Jun 9, 2011

Boring...but necessary

Welcome back to my boring posts, albeit necessary because I am stalling on stitching.   I've been screwing around with these Moda fabrics from Blackbird Designs.  I said I was done, and I did put the other skewed print away, but I started on another color. 

The outcome...

Other side..

And inside..

Yes, I am a fusspot.   I'm not happy with this bag either.  The little strawberries without their hats are to be the zipper pull.  In eighth grade, my home ec teacher asked me to knit a cardigan for her with buttonholes and pockets.  And construct a wool jacket.  I must have been finicky back then!!  One of the reasons these projects were so aggravating was  - lack of a pattern.  I tried to use the design to determine size and without a cutting/sewing pattern, it wasn't a pleasant experience.  Instead of taking my time and measuring properly or making a cutting pattern, I just forged ahead which is a bad habit of mine.  So what am I doing now?  Same thing with stitching....

Instead of starting a large project, which I fully intend in the next few weeks, I decided to just wing it.  I don't think I want to start something with a detailed pattern.  A little freedom is needed.   WHAT??   Did I just say freedom?   Ironic, since the lack of detailed instruction and pattern is what has been riling me.  But right now, if I went to a chart and messed up - which has happened quite a bit in the last projects - I'm afraid I will put it aside completely.  Can't let that happen!!  Can I really continue blaming hot flashes for lack of reasoning?  Sure.  Moving on. This linen color has been calling to me for quite a while.  I never really liked it for my primitive preference, but it has wormed its way into my noggin.  No design for it - never had one. I cut into the yard and survived.  The plan, for lack of a better word, is to just stitch the alphabet on the end of the fabric that will become a flap for a lined pocket.  Kind of like these that I did years ago on a banded linen...
It's just something to do.  It's stitching.  How do you think this will turn out?  It shouldn't take long at all so we'll see.  On another note....I go to my blog to check for updates on your sites that I follow, and just happened to click on one from someone else's blog.  There were new posts that I never saw!  I didn't realize that when I become a follower (adding to my reading list), it doesn't automatically show on my blog roll.  I thought that roll was made up of ALL blogs I follow - wrong again.  So now I won't take any chances and will use the reading list instead. 
Hope you all have a good weekend.  Thanks for reading and commenting - it's really appreciated - especially when I'm not productive!  I promise to change that.

10 comments:

Mouse said...

I must admit I wing it when making my bags and my cushions from my stitched pieces .. strange enough I love to follow a pattern but not afraid to change something that doesn't work ie colour or fabric for me .. but when it comes to glueing my stitched piece to a box top I really do hesitate ..lol love mouse xxxx

samplerlover said...

Yep, I also never follow a pattern when I make bags and cushions. One of my Grandmothers was very talented with the needle and scissors. Apparently she had the knack of being able to throw a piece of material onto a person and cut the dress out on them. Now that would be amazing to see. - Sandra.

Margaret said...

The bag came out really nicely to me! You need to be less picky. lol! Google reader can be really flaky. If you follow someone, it takes a long while before it shows up on your reader. A good long while. Then it all of a sudden shows up. Very strange.

Barbara J said...

Hiya Marly,

Thanks you for commenting on my blog post.

It was fun to browse around your blog, I like your sense of humour!

Those sampler fabrics by BBD are darling. The stuffed strawberry idea is cool really!

Chris said...

Hi Marly,
I think the bag looks great. I love that fabric.
The stitching on the red(rust?) fabric looks promising too. When I get hung up I spend time looking at my stash for inspiration.
Have a great weekend!

Siobhan said...

I have to admit that I am too inept, despite having made dozens of quilts, to follow a pattern. This is probably why I send most things out to a finisher! Your BBD bags look great. So does the stitching!

Bertie said...

The bag looks fabulous, probably only you see this fault,whatever you mean lol. You have just given me a great idea what to do with mine, thank you:))

Joy said...

Your bag looks great to me! Remember, "your face will never be that close to it again":)

Suzanne said...

Oooh what lovely fabrics. I love how you bag turned out, it's very pretty.

Pat said...

I love all the BBD fabrics. Could you tell me the line of the blue print on the bottom right?

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