Ok, ok, it’s not really The Wrath of Scraps, I just thought that was a funny title. So in my last post, I talked about Project UFO, and my desire to get some of my unfinished work tied up. I gave three general reasons for not finishing items, I’m going to skip number 1 for now and talk about number 2
Unfinished due to lack of know-how.
I am a self-taught quilter, not one class, and sometimes, that REALLY shows. I can fake my way through a lot of items, but sometimes, faking isn’t an option. Take for example, applique. I mean, I get the basic gist of it, but I am SO not good at it, and so items that require even a LITTLE bit of applique, no matter how much I want to do them, fall to the bottom of the “TO DO” pile. My Table Runner project is there for this reason.
When I joined my Quilt Guild last year, I started participating in their Fat Quarter Swap so most months, I walk away with at least one pile of Fat Quarters, which is great because the fabric is usually coordinated and looks great together, and is full of choices that I wouldn’t have made, but love. I decided then also that I needed to make some seasonal table runners for my dining room table, what a perfect opportunity to use up seasonal coordinated Fat Quarters for something that I NEEDED! So I found a FREE Pat Sloan pattern on-line that would look great in many different colors. I modified the pattern slightly (leaving off the two end triangles on each side, so it is pointed on the ends) so that I could do it with the 4-5 Fat Quarters that I was winning each month.
Great idea! Still, it sat and sat for about 6 months. One word, applique. Yeah, I knew I could use the non-sew fusible webbing, but that felt like a cop out. Plus I was going to be picking up a new skill, right? So I read on-line a little bit, I consulted my great Quilting Book, so I had all of the knowledge I was going to get… Still I had to just dive in and give it a go.
So I did, and the results have been pretty good if I do say so myself. I realize that it takes a lot of practice, however (and the right presser foot!). I’m still not perfect, or as good as I want to be, but I’m getting better with each attempt.
I’m not sure I will ever do an applique quilt, but I’m going to keep at it, we will see what the future holds.