Life as a Greenmonstr

Quilting and Other Facts of Life

December 2011 - Posts

Finished, and it looks good despite everything...

Well, I took some time yesterday to make the stocking that my sister-in-law requested.   It would have been a very quick project, if I hadn't managed to screw up virtually every aspect of it at one point or another.

I had the outside and the lining all set, I had sewn together the cuff parts, I put the cuff on, and I was very excited because I thought I was basically done.  When I turned the cuff down, though, I discovered that the seams were showing on the cuff.  I had to rip out not only the seam holding the cuff on, but also the zigzag finish of the edge of the cuff.  I HATE ripping.  It makes me say bad words.  Anyway, I got the cuff off and corrected my error, then put it back on, at which point I realized I had forgotten to include the hanger loop.   I added that on and once that was done, it looked pretty good to me.  I put a bell on the toe, both for decoration and to hold the lining in.  It actually looked pretty good.   I was glad to be done. 

This morning when I woke up I realized that I had turned the lining right side out and put it into the stocking before I sewed them together, so now the lining was wrong-side out in the stocking!  Luckily it is a white lining so the seam allowance isn't really obvious, because there was NO WAY I was going to take the whole thing apart.   Anyway, it is done.  I have given it to her and she likes it.  She offered to pay me but I told her it wasn't necessary.  I'm not sure if anyone else has this problem, but it was all I could do not to point out all of its flaws.  I am certainly a harsher critic of my own work than of others'.

Without further ado, here it is:

I don't want to do it!

My sister-in-law requested that I make a Christmas stocking for a college girl who is living with her, and I agreed (I felt too guilty saying no).  She sent me a list of things (cats, favorite color, etc) that she likes.  As I was going through my stash and seeing what I could put together, I was surprised to find that I was very unhappy with this project.  It seems so simple, but I just can't get interested in it.  I am unhappy with all the fabric, I can't decide on a pattern, it's just a mess. In fact, I'm really hating the whole thing at this point.   I have a couple of combinations picked out but I'm not that excited about them. My SIL is coming over tomorrow to take my daughter Christmas shopping with her, and I am going to take the opportunity to show her the options and have her decide what she wants.  She wanted to approve the fabric first, I guess, and offered to pay me. 

I've given it a bit of thought and finally decided that I'm disliking this project because I don't have complete control over it.  I have to satisfy someone else's needs in terms of fabric and pattern, and have them approve it first.  If I'm making a quilt or other item for someone as a gift, I use fabric and pattern that I think they would enjoy, but I still control it.  I don't have to get approval from anyone.   This feels too much like work. 

Once I get the final OK on the fabric, I think it will get done quickly enough.   As with most things in life, even the minor ones like this, I've learned something - the only way I will ever make something for money is if I can make it any way I want, no approval necessary!