Remember this? It's a dropcloth sampler that I got last spring at Squam. It was a lot of fun stitching....but what do you do with it when it's done? I stuck it in a drawer.
Then it got stuck on a bulletin board for awhile.
It just needed a better finish than that.
I dragged out the sewing machine. I don't sew. Well, I don't sew well. When I knit, I usually have a plan, a pattern, the right 'tools', what I hope will be the perfect yarn for the project....and (while it might be fleeting...) a LOVE for what I'm making at that particular moment.
When I sew, on the other hand....there is no plan, no pattern, a cupboard full of etc. fabric for who knows what project (I do like to collect fabric which I know is totally nuts for someone who doesn't know what to do with it!).
The sampler has lots of colors, so I grabbed some colorful cotton. It needed some body, so I decided to stitch it on to another piece of fabric.
so far so good.
It's about the right size for a (nother!!!) project bag---and that wouldn't be so awful. So I started ripping strips of fabric to frame the piece, and before I knew it---it was too wide. HMMMM. I think I have an old (rather nasty) knitted pillow that had an antique feather pillow in it. rummage rummage rummage Found it! Oh, yeah. It got stuck away because it had sprung a leak and the feathers were sort of everywhere. I just jammed the whole thing (slightly repaired) in an old pillow case...sewed it shut....and it's the perfect size for the pieced 'thing' I'm making, that is now a PILLOW! Only, I've ripped the fabric up so much that now I have to piece the back as well.
The front and back sort of matched up size-wise.....close enough. (I sew the way #1 daughter knits!) and
once in a blue moon (actually, not even that often!).....I get lucky.