My seam ripper and I were really tight this weekend.

I attempted two firsts this weekend.  In between trying to assemble some scrappy quilt backs, I decided to try to tackle my first project for my Make Mine Modern partner, a selvage pincushion totally inspired by Live a Colorful Life.  I decided it needed some piping to make the selvages pop a little, so I hiked over to Jo-Ann's and bought a nice assortment of colors, then proceeded to visit Sew 4 Home, one of my favorite tutorial sites.  Their piping tute seemed pretty good.  I read it and re-read it, then I felt pretty good about how to do it, so I tried.  It was bad.

So out came my seam ripper.


I tried again, using the same method, and again, had to get out my seam ripper.  Again.  And again.  And again.  I think I ripped the piping out at least five or six times.  I also got out lots of obscenities and my husband came to check on me to make sure I didn't hurt myself or something.


I went back to Google, and found a tute at Clever Nesting that got me over the hump and got to me forgive piping, which I swore off in this process with a slew of four-letter words.  I finished off the first pincushion, filled it up with some rice, and shoved some pins in it.  I wasn't sure I was in love with how it turned out, so I decided to churn out one more, see if it was any easier, if it turned out any nicer.


Piping the second one was infinitely easier.  Miles easier.  I only had to get the seam ripper out once.


I'm really looking forward to the next project I have planned for my swap partner, but I'm not going to get started on it for a few days - I see some actual quilting in my future now that I've finished off some quilt backs.

I'm linking up with {Sew} Modern Monday over at Canoe Ridge Creations, check it out to see what other goodies everyone's making!

{Sew} Modern Monday at Canoe Ridge Creations

I'm also linking up with Fabric Tuesday this week over at QuiltStory.  I can't see what Heather and Megan are up to, they have gorgeous taste in fabrics!



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