Sunday, February 23, 2014

Tiny Zippered Pouches (Lots of 'em)

Sooo I saw this tutorial for a very cute keyring pouch before Christmas.  Could I do it I asked myself? Could I handle those small pieces with my fat fingers? They sure would make a great Christmas present. Mmmmmm.  What to do, what to do.

Sooo I bought the hardware and zippers (thank you Monkey Makes Three for letting us know where you bought your gear from) and convinced myself to make just one.  Well I survived making one and couldn't get over how cute it was.  My poor family SUFFERED until I calmed down from feeling so clever. So why not make 20 more!

The tutorial is excellent with great step-by-step instructions (photos for each step).  The only problem I had was boxing the corners but that was what I call a "user problem" (i.e. me not getting "it").  But once I conquered one there was no stopping me.  All the recipients genuinely seemed thrilled with receiving one. Now that was a very nice feeling along with using fabrics from my stash.

Have a great week!

Monday, February 17, 2014

February 2014

So here we are in February. What is everyone up to? My son is back at school and therefore all that comes with that.  I do enjoy routine but I love the school holidays where we don't have to be somewhere at a certain time and of course love having no homework.  I have been trying to make a more concerted effort to carve out time for my sewing.  So far so good.  I hope I haven't jinxed myself now.  My work is so busy and even though I only work 3 days a week I sometimes have to bring work home.  There is always so much reading! Open plan offices are not conducive to reading.  Lucky for me my train commute home allows me to do some of the reading.

This past weekend I sewed up my February Sugar Block Club block.  I just love Amy's instructions. They are top notch.  I love how she provides a photo of all the components that need to be cut.  It suits my brain perfectly.  Guess by now you can tell I am enjoying this block of the month program.

In January I was reading Randi's newsletter for her fabric store Fresh Squeezed Fabrics.  Randi had put together some glorious bundles of solids. They surely made my heart sing.  At the time of purchasing I didn't have a specific plan.  However a short time later I needed to make 2 cot quilts.  I will reveal the first one I made another time (its off at the quilters and I forgot to take a photo before I sent it off).  For the second quilt I used a doll quilt pattern from the "Pretty in Patchwork Doll Quilts" by Cathy Gaubert.  It is a great pattern.  The star points are improv pieced and the pattern really made me comfortable giving it a go.  It came together beautifully. I made 4 of the blocks and then sashed it all up.  Gotta laugh at that because that is the bit I stuffed up! You are probably thinking how on earth did she stuff that up? That bit is easier than the blocks.  No idea.  I even checked beforehand that I was sewing the sashing onto the right piece! The brain must have been needing food or something .

All in all I have felt very creative this February. I hope you are all getting some creative time too because it sure does make you feel good.