When I stand before God at the end of my life,
I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say,
"I used everything You gave me."
~Erma Bombeck

July 20, 2010

Making friends with my sewing machine...

Meet Zelda. She intimidated me for at least 4 months. Then my friend Aamie helped me conquer my fears and take her out of the box. Zelda is not a top of the line machine, but she is great for a beginner. To introduce me to her and get me used to hanging with her Aa assisted me in starting my first sewing project ever. I decided to to a bandana beach quilt. I got the idea from Robin at All Things Heart and Home. Go here to see hers and how she made it. In starting the quilt, we found that the bandanas are  not printed straight so we just decided to cut 9 inch squares and lay them out not worrying about the print because really, it was all about me making friends with Zelda.

I finished the top on Sunday...

After finishing the quilt, I was able to mend 2 pairs of pants where the seam had come loose (thus the blue thread in the picture of the machine). I think hubs thinks I rock! :)

In the next couple of weeks Aamie will be showing me how to quilt the back. I will just be backing it with a french terry material. Don't you think it will be fun for the beach or a picnic? Katie said it is too pretty to take to the beach.

Izzy has obviously staked her claim...

Happy sewing!


  1. Oh, wow, that's awesome! I'd love to learn how to sew.

  2. Jon got me a sewing machine for my birthday (it was in January)...the first day I got it out...set it up, made the bobbin, tried to sew a few lines, and no luck....the tension is wrong. Frustrated I packed it up. My machine came with a free lesson...waiting for school to resume to take it...can't wait. I see my machine looking at me saying "use me....use me!!!"

  3. Love that quilt! Perfect summer colors. And you did a great job getting aquainted with Zelda. She isn't so tough is she?


  4. How cool! Your first project looks awesome!! I wish that I had the patience to make something - I have the project in mind...I want to make Miss Maddy one of those little bonnet girl quilts...maybe one day is going to turn into making a granddaughter one lol!

  5. oooo! good for you girl! it looks amazing. that will make the perfect beach quilt...so proud of you for making friends with Zelda!

  6. I never would have thought that bandannas aren't printed straight! She sure doesn't mind!

  7. What a cute idea for a beach blanket! Love that your cat claimed it... that is so like a cat!

  8. Saw you over at Girl Creative - New Friend Friday. What a great idea using bandanas for a quilt. I'm not that pro using my sewing machine either but I think I could give it a try. Thanks for the inspiration. :D