- I love the creative process.
- I love books, and my special love is books of patterns and projects.
- I love to sew. Anything. Or almost anything. I still draw the line at ugly fabrics.
- I love fabric. OMG do I love fabric. My stash is my witness.
- I love fabric stores. I love their samples and projects. I especially love sales and discounts!
- I love people. I would never make it as a hermit.
- I love to sew for the people I love. I love that most of all.
I've been asked many times to do sewing projects for people who don't sew, and for some that do but find a particular project too daunting for their own skills or desires. (Sometimes if it's a real corker like replacing a zipper in a leather jacket or something, I will pass. Some things even I will not attempt!)
For example, while my cousin can and does sew perfectly well, she was not enamored of the process of adding the triangle pieces to the diamonds for her very complex quilt pattern. Snail's Trail blocks that I found complicated did not daunt her! So I volunteered to do the diamonds, because I know I am never making this quilt myself!
|There are my cousin's diamond blocks.|
|My granddaughter in her |
|I made her the dress too.|
|And of course the rock band project!|
My latest project was to cover some pillows for a friend at church. Pillow covers are generally pretty easy. Squares and/or rectangles, right? The fabric she brought me was left from a chair reupholster project and she wanted some pillows to match. She also found a contrasting solid for two other pillows.
The project was easy enough, although I decided to do cording and vary the closures, zippers on the smaller pillows and a button closure on the larger 18 inch squares.
The results were pretty impressive in my opinion... to me it's all about the fabric!
|Two rectangular pillow forms, self cording, zipper closures.|
|Two large square pillows, plain fronts...|
|And button backs. I found the |
perfect buttons at Joann's.
The owner of the pillows loves them. I say this not to brag but to remind myself (and you, dear followers) that any time we do something for someone we should accept their thanks and any praise that comes our way. Say thank you, or you're welcome, or it was my pleasure. It's OK to discuss the process a bit, point out the details you may have added.
And then shut up!
Accept the love. Don't say "oh it was nothing". Don't point out the flaws!! If the person you are making the item for can't do it themselves, they will think it's magic. If they could make it themselves, they would have done it, but they asked YOU. They appreciate your talent and skill. You should too!