Apple for my teachers

Friday, September 21, 2007

I am continually amazed by the wealth of information, companionship and just plain cool stuff that can be found on the internet. For example, just today I have:

  • Learned how to sew a french seam from Stardust Shoes
  • Watched videos on Youtube of free motion machine quilting (soon enough I'll get the courage, i.e. naive ambition, to take the plunge)
  • Learned a fabulous way to fold my fabric uniformly from Happy Zombie (which has given me the itch to go out and buy bins and transform the disaster that is my fabric stash)

And of course, the countless quilt patterns and tutorials from crafty bloggers and endless Flickr photo streams of beautiful stitchery that have given me so much inspiration.

When I first began sewing a little over two years ago, it was with a borrowed machine from my mom that was older than me, and I had no clue what I was doing. She showed me how to thread the needle, change a bobbin and turn it on. And from there said, "Sorry honey, all I ever did with it was sew your Girl Scout patches onto your vest!"

No one in my family sews. At least, no one that I lived closer than a thousand miles to growing up that could have taught me. So I was going into it completely blind. I started out by making a patchwork blanket with some scraps of fabric I had left over from a scrapbooking project. And some cut up flannel pajama pants. I was 8 months pregnant and bored out of my mind, and thought I could make a simple blanket. It wasn't very good, and I didn't do anything right (it wasn't quilted or hand-tacked at all, I used the cheap bagged polyester batting and the binding was a mess). But I was so damn proud of that thing.

Since then, my bored curiosity has grown into a profiting business (never mind that all the profit goes to buying more fabric) and a plethora of ideas and inspiration. Seriously, I have more projects on my "some day I'll make this!" list than I have hairs on my head. It's been both a blessing and a curse. But a fun curse.

People tell me all the time that I'm "so talented!" and "so creative" and just "so!" But really, if it weren't for the wonderful and amazing talent of all the crafty goddesses in blog land and beyond, I'd still be cutting squares with a 6x6 piece of plywood as a template, tracing it with a ball-point pen. (Yes, I really did that. Told you I had no idea what I was doing.)

So I guess this is my thanks to all of you who have inspired, taught and amazed me with your awesomeness. There are a handful of sewing blogs in my blogroll on the side bar, but I find new ones every day that I learn something from so I'll try to post them every now and then to spread the crafty love.

Eventually I'll start posting my own ideas and techniques, if I can ever get past the fear that no one will like what I have to say or find it useful. I get lots of reassurance in the form of customer satisfaction, but still, the grass is always greener, you know? It's like high school all over again, trying to get in with the popular girls and hoping they don't notice that you haven't started shaving your legs yet and still wear a retainer. At least in this case, the popular girls are willing to share their secrets.

Blogged by Making A Modern Family at 10:11 PM  


Melban said...

It is hard to imagine you as something other than the sewing goddess you have become. It seems like you have been sewing for so long that that is all you have ever done.

Fri Sep 21, 11:37:00 PM EDT

Jaclyn said...

I used to be in a fashion design class in high school and bought a decent sewing machine but never really used it after that class. Since seeing all of the things you create and post and browsing going on click-adventures [you know.. find a blog click a link, click another from there, until you're not sure how you got where you are] I've been inspired to give it a go. I have a quilt somewhere at my old house that I helped my stepmom make for myself and I really want to make a neat quilt for Lucas - with her help. She's very crafty quilty like you and is basically my go to lady for all sewing needs, haha. It's so funny that you made this post because all day today I have been browsing at fabric swatches trying to find combinations for a Lucas quilt and making a whole mental list of things I want to try! Of course, anything I make would end up like poop on a log compared to your things.. but I can try! Not like Lucas will know the difference. :P

Fri Sep 21, 11:56:00 PM EDT

Alicia said...

Jaclyn -- you can do it! Everyone is a newbie some time. Seriously, that first quilt I did was very much poop on a log. In a couple years my ability has transformed immensely. Let me know if you have any questions! I've discovered that Youtube has tons of video tutorials, as do other blogs. I could spend all day googling.

Sat Sep 22, 12:03:00 AM EDT

happy zombie said...

I too am always amazed by all the great info I find blogging. The inspiration, creativity and fun is endless! It's like there's this secret crafting world out there... and only we know about it! So it seems, LOL.

Thanks for the linky love and the apple. I dipped mine in caramel. :o) I'm glad you visited... glad I found your blog.

Sun Sep 23, 01:11:00 PM EDT

Katie said...

You sew beautiful things (I especially love the fabric food you made a while back--super cute)!

Thu Sep 27, 02:33:00 PM EDT


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