First Makes of 2017

I cannot even believe that I haven’t posted anything I’ve made in 8 months.  Not sure how that happened!  But it’s a new year and of course there are resolutions to be more organized, more creative , take more pictures, etc….  We’ll see how that works out.  Life has a funny way of intruding, doesn’t it?

After lots of last minute holiday crafting and wonderful house guests, I was itching to make something and preferably not something for the Etsy shop for a change.  I took advantage of all the great after Christmas sales at my favorite yarn and fabric places.  The discounts are so good that Santa should just wait until Dec. 26th to start shopping for me.

First I had fun making some new hats from Margeau Chapeau using chunky wool and giant needles.  Its so satisfying to finish a whole knitting project in an evening, but those needles were SO much bigger than my usual knitting! My hands were sore!  The hat above was actually made between Christmas and New Year.  I forgot to photograph the cute one from the cover I sent home with my sister-in-law.  Look at me, already breaking resolutions!

I also ordered a few sewing kits from Craftsy and set to work on the first one last weekend. It’s the True Colors Table Runner designed by Amy Gibson of Stitchery Dickory Dock.  I loved the colors and fabrics included and it was nice to have them all selected for me for a change instead of making a mess auditioning fabrics from my stash.  It also sped up the process considerably!


It’s my first true start-to-finish make of 2017 and I’m hoping it’s the first of many.

Happy New Year!




Think Pink

As I took the table runner we usually use to the laundry room for a wash the other day I was thinking how I really ought to make more runners for a little variety.  The next day inspiration arrived in the mail.  You see, I’ve treated myself to the monthly Kona Solids 1/2 yard club at Canton Village Quilt Works (Shhh…lets not mention it to Handsome).  The price was right and I’ve been wanting to add more solids to my stash but I wasn’t sure about what I would get.  Would these be 6 ugly half yards per month?  All the colors CVQW couldn’t sell otherwise?  Since I could cancel at any time I wanted, I decided to take a chance, and I’m so glad I did!  Look at these pretty colors:


They are perfect for adding a little Valentine spirit to the house and I got started right away.  When I saw this table runner in last winter’s edition of Modern Patchwork I knew it was only a matter of time before I gave in and made one for myself.  Here’s my Valentine’s version:

This was a great pattern to work with and it was an easy Saturday project.

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I wish the lighting and that honey oak table didn’t make it so hard to get a good picture!

It’s sweet and modern and probably too girly for the men in the house, but it’s just right for cheering up a gray February.  Even better, I have lots of fabric leftover from this bundle to add to my stash.  I can’t wait to see what color combination comes in next month’s package!