Monday, May 4, 2009

Quilting a prize

Since I got 'Patchwork Style' last week, and made the present, wink wink, I have re~discovered that I love working with batting. I have used it quite a bit before -but not usually quilting it.

quilted batting

with thread #592

Yesterday I tried making something for my upcoming blog giveaway (!) to celebrate my 1 year on etsy (tomorrow officially)....I thought I'd try something newish :


My pouch pattern, this time I stitched in even spaced rows...Something new for me. This is one of my favorite fabrics and color combinations. Minty green and orange. I also love pink and orange. I remember hating orange growing up...Times change I guess.
If you've seen my shop you should know I am a perfectionist and my own worst critic. I will scrutinize every stitch. Probably why I don't have a lot of inventory. So here's what I found wrong with this pouch :
~The zipper, not totally perfect...I haven't made a pouch lately and somehow forgot how I installed the zipper. (If you've been reading my blog awhile you'll know I've been on a quest to find THE perfect way to install one. I lost the scrap of paper that I scribbled the notes on.
~The buttons...The orange button is too close to the orange flower....Why'd I do that?
~The lining...I somehow sewed it too close to the zipper and it gets stuck...

Um, that's about it. I think I just wanted to keep it :)

So I made another...

And, again, the zipper was too short and I tried to work with it, but not quite perfect. Then I found that scrap of paper...phew.
The shape's a little unsymmetrical now though from trying to make it all work....Oh no, I keep another one ;)

So now, I'm working on the last one before I give up. It's another cherry theme for the giveaway. I hope this one turns out right !

My official 1 year anniversary is tomorrow however it took my cousin and I a week or so to get it all going, so for that reason and because one of my girls is sick and I'm also packing, I'm not sure if I'll get it all done by tomorrow, but hopefully sometime this week...I'll keep you posted.

Have a happy creative day.


Liz (made in lowell) said...

So so cute!

Thanks for sharing this process and happy Etsyversary!

(BTW: Orange and minty green are my fave colors, I painted my studio mint green with an orange door :)

Sweet blog with lovely pics!!

Carolyn (addtwist) said...

Oh man, I get super picky on my own sewing too. I'm glad I'm not the only one.

Are you every gonna share your super secret zipper sewing technique? ;) I'm on a constant quest for the 'perfect' way.

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