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NOVICE QUILTER UPDATE!


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

So last night I was finishing up some binding on a tote bag that I started this weekend. I'm really into sewing bags lately and hubby is complaining because they hang on every doorknob in the house. I need to start selling something. At any rate, my creative mind was musing again and I remembered a UFO I had started with charm packs last year. I started thinking about how I could "fix" it.

Above is an example of how I inserted a 1" strip into a charm by assembly line sewing. I saw the pattern in LOVE OF QUILTING by Fons and Porter but the designer had you cutting the 1" by 5" strips, and sewing each one individually to half of a charm square. Fooey on that. At any rate, I have this bag of about 30 charms already with the 1" insert plus fabric to go with. So I was thinking last night of sewing strips around each charm to create a log cabin like square and then sewing them together somehow. I will have to think on it but I don't want to sew it like it was orginally designed. Boring doesn't cut it with me anymore.

I am a natural rule breaker. When presented with a challenge, I am always trying to reinvent the wheel and do it a different, better way. Doesnt always turn out better but you know the drift! Later.
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QUILTINGB52 6/20/2012 9:17PM

    I think that every quilter I know doesn't always read the instructions....it's so much easier to look at the pictures and then chose your own path to obtain the final product.

So often a block will catch my eye...I'll draw it on a piece of paper or tuck the thought into my mind. Then later I will figure how to recreate it, in terms that are easier than what the pattern maker may have done.

I figure there are "pattern police"...why not create to my hearts content?!?!

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SEWINGMAMACDS 6/20/2012 12:56PM

    "Rule breaker" - are there really rules when it comes to creativity in sewing??

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KASEYCOFF 6/20/2012 12:46PM

    Interesting that you're into bags! I found a website the other day that made me think of you:

http://www.cococrafts.c
o.uk/coco/parties

...so all you have to do is come up with a concept that makes bags out of quilt-fabric pieces and do the 'party-plan.' Then, make it grow, establish a franchise system, sell it for boocoo bucks and retire to... well, you already live in Florida, but you see what I mean, lol...

If you're looking for an excuse... um, I mean, a REASON (!) to collect fabrics, it's a good 'un. Thinks me.
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