Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Birdies or Pincushions?

Tomorrow night is our November meeting for Sewing Through the Year.  And as of this morning, I officially had yet to nail down the project.  Eeep!!!  I don't know how things got so last minute!  Didn't November just start?

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I've officially been procrastinating on testing our November group sewing project.  I had in mind to do pincushions from Joelle Hoverson's book Last-Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts.  It's a lovely book, if you haven't seen it already.  Practically a classic.  (Just ignore the time guides though, if you have children, meals to cook, life to live, you know how it goes...)  But, well, the pincushion involves sewing curves.  Not sure we're all ready for that. 

or pincushion

So last night I started a test version myself.  It's pretty easy curves sewing, but there are also points involved where all 8 patchwork pieces meet at top and bottom.  My pincushion didn't come out as strong at one of the points as I'd like.  Plus you have to do a subtle, but effective whipstitch to close after stuffing and then there's the wrapping with embroidery floss, during which my fabrics wanted to bunch and wrinkle.  Naughty little things.  The end result is pretty, but I wonder if our sewing group will come out frustrated on the other side? 

Hmm.....  Inspired by this scrappy flock and this tutorial, I set out to make an alternative project.  It's not nearly so practical or "on topic" but, well, I'm feeling distractable.

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Turns out these are quite addictive.  I could have just kept cutting and cutting up scraps!  I so want to make a whole flock.  Hopefully Aria will want in!  The cutting takes no time and neither does the machine sewing.  Both are suited for casual, not-so-exact sewists.  That's definitely us on Thursday nights!

birdies

Stuffing, embroidering eyes and closing with a hanging loop seemed to go a bit slow, but that might have been me.  Anyone else wonder if listening to an audio book cuts your productivity in half?  But, I like them.  And they're fun.  AND, we'll still get to practice sewing curves!  These are easier curves for beginners too.  So....

birdies!

The birds take the win.

20 comments:

  1. Your birds are so sweet! That'll be a fun little project for sure.

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  2. I think the birds will be easier than the pin cushion. Here's an idea....you could sew a small button over the middle point where the sections meet and it would add some color and hide any sewing imperfections. Just a thought.

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  3. Birdies!!! And I think now is the perfect time for them because they would be great for Christmas ornaments or to attach to Christmas gifts. My project list is growing. Why? Because every week you post something super cute ;)
    Thanks Rachel!

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  4. The pincushion is perfect, I love the rainbow colours! The birdies are so sweet, I would like to see your christmas decoration in the house for these year :o)
    But I need to wait until december, right?

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    1. Yes, I'm not allowed to break it out until after November! I'm definitely in the Christmas spirit already though =)

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  5. Good choice on the birds... they're adorable!!

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  6. I saw a flock of these on someone's blog recently- they are so cute.

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  7. I saw this link for the birdies! I so want to make some. They just look so sweet. Glad to know that they are easy and more-ish. That's my kind of sewing! Of course I should be sewing a Penny Patch, so I'll try not to get distracted by the pretty birdies :-)
    E xx

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  8. Those birds are on my to-do list

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  9. love the birdies. Pincushions are fun too, but I know exactly what you mean about the "troubled" middle. Thanks for the linky love.

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  10. Such cute birdies!
    I think my kiddos would have fun with these, too!

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  11. I do love Joelle's book!
    Love the little birdies. They look great in the "tree!"

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  12. I made some! The eyes (I used tiny buttons - my embroidery is pretty rubbish!), stuffing and sewing closed took me a long time too (compared with the rest of it!). I have given them as gifts and need to make some more!!

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    1. Hm... I was thinking that beads for the eyes would look nice!

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  13. I love those birds and the pincushion! I actually "watch" TV while I sew, or sometimes listen to music. It is pretty much impossible for me to sew if it's too quiet.

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  14. I think the birdies are a great choice. They could dress up in christmas clothes and disguise themselves as ornaments on a tree or even be used as gift card holders if the wing become a simple pocket.

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  15. AUGH! Too much fun! Your blog is consistently inspiring, and it's a terrible match for my habit of starting projects before I've completed the ones already underway. But, aim for the moon, right? I'll exercise some restraint with these, and tuck them away for the future. Right now, I'm going to sew some penny patch blocks for the QAL and then MPP some penny squares for the sampler. Thanks for keeping me busy!!

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    1. I can't help but keep myself busy, so I guess it's bound to happen to those that get too close ;)

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