I don't consider myself a pro in the sewing world. Far from it. I believe I've gained a lot of knowledge and ability through trying many different kinds of projects and through quite a bit of trial and error. I've definitely gotten better over the years . . . I can see that when I look back at some of my older projects compared to the more recent. For sure.
The thing is, sometimes . . . even though I KNOW I'm not a pro or whatever, I still eye up a pattern and think "easy!" and then proceed to make stupid mistakes on it . . . with the utmost confidence that I'm making *no errors at all*. It makes for a frustrating "finish" when I turn the whole project right side out and see the silly mistakes that I made. Blargh.
Anyway, though I don't have pictures of the mistakes I made on this project (that I tried my best to take apart and fix, though at least a bit of the damage couldn't be undone), it is now done and ready for gifting.
|The only fabric repeated in this pattern are those 2 orange squares on each end. My mother-in-law lived in Latin America for many years and LOVES color. :)|
I made this little runner for my mother-in-law for her birthday which is next week. I was able to use 2 of my previous *wins* to make this project come together . . . namely the Deb Strain Fresh Flowers layer cake I won from Fabric Donkey a few SMS giveaway days ago and my copy of 101 Patchwork Projects (which I won from somewhere, but cannot for the life of me recall). The pattern called "Contemporary Table Runner" was written by Vivica Hansen DeNegre and is a great project to use if you want to show off a lot of different little bits of fabric. :)
|You can see a bit the transition from green to white in the stitching . . . I really like using variegated thread sometimes.|
Something I added to the pattern was some decorative stitching around all the borders using some Sulky variegated thread (kind of a green to white with a bit of sheen to it). I used some Kona Tomato for the backing that was sitting in my stash. One thing that didn't show up as well as I had hoped was some yellow variegated thread (from Coats . . . no sheen . . . nuts) that I used for the top stitching of all of the x's. It just doesn't stand out particularly well . . . makes me wish I had used the Sulky for that part as well so the whole thing had shine on it, but oh well. I'm still pretty pleased with the results.
|You can *sort of* see the sheen in the thread in this picture . . . it shows up a bit better in real life.|
Any finishes for you yet this year? I'm about 70% done with a Christmas decor project that I never got around to making last year that WILL be finished to hang up in 2012. I'm on a mission!
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