The whir of the sewing machine is a sound I grew up with – it wasn’t a constant in our home but mom was never without a machine to hem a pair of pants or sew a stocking or make a simple dress. I had to learn how to sew in Grade 8 but wasn’t so excited about the idea. Our project option was a pair of bermuda style shorts with an elastic waist. I chose to make mine in a HIDEOUS Royal Purple polyester fabric. I don’t remember if I passed or failed that project in terms of sewing skills but I do know I failed in the fashion department!! To this day, whenever I think about Grade 8 sewing, I see this hideous purple in my mind. It’s really no surprise that to this day purple is NOT one of my favorite colors…at least not THAT purple!!
Fast forward to the last few years. As I have become more comfortable with who I am and my creative nature, I have become more aware of things I would love to make – from toddler busy books to beautiful quilts, there have been many things I have wanted to make but been unable to. I have been handcuffed by a lack of machine and a lack of confidence in my ability to make it work. Seeing the beautiful modern quilts on Pinterest really piqued my interest and my desire to acquire this skill so I set about finding a machine.
I have my Grandma’s OLD machine but I can barely lift it off the closet shelf – it’s heavy! So I put an appeal out to friends and have borrowed one from a girlfriend. I decided today I was going to learn how to make it happen so I pulled it out and got ready to go.
30 minutes after sitting down at that machine I did it!! I sewed my first straight seam!! And several practice runs later, I sewed a small pouch. Feeling more confident, I found the pieces of a Christmas Stocking that my mom had cut out and never completed and I finished it off complete with a little ribbon loop. I’m SO PROUD OF MYSELF!!!
This afternoon I picked up my first Jelly Roll of fabric and began the process of putting together my first quilt. I AM SO EXCITED!!! And I know my mom would be so proud of me for setting out to learn a new skill! I still have many of the basics to master and expand on before I will ever consider myself an accomplished seamstress but now that I know I can do this much on my own without help, I know that with a few lessons from others, I’ve got this!
Now I need to go and grow my “sewing projects” board on Pinterest….and add to my Quilting board! 😀