Shabby Chic Quilt, Part 1

You might have noticed I have a thing for blankets. What can I say, I like to be cozy. This past weekend I whipped up the quickest quilt top I’ve ever made. I used 10″ precuts from Connecting Threads (from their Cottage Chic line that came out a few years back).

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Loving these pinks and blues together!

I just stitched the squares together straight out of the package. This was quick, but I think it would have been better if I trimmed them myself. As they were they weren’t quite square and you can tell if you look closely.

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Looking Backwards and Forward

Well, it’s that time of year again, time for New Year’s Resolutions. But I can’t look forward without first looking back. Last year I put my crafting resolutions in writing right here on my blog and, while I didn’t actually stick to any of them, I think I followed the spirit of most of them.

First, here’s a little update on my 2015 resolutions:

  • I actually did knit only from stash and I can see a noticeable dent
  • I’m not sure that I never had more than four projects at a time, but I was a lot more conscious of how many WIPs I had and took that into account before starting anything new. As a result I don’t have a bunch of half-finished projects lying around
  • I did not spend time with Mabel, my trusty spinning wheel, every month as I would have liked. In fact, I only completed three spinning projects in 2015 – I think this one is my only total failure resolution-wise
  • I vowed to only buy yarn three times, and only from local stores. I actually only bought yarn that one time back in the fall, but it was from Knit Picks and not my LYS, so this one is a bit of a toss up.

Now that that’s out of the way I can look ahead to my 2016 resolutions:

  • I’m not buying any fabric this year. There is one exception to this; several months ago Connecting Threads posted a sneak peak of an upcoming fabric line that looks like it will be bee-themed; when that is released I will be buying at least a quilt’s worth of it. But other than that I’m only sewing from stash
  • I won’t limit the number of projects I can have going at any given time, but I do want to approach my knitting in a more focused manner this year. I’m not saying this will be all I knit in 2016, but I’m going to try and prioritize these
    1. Socks – I have way too much sock yarn, so I’d like to dub 2016 The Year of the Sock. I’m going to try and knit at least 10 pairs in 2016
    2. Hexipuffs – my Beekeeper’s Quilt has been sorely neglected in 2015, so I’d like to commit myself to at least 100 new puffs in 2016
    3. My extra special secret project that I’ll tell you all about a bit later in the month
  • Spin more. Maybe not every month, but I can certainly do better than three projects, right?
  • No online yarn purchases, LYS only!
  • I can’t buy any new cross stitch patterns until I finish the ones I already have. I have four purchased patterns plus another idea I’ve been playing around with, so that should probably keep me busy for the year

So there you have it, my crafting resolutions. Here’s to a great 2016!

 

Time for a New Bag

This is the first full week of autumn, and what better way to celebrate than with a new bag? (Okay, I can think of plenty of better ways, but it’s autumn and I have a new bag, so let’s just go with it). Last year I picked up a copy of The Best of Threads Handbags; it’s full of great patterns but I specifically wanted the 6-Pocket Clutch designed by Gilbert Muniz.

Some people shop for a new bag...

Some people shop for a new bag…

Lucky for me I had some perfect scraps in my stash. The houndstooth is from last year’s cape, the floral is from my latest Sorbetto, and the textured brown is from my Bookish Quilt.

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Not the Brightest (Pencil) Crayon in the Box

Like so many around me I have fallen under the spell of adult colouring books, specifically Johanna Basford’s Enchanted Forest. The ancient pencil crayons I’ve had kicking around since high school were looking a little sad so I treated myself to a new box of Crayolas. Now all I needed was a cute pencil case to store all those pretty colours.

Yep, I'm actually five

Yep, I’m actually five

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How Could I Not Know?

I love shopping in thrift shops but I usually stick to knick-knacks and books. However, I recently read about using thrift store sheets as muslins when sewing (basically a practice piece so you can try out a pattern and make sure you understand all the techniques and that everything fits okay). So when my errands took me by Value Village I decided to pop in and have a look. How did I not know what a great fabric source this place was?

Aren't they pretty?

Aren’t they pretty?

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I’ll Just Make My Own

You’d think I had more than enough project bags by now. Apparently you’d be thinking wrong. A few weeks ago I was browsing around on Instagram when I came across the most awesome Golden Girls project bag. I was in love! I went through the tags and eventually found the seller on Etsy … and my heart sank. It was just way too expensive for me. Actually, it wasn’t really that expensive originally, but with the exchange rate and shipping to Canada it would have ended up at more than $50.

So I did some more searching and found the source of the fabric. Spoonflower is this great website where people can design and sell their own fabric, wallpaper, and gift-wrap. It’s the go-to place to look for fabric inspired by fandoms, and that’s where I found the Golden Girls fabric alysnpunderland designed. I was able to get two fat quarters of fabric (I only needed one FQ for this bag; I also got some sweet SuperWhoLock fabric, but that’s another project for another day) for less than $30, including shipping.

Thank you for being a friend fabric

Thank you for being a friend fabric

I went to my stash for the extra materials and set to work on my very own project bag.

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Time for Lunch

I’ve been looking around for a lunch bag for a while and couldn’t find anything I liked so I did what any aspiring sewer does – I looked for patterns online. Pink Penguin’s Lunch Bag Tutorial  takes you through the steps of creating a cute drawstring lunch bag and it seemed pretty simple.

The makings of my lunch bag

The makings of my lunch bag

And yes, I am using my library fabric again. You’d think I would be tired of the Bookish line from Connecting Threads by now, after all I not only have a quilt and pillowcase, I also have two project bags made from it. Maybe I will grow tired someday, but not today!

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