Tuesday, July 15, 2008

A new project and indulgence for me

I bought the Tanglewood bag pattern and patch kit from Posy Gets Cosy

I'm really excited. And I'm a bit scared at the same time. It's not that I'm not an experienced sewist. I am. I've sewn for over twenty years now, making a lot of my own clothes at various times in my life. I've made full size bed quilts and covers for the cushions of my sofa.

But there's a lot of precision sewing going on here. The seams are going to have to be straight as a yard stick. Looks like that bias tape is going to require a steady and delicate hand. These are not my strengths as a sewist. I like the bold design and gesture. The aforementioned large quilt only looks good until you look closely at it and notice that not all of the triangle points meet up. A state fair blue ribbon winner it is not. Even now, after twenty years at the machine, my straight seams still have some wibbles and wobbles in them. I'm especially worried about turning the square patches into the patchwork fabric. The rest of it doesn't worry me so much. But if I don't get that first step right, no matter what I do, the rest of the bag will look wretched.

Still, I'm excited. It's one of the first cloth bags I've seen that I've truly been excited about. I can't wait to get my patch kit. I just hope I can find someone to hold my hand as I start it.

Picture above taken from the Posy Gets Cosy website.


Susan Ramey Cleveland said...

Gorgeous pattern. Can't wait to see yours.

angeljoy said...

Don't you just love Alicia?! I love that bag--good luck on that. I really want to sew, but don't seem to have the time. I did whip up a pair of pajama pants for my little girl. It took me forever and the crotch isn't exactly straight, but, hey-I finished them!