That blue blob you see in the photo above would be what is called a complete and total design flop. Not a "can be fixed with some tweaking" design, but a complete and total "hit the trash and start over" kind of failure.
My first? Hardly. My last? Highly doubt that.
Often times a design will look fantastic in my mind and even equally fantastic as a one-dimensional line drawing, but turning that into a three-dimensional fabric item has it's risk.
A smart and cautious designer will usually make their first attempt out of muslin -- and I have yards and yards and yards of the stuff that someone gave me. But sometimes one (me) becomes overly confident (I believe the word is cocky) and goes straight for the good stuff so sure they are that this design is going to be *the one*.
And in my case the good stuff went for approximately $9.00 a yard. And also I happened to like that particular fabric which is now useless.
Next step . . . .well, quite frankly, it was turn off the machine and WALK AWAY from the whole mess.
After I recovered from my humbling experience I started over . . . . .
This past week was Spring Break! The weather was beautiful and I had a whole uninterrupted week to play with this:
My sweet Hubby decided that I *needed* this. Probably to help ease the pain of that big ugly birthday coming up this week!
While I don't know that I necessarily *needed* it, it sure is a wonderful luxury and I love, love, love it!
Of the zillion things that it does, one of my favorites is the differential feed, which is similar to the Pfaff (I think it's a Pfaff). Engaging the differential feed lever while using the 1/4" piecing foot creates perfect pieced blocks. Many of the bags that I make use so many layers of fabrics, batting and interfacing and the differential feed capability keeps things lined up perfectly.
Wonder if the family will mind if I sew right through the cooking of Easter dinner tomorrow. Just kidding . . .. . . .sorta.