Update: She got the apron! Her picture is much better than mine and you can see it here.
I finally finished the Scrapper’s Apron model B and have sent it off to Melanie. I can’t post too much of it because I really want to know her first impressions when she pulls it out of the box. So here’s just a sneak peak:
Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a very functional person. I love beautiful fabric, but I’m not a big embellisher. This is the first time I’ve ever used pompoms. And it was hard! How do any of you put pompoms on without the tape showing? I found it really difficult, even with a zipper foot. And the instructions on these were “handwash only”. So does that mean anything with pompoms on it can only be handwashed? It doesn’t seem super practical for a craft apron that’ll get dirty.
Several commenters mentioned that orange and blue go well together because they are complimentary colors on the color wheel (meaning they lie across from eachother). Color wheel? I’ve heard of that. Vicki even suggested a book: Color Harmony for Quilts*. And guess what? I have that book! But have I read it? No. So with her encouragement, my book went in the library (aka the bathroom) where I knew it would get read. And guess what? I’m half-way through and guess what else? I’m color-challenged. If it weren’t for quilt-shop fabric collections, I’d be at a loss as to how to pair fabrics. Case-in-point: There is a suggested activity in the book that asks the reader to make a list of every color she can possibly name. At this point I was at the Dr’s office so I decided to make a list, since I had a pen (something I do NOT have in my “library”). And can you guess how long my list is? 16 colors long. After I covered the colors of the rainbow, I moved on catalog colors. You know, the colors that catalogs use to name the colors of their clothes, like lilac and espresso. And at that, the color part of my brain was empty. I just don’t see colors. It’s a mental exercise for me to see different color values and say, how much red is in that brown. So I’m on a mission to explore and learn more about colors. In the mean time, I’m still loving orange and blue. And here’s a patchfolio to prove it.
Oh and one more thing. I have gotten lazy lately about prewashing my fabric. I mean if it’s for something that’s going to get washed, like a skirt or a quilt, I’ll prewash it, but the few fabrics that are strictly designated for a patchfolio, I might not wash. It really saves a lot of time because of all the ironing that needs to be done afterward. Well no longer! All the authors in the aforementioned book had to say was this, “Perhaps the bolt was placed on the floor of the shop the day the exterminator came through spraying insecticide along the baseboards of the factory.” And I am a changed seamstress. I went through and pulled out all the unwashed fabric off my floor (notice I didn’t say “stash” – my fabric is spread out on the floor so I can see it) and threw it in the laundry. Guess what I’ll be doing tonight? That’s right. Ironing. And probably tomorrow night too. I had no idea when I sat down that I was feeling so chatty. And here I thought I had the summer blogging blues. 🙂
*It looks like this book is out of print. I got mine a couple of years ago for $16. Now it’s over $40 for a used one. It looks like this one might be comparable since it’s by one of the authors of the original.