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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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I always have a million projects up in the air, but the good thing is that I actually finish them, right? So I don’t feel bad starting a new one. I’ve known lots of people who start things but never finish, then move on to something else. What’s the point of starting in the first place, if there’s no end result? Anyway. Lots of projects up in the air.

I picked up this yarn at Hobby Lobby. I wanted to make a shawl–within certain parameters. 1. Must be warm. 2. The yarn shouldn’t pill. 3. And absolutely not collect static electricity.  So that meant a natural fiber. Hobby Lobby had one in my price range, a cotton mixed with acrylic

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If I would have done the test swatch (I never do the test swatch) I would have realized I should use needles a couple sizes larger than the ones I used. Larger needles would have compensated for the bulk of the yarn (it’s a dk weight) and made the drape of the shawl more fluid. So lesson learned. You’d think I would just keep notes on all my projects, but somehow I think I will remember all these details. Which of course goes right down the memory hole.

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I made an error in just one of my rows, but wow does it show up. Luckily when used as a shawl or scarf, you’ll never see it.

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The overall size will be 60″x18″. I wanted to be able to wrap it around my arms well, instead of wearing a sweater. I pictured this for winter use, so warm and thick.

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I used this free pattern at knitty.com.

So it should be just about finished come next winter. Despite being an easy repeat pattern, it’s still slow going because of it’s size. I really should have used the larger needles.

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I haven’t had a Make Something Pretty Today post in a long time. I just don’t have time to sew anymore. I had the pieces for this bunting all cut out, and then sitting for a while. I wanted to have it displayed for fall, though, so took a Saturday morning to finish it up. These things are ironed 3 times, and for me it’s the ironing I never get around to.

Plus I had to go buy off-white binding for the string. And hey, this time only 12 flags fit on the length of binding–usually 14 fit. So I didn’t expect that, and made 2 extra pennants.

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The colors aren’t exactly traditional for autumn, but I wanted to use the fox fabric. And the orange sort of makes it autumnal, right?

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Altogether, I’m happy with how it turned out!

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I think I’ve blown through my potholder enthusiasm, but at least have finished about 10. Here’s the latest. Isn’t the main fabric pretty? It’s printed in Japan, and if I remember right, by a company named Pretty Poodle. Or else that is the design name, which makes no sense since it’s flowers, but coming from Japan maybe it makes perfect sense?

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I designed the cupcake myself. Cupcakes are such a popular motif right now, I thought a potholder would be good. Not wanting to search online for a pattern, and then wait for shipment, I sketched up what I would have bought if I would have found it. A happy cupcake. I should have used a darker pink for the frosting; using extra-strong colors is always key to these designs.

And you can never go wrong with birds. Always cheerful, and fit in anywhere.

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I found binding material that was just the right color. How lucky did I get?

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MSPT: pretty pot holders

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Here’s what I’ve been making with all the embroidery: potholders. I was going to save these up and put them in my etsy shop closer to Christmas (hopefully I will have made a LOT more shabby chic items by then!), but then I was thinking these would be good as Mother’s Day presents, too.

Did you give your mom pot holders or kitchen towels for Mother’s Day? We did. I think because they were in our price range, but also because Mother was in the kitchen: Buy something she can use where she is! I know, that idea has probably gone by the wayside these days in lieu of other gifts, but if you were like me and gave pot holders as a gift, wouldn’t it be kind of cool to give a sophisticated one now in remembrance of those long ago days?

All of these will be listed in my etsy shop this week, I will list one per day. Each will be $23 including shipping. –Believe me, I am not getting rich off this price! Each one has quilt-shop quality fabric, a layer of mylar pot holder batting, a layer of cotton batting, and has been embroidered by hand by me. Some of them have a quilt binding around the outside edge, also hand sewn. I love to do this, so a lot of love has gone into each one. All are around 11″ square, give or take an inch.

Teapot. $23.

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Coffee pot. $23.

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Cardinal. $23.

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Kitty ironing. $23.

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Love bunnies. $23.

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Bird in a heart. $23.

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Kitty cooking. $23. Good for a glamping trailer!

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If you want me to list any immediately, let me know and I will put it in my etsy shop right away. Are there more to come? Why of course! I’ve got about 8 more centers embroidered, and need to get more mylar batting and rick rack.

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MSPT: fabric baskets

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I tried to make one of these last year before Christmas and it was a complete fail. I think it was because I used cotton quilt batting, and it just had no structure. It flopped, it leaned, it collapsed.

This time I used two layers of acrylic batting, the kind you buy rolled up in a plastic bag.

Success! I made this….

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And this. . . .

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Both are from the same fabric, Birds and Blooms by Mitzi Powers for Benartex. The inside fabric is from Walmart, I saw the hot green with the cherry blossom design and thought, “Hey, I don’t have any hot green in my stash, and that is so pretty!” And look how quickly I used it.

I switched how I made the bottom, not sure which would be prettier. Showing off the inside fabric. . . .

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Or using the self fabric? I think they both look awesome.

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If you make these, my opinion is that they somehow turn out larger than you would expect. It may be because they slope open, or maybe I’m just not good at imagining three dimensions?

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I would love to keep these, but Happy Birthday, Mom!

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MSPT: little bird

It was 9 degrees when I woke up!

Are you getting things done today? Made anything pretty today?

Me too!

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