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Journey of A Sewist in the Making: Aquarius

Hurray! As a beginner sewist, I like my latest attempt, in all of its wonky glory, at quilting -- in this case, a fabric coaster large enough to hold a tea set. Who cares if no one needs a tea set fabric coaster? I made the coaster that size because I didn't feel like measuring fabric small enough to hold a mug. I like it because all the material came from my scrap heap. Last year, my husband spotted my heap, expressed a mixture of surprise and dismay, and extracted a promise that I would not buy any more material  until I used up a great deal of my stash. The promise held until I couldn't find any cloth in my pile that would compliment the project I worked on at the time. And, by the way, while I was shopping for the fabric that would act as a binding, I learned what they say is true: if you see fabric that you like, buy it then. One hour after you leave the shop, someone who isn't as budget-minded as you are will like that fabric as much as you do.

Also, the color combination of the coaster reminds me of my "Aunt" Rene. Aunt Rene, who also read the daily horoscope (and may have considered herself something of a generalist in the zodiac thing) was an Aquarius sun -- extroverted and fashion-savvy Maybe Rene didn't give a hoot what others thought of her sense of fashion. A healthy, middle class income gives people a certain "I can afford to wear anything I dang well please" flair. Rene was tall and good-looking -- one of those women who could wear a bat mask and utility belt while driving the Bat mobile on the wrong side of the street at 100 mph, and still be considered nothing less than bewitching.

On my sewing project list? Grab a mixed media pad and experiment with color combinations for quilted projects and dolls that says, "I'm an extrovert!" or "I'm in this frame of mind!"  

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Comment by Sharon Maynard on February 7, 2016 at 5:08pm

Hi Karen! A pin cushion!

Comment by Karen on February 7, 2016 at 6:57am

Well I'd just call it a tray coaster, we are creatives after all!  What are you trying next?

Comment by Sharon Maynard on January 25, 2016 at 4:01pm

Thank you, ladies. I need all the encouragement I can get! 

Comment by Ann Witten on January 25, 2016 at 11:24am
Haha! Love this post! :D
Comment by Susan on January 25, 2016 at 6:58am

I love this post.  I think your quilting is pretty and hope you keep sewing! 

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