I really do feel sorry for my readership you know. I lead you on with all this hype about some sort of 'Grande Project' that is quite mysterious and you're expecting something grandiose. You do know that you're bound to be disappointed when you find out just how ordinary it really is!!
My sewing room has had a pair of second-hand drapes gracing the window ever since we moved here eight years ago. The sun has done a good number on them (even I was astounded at how much damage had been done!!). So.....being that my first love is crazy quilting, of course I HAD to create something that is crazy quilted!
Crazy quilted - entirely using the sewing machine. No hand embroidery at all! I wanted to see what the (albeit limited) 'fancy' stitches on my machine would look like in a crazy quilt and this was the result.
Verdict? I would do this again, especially for smaller applications where the fact that the stitches don't embiggen to a larger width wouldn't be an issue. It would also be ideal for things that see a lot of wear and tear.
There now....aren't you disappointed
after all that hype?
- If you crochet, perhaps you might like to make some of THESE to use either on the Christmas tree or as package ornaments. And THESE are just plain cute (you'll have to use the 'translate' function for the pattern in English).
- THESE would make really nice table markers at Christmas time.
- THIS is a really different tree skirt!
- If you live in Canada perhaps you'd like to check out THIS board on Pinterest - it's a collection of online fabric shops in Canada.
- I haven't tried THIS yet, but it seems like it should work. I have a number of large spools of thread and haven't been able to figure out how to get them to work with my machine. Will definitely give this a try! She also has a list of BOM's that are going on this year and some of you might find those interesting to browse through (find it HERE).
Off topic, but most of you have figured out how my mind works by now and won't be the least bit surprised! Anyhoo.....I've been binge reading a couple of book series and thought I'd share the details with you in case you're looking for something new to read. The first series is the 'Mitford' series written by Jan Karon. It follows the life in a small town centering around the local priest (Father Tim). I have read them all and have thoroughly enjoyed every one. Your local library likely has them, or can easily get them. The other series is by Patrick Taylor and, once again, is centered around a small town in Ireland and follows the life of the local doctor. The series is 'An Irish Country Doctor'. I would highly recommend both authors if you like a nice light, but very entertaining, read. You get caught up in the characters and really want to find out what happens next.
Your quote today comes from one of Jan Karon's books ('A Continual Feast...Words of Comfort and Celebration, collected by Father Tim')....."In daily life we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy'