything, sew everything, and make sure everything is squared up.  Every quilter has a different way of working; as I am not type a, my mother’s method of mapping everything out was not working for me.  So not only have I never actually quilted before, but I have never freehanded anything as well because I was taught that not mapping it out was bad.

WRONG! Quilting and learning from Abbie has been an eye opening experience, and has been a lot of fun! I’ve learned a lot more about quilting since working with her, and it has been a joy.  I feel much better about the process now because I learned that it should be fun and not regimented.  Anywho, I now have the basic quilting skills and hope that someday I will be as awesome a quilter as Abbie is!

Shenanigans

I feel like this week in class, a lot of shenanigans happened! Good shenanigans of course, but shenanigans none the less.  It was entertaining, fun, weird, goofy, collaborative, and any other word you can think of.  Also pretty sure that I have fallen in love with the cameo.  But that is neither here nor there.

After creating my sticker, I realized a few things about the cameo.  First, I don’t think I will ever cut anything that has that many tiny circles in it (seriously, I got home and I was almost crying because my shoulders were so tight from bending over, pulling out individual circles).  I would like to try designing my own sticker as well.  The sticker I made in class has a personal significance to me (I have lupus and wanted something to remind me every once in a while as to why I drag myself out of bed on the days that I feel no bueno), and so I would like to design one with my own personal touch.  Now this brings me to my next question: in order to design my own, would I have to do this in a program like GIMP and then transfer it into the Silhouette program? Cause while I was attempting to design on Wednesday night, I feel like I struggled a lot with the Silhouette design program. I don’t know.

Also, everybody should play Jennifer’s Star Wars game! It was so much fun! Just saying.  Hope everybody is having a lovely weekend!  Quilting tomorrow for me!

By any other name?

First, a question to get us all started off.  How many people have had to explain, in great detail, what we are exactly doing in this class this semester?  The term “Content Creation” I feel like is kinda a misnomer, especially when attempting to explain to my friends and family what exactly this class is about.  However, the term “Maker 101” is also a difficult title, because few people understand what “maker” means.

When I first signed up for this class, I found that telling people what it was about was really difficult.  I got a lot of weird looks and questions.  Such questions included “why do librarians need to know that?” and “why are you taking a class about crafting?” and my personal favorite “seriously? that sounds dumb.”  And even after I started the class and could explain it better to people, I still got questions like “why do you need to take that class, it’s not like it is going to help your degree” or “explain to me again why you are making a quilt for your final project and not writing a paper (my explanation for that one is “because it’s not fun to write a paper during the summer!).”  Oi!  So I did a little thinking and came up with a little test on Facebook last night.

I asked my friends if they knew what “maker” or “makerspace” meant in the context of DIY.  It was interesting who answered yes and no.  Most of the no’s came  from people outside of the library profession, while most of the yay’s came from from inside the library profession.  Why is this?  Is it because most of my friends are from up north, where the maker movement hasn’t breached the frozen tundra yet? or is it still so new a term that it still hasn’t branched out from urban areas either? Or because it is interchangeable with DIY? What do you all have to say about this?  Just curious.

ALA 2014…Vegas Baby!

So this past weekend, I made the trek to Las Vegas to attend ALA 2014, which was ridiculously fun, exciting, informative, and overwhelming! I was able to attend some really interesting sessions (which I will go into more detail down below) and do some networking, which was quite exciting! I also got to meet some really cool authors (Markus Zusak, Mo Willems…the list goes on) and get a lot of books (which, I should add were free and everywhere; it was like being in Willy Wonka’s chocolate shop…I did manage to contain myself though only picked up a couple of books-i.e. context of “couple” in this case is actually more like 15). As you can tell, I am still somewhat sleep-deprived, and am rambling so I will try to keep the tangents to a minimum.

I am pressed for time right now, so I am going to go over the basics of what I did and then go into more detail on some of the sessions that I attended in a later post. I did manage to attend a couple of sessions regarding makerspaces, most of which were geared toward kid, tween, and teen library users. One was about documenting the skills gained by patrons so that they have something to put down on resumes as they enter the work force, which is really interesting as before there really was no good way to establish that students had gained certain skill sets outside of their school records and transcripts. I went to another session in which Justin the Librarian was a speaker about the makerspace in his library, and I got to see a little bit more of the Chatanooga Public Library’s makerspace for teens. I also attended a few non-makerspace sessions. My favorite session was about learning library leadership lessons from The Empire Strikes Back (which is one of my favorite movies) and gave a really interesting look at leadership. Essentially, don’t be like the Dark Side and Darth Vader, but be like the Rebels because they communicate and they have Han Solo (the speaker was very much taken with Han Solo…you could tell she was a fan). It also talked about the philosophy of leadership through the character of Yoda, and they talked about Joseph Campbell (if you don’t know who that is-look it up…we are librarians after all), who is another author that I greatly admire.

Again, I’m sorry that this post is so rambling and full of tangents. I will post a more in-depth post late Sunday night. Have a good weekend ladies and gents, and enjoy your holiday weekend. Good luck with your papers!