Archive for February, 2013

Strive For Perfection, Or Maybe Not?

So, I’m sitting here in my little sewing corner, surrounded by strips for the #scrappytripalong quilt that I’m making for hubby and I can feel myself slowly getting more and more wound up with my seams.

I’ve never thought of myself as a perfectionist but instead have always had the attitude of “just do your best”, but as I look at these little squares, not quite perfectly matched up a bit of me inside crumbled. Why do I spend hours coveting the perfect seams of my fellow sewing bloggers an IGers?

I guess somewhere deep down we all just want to be perfect, we want to be the best at something. Then it hit me, does hubby really care about how perfect those points are when he is snuggled up on the sofa under his quilt with a beer in hand and watching a film? Do the monsters care if their quilts are not a perfect rectangle when they are busy using them to make tents for there adventure to the North Pole (also known as the hallway). Well obviously the answer is a resounding No. So why am I putting so much pressure on myself and zapping the fun out of this quilt along the way??

Now I’m not saying I’m just not going to bother at all but I mean we can’t all be perfect, “just do your best” is good enough for me. I know the people who receive my handmade gifts always have a big smile on their face and are grateful that I have taken the time to share my love by spending my time on something just for them. At the end of the day that’s all that matters and you never know, maybe one day my points might actually line up!

It’s Here, It’s Here!

I had a very happy mail day yesterday, my order from Sew Fresh Fabrics arrived. You can find Sew Fresh Fabrics on Etsy here, they offer a great service and delivery is nice and quick.

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Yup isn’t it pretty! Architextures by Carolyn Friedlander FQs!! I have been waiting to get my hands on this lovely collection for a while now, but haven’t been able to find the entire collection easily available in the UK (the lovely Justine over at Simply Solids had it but she sold out before I could place an order

A week of WIPs

I don’t know about you but I find myself sewing all the time yet rarely make anything for myself/hubby/house. I make gifts for extended friends and family, complete orders but somehow last year I didn’t really make much for myself. I did start a few projects but they just got shelved, waiting for a spare few minutes of my time (when does that ever happen?!). I guess it’s the same as builders/plumbers or other trades, they do brilliant work for everyone else but their house is always last on the list.

Well I’m trying really hard to change this habit and actually finish some “me” projects. I love sewing for fun as well as work, it’s nice for there
to be no deadline, on the other had these WIPs need finishing!

So far I’ve completed two projects, the first was a simple Liberty print jersey skirt that I just had to put elastic in the waist band.

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It’s nothing too fancy or complicated but they are so comfy. I adapted the pattern from this tutorial to make it.

The next finished WIP I’m really pleased with. You might remember back in October last year I went to the Knitting and Stitching show with my mum and picked up some AMH Field Study from The Village Haberdashery stand. I’d planned to make it into this great AMH bag, to use as my new day bag, Christmas soon arrived and so the bag got put to one side.

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It is finally done!!! What do you think? I finished the lining at our Ladies Wot Stitch evening last night with the help of my mum and friend, Tracey. The pattern was pretty straight forward to follow, although a little wordy for my liking, a few more diagrams would have made life a little easier but I would definitely make it again.

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The only niggly thing I found was when sewing in the lining pocket walls the pattern left raw edges showing inside the pockets. I really didn’t like the idea of this so mum and Tracey suggested adding some binding to the raw edge and putting the pocket walls in upside down.

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I think it looks great like this, it gives a nice tidy finish to the pockets and adds a little flash of the leopard print to the inside. I love the way the bag turned out and have already filled it with all my crap!

It feels so good to start ticking things off my make list ( I do love a list) so the next WIPs to finish are –

Scrappy Trip Along quilt for Hubby
EPP cushion for my living room
Top secret gift project ( I will reveal all soonish)
Architextures quilt for me

Technically the Architextures quilt isn’t a WIP as the fabric hasn’t arrived yet and I haven’t even decided on a design but I’m just really excited for it to arrive so I can play with it!

Have you looked at your pile of WIPs lately? If you’re on Instagram why not show us what you’ve finished by using #finishit2013 you can find me on Instagram or Twitter @jakandgeegee, I’d loved to see you projects so feel free to tag me or say hi.