I’m currently working on the baby quilt made from the baby clothes, it is a slight struggle. The hardest part of the process is making the pieces of the clothes cut into equal square sections. This isn’t easy as the baby clothes are so small and awkward to cut. With the patterns and prints varied in sizes and shapes it makes piecing together the quilt in a uniformed fashion makes it harder. For the next quilt I make I think I will need to make a template or use some sort of base to cut around or use to make the pieces even and symmetrical.
I am struggling most with my confidence and knowing that what I am doing is good. I over think on what I’m doing and over worry that the customer won’t like what I have done. I think once I’m over the worries I can really start to believe I can do it. Is it really hard to believe I could do something and make something good? No then why don’t I believe it myself.
So starting a new me, a confident me!
This week has been a big week for me, I have had new people like my page. (some of these people I don’t know) which is fantastic as it shows I’m really getting my name and business out to people. I had my first unknown customer,when I say unknown I mean I am not related to the person or friends with them for them to know of what I do. She is an old friend of my cousins, for her sharing my page to her friends and family she asked me in return to like and share her page. This was a fair trade and we both had completely different businesses with the same goal.
Lady W* had asked if I was the woman who could take her daughters baby clothes and make them into a poorly day blanket, I instantly thought YES!! Just the work I have been looking for. I had Lady W* put together 2 bags of clothes, one of the bags were full of the items she loved and favoured that she definitely wanted in the quilt, the second was items she liked but if not needed for the quilt she didn’t mind. I then took these home and started piecing together the parts of each one, working out colours and fabrics and if any had writing or pictures on.
I’ve been cutting up all the pieces sewing them together and making it match. I’m getting a pink fleece to put on the back as she wanted it to be comfy and cosy for when her daughter is poorly.
A few days later a friend of my sisters found out she was having a baby boy, she had seen a type of bunting I made for my nephew for his bedroom. It was his name is soft fabric letters in the style of bunting. I made it purposely for his ‘Welcome to the world’ party. She asked me if I could do the same for her sons name. Thrilled to bits I obviously agreed.
Really feeling proud of what I’m achieving and beginning to build.
I have finally finished my first commission to make a patchwork quilt for a baby boy. It took me a couple of weeks including work, family things and switching jobs. Overall I’m pleased but there are so many things I can’t help but look at and think I can do better. Especially when I look closer at the sewn on pictures of the whales and boats. I would go back and use bondaweb or some sort of adhesive to bond the 2 layers of fabric together and then zig zag stitch around the edges.
I really want to improve on getting the lines of the squares on both sides to line up, its much more difficult then I thought, it’s safe to say I’m far from perfection but I suppose practice makes perfect. I’m on my way to perfection one quilt at a time.
I am being really eager and planning a second quilt for my other half already, I have all the fabrics and shapes in place to go, only thing stopping me is now my sister had asked me to make a quilt from my nieces first baby clothes as a keep sake.
Its all giving me more ideas for things I want to make and sell. I really want to be original and unique but still make things people want and that will sell.
Here are some pictures of the finished quilt.
Hope you like it.
Today I had my last day at work, I had worked with the company for over a year and loved it, unfortunately I got fed up and wanted to move on. I decided I needed to grow up and start saving if I really want to move in with my other half and actually start a business. I am moving on to another job, closer to home, free parking and better money. Hello Super Saving!!!
I’ve been working really hard on not randomly spending out of boredom or out of routine, because during my lunch hour I would crave to be outside or away from work so I would shop and go buy food I didn’t need. So to save money I started taking sandwiches to work, doing one food shop at the start of the week and buying everything I needed to last me. I refilled my bottle of water at work from the water fountain to save me buying a drink. I even took to taking sewing to work to get the job done quicker time wise and it actually kept me busy that I didn’t over eat on my break. so overall its good for the purse and my figure!
I have been sewing the baby patchwork quilt on my lunch hour to move the project along quicker. Its kept me busy and I’m really enjoying it. Its coming together quickly but I would change the design to improve the reproduction and sewing time. Here is a working progress picture of the quilt. Fingers crossed the customer will like it 🙂