Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Breaking Down A Quilt One Lavender Sachet At A Time

One of the goals I have this year is to work on my quilt of the US to display my patches on. (It's goal #2 on this year's list.) But if I'm honest, I've had the supplies for this project for a year now and it has been sitting. I thought it was sitting because I didn't have time for it, but now I realize it's because I am intimidated by it. It is too big a project and I have too little knowledge. I need to break this project down into smaller pieces, and I've decided to do that by first working on a small embroidery project for practice. I was given loose lavender for Christmas from my in-laws, so I'm going to make little lavender sachets. To accomplish this goal, I've done some prep. So far I've bought some books on embroidery.

I've gotten fabric, needles, scissors, a disappearing ink pen, and a hoop (that isn't pictured).

I've bought my thread, wound it, and labeled the colors on the bobbins.

I've sketched some ideas out.

And because I'm so thorough, I've even drafted out patterns for the sachets: one with seam allowances and one without.
I plan to sew french seams on the sachets since I don't have a serger.

I've done all of these steps to help break down the process.... but I'm still intimidated. It's silly, really, but my perfectionistic tendencies have gotten the better of me this time. It's clear that I just need to jump in and just start. Today is the day. I will stitch at least 1 stitch. Wish me luck.


Zoe said...

Good luck! I find free form hard embroidery intimidating also. I love the design you made of the little lavender flowers, very pretty! This blog, TinyHappy, makes some really pretty little free form flowers and whatnot, might be inspiration. :) http://tinyhappy.typepad.com/tiny_happy/2017/01/crystal-lake.html

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