|The Tula Pink Prince Charming Gypsy Wife quilt continues (try saying that fast three times). It's a love hate relationship. I love looking at it. I'm not loving making it quite so much!|
- I think I can do anything sewing related if I practice enough. Don't take me the wrong way, I don't think that I will end up being great at everything. For example, I will never practice FMQ enough to be as good as Angela Walters. And I'm never going to produce haute couture clothing. But I will give anything a go, and think anything is possible. No talk of being scared of zippers here. No siree. Just watch a YouTube tutorial and give it a go. The worst thing that will happen is some unpicking. And the odd tantrum. But I can live with that.
- I've learned to really enjoy hand sewing. I know, right? Three years ago when I started, I would have NEVER believed you if you had told me. But these things sneak up on you. It's the same for other hand work like embroidery, cross stitch and English Paper Piecing. Perfect for a tired night after work, in front of the TV.
|Yes I keep making dumpling pouches. Sneaky cute little things that they are.|
- I like pre-cut fabric. Uncool right?! But there is nothing like the simplicity of a charm pack or jelly roll for a quick baby quilt. And all the fabric blends. I'm fine with an easy fabric solution that looks good. But don't think that means I reject yardage. Nope. I like that too - which brings me to the next point.
- Fabric collections. Yep, I'm the worst. Give me fat quarter bundle of a whole fabric line and I'm happy, happy, happy. I love how it all works together, and the effort that the designer has put in to balance feature and plain prints. It's all good. I do believe that the best quilts are made from mixed lines, and I have broadened my stash for this purpose, but a quilt from one line can sure be easy and satisfying. Like Tula Pink. Or Heather Ross. I am an unashamed fan girl.
|And I've finally started some of the poster's for Hubby's zombie quilts. Good things take time!|
- But while I'm on the fabric topic, I have to say it - I love low volume. Not that I've managed to make many low volume quilts. But I don't buy batiks. It's important to leave those for the batik lovers.
- Dense machine quilting. Don't like it. I admire it, and think it looks great on feature quilts (I'm thinking of Renee's amazing Tardis quilt - which I covet), little wall quilts, placemats etc, but I don't want it on a bed quilt. Just not my thing. It's too stiff.
- I am always on the hunt for the quickest and best way to do something. Glue basting? That's me. Self threading needles for burying threads? Yep. Not burying threads? Even better.
- Machine binding. Every time. I sew the binding to the back first, fold it over, and sew down on the front. I'm not going to change.
- I've learned to appreciate the difference a new needle and rotary cutter blade make. They're just easier to use. I don't like the cost though.
|I'm keeping up with the Once Upon a Time sampler from Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery. Stupidly cute. But I'm probably just as proud of keeping up as anything else. I seem to be slowly learning some stickability in my old age!|
- I'm a list writer. I've done this for the last six months and it has been really good for me. Since I've been back at work full time, a short list of goals has made me much happier about my achievements. Otherwise I had a real sense of not getting much sewing achieved, which wasn't true. A list is a good way of seeing what you have managed to do. The List is VERY flexible though - I do not want it to make me feel bad if I can't get it all done. So I am very inclined to move things to the next month if I can see it won't happen. And adding things just to cross it off. Heh.
- I have slowly come to the realisation I do not like having too many projects on the go at once. I do like a few, or else I suffer from boredom. However having many projects just makes me feel overwhelmed and like I am not achieving anything. So I have had a real focus on finishing recently.
So tell me - what are your sewing confessions? Your loves and hates? Diversity is great - if we all liked the same things we would fight over the fabric. Someone has to love the brown batiks, after all!
Linking up to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced. Howdy visitors.