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A note to my quilt guilt

The PatcherPosted by The Mad Patcher May 08, 2017 09:44PM

Sometimes it just takes a while to finish a quilt. This is something that I have come to accept over time. It wasn't easy though, because when I first started sewing I had this mantra that I should finish a project before starting a new one. I felt that this was the most efficient way of working. And for some time it worked really well. And then it suddenly didn't, because I got stressed.

We all know the lecture children get from their parents when they start too many projects at once, but never finish what they started. While this serves an educational purpose for children I am not sure it is optimal for adults. Our brains are made to handle several things at once and we need variety to keep our brains creative center going, so why not start a new project despite not having finished the last one?

Some quilts have been known to take years to finish. Not becuse they were difficult to sew, but because the maker simply didn't feel like working on it. And that is perfectly fine. Quilting is supposed to bring you happiness and pleasure and not guilt and stress over working on something that you don't want to work on.

This is a part of a quilt that is still on my design wall. The squares are not yet sewn together and the pattern keeps changing. I have been working on this project for about half a year now and every now and again I ignore it completely to work on other things. I know that I will finish it eventually, and I am looking forward to that, but for now I am taking my time.

I made it a rule for myself not to make quilting a chore and therefore I do not have to feel guilty if I abandon a project for a little while to work on something that is more interesting. And that is perfectly ok!

Just find a proper place to store your project and leave it there until you feel like working on it again. If you never feel like working on it again consider giving it to someone who wants to.

After all the best quilts are the ones that were made with passion and love.

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Storing my Stash

The PatcherPosted by The Mad Patcher Nov 16, 2016 03:25PM
Many crafters have this issue - where to put all those fabrics, notions and other supplies? It takes a bit of organisational skill to find a way to store everything so it fits your needs, but eventually every crafter finds a way.

I like looking at my stash. It inspires me and at the same time reminds me to use the fabrics that I have, instead of going out to buy new fabrics - allthough I have to admit that I like extending my stash anyway - it's definitely the sewer's curse.

Because I share my sewing space with the living room I want to keep my sewing area in reasonable order, so recently I went out to buy some metal baskets and jars to organize my things.

The jars work perfectly for my sewing notions like zippers, threads and buttons. The great thing about them is that I can see everything, but the dust stays out and everything stays organized. I tried to color coordinate my threads a little, but you know how that goes...

For my fabrics I use metal baskets in different sizes - they can be stacked if necessary. I fold and stack my fabrics nicely, so they look good on the shelf. Each basket has its own color or pattern theme. I also have a big vase that I use for scraps. Every once in a while I try to use them, so my scrap stash doesn't grow beyond control.

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The Singer and I

The PatcherPosted by The Mad Patcher Nov 16, 2016 02:22PM

My very first sewing machine was a very old Bernina, but I didn't use it very much. I was around 18 when I got it and all I could think about at the time was finishing high school. I didn't really have time for learning a new skill - and on top of that I could not figure out how to thread my machine properly. I ended up giving it away eventually.

When I got older I wanted to start sewing with a machine after hand sewing for many years, so I told my grandma about it. I asked her for advice on prices and brands and quickly found a machine that I liked. But before I could buy it my grandma told me that my aunt had an old Privileg machine that she didn't use anymore and she wanted to give it to me for free. Of course I said yes. Before my aunt got it my grandma used it for many years, so it was old and did not have all the modern stitch options, a visible bobbin and back stitching. But it was the perfect machine for a beginner. I used it almost every day for about a year, until I broke it. I was so sad, because it had become so important to me. Silly me...

I decided that I needed a new sewing machine and it had to be here and now. I did some research on the internet and decided to buy a Singer, since I had only heard good things about it and it had all the basic functions plus a few extras. I got it the next day. I have since used it with great joy every day.

It is a Singer Confidence 7467 - it came with a few bobbin spools, an appliqué foot, a zipper foot, a blind stitch foot, a satin stitch foot, a buttonhole foot and a lot of other things. I went through the manual meticulously when I first got it and I would recommend everyone do this. First of all you will discover things that you did not know a sewing machine could do. Second of all you reduce the risk of breaking your machine by a billion, because you actually know how it works.

I love my sewing machine and I think that all fellow sewing people out there know what I mean when I say that I feel a strange connection to it.

Protip: Now I know that buttonhole foot look weird and scary, but I would really recommend trying it out, since it is so easy to use once you have tried it. I made a tutorial for it. Find it HERE.

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