After all, it's not like the machine would go all Christine on me after getting a taste of my blood, right? Yes, I've pricked myself on the needle. Don't even ask me how I managed to do that, but I did. And it seemed like the machine's work light glowed just a little bit brighter for a moment, or maybe it was my imagination...
Anyway, Sunday morning I decided that enough was enough; I was going to conquer that beast. If I'm ever going to make a quilt, I need to feel comfortable with my sewing machine. So maybe it would be better if I started with a smaller project?
As I was cruising through my favorite blogs, I came across a scrappy pincushion that Heather at Crafting... had just completed. Isn't it adorable?
It was obvious: I needed to try to make a pincushion. How hard could it be? It's only 6 inches square...not a lot of sewing needed. Even without a Lapel Stick, surely I could do this. Right?
Of course I could! Two hours later I had finished not one, but two, scrappy pincushions. Like Heather, I filled mine with uncooked rice, which worked out just fine.
Here's my first pincushion, which I did for "practice" and that I'm keeping for myself:
|Pam's pincushion #1|
|Pam's pincushion #2|
Next time I make a scrappy pincushion, I'll use a bigger variety of fabrics for the patches and will cut them smaller, but these seemed to be okay for the first time out. Plus I'll try not to color coordinate them like I did this time; it's really hard to try to be random when you're so used to matching and coordinating colors.
Once I was done, I was so proud of myself! I know these are small, simple projects, but for me this was a big accomplishment. Now I feel a lot more confident about trying something a little larger.