A little background: I've never been a really crafy sort of person but in the past few years I picked up crochet, and more recently I'm working on an ugly quilt and will soon be giving knitting a shot. I can make scarves, and small purses with my limited crochet skills. My sewing skills are not much better, in fact they are probably worse.
The ugly quilt I'm working on is simple patchwork with scraps and cloth remnants. I'm hand sewing. This is the first big sewing project I've done outside of my 7th grade Home Ec class, twelve years ago.
Things I've noticed/realized during this project:
Stretchy material seems cool at first, but when you misjudge the point you need to stretch it to the results are seam ripping and irritatedness. (I have recently learned the value of pins so this is not such a problem anymore.)
Yarn for thread seems like a good idea, sturdy, fancy, and because I'm probably insane. Sturdy, yes. When you take a seam ripper to it sometimes it doesn't want to let the fabric seperate.
Straight lines are your friends. But they are lousy friends who don't call, don't write, and ignore you on the street.
Planning is fun. Try it sometime.
The magic elves are not going to come help you finish this thing. You started it, finish it. If you hate it you can sell it on Ebay or give it to kiddo for Shoebunk.
The more I sew, the more I wonder what crack I was smoking. I would like to order just enough of that crack to make finishing the project enjoyable, and not so much that I want to start another. Current Mood: cheerful