I've started sewing!!! The getting up, sitting down, ironing, pinning, cutting is a lot more exercise than knitting is. I realized how out of shape I really am when I was tired all of a sudden after 4 hours or so in this processes. Normally, with knitting, I can do it for hours. Of course, I hadn't slept in over 48 hrs due to studying for exams. That could have contributed to the tiredness.
I was proud of myself because I really didn't love the entire collection of Lizzy House's Outfoxed all together in one quilt. Some of the fabrics just didn't seem to go with the Kona Snow I wanted to use as the contrast fabric. I already started amassing a small little fabric stash. (Don't look at the dates of the previous posts. It's sad how impulsive all of this has been.) I was able to pick out 3 fabrics from my stash that I thought went just perfectly and were better choices. I already felt like such a little quilter--picking out my own fabrics. That part was really fun.
The cutting has been slow and tedious. I want to make sure I get all of the cuts just perfect because that's where the foundation of precise piecing comes in. I decided I needed a little practice with my seams before starting on the big whopper though. I whipped up the cutest little clutch, based on a tutorial from Noodlehead! I love it. I learned quite a bit during the process (how to make gathered stitches, not to be so scared of zippers, how to sew a straight seam--though I "seem" to not be able to do so, etc.) It turned out adorable. I will post FO pictures sometime soon now that I am on Thanksgiving break.
I decided I just had to make some of these clutches for all of my friends, so today, when I came home after my neuro exam (woohoo!), I picked out some fabrics. I promptly fell into an unconscious coma for a couple of hours on top of some piles of papers, mechanical pencils that kept poking me, and the semblance of a bed with lots of stinky sheets. After I woke up, bathed and groomed, tidied up the tiniest bit (mainly to make space on my desk for my self-healing mat), I started hacking away at another clutch.
Until I got this:
There's a reason why the tutorial says "Topstitch a line straight across the zipper with a very small seam allowance being careful not to hit those metal parts!" Yeap, learned the hard way. Now I am off to socialize with some future doctors. If we all passed, hopefully, that is.