17 November 2012

Strangeness - and Slow-and-Steady Sewing

I must say it's been a rather strange feeling week around here. We've had two public holidays this week, one on Tuesday and then another on Thursday. I was soooo looking forward to it, but I have to admit it's left me a little out of whack. Did anyone else feel like they had the Monday blues THREE times this week?

Thank goodness for the sewing room. A few hours at the sewing machine, and things are starting to feel normal again. And, as a bonus, I've got a couple of new potholders to show for it, heee!

Those who know me will know that I like the fast and furious type of creating. Crooked seams? Oh well. But, unconventionally, I took my time with these, painstakingly measuring every piece, trimming to size, and even, horrors of horrors - unpicking! A LOT of unpicking. Aaaand pressing seams open. I don't like to press seams open, because they involve more work and is hence out of line with the 'fast and furious' spirit. But I have to tell you, pressing seams open really does reduce bulk in the seams. I might even be tempted to do it more often!

Also I'm loving how my stars turned out. The points and edges match up much better than with my usual attempts. Then I experimented with the binding, binding one potholder by machine and the other by hand. The verdict? The one bound by hand wins by a mile, with a softer and more organic look and feel.

So I'm thinking (hoping?) that this taking-the-time type of sewing might just be pursued more often in the future.

These potholders are off to be gifted to a friend. She's recently found herself (as a result of being recently wed) in the position of having to cook dinner for a hungry man. Good luck dear, you'll be needing it ;-)


Pieced Brain Quilt Designs said...

They are beautiful! I think I would use them as wall hanging instead of potholders - I would not want to get them dirty!!!

MamaDaniel said...

nice stars.. with very sharp points.. hihi..

rindu nak jahit patchwork.. but i've been lazy... uwaaa...