My sewing machine is broken. I've "fixed" it twice now, but each time it breaks again. It's not allowing me to "fix" it this time. This leaves me with the biggest urge to sew that I've ever had. I think things always work like that. What "they" say is true: you don't know what you've got till it's gone. I could take it in to get fixed, but I'm stubborn and believe wholeheartedly that it will magically work one day. Please come back to me sewing machine… I miss you.
So I'm left with a hankering for some sewing, but without a machine I'm limited to the sort of projects I can take on. While I can visit my mom and use her machine, it's much more convenient to start and stop at your own pace within your own home. I've been keeping an eye out for projects that are "machine-free" or are adaptable to be. I've found a few, but am having a hard time deciding on what's next. Maybe you can help me out.
Around the quilter blogosphere and, of course, Pinterest, I've found so many (err…too many) quilts and projects that make me absolutely giddy. When I first saw this quilt on Pinterest, I knew it was going to be my next project. That was like 10 projects ago. Whoops.
Credit: Blueberry Park
I don't know what I love most about this project. The colors, the hexagons, the hand quilting… I just want it now. It looks like she used a half-hexagon ruler, but I think I could just use larger English Paper Piecing (EPP) pieces and get the same effect. PLUS—I could do all of the EPP by hand. This is a definite contender. It would look gorgeous in one of our upcoming fabric lines. Did I pique your interest?! Good, because it will be worth the wait. Promise.
Then there's this guy:
Credit: Citta Design
A plethora of hand quilting, but too beautiful to not be worthwhile. I wouldn't necessarily use the same colors. Perhaps one of our lighter neutral Quilter's Candy Solids, such as Parchment, for the background with a fall palette of stitches on top.
The third option would be to simply piece by hand. While I love my machine (when it works) for its ability to keep projects moving along quickly, I have a deep respect for the roots of this craft and would like very much to participate in the same way that my grandmother and great grandmother did. I've mulled over the idea of hand piecing different block designs as a possibility and really enjoy the thought of it. While it would take a lot more time, I think it would be nice and relaxing to try out different techniques and blocks by hand. Particularly this giant one that's been all over Pinterest and was featured on Sew Mama Sew.
Credit: Amy from Badskirt