The holiday season is behind us and I have completed my holiday sewing for many loved ones. So I have decided that January is "Make Stuff for Me Month", 'cause I love me too! First on the list was to make this "Sunset Runner" that I had seen in the Nov/December edition of "Love of Quilting" magazine. I had spotted this a few months back and loved it. Then my wonderful aunt gave me a rainbow colored batik set for Christmas and I was.....well, set! I enjoyed piecing the top and felt I especially pleased with the machine applique around the plants.
Then I knew I wanted to do some free motion quilting on the piece. I still have A LOT to learn on free motion quilting. I am not good at it yet. My pieced runner looked so good and I knew I may ruin it with my ameture quilting, but hey, ya gotta learn somehow so I finally just went for it. My quilting turned out ok. It looks pretty good in a photo, but please, for the love of Pete, don't turn it over and look at the backside! Eyelashing galore! As I was working on it I realized that quilting is one of the many ways you have to just let go of your ideas of perfection or semi-perfection and just do it. Overall, I'm pretty happy with the imperfect way it turned out!
Next I had been planning on making myself a library bag with the awesome "Bookish" fabric I had purchased. I am a total nerd and avid reader. I was also a librarian for a short stint, which I loved and may do again someday! So this fabric totally called to me. I had a free afternoon on Friday and decided it was going to get done then. I had pinned several bags on pinterest and none of them really were what I was wanting. So I decided to forget about using a tutorial and come up with my own design. It worked out pretty well. I've made several bags before so I knew the basics like putting on the handles and making a flat bottom. But I feel the bag is a bit long....oh well, so much for perfection again! We usually come out of the library overloaded, so this will certainly hold all the materials!