January 11, 2009

[ learning to quilt on a weekend ]

Ok, so obviously you know that I want to learn to quilt/sew/create things. Not just that I want to - I feel the need to. It's weird and unexplainable.
So - on Friday at work, Jennifer taught me how to read a pattern and gave me some tips along the way. From then on, I couldn't wait to get home and try out the things I'd learned.
It was a frustrating evening. I learned to measure twice and cut once. Remember that fabric that I had double of? Well...I'm glad I had extra to spare. :)
I texted Jennifer several times with questions (thanks for responding...:) ) and finally gave up for the evening. As I explained it to Jessica, I turned off the machine, turned off the lights, and shut the door.
Jessica: "Oh, so you put your machine into time out? Classic."
Marcie: "Basically. Isn't that what you do when something makes you mad?!"
Jessica: "I swear and throw things. It's a personal choice."
Fast forward to Sunday.
(It would've been Saturday, but Saturday was our first Junior Miss practice and Junior Miss Committee Meeting - then I came home and took a three hour nap!)
So - Sunday - I was determined to make it work. I mean, seriously, how hard can this be?!

In the beginning...things weren't looking good.
Another text to Jessica:
"I've taken to your way of dealing with my sewing machine."
But hour and a half later...this text to Jessica:
"Your method works! I'm a lot more successful!"
After many episodes of sewing and seam ripping - and a break for some Advil and a Kahlua -
here's the result:

These aren't great pictures - but I'm pretty proud of myself. Don't look close. The squares aren't straight or even. It's even quite a bit smaller than it was supposed to be. Not sure why.
But - beyond all of it's flaws - it's my first sewing project!! It's a table square/runner - it's more square than rectangle. I don't have enough fabric to do the outside border or the backing, so I need to head to Craft Warehouse for that - plus batting and fabric for the binding. I'm a little nervous for the binding part...and quilting.
I'm still interested in making some key fobs - where do I get "webbing"? I looked at JoAnn's, but didn't see any. Maybe I don't know where to look.
Anyway - I had to share my proud moment. I've still got visions of many things to create dancing in my head. More to come....


David and Kira said...

You should talk to Melissa Kelly. She is an expert when it comes to quilting and gave me a lot of good tips when I sewed a couple of looks great by the way! Did you have fun?

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The McGary's said...

wow, impressive! Looks great!

Kelly said...

Woohoo! You go girl! Looks awesome!

The Perkins said...

way to go. i am glad you got your wish.

Countrylivn' said...

You are so talented, I couldnt have figured that out by myself, you are awesome, BTW I am trying the bannana bread recipe, sounds SOO yummy. You are like a domestic diva, go Marcie, I love it!