Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Final Count(down)

Handmade gifts are all completed and wrapped. I managed to delete the one picture of my knitted gift off my phone before uploading it (but I did post the picture to my Ravelry project page) - I'll get a snap when EJ opens and models it for me.

In other projects, one Quilted Wool Vest for Pawpaw, two pieced dishcloths, one dishcloth with a crocheted edge, and two potholders.

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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Two Weekends Out

EJ is out delivering cookie plates today (aka "groovyclaus")
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I'm continuing to bust out sewn gifts. Planning for two (technically three) finished projects today.
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Sunday, December 6, 2015

Three Weekends Out

I turned this
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into a finished project. And part of a second project.

There is a bit of small-scale quilting in my future this week.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Giftmas Is Coming

I've been busily handmaking and cleaning since my last update (in August...)

Now, the time for Giftmas crafting is upon us! I can safely post HERE, because none of my family checks this space. Last year I was able to post on Instagram, because my SIL was my only family member friend. However in January EJ finally upgraded to a smart phone and promptly joined/downloaded all the apps I use, including Instagram :( He's still not sure how to use it LOL but I don't want to risk him seeing his gifts early.

This year I'll be sewing quite a few gifts (but no quilts). I've also knit one item, and will have to link to my Ravelry project page because I managed to delete the pic from my phone before I uploaded it to flickr.

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Some fabric shopping in preparation of assembly-line sweatshop gift sewing...

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Brief Update

I have discovered and connected with (mostly) family on other social media outlets, which is why this space has been so quiet. (also my life is fairly boring still)

I have plans to update with completed projects (there are quite a few!) but chances are I will really update when I have giftmas stuff to post about...since I don't want the recipients to see them prematurely on FB/Instagram/wherever.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Last Weekend

Last weekend (well, Thursday - Saturday night) I 'worked' the Glendale Quilt Show (in Pasadena).

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Lots of loading, setting up, fluffing fabric, craft-chatting, shopping, coffee drinking, boxing up, carrying, unloading, tetris-ing the load for travel. Very little sleeping (but it was fun and worth it!)

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I topped the weekend off with a late-night Pi Day dinner with EJ.

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Saturday, March 7, 2015

Sew Your Stash Challenge - DONE!

I'm participating in a stash-using challenge I found on Instagram (separate post to come, long needed since it started in January LOL); I've participated in both challenges so far, and for this one we are to link up on the organizer's blog, hence this post :)

For February/March, we had one month to complete a project out of any type of precut fabrics. I didn't think I had anything, then dug a bag project MIL had given to me about two years ago (stupidly, this week I was going through my underbed storage and found an entire QUILT's worth of precuts-and-pattern that I had forgotten about. Again, it was a gift, but I could have knocked that bad boy out of my stash had I remembered it!)

I made the "Santa Barbara" bag, designed by A Quilter's Dream; I'm pretty sure MIL picked up the pattern and "Dream Pack" of fat quarters (their term, not mine!) at some quilt show somewhere.

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I will say the pattern was pretty straight-forward. It would have gone a little easier if I had paid attention to the directions regarding the strips for the front - I assumed they were both the same width, but the background fabric was to be cut 1/4 inch larger. I realized this after I had cut everything out, and of course I didn't want to use the FQs I'd planned for the the lining to be the background (not enough contrast) and of course I couldn't stash dive (assuming I would be working outside the precut part and thus disqualify myself from winning some lovely prize).

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It was helpful that there were illustrations - much much easier for me to figure out how everything fit together rather than just reading directions (step by step words are included in the pattern as well). I think that's partly a function of my learning style, and partly that sometimes people aren't the most clear or best technical writers.



So my bag is about 2 inches smaller than it 'should' be, but is plenty roomy for my everyday carrying needs (not pictured: my knitting bag fits in the top with no problem; and my fullsized Moleskine also fits in :) ) I also made the straps longer so I can carry it over my shoulder - I'm not a handbag gal.

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And its definitely been put to use since I finished it two weekends ago - so glad that I got this stash project busted!