Saturday, September 26, 2009

craft attack

Steve is home at his house tonight doing homework (he'll finish his Master's in December!), so I thought I'd spend a quiet night in doing some quilting, but I am just not happy with it! I'm feeling like I lack the skills that I need. Of course, I know that it takes a lot of time and practice, but I am feeling so frustrated with myself, and I think that much of it comes from the lack of space that I have. I just don't have room to spread out everywhere. My sewing machine is on a little table that is pretty much in the middle of my apartment, since it's so tiny! The table is too small for the cutting mat, so all rotary cutting is done on the floor! Ackkk, my knees hurt!

I want to make placemats for my friend who is getting married next month. I found the fabric that we both love, and I have a few books of patterns and whatnot, but I'm not liking any of the patterns with the fabric I found; I feel like when I put it together, it looks too busy, and that isn't the look that I am going for.

I've been reading a lot of quilting blogs lately, looking for inspiration, and I've found some really talented quilters! I can only hope I will be that skilled someday. I think that I should probably take another class or two, because right now, I am lacking confidence in my skills. When my parents were here last weekend, she looked at some of the things I've made and she said that they look great and I am doing well, but I'm not feeling that way. I've always been my own biggest critic, and this is no exception.

I have so many cute fabrics that I've bought, mostly from etsy, and I have so many ideas in my head. I just don't know how to get from idea to reality!


Preppy Pink Crocodile said...

I don't know much about quilting but what about a double wedding band pattern? Maybe having the larger pattern will take away from the business of the fabric prints? Be sure to show it off when finished!

Mzchef said...

You are really awesome. I am very impressed with your craftiness. Ok, a little envious too.

midnight macaroons said...

Last year I took a sewing class back in Austin. It was a lot of fun and I learned so many new techniques. I also met a group of awesome ladies. Now when I'm stuck and have a questions I have a handful of people to call. Maybe you can find a local quilting class in your area. I'm sure your placemats are going to turn out great. I'm my biggest critic too. Wish I lived in D.C. so we could do crafts together. :)