Friday, 16 January 2015

Rag quilt

I repaired a shirt for my grandfather and fitted some pants for my grandmother and as thanks, the sewing machine was welcome in their living room just a few days after Christmas Eve. (Normally, it's banished until the Christmas decorations come down in early January.).

So naturally, I grabbed the chance to do some sewing. I started on a skirt, but ran out of white thread in the middle of a storm. So I started another project - until I ran out of black thread and the stores weren't open. And a few projects later I sat there with a half-finished skirt, some corset-belt thingies and pieces for three vests, unable to continue on anything. Aughhh.

Luckily I remembered seeing this rag quilt. Since it's a rag quilt, it doesn't really matter what fabric or thread I use, and I found use for scrap fabric and some of the fabric I've held onto for far too long without having any tangible plans on what to do with it. (While I made a pillow from most of it, I had a few scraps from the Hobbit-inspired morning gown I started last year.)

My teachers (both professional seamstresses) would probably have had something to say about these raw edges. Hopefully it'll look better after washing and fraying.

For once, the wrong side looks pretty.

It's half-finished now and I'm hoping to finish it next time I'm home. I've sworn to myself that this will not turn into one of those projects I start when I'm at home and then forget/throw away/take apart/redesign/give away next time I'm back. (So if you could keep an eye on me during Easter so that I can't be sneaky and do any of those things, that would be very much appreciated.)

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