Circa 1934 Chic

One might think that because I’m an English teacher, the more creative subjects in the Three Rs educational scope, I would also be full of artistic expression.  Well, I know what I like and I know what turns my stomach, but I would not declare myself as necessarily a creative person.

My personal taste follows the rule: Less is more.

Every great once in awhile, I am able to draw inspiration when playing the role of creator, but original ideas aren’t always my strong suit when it comes to constructing anything that doesn’t direct a student to visually represent the internal conflict of a Gary Soto or Suzanne Collins novel.

I love to drool over websites like Pinterest and Etsy because I tend to pigeonhole my personal style, and this exposes me to a wider scope that I may not have ventured to on my own.  Other people who are truly visionaries are blessed, and I can only hope they believe that imitation is the truest form of flattery.

My mom is one of those people who can see a million possibilities in an empty pickle jar or scrap of fabric.  She’s designed and fashioned breathtaking quilts, wallhangings, and even clothing.  She’s tried my whole life to turn me into a sewer, and I’ve come along, kicking and screaming.  Every once and awhile, I’ll be focused enough, confident enough to create something myself.

Since Dear Hubby and I will be moving into our new apartment in the next few weeks, I wanted to create something new for our living room, and with the assistance and gentle, guiding hand of my mother, I am well on my way to having something that will adorn our home.

It’s a work in progress, but the above photo gives you the gist of what I’m aiming for.  I love the pattern and color scheme; very writer/English/creative spirit.  I am hoping that it will bring me inspiration during those TANK IS ON EMPTY moments.

In late May, my aunts, mom and I travelled to Amish land in Indiana for a day shopping trip, and I purchased the two Circa 1934 by Cosmo Cricket for Moda fabric charm packets for my wall hanging.

If you’re someone who is new to the sewing world or has major issues putting colors and patterns together, these little 5″X5″ charm packets are perfect!

When it came time to designing the pattern for my wall hanging, my mom handed me a pencil, pad of graph paper, and a BIG eraser because Geometry and balancing equations were never my strong suit.  She helped me sketch out my design and outline the steps necessary to make my vision come to fruition.

I am at the point now where all of my strips, similar to the above photo, are constructed and need the red, 1″ strip attached.  Thank goodness the most complex skills needed to assemble this project is maintaining a straight line and not sewing over your own finger.  I can’t wait to share with you the finished project.