One of my favorite evening activities (besides sleeping) is reading WordPress blogs, particularly the ones about sewing. After focusing on getting all the projects in front of me finished before 5:00 p.m., it helps me relax and wind down to a turtle-crawl. No deadlines, no calendar, no time clock – just whatever sewing project that’s on the table at the moment. I can work at my own pace on those, unless I’m doing one for somebody else. I’m slow, but steady . . . well . . . usually.
I do have a hare trigger sometimes, though – rushing to fabric sales, darting down pattern aisles, chasing that illusive ‘perfect project,’ and then hurrying through just to get it done. But, that doesn’t work so well for me – at least not for any length of time.
What does work, then? Well, I hate to admit it, but it’s that slow, steady plodding through. Rushing never gets me anything but a date with the seam ripper. True story. So today, since I was told (aw shucks, do I really have to??) I should stay home from work and ‘rest’ after a little excitement last night, I ‘rested’ by starting on a mini-quilt for my friend.
She’s picked out some cute material for her niece, who likes rubber duckies. Who doesn’t like rubber duckies!! But, as I haven’t worked with knits before, I’m wondering how to best put these two pieces together. She doesn’t want any batting because it’s to be a lightweight lap rug, just to knock the chill off (it doesn’t get all that cold in Alabama, y’all).
This is where the tortoise needs to take over, because my first impulse is to jump in with those great big harey feet (yup, harey is a word now) and start sewing willy to nilly. Then I’d be jumping right back out and bunny-hopping over to my buddy the seam ripper. So, step one was to lay the material out so I could look at it. Gotta love that big table!
Well, this is going to be interesting. Here’s the backing material, a stretchy knit. I like the little raised pink bumps, but I’m not sure how I’m going to do, working with this material. Any suggestions??
My idea was to sew around random duckies as a way to quilt this. I put it in the machine and lowered the presser feet, thinking I could just move it around in free motion; didn’t work. Reckon I need to read the manual. Or maybe . . . invest in a walking foot for this machine. Oh well, not to worry. It will just take a little bit longer than I thought, as long as I control that hare trigger.
Those pins hurt when they stick, did you know that? Well, I’m here to tell you, THEY DO! But my dear friend, always thinking of others. She also gave me a cool tool made by Dritz. I’d not seen the likes thereof since I worked in retail – we used these to attach price tags. All you pros out there no doubt already have one of these jewels, but since I’d never seen one outside of a retail store, I was duly impressed. I put it to good use. It came with 500 little thingies (aren’t they called thingies??), and I have about 30 or so left. Got just a wee little bit carried away. But now there are NO PINS to stick me while I’m wrestling this around on the machine.
The whole idea for recording this here is to make myself accountable. My friend says there’s no rush on this project, even though she probably wants to send it to her niece within this century. So if I chronicle the progress here, then I’m declaring I will finish it before the snow flies – this year’s snow. So, y’all keep me accountable here, y’hear?I think I prefer snow flies to fruit flies any day. I thought you should know that about me.