When is the last time your tried something new or set your goal on a project with no guide map on how to get from beginning to end? October was full of such scenarios for me and how refreshing to experiment and step outside my comfort zone.
Looking toward participation in the Bee Sewcial group, I’ve been searching for images and themes to inspire me/us. In doing so, I came across this awesome poster and knew I needed to reimagine it in fabric form. After considering several methods for sewing concentric circles, I decided to just go for traditional curved piecing with lots of pinning and needle turn appliquéd the smallest circle. I stumbled across some amazing wood working tools in my husband’s shop and used this Veritas tool to add 1/4 inch to all the circles. He has several other tools I think will be surprisingly helpful to me as I try to make this in a larger version. Who knew this “woodworker’s method” would work so well?
I’ve also been experimenting with more nontraditional fabrics and making up more bag patterns. The remnant pile silver corduroy and red denim were begging to be a quilt (top or back-still undecided).
A friend sent me some beautiful Thai textiles that he had been holding onto forever. I made up a new bag design and combined them with some black Marcus Organic Cotton and left over red denim and made the bag below. I’m sending it back to him for his wife with one of my handmade Malas in for good measure.
I also started cutting and sewing with a log cabin diamond idea that is morphing as I progress. I look forward to the arrival of more fabric so I can finish this one up.
Lastly, I hosted my annual Mother/Daughter Craft party and delved into painting (a completely alien art form for me). Needless to say it was a blast to hang out with these ladies who dressed up as famous female icons and made some beautiful art.
Our former mayor and her daughter were especially darling and Mrs. President and Vice President.
Let’s hope the end of the year is full of continued experimentation and creativity.