I always like to make something homemade for some of the February birthdays in our family, so my first project of the bucket list is a table topper using a large 60 degree ruler. I've had the ruler and the pattern for some time, but never got around to trying them out. I loved both and will be using them again. Cutting with a triangle ruler may not be much of a challenge but getting the whole idea of creating the layers and then using the ruler was new to me!
I love it when new patterns work out so easily and lend themselves to being used again and again. Unfortunately, it does not always work out that way and then I feel like I wasted time and materials. Yesterday I tried a new purse pattern (messenger bag style) that I was sure I would love. The pattern called for all the outside pieces to be bound to an iron-on interfacing before sewing. I misjudged the weight, thinking I was supposed to use some of that newer stiff interfacing made for purses and bags. I should have listened to my inner voice that said that the stuff I had bought was too stiff and would be hard to work with. I had a very hard time sewing the project, especially at corners. I broke several needles, kept hopping from one machine to another, and ended up doing some of the sewing on my 1922 hand crank Singer machine. It seemed to be able to handle the thickness, but even on that machine I broke two needles. I almost gave up but ended up finishing it and figured it will make a fun bag for the girls to use when they play store. I doubt I will use it as a purse because it feels so stiff. I may make the pattern again but with lighter interfacing or I may try to adjust the pattern so I can use batting. I like the shape of the purse, but now that I see it finished, I see that I would need to make adjustments in depth to accommodate all my stuff. Hope my next project goes better!