I'm scared of my sewing machine but I really, really, really want to sew. Today I saw a part work (I know) in the newsagents called 'Quilting Made Easy'. I thought it was the answer to my prayers. I love part works, I really do, and love getting the bits and sorting them out. Part works call to me. They are notoriously bad value for money, but I asked the nice lady at the Newsagent to save for me.
I thought I would get stuck in straight away. It comes with fabric, but I thought it would be a good idea to try with the bits of material I had in so I could practice. I am not confident that I can cut accurately, sew accurately or press accurately. The magazine is based by you making a quilt from the bits you get and they all sew together at the end. This means that they all need to be the same size at the end. This means I need to get it right which means I have to practice.
The first thing to do was to cut out the templates and stick them to thin card. I managed to fail. It all looks very odd, the glue seems to have stretched the paper and it isn't good. I don't think I can rescue them. I wondered if they were a standard size so I could get plastic ones on eBay. They are not a standard size. I am going to have to spend another 99p to get another copy of the dratted thing to get the templates. I am not confident I could measure accurately without them.
I may have a go tomorrow with some material I already have and see how the measuring comes out. I am also concerned as the seam allowance is tiny and I am not sure if it is okay. But I really, really, really want to get started soon.
I guess I am starting 2016 in the same way as I ended 2015.