>> Friday, March 27, 2009
I'd been planning on doing a giveaway for my 150th post. When I started this blog last summer, it was simply a way to streamline showing friends and family the things I made. It still does that, but it's become a lot more -- a way of meeting people, a document of in-process projects, an online journal, and forth. All of which are good things. Somehow post #150 came and went without my deciding what I would give away. Hard to have a giveaway without that.
Not such a big deal, that first imperfection.
Then came the trial of my sewing machine, which decided to aggravate me thing week. In the midst of making some giveaway gifts, it started acting all funny. Huge loops kept appearing on the bottom of the fabric, usually a sign of loose tension. I tightened the tension, to no avail. And then I kept finding that the bobbin was being uncooperative. It doesn't stay threaded. And for the life of me, I can't figure out why. I've cleaned out all the lint, oiled the machine, rethreaded the machine, wound a new bobbin, and no luck. [Any suggestions or thoughts would be most appreciated. It's a fairly cheap Brother machine I got for free, so it's not the best thing out there, but it's worked for me thus far.]
So in the midst of belt-making, I almost called this off. I somehow mismeasured and they are shorter than intended. My sewing machine made the stitching process annoying to say the least. How could I distribute pretty imperfect belts? And then I realized that few handmade items are truly perfect, and these belts are still pretty nice, and I would still wear them, and it's better to use them than to throw them away.
So in that spirit, I offer 2 belts and 2 (possibly imperfect) fat quarters.
Belt 1 (~38 inches): Belt 2 (~39.5 inches):
Fat quarters will be this material:
The fine print:
1. Leave a comment on this post to enter. I will select 2 random winners on Tuesday night.
2. Each winner will receive 1 belt and 1 fat quarter.
3. If you don't want either the belt or the fat quarter, I will draw a new winner for either item.