Well, here it is. My Q1 Finish-a-long contribution.
Yes, it’s a coaster. Math makes me shut down, so I wanted to experiment with how to make a nice sized coaster without doing any real measuring. This is from a mini charm pack of Zen Chic Figures and I made a disappearing nine patch. I learned this block from Cluck Cluck Sew’s tutorial. It finishes at 5×5 by some miracle. I put the shiny batting in between, so it is somewhat thermal.
I took a good bash at my Rainbow Coin Quilt, I really did, but between a sore back and two small children, I did not have the strength after 8PM to be crawling around the floor basting a quilt. I was also a bit frustrated by the raggedyness of the bottom. I did hack a ton of it off, and with it many of the coins. Not sure how it all went so wrong. rainbow coin quilt
My daughter’s Hallowe’en dress lent itself well to a crafty bite. Because it is so small, I found it easy to do a little bit after dinner most nights. I usually broke it down into similarly flavoured pieces. One evening I would cut, or sew, another I would press. Some nights I did nothing, but it was ok-I could strategize for the next bite.
The pattern was McCalls 4351. This is what it should look like.
Aw. Isn’t that one angelic looking little baby? All pink with a little bow?
Here’s my girl, the Demon Horde.
I also made a little bag for trick or treating. Pretty sure I got this pattern from bhg.com but I can’t find it right now. I made the straps too long somehow.
ETA: This is a pattern from All People Quilt. You may have to sign up for this one.
This post is long, long overdue. The little bean in this photo is just over a year old. She has since worn this dress on the subsequent Hallowe’en and this year my big preschooler was a kitty. Her then 3 month old sister was Supergirl. Next year, the dress will make a comeback. And it glows in the dark.
The crafty bites have been more like crumbs the last year….
Remember that fat quarter club I joined? Well here’s what this Amy Butler fabric inspired me to do.That’s right. I made this tote bag, courtesy of Happy Zombie. I received and used three fat quarters within two weeks. This is unprecedented.
I can also say that I am not the worst top-stitcher in the world.
A few changes:
I made only one pocket.
I sewed the straps on a little closer because I wasn’t sure if I would catch the sides of the pocket otherwise.
I reinforced the strap by backstitiching before going down the other side.
It turned out the perfect size for magazines. Luckily, the recipient is a great fan of travelling with magazines.
After we moved in here and I used the dryer a few times, I decided that it didn’t dry great and maybe needed a duct cleaning. So I called the man whose sticker on the was on the front. Easy. I was at work when he came, but the message relayed to me by Hubbo was that the dryer was fine and dandy. I was just putting in too much stuff. Too much stuff. Because I had only just taken a class in how to do laundry and was working on my practicum.
I started hanging all the laundry on a rack out of spite. That’s right, spite, of a man I’d never met.
It wasn’t really much of a change. I already had a rack going because many of my shirts don’t go in the dryer. The only things I didn’t hang were diapers, towels, and bedding. Until summer came along. The Loftorium is like an oven come 5PM so that most things will dry within 24 hours. Not so much in the rainy winter.
Anyway, I got $75 out of the deal.
The power company will give you $75 if you save 10% over a year. I signed up last July and a few weeks ago they cut me a cheque because I saved 21%! It was mistakenly addressed to Man.