Today I took a PTO day from work so that I could get some sewing time in. The weekends seem to pile up with so many other things that need to be done, I decided this was well earned. Now, you may be thinking what is an ‘LO’? Well, ‘LO’ is a term that my boss uses at work. It means ‘Learning Opportunity’. (And we always have those at work!) Anyhow, I had a few of those today. I really feel that we should try to learn something every day. And if I don’t learn something new when I am sewing, I don’t feel like I am challenging myself enough. Not that I constantly need to learn things! But by doing things that I am not comfortable with and need practice doing, or learning a different way to do something can refresh my outlook as well as inspire more creativity in me.
I worked on a couple of projects that have been setting on my sewing table. One, a fabric cube from Anna Marie Horner’s book, “Seams to Me”. I cut the cube out right after I received her book, which was as soon as it was released!
This wasn’t a hard project. In fact, it went pretty quickly! It just used a couple of techniques in the assembly that I hadn’t used. So I procrastinated, looked at it, and left it. Anyhow, I did end up changing one thing when I assembled it. I handstitched the bottom fabric on by hand to secure it, rather than depend upon the fusible interfacing that I used.
Now I have a place to store those felting tools that I just received, and one less project on my sewing table!
Next, remember that blue block that I assembled last week?
I made this wall hanging. There are six blocks, they are smaller than the original one above (only 7″), and I arranged the strips in a way that is more of what I wanted to achieve. It measures about 28″ x 21″.
I haven’t decided which way I want to hang it yet, I think the second picture where it is wider than it is long, may be it. And it still needs to be quilted. But I plan on doing that soon.
This project was another learning opportunity for me. I know that I need the practice in keeping my seams 1/4″ and pressing the blocks without distorting them. These are not perfect, I still need the practice. But I’m closer than I was before! I also need to build my confidence in choosing fabrics to use together. I rarely buy a coordinating line of fabrics. Maybe a couple in a line, but I usually need to use additional fabrics. These are areas I am going to be working on.
What were your learning opportunities this week?