I juuuuusssssst finished a second project this weekend. Like, just now, clipped the final strap on and turned off the machine 2 minutes ago. I haven’t even taken the time to stretch out my back from the intense sewing so I’m writing this like I live in a bell tower in a French Gothic novel.
Anywho, a billion and one finishes later, I’ve made another bunch of postcards this week and finished the Sew Sturdy Travel Organizer Hanging Cosmetic Bag from Annie Unrein on Craftsy. As with most bag classes, the tricky part is watching out for the bulk in seams, and it’s not too bad. I’ll have more coherent thoughts on the class when I post pictures of my finished bag tomorrow or so, but suffice to say, I didn’t die while making it.
Ah, yes, writing reviews while bleary-eyed and hunchbacked. “This project didn’t kill me so I guess it’s pretty good. Two soulless-eyes-staring-into-the-void up!”
I did manage to slice my fingertip open yesterday while making more postcards, thanks to Nina walking in front of me while I was at the machine. It should heal quickly but, still, ouch. Here’s a sample of what I finished this weekend; I think I’m done with postcards since I’m out of batting scraps (more on that later) and the will to carry on with these things.
The metallic letters I’ve had for TEN YEARS; I originally got them to embellish a single scrap book page for my in-laws when my now-10 year old was a baby, and I’m happy to finally find another use for them. They are held in place either by ribbon (which I took off a present my cousin mailed me this week – technically she didn’t tell me to wait until Christmas to open it!), or tulle. The Yoda one is awesome just because.
I also pieced together a bunch of Frankenbatting since the batting drawer was getting a bit crazy. I also want to make some soup bowl caddy things since we’ve been eating a lot more stew since the weather got colder, so that’s next up, I think.
- Used this Week: 3.25 yards
- 0.5 yd for postcards
- 2.75 yd for Hanging Cosmetic Organizer
- Used year to Date: 321 yards
- Added this Week: 0 yards
- Net Used for 2014: 199 yards (soooooo close!)
- YTD Used for Charity: 116 yards (36% of total used)
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But first! A short list of things it’s hard to do while a cat is curled inside your shirt, sucking up all your body heat because the Polar Vortex is a stinker:
- Write blog posts.
- Drink coffee.
- Live one’s life.
So, cat’s-in-shirt-aside, I’ve been tackling some small projects. Here are my latest Elvis postcards I finished up on Monday. More decorative stitches and some appliqued sayings to liven them up a bit. “Naughty or Nice?” is my favorite one.
I also finished a totebag pattern I was testing, so pics of that will be up soon-ish once the pattern is officially for sale. On top of all that sewing, I also had to replace the zipper in my daughter’s heavy jacket thanks to the cold weather!
This week I also became enamored with small projects, and will be making a Minecraft pencil pouch for a birthday present, more postcards, and some random project I haven’t yet picked for my guild sew-in tomorrow night. I also bought this Craftsy class on Travel Organizers that I’m itching to start, but need to pace myself and pick up the hardware first.
Some nice usage this week as I finished up another 16 postcards, a totebag to test a pattern, the mini quilt for my guild swap, and the lap quilt for my husband’s aunt!
Pictures of some of the postcards here – I’ve got even more Elvis Christmas fabric to use up, so there will be several more of them!
It was also block pickup week for Saturday Sampler, so I got the November blocks for Mum Medallion (only one more!) and the Bonnie & Camille quilt. Both were relatively painless, although I did my own calculations on the center of the Mum Medallion one again.
- Used this Week: 10.25 yards
- 0.5 yd for AMQG mini swap quilt
- 6.5 yd for DH’s aunt’s quilt
- 0.25 for 16 postcards
- 3 yd for totebag
- Used year to Date: 317.75 yards
- Added this Week: 4 yards
- 4 yd of fabric for Mum Medallion finishing kit
- Net Used for 2014: 195.75 yards
- YTD Used for Charity: 115.5 yards (36% of total used)
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I’ve been working on fabric postcards to sell at the Good Mews Holiday Market in December (all proceeds from sale of my items will benefit the shelter), so I thought I’d post a couple of them in progress.
These are all just about ready to attach to the cardstock so they can be mailed.
The first set is from a panel I bought at the AQS Chattanooga show that features some “rescue” messages with pictures of cats. I added bits of ribbon or felt to jazz them up. I’m afraid, however, that the grumpy grey tabby in the lower right is going to stay grumpy despite any amount of ribbon being added.
My next set is based on a panel I got two years ago and used in a tablerunner for my aunt, and these gave me a chance to use some of the fancy stitches on my machine.
I’ve got around 20 or so based on various panels that are ready to be finished up and attached to cardstock, then I’ll take a break and work on a bigger quilt, and then go back to postcards. Any of these that don’t sell at the shelter event will get donated to the East Cobb Quilter’s Guild show next June.