As you may remember last week I decided to take part in the Occupy Your Sewing Room linky party over at Cat Patches. Well I did it, not successfully, but I did it.
After a week of cookie making and shopping I choose Friday as my day to occupy my sewing room. I had decided that I was going to make soap bottle aprons. I had first seen these on Pauline’s blog The quilting Queen during the Ghastlies Blog hop and just knew I had to make some. Pauline also provided a link over to Simplify where Camille gives a tutorial of her super cute creation.
So on Friday I went to print out the pattern so I could begin my occupation to find out that I couldn’t figure out how to increase the diagram to 100%. Camille was nice enough to say that it should measure out to be 7 ¼”, but be dammed if I could get it to that size. First it was 4”, then 12” then 5” then 8, then 6.5” and finally after a tear filled hour I figured out how to do it and ended up with the correct size.
The next part was the cutting, sandwiching and quilting. All three of those steps were nice and easy for me and I kept saying..Self you are getting good at this sewing thing...lol I had just received my order of Aurifil thread from Tristan Italian threads and for as much as I hate to admit it....GOOD THREAD MAKES A HUGE DIFFERENCE!! I had been using $1 Wal-Mart thread and thought meh this works and doesn’t break so why spend more. Well the Aruifil thread makes quilting like butter...nice and smooth
Here is one of my new loves in red
After I got all 5 aprons quilted the next step was to sew on the bias tape. After sewing on the first little strip I was thinking oh they are easy too. However, that feeling didn’t last long. When it came to sewing the bias tape onto the curved bottom I kept getting crimps in the fabric. To make things worse I couldn’t find my seam ripper. Previously I had said...self that seam ripper is on the floor pick it up and put it away or you are going to lose it. To which I replied..Shut up...So yeah next time when I needed it the little bugger couldn’t be found!
So I had to use my little craft knife
It worked, but it took a lot longer! And I was afraid I was going to stab myself!!
So after another few hours of ripping and crying I decided to just make one mistakes and all so at least I had something to show for Occupy your Sewing room. I didn’t look too horrible so I made another one.
This is what I ended up with.
See the little gathering here L
And this is just a picture of all my work together.
I got something done and if I can figure out how to correct sew on the bias tape I will have completed my new updated Christmas crafting goal. If anyone has any suggestions on how to sew this on better please let me know!!
Now go and check out Cat Patches and see all what all the other more talented ladies have been doing while they occupied their sewing rooms!