This, ladies and gentlemen, is my last Zakka post. It's a pretty long one too, hope you don't get too bored... I've already written about my own version of the nesting boxes which are week 24's project, but I mentioned I'd also made a box the same as the instructions in the book, so I'm showing you that today. If you want to see the other boxes made for the sew along, the linky post is here, and this week's host can be found here.
Before I go further, I just wanted to say something about my last post. I think I was a bit vague with my comments on my photographs. What I was trying to say is that in general, my photos are a bit crap. I've mentioned a couple of times that I'm trying to improve them and what I was trying to say was that the photos in the last post were a big improvement, except the one of the materials which was appalling.
Here's a progress shot of my two pieces of patchwork, just to prove I really did make two boxes!
I struggled FMQing those flowers, mine are pretty rubbish. I also had no idea what to do with the ends. For my version it was easy, I tied them in pairs and the ends were hidden by the lining. For this version I had to sew each and every one in, and there were loads!
Here's a close up of my appliqué work. I like these leaves and the way they're constructed which makes them 3d.
The box above is my version with the far to big faux lining! Below is my box construction using the instructions in the book. Too much hand sewing for my liking!
Having said that, I much prefer the finish. Look how sturdy it looks... even without the quilted base.
I would have loved to have made a set of 3 nesting boxes as in the project, but I just didn't have time. The hand sewing alone took me two evenings (I don't slow THAT slowly, I just don't have very long evenings!). Thinking about it, I could have made my version smaller or bigger so I would have had a set of 2...
See the inner quilting?
And here they are side by side. Oh, I haven't mentioned the fabrics. I bought them from a little shop in Hay On Wye which we visited for our first wedding anniversary (and our honeymoon, thanks to that damn volcano!).
See how well they stack. Hmmm. And now for a little retrospective of the last 24 weeks. I joined in with 18 of the projects, of those only one was late, the elephant bookmarks. I don't think I've done bad, and I've certainly had my money's worth. Here's a little look back:
Overall, I've really enjoyed this sew along, there have been challenges and new techniques. I'm going to feel a bit lost without the weekly project!