Sometimes I like a bit of what I call “unskilled sewing.” At least it looks unskilled when I do it.
Right now I can’t imagine getting involved in a detailed project as I am constantly interrupted by the baby. But I want to sew.
Rooting through my stuff I found this basket of scraps from my practice muslins. Often I make random household stuff out of this material and after seeing the dog shivering in her bin once winter set in, I decided to do some dog blankets.
Now let me tell you – my dog chews. A bad habit. But in this instance very freeing for me.
Combining some of Eleanor Burns’ Log Cabin quilt technique with the “Quilt as You Go” method and adding in some Paper Piecing ideas I came up with these truly crazy ugly dog blankets.
Totally freeform sewing. Whatever fabric piece I reach for first is the one I use. Not bothering to match thread, I use up my spare bobbins and leftover thread spools. If I get the seam right, wonderful, if not, so be it. If the batting is a parallelogram rather than a rectangle, I don’t bother squaring the angles.
The goal – nothing wasted. The attitude – who cares what it looks like. The caveat – the dog may chew it anyway.
Hakuna Matata sewing – no worries. It has been a lot of fun. Stuff that was once only clutter around my house has been brought into use. The blankets are admittedly ugly, but the dog has already begun her chewing.