pouches and bags, Ta Da Done

some finishes related to goats

Hi – I have some fun finishes to share.  I have been so busy sewing sewing sewing sewing that I forget to share here.  I want this to be a fairly comprehensive journal of my creative goings-on – so will be getting caught up.  You might want to turn off e-mail post notifications.  🙂

One of the first things I finished in February was this “Protect your goat” tote.  Made for a co-worker who loved this phrase from a podcast she listened to.  And I love the sentiment and it was fun to use my Cricut maker and my tote making skills.  I made the little coin purse that goes in it as well.  So proud of that.

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I also made a goat-themed tote for a friend for Galentine’s day.  This one I upped the challenge by making the tote lined and making a more complicated little coin purse that was lined and had an outer pocket and snaps and a zipper.  Whew!!

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I love making totes.  Want to make one for myself, but am stuck.  So much harder to make something for yourself – the decisions seem overwhelming, not fun.

 

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Project Linus, scrappy, Ta Da Done

Charity baby quilt breather

I want to get 24 baby quilts donated to Project Linus this year – to make up for the last couple of years when I didn’t get any made or donated.  I have been having a lot of fun.  I have finished 2 more in February, bringing my total up to 6 for the year.

This first quilt had been lingering as a failed attempt to piece a back.  And so it became a front.  I am very unhappy with the goody quilting that happened when I went in two different directions.  I know better.

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But I am very happy with the back of this quilt.  This Tula Pink camping fabric is so beyond adorable.  So maybe when this quilt gets to its owner the front will be the back.IMG_4598

I am much happier with my next finish.  This quilt was set on point using blue and yellow scrap blocks.  IMG_4618

I love everything about this quilt – the colors, the quilting, the binding the cheerful patchwork of it all.

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I need to make more improv scrap blocks.  The are a lot of work but they are oh-so-pretty.

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I got the quilts done that I needed to until April 1.  I am going to pause and make some headway on my own selfish sewing projects.

In Progress

February Plans

Lots to do in February…

Project Linus quilts… I want to make 4 baby quilts in February to keep on pace to be done with all by mid-year.  I have 3 quilt tops ready to go – just need basting, quilting, binding.  Two of the tops pictured below – both completely pieced from the scrap basket.

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I also want to make 48 more blocks like this one – but machine applique not hand.  I am not read to make 100s of these blocks – hand applique doesn’t interest me enough right now – but I still would like to make something happen out of the blocks I have cut.  That is what is so great about charity baby quilts – you can get something out of your head.

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The rest of my quilting projects list is pretty small this month – two BIG quilts I need to bind.

My embroidery/stitch project list is a bit longer…

I want to finish my abstract circles and Tula Pink flowers project.  I also need to make some little felt Easter eggs if I am going to change out the decor of my Valentine’s day tree.  That is probably the biggest priority in addition to some secret birthday sewing.  Some of my most importantest people have birthdays in February or March.

There are 11 projects I want to get done in addition to making 28 blocks from my scrap basket – aggressive, possibly unrealistic – but I will reduce my backlog from 26 to 16.  That would be amazing!  But I will still allow little detours.  Like this bitty itty little dresden I made as a mini quilt for my studio.

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First finish for February and it wasn’t on the list.

 

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embroidery, Fabric, In Progress, Ta Da Done

January 2018 Creative Journal

January was great – for lots of reasons.  I have been feeling better than ever.  My energy has been night and day from, well, the last three years.  I don’t know what the difference is.  I can’t stop being excited to work and craft.  So weird, but so awesome.

In January 2018, I completed 14 projects!

4 charity baby quilts…

4 smaller projects… a letter-writing kit, a needle book, a Valentine’s tree, some earrings…

4 new pillows for the couch…  Isn’t George the cutest??

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And 2 embroidery projects…

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I reduced my backlog by zilch – I completed 4 WIPs – the tropical plants embroidery and three of the baby quilts – but I started 4 new projects that I didn’t finish…

A scrap baby quilt, an embroidered flower, floral appliqué circles, and some abstract circles…

No regrets!!

I exceeded my goal of making 31 blocks from scraps by 5.

This is the best January I have had in recent memory.  Ready to start planning for February.

 

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Tuesday Two – Issue 1

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  1. Ken Burns collects quilts!!  No, he really does.  Just the coolest article about him and his collection here.  Reading his comments about the history, craftsmanship, and art of quilts had me balling like a baby.
  2. I am falling in love with the work of Paul Klee.  There is a lifetime of inspiration in design, shape, color in his work.
Bettering, Fabric

splurge!

I have felt the joy of growing as a person the last month.  After I got over a wretched bout of flu/strep throat/major fatigue, I felt like a new person.  More energy – especially more creative energy.  I wanted to make and do more.  In addition, I am developing some great new eating habits – more on that later, maybe.

I am anxious to see what gains I can make in February.  I would like to build on new eating habits to exercise consistently.  And I am going to stop shopping for the rest of the year.  I love online shopping – and I hate it.  I have enough jewelry, fabric, shoes, clothes, and art supplies.  Plenty plus a lot more.  Online shopping, like eating, is done to fill avoid that is ultimately just made bigger.  I am not going to become a minimalist – but I am going to stop shopping.  I have a list of exceptions – gifts for other people, and supporting resources for projects – batting, interfacing, embroidery floss  – but no fabric and no shoes and no jewelry and no clothes.  I am looking forward to the mental freedom I will get from not even allowing idle pointing and clicking to enter my life.  But it is also scary.

This article (I happened on from the always awesome Saturday Seven serieson A Quilting Life blog) really convinced me of the joy and impact not shopping could have.  I am preparing myself mentally for the benefit and effort of this new adventure.  I am trying to do some things structurally to make it easier – unsubscribing from all email subscriptions – even Purl Soho!, making all my existing beautiful things accessible as a reminder of the abundance I have.

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BUT, on Saturday I had the joy of spending a really generous gift certificate to Sarah’s fabrics that my coworkers had gotten for me.  It felt great to have the money to spend – but also confirmed that I will be ok not shopping – because one always wants more than one can buy.  I spent most of the money on fabrics to back Project Linus quilts.  But I also spent some on the splurge of this gorgeous wool felt.  Nothing beats the real stuff.  And I am not sure what I will use it for – but it is oddly comforting knowing it is there.  🙂

 

Fabric, Ta Da Done

My favorite gift to give…

I have created two of these letter writing kits – I think it might be my favorite gift to give. The first one I made was for a secret santa exchange at work.

I used the beloved gathered clutch tutorial.  The bag is cute – but it was almost too small for the notecards.  I was just getting to know my cricut, so the cards aren’t perfect.  And I didn’t have time to buy stamps to include.  Still adorable – and a super handy thing to carry in one’s bag to be able to send a quick note.

My next attempt is better.  I increased the height and width of the bag by one inch, included stamps.  And bought some extra to have on hand for additional gifts.  I also need to have some nice-ish pens on hand to include.

In the spirit of using my favorites fabrics, I used some of my most beloved Anna Maria Horner.

I think I may need to make one of these for myself now.