While we were snowed in, I actually didn't sew much of anything! I. . .cleaned. I know, I can't explain it either! The hubs and I also watched some movies and then went out on Sunday and dug out the cars. That was exhausting. Other than that, I have been learning some new things and I did do a little bit of practicing this new technique. Take a look:
Free pieced houses! Who knew I had it in me? (I told you I was obsessed with houses.)
For those who don't know, free piecing is a technique that involves no patterns and no measuring. You simply cut pieces (with scissors!) and sew them together, trimming and pressing as you go, then square up at the end. Some people make things really wonky, but wonky makes me really nervous, so I tried to make things fairly straight. These were my first two:
Really simple, right? Even these were really hard for me, so I made them and then had to take a break and get my head around things. When I settled down, I made two more:
Look, doors! For some reason, I was a little happier with these, and a lot calmer, even though I made a few mistakes. Trim everything off straight, really!
So the only thing left to do was make a house with windows too:
Ta-da! I'm actually pretty happy with how this one came out. It actually looks like a house! By the time I made this one I was getting a lot more comfortable with the process and enjoying it. "Free-pieced" does not mean sloppy or poorly constructed, and it took a few tries to convince myself of that.
If this technique made me so nervous, why did I try it? Well, it's always good to try new things, especially if they're outside your comfort zone. It's how we learn and grow. Plus, I have really been impressed with some of the free-pieced quilts that I've seen, and I am really looking forward to getting Julie's new book on free-pieced barns and trying some of those out. My real goal is to make some free-pieced letters, so that's the next thing for me to try. Now THAT will be nerve-wracking!
|I think I want to live in this happy house!|
Hope you're having a wonderful week and that your streets are all clear. Midwesterners, you have no idea how lucky you are. Want to come out and give the East coast some snow-clearing lessons? They need them!
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