If you read my first blog, you know that I do not sew. That 3 months ago Cozys for the Cure entered my life and gave me my first push to at least TRY to sew. What also entered my life was, The Quilt Exhibit.
I figured this would be a great venue to sell and raise money for our Cozy mission. The girls set up their little booth and sewed away. I was told, “Mom, we sell WAY more cozy’s when you are NOT around.”
Now I had some time to kill! I decided to visit the vendor booths. My first stop was Modern Textiles. They had a “make and take” project called “the rope bowl”. This was going to be my first project. Guess what, it uses a ZIGZAG stitch!! I now know one application for the zigzag stitch! Baby steps!
I sat down with the guidance of Connie, and off I went. I soon realized there are so many creative OPTIONS of what to do….the women next to me did a bunch of decorative stitches. Another women did a different color bobbin thread and top thread. I decided to wrap parts of my bowl in fabric. I can feel the hook getting set a little deeper into the sewing world.
Next I venture to Quilted Lady Bug and decide to make the easiest project I see. The “Autumn Dresden Potholder”. Easy breezy. Sew all the piece together, I can do that. AND I did do that. The lovely women helping me said, “Thats it, you did it! Now you can take it home and finish it with binding.” “BINDING???”” I say.
I think her eyes were are wide as saucers, but she kept her cool and said, “Oh, honey, you don’t know what binding is???” “No.” I say. “Have a seat dear,” she says.
She then proceeds to take out a HAND NEEDLE. Now my eyes are as wide as saucers. I am thinking, “Can’t I machine sew this stuff??” But I listen as she shows me how to stitch the binding into place. I now HATE binding. It hurst my fingers and the needle is so tiny and it take FOREVER! Did I mention I am not super patient person? Plus mine does NOT look like hers. AT ALL.
However, I did it. Hand binding and all. Granted it is only 9″x9″ but my second project is done! It was almost hook, line and sinker….until it came to binding. I have heard rumors that this can actually be done by MACHINE. I will have to explore more!
Next week….my attempt at sewing pillows.