Thursday, February 23, 2012

Project Runway

I've had many friends ask me why I am so intent on learning to sew and to be honest, I am not quite sure of the answer. I'd like to blame it on Pinterest, but I can honestly say that I had the obsession long before I became aware of (what I like to refer to as) the "Black Hole of Time" that is Pinterest. And as long as I am being honest, Pinterest stresses me out at little. I can see my sister shaking her head at this, since I got her addicted to it not so long ago, but it's still true. 

Well, come on now, when are we honestly going to have time to do all those things?  It's wicked fun to dream,  but I find my "creative self " frustrated that I have to do such trivial things as sleep and eat and take care of my children, when I could be doing something like recycling old pop cans into some kind of craft organization idea that would save the world.

I've been a member for a while now, and have learned to step back a little from the Pinterest world, to do things like laundry and cooking, maybe even bathe. Now I try to only get on "The Black Hole of Time" when I am looking for a specific idea or I am bored (which is never). So with that being said, I would definitely say, it wasn't Pinterest that urged me onto the sewing train.

One of my personality flaws is that I want to do things without asking for help and I want it done yesterday.  Yep, I know it's hard to believe, after all, I seem so serene, but it's true. So I found myself with decorating ideas or projects that I would dream up and no way to execute it by myself because, you guessed it, I didn't know how to sew.

It kind of came to a head when I was searching for a new bedroom set for my youngest son, Chris.  Chris is obsessed with horses, and when I say obsessed, I mean we eat, breathe, and think horses from sun up, til sun down here at the ranch. No, I don't really live on a ranch, but I feel that way because my house is full of horses! So naturally, I begin looking for "big boy" bedroom sets with horses, and much to my dismay, could only find western themes or themes for infants.

So, I get the idea to make a quilt. (insert diabolical giggle here) Yes, I know, as I pointed out earlier, I have no idea how to sew, but that doesn't stop me. After all, it was just going to be a simple square quilt, no fancy shmancy stuff, so how hard could it be?  I drag my Mother to Jo Ann Fabrics and proceed to pick out all kinds of fabric to make a horse quilt, I make my purchase and take it all home. I do the math and figure out each square size and how the pattern will be put together....and then I stare at it for many days..okay, maybe even weeks, wondering what am I going to do now?

Well, I do what any hard working American Mother would do, I take all my pieces and parts of unfinished quilt and dump it on my friend. And bless her heart, over the next few weeks, she proceeds to make not only a beautiful horse quilt out of the chaos that I gave her, but shams, curtains, and even a throw pillow. It was fantastic, inspiring,  and I knew right then and there, that even if it kills me, I WILL learn to sew, so help me God!

So now you are wondering what happened last night when I sat down with my sewing machine and began to thread it for the first time, aren't you? Actually it was rather anti-climactic. I did it - on the first try -  and I didn't even sew my fingers together! (Which I was pretty sure that the finger thing was a good possibility and then I'd get to blog about my trip to the ER.) I put everything where the directions told me to put it, and proceeded to sew up an old pillow case with all the different stitches that my little machine was capable of. So all I can say at this point is, "Project Runway, here I come!"


the proof..

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