I was in the sewing mood the other day which is odd. I rarely get the urge to sew. My sewing skills are very limited. I can sew a straight line but that's the extent of it. It has always been my desire to improve my skills so every now and then I try to take on a project that involves sewing.
I came across these charm packs on Etsy a few weeks ago while searching for vintage sheets. I love, love, love vintage sheets. I have a small collection of them. They come in great patterns and colors. What's not to love about them?
So when I saw these pre-cut five inch squares on Etsy I went ahead and bought them knowing I could do something neat with them. I immediately thought they would make a darling baby quilt. I happen to know someone at church that is expecting a girl so I already have someone in mind to gift it to.
I didn't really have a plan about how to put the quilt together. I thought maybe if I could just get it started I could figure it out along the way. I knew the first step was sewing all the pieces together. Easy enough... I can handle that.
Not a whole lot of thinking involved in this step except I was careful not to have two
of the same pieces side to side.
I like the unplanned, random look to the squares. It pretty much ended up the way I imagined. There's only one thing I'm not completely happy with. You may not be able to tell from the pic but a lot of my corners don't line up. They're off by just a little bit. I'm debating whether I should leave it or rip out all the stitches and try it again. I don't know why I thought this was going to be easy. It rarely ever is when it involves sewing. I think that's probably why I stay away from it so much. Every time I try and do something I end up ripping it out and starting over. I don't know why it bothers me. I wasn't expecting perfection. I wanted it to have the vintage hand made look. I happen to find that look very charming. I just don't want it to scream "amateur".
I have a quilter friend at church so I'll show it to her and ask her a few questions before I rip it out.
I think this might sit awhile while I think on it. She's not due for another few months anyway
so I have time. I'll get it done eventually. It just might take me a while.
On another note, I totally love these boxes I bought at Michael's this weekend. They were on sale six for ten dollars. They're supposed to be photo boxes but you can use them for so many more things than photos. Basically it's like a big sturdy shoe box, only cuter. I haven't filled mine with anything yet but I know it's only a matter of time before they are full.
Whew! Finally! Our house is on the market. We are praying for the Lord to send us the right buyer so we can sell it quickly. I've known we were going to move since October. The plan was to put the house up for sale in the Spring. I've taken the last few months to emotionally detach myself from my house. I've packed away family photos and a lot of our belongings are already in boxes. I was sad about giving up my house in the beginning but now I'm ready to go. I'm tired of the transition mode we've been living in and I just want to sell the house and go. I'm looking forward to living in the parsonage in New Mexico. The house is out behind the church building and its right outside the city limits, so I'm looking forward to having chickens and growing a garden. I love my house here but sometimes God leads us places we never thought we'd end up. We just have to be willing to follow.