Sewing is a lot like life...sure, there are patterns for just about everything, but in order to love what you do, or love what you make, you have to change the pattern to make it your own regardless if the change is a fraction of an inch or the length of a yard. And more often that not, those choices you make to change the pattern do not work out exactly the way you hope. It can be frustrating and challenging, and sometimes you have have to rip it all apart at the seams and start completely over. Which requires patience. A lot of patience. But in doing so, you create something that is far more rewarding, and far more beautiful, then what you started with.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

I have a confession to make....

A week or so ago I pledged to not work on anymore "safe" projects until I tackled my intimidation of sewing my dream bag....the Amy Butler Birdie Sling. And I tried my hardest. I really did. I cut the fabric. I cut the interfacing. I even went so far as to iron the interfacing onto the fabric....a task I wasn't exactly thrilled about but knew it was the right thing to do so the bag would turn out perfect.
And that is where I stopped. And I haven't started again. And that was last weekend. But! I think I have a good reason, and the reason is this: each October my stepmother, the very one who has taught me to sew, has a booth at our local hometown festival, the Maple Leaf Festival, and this year I am going to display some items with her!

So instead of putting together this:

I am working on a few more of these:

And these:

So if you are in the Kansas City area the third weekend in October, make the 30 minute drive to Baldwin City for the Maple Leaf Festival, it always makes for a great weekend!

Tooje, you will be there, right?

1 comment:

  1. I will, I will!! Saturday afternoon is iffy due to Turner's last soccer game, but am trying to figure out the best schedule. Shall we make plans to hang out? We can do Friday night, Saturday night, or anytime Sunday. How long will you be in town?