All done! The sample sewing whirlwind has blown itself out, the last box shipping out today. It feels good to be finished with all those projects, to be without a huge looming deadline. It will probably take a few days for me to realize I can slow down and drink less coffee. That’s okay. I’ll use that nervous energy to clean up around here. You wouldn’t believe the mess.One thing I’m really, really looking forward to….my EPP project with my Anna Maria Horner stash. This will be my slow sewing project for the rest of the year. Doesn’t that stack look inviting?I’m also looking forward to a few fun projects in Tula Pink’s Moonshine. Great Fall colors in this group, perfect for showing off my new bag pattern (which is nearly complete).
Next week, I’ll begin a series of posts explaining how to use a simple draw program to make your own designs for original patchwork. Earlier in the year, I made these pillows for Generation Q’s May/June issue using written code. It was far too complicated and archaic (in my opinion) for someone who is a visual, hands-on designer. There is an easier, quicker and much more fun way to create designs like this. And that’s what I’m going to show you. Because you can do this! Even if you aren’t a big fan of solids, the underlying process will jump start some new ideas for your sewing time.
As I guide you through the process, I’ll be showing you screenshots from OpenOffice Draw. Don’t worry. It’s free open source software. All you have to do is download it. There are plenty of drawing programs out there. If you already have one and are familiar with it, great. You’ll be able to use the steps I give you, but you’ll need to be familiar with the toolbars, etc. in that program.
It’s going to be fun! I hope you’re ready to try something new. Have a great weekend, everyone!