Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Failure leads to success, over and over again
I got all the zippers put in, joining the doubled front top piece and the doubled front bottom piece. I had previously cut out all the pieces so I matched up two back pieces with a piece of batting, left over from Sweet time.
I have made these little bags bunches of times but this time was different, the front was way smaller than the back. What? How can I make such a dumb, easy mistake?
If I cut the backs to match the fronts, they were too small to put the cards I had made inside. If I sewed the top and bottom seams and rolled the seam up to create a bigger bag than the front, the seam didn't look right. Then I thought I could add some piping in that seam. Took out the stitching, added the piping and....hated it. Ripped it out again. How about rick rack? I have seen it lately in Quilt stores; it is back in. At one time, I think I had the largest rick rack collection in the USA. No, I am not bragging, I really did! In 1982 we visited the Wright trim factory out East and I went to their factory outlet store, a true one. This is back before smart phones and malls of fake factory outlet stores. They had a bin of rick rack rolls that didn't have enough left on them to create a new package. I bought nearly everything and I used a lot in the early 80's. Did I have any left? Why yes, I did, in various widths and colors. I created a new prototype and it looked good. I am now even more of a sewing hoarder then I was before, rick rack from the 80's to the rescue! I got five done, five more to go. (They will go faster as I won't have to create a prototype once, let alone three times, not to mention the one time I put the rick rack on the inside.) Fun!
I also changed the top of the tree, that angel was bothering me. I got a gold star. Tree toppers don't seem to be that popular, I had to go to three stores and even then, I wasn't head over heels about this one.
Now I want to knit, I have finished 4 dish rags so far, have started a 5th, and I am starting on a 4th scarf I could give, or keep!
I also want to quilt Sweet dreams, do my Christmas newsletter and my Christmas cards! Too many fun things I want to work on. I just hope I don't have to have failures before success like I did on the bags. What I like is that even though things were not right, there was a way to make them right. I love that about sewing, it's not like burning the chicken, you can still save it!
But how about if next time instead of failure leading to success, I just have success and then more success?
I know, I am crazy! Good luck with your holiday successes!