Here's a before picture of the sewing room.
Now, onto some really fun news. I'm attending The Sewing Summit this weekend. My first retreat, ever, and I can't wait! I plan to enjoy meeting new people, improving my skills, and exploring a city I've never been to. Salt Lake City, UT, here I come! (So who else is going?)
Lastly, as part of the retreat, someone made the note they were making their own nametag. I thought, "oh, nametag, that's probably a good idea." Then I remembered I hated wearing a nametag.
Then I realized it wouldn't do to try to network & meet people if I didn't put myself out there and bank on the name (ha!) I've made for myself in blogosphere. So, I forged ahead and tried to decide what kind of nametag represented me. I thought, paper-piecing might be good. So I crafted a basic PP piece and decided I'd use the sewing machine to write my name. Quicker being right up my alley.
the machine had other ideas. I wanted to use the batting as a stabilizer. The machine disagreed with that approach. It was fine if I was sewing letters on the fabric only (when practicing) but not so great when I tried with batting behind the cotton. This is the 3rd try.
Then I saw the Sewing Summit Flickr group photos of name tags made and felt inspired to try again. I cut the practice pieces and tested placement on fabric.
I ended up sewing them onto a piece of fabric in an off-kilter way. I decided it fit my desired plan of "getting my name tag to give a first impression of me." I do not sew perfect items, it's not always neat or pristine. This is definately a good first impression of my skills. LOL
So what do you think?
I'm proud of it and would say, the lesson here is, when you want to quit. Step back and see if inspiration hits again. It just might!