Somehow, I don't know how, I guess I blinked and missed it, but somehow it's the 15th of July! Which means it's time for the Gifted Gorgeousness SAL, Jo from Serendipitous Stitching's baby - we stitch on something that's been gifted to us through exchanges or giveaways, whether a pattern, kit, fabric, floss, whatever, and post on the 15th of the month.
Last month I started working on Plum Street Sampler's Party Tarts, which was technically a birthday present from my father. You can see my start here. And here's my progress for the month:
I've finished the donkey! Yay! Now I've just got the elephant. I'm stitching this with the recommended GAST floss on 28 count Bone Jobelan.
Since I finished off the latest Little Sheep Virtue of the SAL last week, I decided to take a break from the sheep and take a crack at the sewing machine that's been sitting around collecting dust. Literally all I had done since we brought it home was take it out of the box and put it on my desk. This week I told myself to stop being such a chicken and try it. Note: I have never in my life used a sewing machine. I've only ever hand sewn things.
I very quickly became very familiar with the trouble shooting section of the instruction manual. Everything I could have done wrong, I did. I wasted half an hour of my life undoing the mess I made when the bobbin winder went haywire and started winding the thread underneath the bobbin. That was fun. And then the fabric got stuck and I had to take everything apart to rescue it.
Anyway! After much trial and error I finally figured out how to sew a straight line (HUGE accomplishment at this point). A couple days of straight lines and I decided I was ready to try actually making something. So here it is:
It's the start of a log cabin mini-quilt. I've always wanted to make one, but I had to achieve that super difficult goal of sewing in a straight line.
I'm using a jelly roll of Moda's Joyeux Noel for this, which is awesome because it's the right width, I just have to worry about cutting the lengths correctly. And I seem to have fudged that up - they keep sticking out the bottom like that last piece in the picture. Maybe my seams are too small? Whatever, as long as it all holds together and looks nice. That's all I require of it!
Wish me luck,