And so... you know how it goes... we all TRY to be good...but, sometimes you just have to misbehave a little every once in awhile! :-)
While I was reading blogs a couple of weeks ago...I discovered that Pam Buda of Heartspun Quilts was running a special in her web store. Pam had designed a lovely Valentine Runner...the pattern was free with any purchase...but, with a $35 purchase, you received the pattern AND a fabric kit for free. Since I had been admiring her Tall Grass fabrics, I ordered a bundle of those (pictured left), so I could receive the fabric kit and pattern for the Valentine Runner (pictured center). The fabrics for Tall Grass as well as the fabrics in the kit are absolutely gorgeous! And, I could not wait to get started on the runner!
After starching my fabrics, I began to read the instructions for cutting. Well...when I read all these 1" cuts, I though to myself.... "Wow! I've never sewed with such teeny tiny pieces...I don't think I'll be able to finish this..." So, I put it aside for a week. Then, just last night decided to give it a try....
After setting my Janome on super turtle speed and making good use of a couple of strategically placed pins here and there... I managed the piecing better than I had originally anticipated! :-) As a side note: the blocks finish at 3"...so those cream squares in the center measure 1/2"! While the runner won't be complete in time for Valentine's Day, I am super happy with my progress on it so far! :-)
So. As the title of my blog reads... "When you think you can't"... I'm go to add that "You at least need to TRY"... because you just might learn that you CAN!
I thought I'd share the update on the Paint By Number too. It's all painted, just needs a coat of sealer and a frame. I was surprised at the interest it brought...and learned that many of you remember them from your childhood...but did not realize they were still available for purchase today! Paint By Number kits are a bit different than they used to be. Many more variations in subject as well as a lot more detail in the designs. You can find them online, or in your local craft stores. I think that if you enjoyed them as a kid, you'd enjoy the newer varieties of today!
So that's about it for now! Next post will contain a finished Valentine Runner... the reveal of the "Secret Project" I signed on for... and maybe one more similar (yet different) project in the works!
Until next time... stay healthy and keep on smiling!