I wrote this whole blog post last week about a pattern fail, but I don't think I'm going to publish it. I'm just not really interested in spreading bad karma around. HOWEVER, I do have a little question that I would love for you to answer in the comments here: what would it take for you to leave negative feedback for someone on Etsy? Like, say they wrote up a pattern and then sent it to you quick and were friendly and such, but the pattern itself wasn't that great? And it had some errors in it (I was able to figure out what was needed, but still) and then omitted how to actually accomplish a step by "leaving it up to the home sewer to decide how to do"? The pattern frustrated me, but I just really don't want to leave negative feedback. I don't know why I'm such a wuss about it . . . I've never even considered not giving excellent feedback before so this is all new territory for me.
So what I'm really trying to post about now is what I ended up giving as a baby shower gift for my cousin because my original plan (the aforementioned less than stellar pattern) turned out to not be so great. This was meant to supplement the gift, but ended up becoming the whole gift. Which, in the end, was fine because I was happy with how it turned out.
I was inspired by a design for a pillow that I found somewhere . . .
Sew Mama Sew maybe? [Thanks Diane for the reminder. The tute can be found on Cluck Cluck Sew.] Anyway, I've had it in my head for a long time now and been wanting to do something with the idea. I ended up with a bunch of extra material left over from the previously mentioned pattern fail, took some of my 5" squares from my little stash and came up with this:
Wonder Under on the underside of the leaves to get them in the places I wanted before I sewed them down for stability. Just a simple line of red thread about 1/4" in from the edges . . . this task was made easier by just lifting the presser foot and moving it over to the next leaf without cutting in between (making sure to give a few stitches forward and back to secure it first). The whole thing came together pretty seamlessly, then I cut out all the little threads when I was done.
I kinda want to make this again and again . . . this kind of applique is so fun! (The whole thing is about 18.5" square so it's just a little guy.)
My cousin really liked it . . . she told me later that she wanted to keep it for herself and hang it up on her wall. :)
I'm linking up again with the party people. Show off the projects you've been working on and come party with me RIGHT HERE.
Oh, and weigh in on the feedback on Etsy thing in the comments, k?