Most crafts I like take time. Handmade generally does. Even cooking dinner from scratch seems to take longer (but maybe not always?). True, I could probably sew a couple of garments in a day’s worth of uninterrupted time (if I ever had an uninterrupted day…). I might also knit a hat or cowl in a day, with thick wool and bigger needles (probably…). But most things I want to make I calculate as taking almost a month, if I can only craft for an hour or so each day.
So often, I get distracted. By life, by study or by other crafts with a deadline attached. Or I get stuck, and realise that sorting out the problem, recalculating and redoing are going to take even more time, so I stop. I’m rather pleased that didn’t happen this week, I actually worked on what I said I would. This is the first pieced strip for my kitchen table cushions.
It did take me rather a while. Because I’m learning. And because my sewing machine was cheap, not good, and takes time to coax into sewing neatly. At the moment, I can’t wait to piece the next strip, and the next, and the next … but I can’t promise I won’t be distracted again by next week!!
And welcome everyone from Kirsty’s creative space, I’ll be visiting your blogs today, too.
I’m finding the cutting part of starting a quilt rather meditative, with a rotary cutter. I know that doesn’t sound meditative … and yes, I am keeping my fingers well out of the way!
It’s my first time using a rotary cutter, and I’m enjoying the sameness of about 100 tiny triangles, all squared off with a ruler, cut nice and straight down the sides. (I made more after I took the photo – and even managed to finish before the children came home).
I’m using this pattern for a kitchen table cushion. And 2 random packs of fat quarters from Lincraft. I actually don’t love the fabric, particularly. I think I’ve seen it too many times before. And the pattern is fine, too, but really I chose it as suitable for a beginner.
I think the combination of focus on learning to use a new tool, and not caring much about the outcome: that’s what I’m finding so calming. Hope it continues.
I guess not, based on this experience. At least not in a washing machine/dryer.
I know for garment sewing, you really, really do need to pre-wash fabric (or calculate shrinkage). And yes, I’ve heard of hemming fabric before you wash it (and even done it, for a few precious fabrics). But fat quarters? They’re so small, I thought hemming before washing was a bit other the top.
So what do you do in quilting? Not worry? Maybe I should have cut with pinking sheers?
By the way, no sympathy needed: I don’t mind detangling and they’re all separate and neatly folded now.