Thursday, June 13, 2013
Just for Fun Sewing
Sometimes a girl's just got to get out and play. So, on a whim, I signed up for a one-evening class, taught by my favorite local quilt teacher, Roxann O'Hare of The Cosmic Cow quilt shop.
A week ago Monday I raced across town (as fast as one can go in rush hour traffic) from a late afternoon meeting. Loaded down with sewing machine, cutting mat, and sewing supplies, I frumped across the parking lot, used the Handicap Accessible door opener, and caught the elevator to the 4th Floor of the Southeast Community College Continuing Education building, and set up my sewing area.
It was a small class, so each of us could spread out and cut and sew to our heart's content in our own little escapist bubbles.
The project was just a little 12.5" x 12.5" quilted wall hanging. The pattern was designed by Roxann. The June Bug sign was stamped . The bugs bodies were hand sewn with a blanket stitch. The polka dot wings are two-sided--front and back dots fused to double-sided fusible web.
I'm edging out of my comfort zone and a little closer to mixed media (there are dyed semi-transparent underwings). And there was some hand stitching and embroidery. My half-square triangle points aren't all perfect, and my machine quilting was minimalist.
But this little project was not for competition, not for sale, not intended to be an heirloom by any stretch of the imagination, and there were no quilt police in the classroom.
It was just a chance to play with fabric. Just for fun.