I don't use patterns. Don't recall I ever have. I may have figured out how to do each of the little parts via books and pictures, but I rarely ever follow a pattern. I learned how to knit and crochet around the age of 5 when my mother handed me a book with the basic instructions. And when I started sewing, I just did it. I made mistakes and learned from them. There were a few things I referenced, for example zippers. I didn't know what the different feet were for until I had to sew a zipper. Manuals, YouTube and Pinterest are my friends.
That's why I like custom orders. Preferably custom designs, rather than custom colours of an already made design. Once I've figured out how to do it, it's not quite as fun any more. I wrote in previous blogs about the apron I made for my mom. I just got her to show me a picture of what she wanted and I did it.
And now my sisters both want one of their own for the coming Yule season. Should be fun. :)
I just finished working on a quilted dog kennel mat. It's a great way to use up my scraps while trying to figure out quilt block patterns to fit the 22" square kennel.
It is a learning process. As you can see (or maybe wouldn't have noticed if I weren't pointing it out) the blue triangles' tips are cut off. That is because I made the brown triangles too small and rather than waste all of them by having to cut out bigger ones, I just cut the squares with the blue triangles in them a little smaller. But now I know for the next time I do this pattern what the correct size would be for the brown and cream triangles.
It's the adventure of figuring everything out that's exciting. So bring on the custom orders! I love a challenge.
Check out my treasury, Challenge Yourself, on Etsy
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