I named my new sewing machine Luca. We will see if it sticks. I’ve pumped out a couple of blocks for the quilt.
I was feeling a little down about the quality of my squares. I just could not match up the seams. I did a little hunting online for tips to help fix this. I found some great tips and each square has gotten better which is great for my morale. I can’t remember what blog I read this on but the author said she tries not to think of quilting as all or nothing. She said that she gets better with every quilt she does and thats the goal. Reading that really made sense to me and made me feel better about my work. I don’t even have two years of quilt making under my belt. I think I was being a bit hard on myself. There was also the issue of me taking short cuts that at my current skill level I should not be taking. These shortcuts made things harder for me and did not save me time in the end. So now I’m taking more time to do things right. Doing things properly is making me enjoy the process a lot more and I’m not having to rip so much.
I used my mail sack pattern and made the mini version for my daughter. She picked all the fabrics. I want her bag!
I forgot to clip the curves so there is a little bunch in the curved section of the bag. The second picture shows the lining and the two pockets. She loves it. I can’t wait to make the full sized version for myself. I used quilting cottons and medium weight interfacing. I’m happy with that combination. It’s hard for me to find cute bright canvas to make heavier weight bags. If anyone has good sources for heavier material let me know.
I’m almost done with the body of my BlueSand Cardigan. My motivation to get thin should simply be the fact that it takes less time to knit a sweater. Not to mention less yarn. Maybe someday.