As a sewing New Year's resolution (more general ones are at the bottom of this post), I have taken the process pledge (check out the button on the right side of my blog) - I will be talking more about my quilts, why I am making them, what problems I have, and hope that my fabulous readers will help me along in the process (and I will do the same for you!)
The process pledge says:
I, (Jessica), pledge to talk more about my processes, even when I can’t quite put them in the in words or be sure I’m being totally clear. I’m going to put my thinking and my gut feelings out there.
So, here's my first confession. I have a lot of trouble with the 1/4 seam allowance. A lot. The baby quilt I'm working on right now did not come out the way I want it, and I need to gift it this weekend, so I don't have time to take it apart. I tried really hard, but my seam allowances did not match up very well =/
I'm embarrassed, and it's frustrating! I'm going to try measuring it on my sewing machine and stacking up tape at the 1/4 mark so that I stay in line. I'm also going to keep trying to be as accurate with my rotary cutter as possible, and using my new 24x36 mat will help. Do you have any other suggestions for me? Maybe with the machine, or with cutting? Anything would be appreciated.
I still think the quilt came out good, but I don't want this to happen again. I'm taking a stand against my current inability to sew a 1/4 inch seam allowance! And this is my first confession!
Other New Year's resolutions I have:
-SAVE the money I earn from my two on-campus jobs and NYC internship (for the almost certain Europe research trip in May, and just in general - which means, stop buying fabric so often. This year, it must be done).
-Eat healthier, get back to the gym in January, and work out. Make a work out plan with the fiance for the summer and stick to it.
-Start things more in advance (I've already been improving on this, yay!)
-Clean out my entire room, starting in May. Literally. And GET RID OF STUFF - I am a pack rat. Not the scary kind, like a hoarder, but... I have a lot of stuff that I don't need anymore, that's for sure!
-Spend as much time as my sewing machine as possible! Without alienating people, of course ;) I've got some great projects to work on already- a couple very special quilts for a couple very special people, figuring out what to make for my wedding (definitely my veil, so far), a wedding quilt, and some gathered clutches, oh, and at least three t-shirt quilts are lined up... it's going to be a busy year :) But not as busy as some of the bloggers on my bloglist seem to be - they rock!
And lastly, just to stop worrying about the future. Let each day progress as it may. I don't know how easy this one will be as I wrap up my undergraduate degree, write a 50 page senior honors thesis, hopefully do research in Eastern Europe, and enter student teaching, AND get ready for our wedding, but we'll see! :)
Looking very much forward to 2011. Happy New Year!
(My little sister, who is ever so talented with the computer, made me a signature in my favorite color! I love her and purple! Thanks, Ris!)