I love this month just because it's a fresh new year, which means new beginnings. It also means letting go of all the things I don't need. This year I'm letting go of thoughts of things I cannot change no matter of much I want to.
My changes this year:
1.) Don't bring home work issues.
2.) Sew more.
3.) Blog often.
5.) Believe in my abilities.
Out with 2012, In with 2013!!!!
I'm on a great sewing roll right now. Last year I learned English Paper Piecing and love sewing this way. I like that it's portable and I can do it almost anywhere. I have chosen a huge EPP project this year, a quilt:
|(image from Trueup.net)|
This is a really cool kit that I purchased from Pink Chalk Fabrics.
The kit cost $89, a real steal if you ask me since it's all precut!
The fabrics in the kit are from the Salt Water collection from designer Tula Pink. The prints feature a maritime theme: shells, octopi, waves and lifebouys. It's colorways are aqua, coral and seaweed. The fabric included 24 different prints and 12 different solids and came all pre-cut (who doesn't love that!) in 1 1/4" hexagons. There are approximately 28 hexagons per group, adding up to a total of 1008 precut hexagons! OMG, that's a lot of hand sewing! I added up the number of stitches and came up with a rough estimate of 72,000. At first, I thought I could finish this in about a year but now I might want to give myself more time! The size is 43 x 60 but I may make it bigger by adding borders. I am making this quilt for me. I don't think I could part with it after sewing so many stitches!
I'll keep you posted on my progress.
I just finished this top for a table runner using the EPP method:
|Star Blossom Table Runner|
I'm trying to figure out how I want to finish the runner. I would like to try hand-quilting the top. I'm thinking of sewing around each of the stars. Because of the pattern the quilting will make, I think I should use a solid color fabric on the back; the stitches then would make a nice pattern.
This pattern is from Stitched in Color blog by Rachel Hauser. I took a class from her and was introduced to hand sewing. I almost love it as much as machine sewing!