Did you have a nice weekend? The weather was beautiful here on Sunday, with cool, windy hints of autumn. I kept abandoning my sewing to walk outside, and found myself checking my husband's progress on his outdoor projects instead of tending to mine...
I did get Aria's sleeping bag sewn and basted. Thank goodness for the construction notes I documented here when I made Liam's bag. My brain wasn't up to the task of figuring that all out yesterday. Basically at this point I'm sewing around the quilt top/back with right sides together. The batting is basted to the quilt back.
After sewing all around, I turned the sleeping bag right side out through this large opening. Now the batting is inside, still basted to the quilt back. You can do quilts this way too, if you don't want to finish with binding. It's definitely not traditional, but it works well especially if you spray baste, as I do.
Now that I've edgestitched all around to close the opening and enforce the edges, all that's left on this project is to quilt it and attach the zipper. My Juki, armed with that walking foot, worked like a boss sewing effortlessly through 6 layers of batting and 2 of layers of fabric at the edges of the sleeping bag base. I'll definitely keep my walking foot attached for the quilting!
All my sewing projects lately have been like moving through water. So much inertia. Everything feels so. very. slow. I know I'm not alone in losing motivation for a project midway through. Last night I was super tempted to just start something new, but I knew I'd really be happier if I managed to push through to a finish on the sleeping bag.
Maybe part of my problem with this project is that the colors are so soft and springy, quite unseasonal. Or perhaps it's that I'm using a collection, Up Parasol by Heather Bailey, with only the addition of Kona Lime. It's beautiful and dreamy and Aria loves it, but it doesn't feel like I had much to do with that, you know?
I really enjoy the kind of patchwork that brings together diverse elements as a somehow cohesive whole (or maybe something that's not truly "cohesive" but is pleasing and artful nevertheless). That's why I love to sew from scraps! At any rate, I'm going to try really hard to choose a "next" project that lights me up on the inside.
Wishing that for all of us!