#SewMyStash2015: Harvest June (Fail)

When I started this blog, I promised I’d share the failures in addition to the successes. So here you go. A fail!

Well, in my defense, it’s not really a sewing fail. It’s just an unfinished project. So, a failed timeline. Rarr.

The #SewMyStash2015 challenge proposed by Leasa for June was called “Harvest June” and we were tasked with making something fall-related. I was pretty excited about it because I’m always behind when it comes to sewing for holidays. How exciting would it be to have a fall-related item completely ready-to-go in the fall because I had already completed it in June?

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Proactive crafting!

But, excuses excuses: dealing with all this moving nonsense in the past month or so has really put me behind. I’ve spent a lot of time getting the new house in order (or, attempting to – I still have so much work ahead) and sadly, getting the craft room in order has not been at the top of priority list. Boo.

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But aside from the monotony of moving, June brought about some pretty magical distractions too: my brother got married! So for the first half of the month, I was wrapped up in finalizing everything I needed for the wedding. And then I traveled to Wisconsin for the big moment.

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Magical wedding distractions in the north woods! Also, let’s talk about how much I love that bear ottoman.

Anyway, when the wedding was over and I finally felt like I had gotten my craft room to a functional place (please note that “functional” does not mean “finished,” “completed” or “ultimate dream craft space”) I did put some of the housework aside for a bit and took the time to get back into my sewing. After such a long hiatus, it was incredibly comforting to hear the hum of my beloved machine once again. The past month or so has felt so task-oriented. Taking the time to get back to my “old self” for a few hours was a much needed break.

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My first night back in the sewing biz – with a little help from an episode of The Bachelorette.

For Leasa’s challenge, I decided to tackle a (free) witch paper piecing pattern that I discovered last year (around the time I paper pieced this pumpkin). My favorite, favorite part about this piece is the witch’s green face and striped stockings. They add a burst of color to the otherwise black-and-gray color scheme. I do worry that it’s a little too reminiscent of the Wizard of Oz when I’m shooting for Halloween here. But hey, a witch is a witch, Wizard of Oz or not!

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My goal is to make a Halloween-inspired wall hanging that consists of this witch and some additional quilt-y elements. Unfortunately, the other pieces I am working on to piece with the witch are taking longer than expected. So technically, I did not meet the “Harvest June” deadline because I didn’t finish this project in June. #Fail

But, #SewMyStash2015 challenge aside, let’s think about this scenario logically: I’m about halfway done with a Halloween project IN JULY. So… is this REALLY a failure?  No way!  I’ve never been this far ahead of schedule with any of my holiday craft projects. So I still consider this a win!

July’s challenge is “Holiday in July.” I wish I could participate, but I’m committed to my witch! I’m determined to finish up the Halloween piece before starting something new.

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Maybe I’ll tackle holiday projects… in August. Well let’s be honest, by then I’ll be thinking about Halloween costumes. Sheesh – we just celebrated July 4 yesterday, and I already feel like the fall holidays are rolling in too fast! Eek.

How early do you start fall/winter projects? What are you working on now?

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One thought on “#SewMyStash2015: Harvest June (Fail)

  1. Pingback: #SewMyStash 2015 – Year End Recap | Sew Lindsay, Sew!

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