Sew Together bag- a win!

In my last post, I was rather down about sewing. But today I report a win that I am very happy about.

I got the iconic Sew Together pattern from Sew Demented. I feel really comfortable making zippered pouches, so I wanted to give this a shot.

Although there were some parts that took some thinking, this must be a wonderfully written pattern because I was able to follow it quite easily with very few mistakes.

It also served as a great skill builder for different sewing techniques. It didn’t take nearly as long as I thought it would- I imagine if I did it all in one go a second time around, I could do it in less than 2 hours.

I used essex linen on the exterior, cotton and steel for the binding, and thoroughbred on the interior, and more cotton and steel on the pocket linings. I love love love it. I am probably going to have to make another. 🙂

Galaxy Mini Quilt- first quilt show

I first mentioned this mini-quilt in another post, and wanted to give an update since it is now finished, in some state.

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As you can see, compared to my previous post, half of my intended mini is missing. When I started quilting the warm side, everything just went to crap. It wasn’t working, and I knew I was approaching melt-down. So I made an executive decision to go with just the cool colors. It’s approx 13″ x 13″.

For the quilting I was inspired by this tutorial from 107 Quilts: and used invisible thread

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I’ll be honest. I am having severe anxiety about this. One thing about quilting that I have never been good at is perfection. The day I finished/turned it in for the quilt show, I cried MANY TEARS. I was so ashamed because it didn’t feel up to snuff and I truly tried the best I could.

I’m coping a little better now, but I might have another meltdown when I see it displayed next to to the other submissions from our guild.

But I’ve been listening to Elizabeth Gilbert’s book- Big Magic, and it reminded me that all creativity comes with fear and vulnerability, so I’m trying to embrace it in whatever way I can. I know that the upcoming year will hold many challenges creatively for me and require much bravery, so I guess this is a good way to start the year.

If you’re in the area, the Oklahoma City Winter Quilt Show is this coming weekend. Check it out!