As I've stated in the past, I am not much of a seamstress. When it comes to these rag quilts, I know enough to get by, but I hold my breath during all the parts that involve actual contact with the sewing machine. You see, ironing fabric I can do. Cutting fabric? No problem. Laying out a design? It's probably my favorite step. And, pinning? Well, it's tedious but not difficult. It's that menacing sewing machine that intimidates me, as it sits looming in the next room just waiting for my inexperienced self to approach it humbly, begging it to sew smoothly, praying that I'll avoid broken needles and empty bobbins. These are real thoughts that go through my mind, and yet...I suppose I make it all sound just a tad too dramatic.
In any case, one can much more easily tackle such fears when the recipient of one's sewing adventures is none other than a brand new niece. Nieces by their very nature are meant to be pampered and spoiled, of course, and how better to pamper than with a handmade quilt? And so, my sewing machine and I came to a little understanding through this most recent sewing escapade. I will fear it less. It will be as patient with me as is possible. And, together we will make lovely little things for lovely little nieces who deserve no less than fearless creativity.