I have made handbags for myself - I did not feel that this was a challenge. There was no point in making something for me to wear, for the sheer fact that I knew that I would not wear it. What could I make that would be challenging and something for me.
I was blog surfing the other day and I came across this blog. The quilt I fell in love with from the minute I saw it. I thought that that was the perfect thing for me to make. How hard could it be. Firstly, Lou (blogger) talked about a disappearing 9-patch - I wasnt sure what that was - time for Google and a few tutorials later I was on my way.
The fabrics that Lou used in her quilt are some of my most favourite fabrics to date - however, rather than using the whole of the Sandi Henderson Ginger Blossom range, I thought that I would add some of my other favourites - which included Amy Butler, Tanya Wheelan, Joel Dewberry and Erin McMorris
What have I learnt by this experience.I am not good at having WIP's - I am someone that once I start a project I have to finish it and I cannot concerntrate on anything else. This quilt I started last Friday and finished it on Tuesday night. I had planned to get everything done apart from the binding and take it away with us on holidays to hand sew - but I had to finish it off - I couldnt wait that long.
I have found out that I am not that accurate. Even though I measure and carefully cut everything out - I must be missing something somewhere, because I am a little wonkier than I want to be - and pieces do not match up. I am sure that this will come with practice - time will tell.I have also found that quilting (like all sewing) is soothing - Mat can't believe that I could sit at the machine for hours on end sewing little pieces of fabric together.
I am proud of what I have achieved, and I am glad that used this challenge to push myself to do something that I would have thought were beyond my capabilities.So thankyou Lou for the inspiration. I love your quilt, but I love mine too!
January 2010 sewing challenge - 'something for me' DONE!