Today I had my first run-in with utter sewing frustration. Year after year of projects and I've never quite experienced something like this. I set out to make a "practice" version of my flea market bag before cutting into my precious Wonderland stash. I wanted to be sure I knew what I was doing and that I liked the results.
I'm an organized sewer for the most part. I gathered my materials, sat down, and read through the instructions 3 times before cutting anything. I was pretty sure I didn't understand the steps, but experience has taught me that sometimes things make more sense once you get going.
That was so not the case today. Not even close.
I cut all my required pieces from the fabric and then read the instructions again. Literally as of step 2 I was utterly lost. I took a guess, guessed wrong and spent the next 15 minutes ripping out stitches only to put myself back at step 1.
I was pretty close to doing another reading through tears when a thought came to me. I picked up the phone and dialed the Fat Quarter Shop where the pattern was purchased. Can I even tell you how amazed I am, hours later, at the wonderful service I received!
I was lucky enough to reach Cheryl who told me she has no experience with this particular pattern. She generously grabbed a copy from their stash and read through the steps with me over the phone! After a pass through, even she agreed that it was a very confusing set of instructions. That alone eased my nerves. I just hate feeling crazy!
There's just something about chatting through the process with someone else. Cheryl wasn't able to answer all the questions I had, but she got me far enough that I got going on the bag and was able to figure the rest out as I went along.
And voila' the finished product:
I'm amazed it turned out as well as it did and I am INFINITELY glad I tried this on a practice run.
I think if it weren't for Cheryl, I'd still be sitting at my cutting table likely sobbing over some pretty soggy fabric by now. Thank goodness for kind souls like hers. I've never experienced such wonderful customer service from any organization. You can certainly tell those ladies have a passion for their craft.
Hopefully my next project will go a little more smoothly and I won't need a quilting intervention.