I did it! I finished my February OMG project, Grandma’s Sewing Basket.
I used some stash fabrics to make this piece, going for a more subtle than bold look. I even used stash buttons from my vintage collection, which has buttons from my Grandmother and my Aunt. While I do not have a sewing basket that belonged to my Grandmother, I do have this one that belonged to my Aunt.
Along the way I learned some things. Like sewing down the appliqué pieces with a long stitch on your machine. I learned this tip on the LAST TWO BASKET HANDLES! I learned that having a good stash of hand dyed floss means when you run out of your original basket floss you have another brand on hand that closely matches!
I also learned that baskets look better with said handles.
I learned that stippling larger roaming patterns isn’t any easier than stippling tight roaming patterns, as in I Heart You. Don’t look, it’s horribly uneven and inconsistent! But I am learning. I learned that I really need a drop in cabinet for my machine! I had one ages ago, but in all the moves it got left behind. Even though my Bernina has a removable bed that is fairly large, it still isn’t a big surface area, and it definitely isn’t slick enough. Also, I am very jerky when trying to move the quilt.
But most of all I learned, that I am getting there. Each effort will refine my motion and technique. It will all come together some day. Until such a time, I just need to enjoy the creating and keep on trying.
This counts for triple duty as it was my February OMG, part of my Sewing Challenge, and my Monthly Table Topper project. So does this mean I get triple the points?