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February is almost over and I am waaayy behind on my yearly sewing. This is it so far.

This covered journal is to be my “house diary.” Where I put the paint chips from the hardware store and make notes of where the paint was purchased, and when the walls were painted. Or makes notes about which plumber I called when, for what–so I don’t call that company with the name almost identical to the other company, but one charges three-times as much as the other. I don’t want to call the wrong one by mistake again!

I used my Tilda fabric. These are from the “Cottage Rose” and “Harvest” collections.

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I used one of the sketch books with really big spiral binding, so when I add my photos and paint cards the pages won’t become too over-stuffed.

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A pretty vintage button and a hair tie keeps the whole thing closed.

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I think this is a great idea to keep all the changes made on the house easy to refer to–and then when you move, then next people can keep it and know when you did what. And if they need to buy just a little touch-up paint, they know exactly what to buy.

 

And then remember I was making a tulip wall hanging from my Tilda fabric? It’s still not finished. But I used my tester pattern as this mug rug. It was too pretty to just discard.

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You can see from the way the whole pattern seems to start sliding off to the left, that I really need to buy a walking foot for my sewing machine. The tension from the feed dogs is greater than the foot up top, so the top fabric starts being pushed. It becomes worse with the more lines of quilting made. I read a blogger who said, “Don’t flip the fabric and stitch back in the opposite the direction, as this will create waves,” but that might work when you have a walking foot, but if you DON’T, then the above is what happens. So I started flipping the sewing direction on each row, which is why the top of the tulip is more successful than the bottom half.

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If you like the Tilda fabric, you can buy it in the US at http://www.intrepidthread.com.

I’m excited for spring, so my mug rug can double as a doily. Can’t wait for all the flowers!

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The below photos are of the curtains I made. They don’t photograph well because of the light, but here’s a couple snaps to show the fabric. It’s “Poetry” by Moda.

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I gave the pieced area an extra layer of white fabric on the reverse side, to help make them less see-through.

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So that’s my slow sewing for this year. I hope you are being more productive than me!

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projects finished in 2017

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sewing: lunch bags

With Christmas coming up, I decided to not be last-minute and so whipped up some pretty lunch bags. These did not come together as quickly as I intended. Somehow I think I can get sewing done in the morning before I go to work, but I never do. Sitting with coffee and reading the internet seems about all the energy I can muster–which is odd, since I get a full night’s sleep. A few days, though, the thought of working with pretty fabrics was enough motivation, and I got a lot of work done.

So pretty, right?

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I’m a fan of the draw-string top. Your lunch is entirely safe.

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Above is Tilda fabric, and Lecien.

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I finally found a use for the silverware fabric! Remember I found it a couple years ago for $3 a yard? It’s not a bargain if you never use it, so I’m glad I know what to do with it now.

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If you want to sew your own, it’s a free pattern found here:  http://ayumills.blogspot.com/2010/08/tutorial-lunch-bag.html

 

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I have been in love with Tilda fabrics for several years, and so disappointed it’s not for sale in the U.S. So my lovely sister in Japan bought this charm pack for me, and even though I’m afraid to use it (because what if my project doesn’t work?), I’m going to jump in and just do it.

I doodled up a pattern.

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I’m going to use the shorter version of the tulip. I wanted a pattern that doesn’t cut down the charm squares very much, so much of the fabric pattern is left whole.

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And now I find out Tilda fabric is making its way into the U.S. market! So I ordered a yard in two colors. I’m hoping the “ginger” color will match the orange above. I’ll know for sure in a couple days.

I can’t wait to get sewing!

Tilda fabrics found here:  http://www.intrepidthread.com

and here: https://www.shabbyfabrics.com/Tilda

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I am happy with craftsy.com, I can pick out a knitting pattern AND find the right yarn to use and know I’m not buying too much or too little yarn for the project. Because I always buy too much, just in case, and I hate that.

This pattern is called Over the Sea to Sky, and it is a quick knit–like two weeks of evenings, or so. Easy, repetitive stitches, so it’s hard to make mistakes. And I love the yarn–Cloudborn pima cotton. The hand feel is just right, creating a loose and soft shawl.

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Yes, the point is off-balance, so you have an extra long tail to wrap around one more time. I think this color is called “Pearl.”

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I would make another of these, but in a brighter color.

Pattern and yarn found here: https://www.craftsy.com/knitting/kits/over-the-sea-to-skye-lace-shawl-knitting-kit/60879

 

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Daughter won a Grand Champion ribbon at the fair for her tea towel embroidery.  She spent 3 days working on it, in a last-minute dash to have something to put in the fair.

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Yay, she really really really wanted to win a ribbon.  🙂

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I’ve been doing a little sewing in the background, because it’s hard not to think about making pretty things–and then make those things happen.

I bought several charm packs of Moda’s Poetry fabric, and made some zakka style curtains for the living room. They sadly don’t photograph well because of all the light behind them, but they came out perfectly and I love them. And then I found myself with an extra charm pack of squares, so I set to work on using them up.

First I made this zakka bunny tote. It’s huge!3

I didn’t use those brick color squares in my living room curtains, because the color was too strong for that use. So they got used up in this tote!

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I embroidered the bunny by hand, and then did some light quilting so the batting stays in place.

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These are actually the fabric patterns in colors that I didn’t like so much. But aren’t they still pretty?

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In case you haven’t checked my etsy shop lately, I will mention this tote is available for sale there. I make too many totes to keep for myself!

This next tote is also using my remaining Poetry fabrics. These were more my first-choice color/patterns, and it’s always a little sob in the heart to use them up. But there’s no purpose if they’re gathering dust on a shelf, right?

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I gave this tote to a writer friend, and included the covered notebook. So she can carry around her notebook and write down all those momentary thoughts before they get away.

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I thrifted the embroidered doily a long time ago, and hurray, it has finally found its purpose! I thrifted that pretty ribbon, too.

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My sister (you can visit her blog, and her etsy shop–she lives in Japan!) gave me the watermelon fabric, and I knew it would end up in an apron.

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That green and pink is pretty vibrant, so finding the right accent fabric could have been a challenge. But you know what? My sister had already given me the rose fabric (Lecien brand, Flower/Sugar pattern from maybe 2015).

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I’m not much of a ruffle person and find making the gathers tedious because I hate pinning, and the thread always breaks, and on and on. But didn’t they turn out lovely? I probably only pricked myself with a pin twice, too.

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Another thrifted doily, just sewed straight on to make a pocket. When the top edge folds naturally over, it makes its own decoration and edge. How perfect is that?

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And lastly, all the apricots on the apricot tree. I swear this tree is only four years old, but it’s about 30 feet tall now. Maybe 20. But MUCH larger than I ever expected. The variety is, if I remember right (and I am pretty sure I do) called Chinese Mormon Apricot.

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Even better? The apricots are not all buggy!

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The branches are so loaded with fruit they are touching the ground.

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And that’s my summer so far. How is yours going?

 

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