Whew! The holidays took a toll on my blogging attempts! Not too much time for crafting and even less to write about it. Now that the kids are back to school and the Christmas decorations are getting packed away, maybe I’ll get serious. I suppose I’ll get down to business just in time to get ready to move this summer. I am pretty excited about it. I’m dreaming of a house where I don’t sew on an unheated glassed in back porch in 15 degree weather! A finished basement never seemed so glamorous to me before!
I have made a few things (and actually remembered to photograph them, albeit poorly). A few weeks before Christmas my good friend Gill had her second baby boy, a sweetie named Alex. I managed to finish quilting and bind the Pixelated quilt that had been sitting waiting to be finished for months just in the nick of time.
I also finished the December blocks for the Believe Circle of do. Good Stitches just in time to mail them on New Year’s Eve (hmm…do ya think I have a problem with deadlines??):
January’s blocks should be in progress, but they involve some serious paper piecing, which I haven’t done in awhile, and I need to get some orchid/magentaish fabric. And I thought my stash was big enough :).
I also worked on this little friend to tuck into a Welcome to the World package for my newest niece, Lucy, who arrived on New Year’s Eve:
She’s from a pattern you can purchase here. Of course, my youngest who is 8, also had to have one, so I let Peanut pick the colors for her own and then knit as fast as I could so she’d stop hovering over my shoulder. I can’t seem to find the picture, but when I do I’ll add it.
I haven’t had the time to dive into the big sewing projects I need/want to finish. I have a couple of quilt tops that have been sitting for months waiting to be quilted and several more that are nearly done. I feel stuck for a couple of reasons: 1) It’s COLD on that back porch! 2) I need floor space to sandwich and pin these and that is something this house really doesn’t have. I have to rearrange furniture and roll up rugs in order to have enough space. (For some reason, that annoys Handsome…) 3) The sewing table that Handsome has been working on for me at the wood shop for the last 2+ years isn’t finished and it’s hard to support a quilt while sewing on a round table. The good news is that the Hubs stopped into the wood shop the other day and made a deal to pay the director to finish it! Shhhh….we’ll never tell – as long as we finally get the darned thing! Keep your fingers crossed!
So all those unfinished WIPs made me feel a little down, so I decided to finish something – anything – just to get out of the funk. A while back I decided to test my hand at some “as you go” quilting in the hope of one day working up to making an Amy Butler Weekender bag like this one by Elizabeth Hartman. I loved how she used quilting instead of needing tons of heavy interfacing and still ended up with a firmly structured bag. So, with that aesthetic in mind I decided to start small with a little zippy bag which I finally finished up this week.
This method uses a ton of thread, and of course I ended up with my little fussy cut motifs upside down, but at least I made a start on the Weekender and a finish on something. I just love that pull tab with “Sweet” on it. Yes, I know, I’m a dork.