Friday, December 26, 2014

I'm back!

Hi folks! Did anyone miss me? I know, I've been such a bad blogger, but time just got the better of me and I can't believe it's been almost half a year since my last post to you. I will try and better myself in the next year, but I can't promise anything ;)

The sewing definitely hasn't stopped in the last months and yesterday I had a major finish. The quilt - my first ever quilt top - that I pieced 4 years ago when my sewing adventures started. Yes, it's now finished.! Woohoo!

Yay! It's done!

Yesterday I spray basted it like a mad person with 505 spray baste (I love that stuff) and then went to work. Honestly, my piecing back then was horrendous, not everything is straight, and the Warm and White batting definitely won't be bought again either.

This is one of the parts that actually look ok.

I literally spray basted like a mad person, everything was sticking together perfectly, flat, straight. Nothing was moving, no bunches or bulks anywhere. I then started sewing down the length of the quilt in wavy lines and realised that my brown border fabric was stretching in places.

Ok then, 2 or three little bumps here and there that could easily be ironed out. Except it didn't stop there. When I reached the middle of my quilt, the batting had bunched up, like it had stretched and extended between my top and backing and I started to get bumps everywhere.

Lots of bumps and bunches. *sniff*

At this point I told myself, the hell with it, and just went over. It will get bumpy after being washed anyway, it's my first every quilt and I definitely suck at free motion on big pieces, so that would've looked even worse, I won't be giving this away either, but keeping it for myself, and while the perfectionist in me got majorly annoyed, I told myself, it's ok. It's another experience, and I'm glad I finally finished it.
I also actually love it, as imperfect and bumpy as it is, because isn't perfect either. You always get bumps in the road. ;)

Simple polka dot backing fabric and binding in matching colour.

But my next project - if it is going to be another quilt - will be a QAYG one. Preferably with free motion samples, because I got a great book for Christmas for free-motion beginners and while I didn't get any free-motion-learning done this year, I really need to try it next year. I already bought several classes on Craftsy, so might as well watch them now.

What are your plans for the new year? Any super-exciting and sewing-related Christmas gifts you got? Comment below, I'd love to know :)

I'm wishing you all a very Happy New Year and am leaving you with my year of finishes as a special treat!

Hugs and Love
xx Lia

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