I have plenty of clothes but I love sewing – Carolyn has had the same thoughts as me on this but expresses them much better.
What’s a girl to do?
Sew for others? But that entails arranging fittings and meeting expectations and sewing things that I possible don’t like or want to sew.
Sew slowly? This I am already doing with my Jersey Blues SWAP ’15. Hand stitching every garment really takes time but I miss my machine and I’m making more clothes.
Move over to the dark side? Yep, I’ve signed up for a quilting class – Shock! Horror! Gasp! Turncoat!
I reckon this way I can still sew but not clutter my over-stuffed wardrobe with anymore clothes. Anyway, I need to learn about pattern coordination, fabric matching and clashing and most importantly, accuracy. It’s not really quilting – it’s patchwork and my first class is this week. I’ve always had a secret admiration for quilters, the way they sew a few squares of fabric together, slice them up, twist and turn and a kaleidoscope of colour and pattern simply emerges. Actually it’s just pure envy.
When I went to Quilter’s Quest last week to book and pay, Claire said to me’ “You’re not wearing any of our fabrics!” . I did have to explain to her that although I have often bought many fabrics, they are all cottons and this is the middle of winter! What can I say – Quilters! Huh! She is lovely though and while I might learn about patchwork, I’ll make damned sure they all learn a thing or two about making clothes.
I’ll be bringing my own machine and tools to the class. I thought it would look a little amateurish to turn up with stuff in a Tesco’s plastic bag so I made a ‘pouch’ to hold them all together in one place.
I found scraps and bits of cotton in my fabric box, traced around each tool and sewed a made-to-measure holder for everything I think I might need.
There’s a piece of wadding sandwiched between the inside and outside to cushion scissor points and add a bit of substance. The top third folds down and is secured at the button with a loop to stop anything falling out and then it rolls up and its tied with a ribbon.
If you’ve ever done patchwork/quilting is there any tool or item I’ve left out and might need?
Garlic, crucifix, silver bullets and a wooden stake?