As summer grew, it got hotter and steamier and drier!! Perfect weather for listing items in the etsy shop: some vintage stuffed toy patterns, a wish book/journal and embroidered kitteh kit. Hope you'll visit soon!
Saturday, August 3, 2013
Am I wrong? We all have them. Here are just a few and I'm looking for inspiration to finally finish them. I thought if I post them here, the shame-factor might kick in. I will confess, I already made one of these into a quilt -- no shame required. So, let's open up this stuff and see what we got. (Click on the photos to get a closer look, if you like.)
I'm not sure if this is the oldest, but some of the fabrics are 60's. It includes a lot of scraps from clothing projects: that red and white paisley is from an empire waist peasant dress; the tan swirly design came from a jumper; the brown and red floral was a blouse. I think the bright blue scraps came from a friend's left-overs. There is also some early 70's fabric in this -- the prominent red, for sure. As you can see, I tried paper piecing and it would be very easy to date this; looks like pages from a magazine.
Here's a closer look at this piecing technique. First, baste the diamonds to the paper piece and then sew them together with a blanket stitch. All by hand. I'm sure I did this sewing during the 70's, because I'm having flashbacks of watching Little House On the Prairie!
This is a small top -- let's say cot size -- so it would take very little to finish it. Thing is, I can't bring myself to pull out the papers! I think that's why I never finished it. I have that tendency . . . to leave things as they are and to see the beauty in that. I swear, if I had the room I would hang it from the ceiling in its current condition.
So, help me here. Should I "destroy" it and make it into a quilt or put it back in the bag and bequeath it to one of my nieces or nephews?
P.S. If you ARE a niece or nephew of mine and would like this, just say the word.