Monday, October 3, 2022

What's Been Going on in the Sewing Room

It's been months since I've spent much time at all in my sewing room. I did reasonably well this last week at climbing the stairs to do a bit of stitching.  Part of the time in my sewing room has been spent regrouping and deciding what to tackle first, second, and third. 

I've been working on grocery sacks for Grad Girl, her roommates she left behind in Stillwater and My Guy.  I decided to finish these before tackling any of my other UFOs.  Grad Girl's bag was finished before Labor Day so it could make the trip to Texas with me.  

These bags are fully lined, so they are reversible.  

I really like the test tube fabric in this bag.  Grad Girl loves it.  

Three other bags were finished this weekend. The first is for one of the Grad Girl's roommates in Stillwater. 

I've had the green fabric with the pink roses for years. 

The other two grocery bags completed this weekend are for My Guy. 

The math fabric was left over from a graduation quilt and the gray interior has been in the stash for awhile. I really like how the last one turned out. 

The fabrics in this one are left overs from Grad Girls chemistry quilt I made a few years ago.  There are two grocery bags left to finish. They just need the handles attached and the final top stitching added.  Those will probably get done this week.  Then I'll need to sort out where to start on my UFO projects. 

If you are interested in the pattern you can find it here, it's a free download at the Fat Quarter Shop.     

Linking up with Monday Making, Monday Design Wall, and Patchwork and Quilts.  

Sunday, October 2, 2022

Stitching Stuff: Week 38 of 2022

It's starting to feel like fall here.  We are wearing jackets when we leave for work, but remove them in the afternoon.  It's been really dry here this year, so it's doubtful we'll get a much in the way of pretty fall colors.  More than likely the leaves will just turn brown and fall off with the first of the windy days.  

I doubt it's due to the change in seasons, but it was easier to get in some stitching time this week.  

  • 15 minute days/week = 6/7 days
  • 15 minute days/Sept = 14/30 days
  • 15 minute days/2022 = 141/274 days
  • Success rate = 51.46%
This is a really good week considering how little stitching I was able to work in earlier in the year. The last time my report showed 6 out of 7 days was last March. Hopefully that means my stitching mojo is back.  

How is your stitching mojo going?  

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

To Do Tuesday for the Week of 9/27/2022

It's been months since I last did a To Do Tuesday post and linked up with Texas Quilt Gal.  Getting back to the sewing room for my 15 minutes a day is still a struggle for me. I'm out of the habit and it's just so easy to get side tracked with other things at the moment. Hopefully writing down a few To Do's will be a good motivator.  

To Do List for 9/27/2022

1.  Finish 2 grocery bags

Grad Girl's move to Texas back in August left her short a grocery bag as she used to shop with her roommate. I made them cloth grocery bags as gifts for Easter a couple of years ago.  Now her roommate was short one too.  So Grad Girl asked if I would make her a new one and one for her two roommates that are still in grad school in Stillwater.  My Guy has also been asking for cloth grocery bags as the plastic ones pile up and it's not easy to recycle them here.  So I pulled enough fabric combinations to make 6 bags.  The bags aren't just a pile of fabrics at this point, two just require final assembly.  The plan is to get those done this week.  

2. Pull fabrics for Meadow Mist Designs Melodic Mystery.

I'm hoping that starting a new project will help me get more enthused about being in the sewing room.  I've not started a new project since last November.  

3.  Finish backing for Unity

I have one backing panel cut, but still need one more large panel, plus a 10" strip to finish the backing.  

Even if I don't finish everything on the list, any progress will be good.  

Happy stitching and good luck with your To Do List.  

Sunday, September 25, 2022

Stitching Stuff: Week 37 of 2022

The last stitching stuff post was back in June, 14 weeks ago.  I really didn't intend for my break to last that long, especially not the break from my sewing room.  It's been a struggle to get back into my habit of heading to the sewing room for at least 15 minutes every day so my metrics really do look sad.  

  • 15 minute days/week = 3/7 days
  • 15 minute days/June = 9/30 days
  • 15 minute days/July = 0/31 days
  • 15 minute days/Aug = 10/31 days
  • 15 minute days/Sept  = 9/24 days
  • 15 minute days/2022 = 135/267 days

Now that I'm back to posting, I'm hoping that motivates me to do better at getting in my 15 minutes.  

The project that got me back into the sewing room in August was a request from Grad Girl to turn some of her finished embroidery pieces into pillows for her new apartment in Texas. 

I'm pretty sure this embroidery project has made at least one previous appearance on the blog.  The fabric is a long held peacock inspired pattern from my stash. 

I used an envelope pattern, messing with zippers just didn't appeal.  

The second pillow is Grad Girl's first non-kit. The pattern came from a magazine.  

She did such a good job picking the colors for the rainbow.  She made several trips to Hobby Lobby looking for just the right color combination.  The fabric for this one was a special purchase from the local quilt shop.  I was texting her pictures and this was what she chose.  

I'm really bad about keeping track of fabric lines, so I have no idea of manufacturer or what line it's from. It works really well with the rainbow stitching.  

It was fun turning Grad Girl's finished embroidery pieces into pillows.  I don't have a picture of them in use, but they currently reside in her living room.   

I've been gone for so long, I'm not sure anyone will link up, but here's Mr Linky if you want to catch everyone up on how much stitching time you managed to work in over the summer.  

1. maggie f
2. Frederique
3. Stitching Loving Nana :)
4. DonnaleeQ
5. Quilting Gail
6. Amanda

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Thursday, September 22, 2022

Happy Autumn!!!!

I'm still not sure what happened to the summer, hard to believe it's already the first day of fall.  I've pretty much been AWOL from electronic media and my sewing room, but it was time for a break.  Between work and our busy family life this year, I was stressing myself out trying to do it all. It didn't help that my computer decided to give up it's electronic soul.  So I gave myself permission to read, binge watch Netflix, let my daughter educate me on KPOP artists and spend time with My Guy this summer.  

There's still a lot going on, but I've mostly gotten lined out on the new position at work, dealt with the Grad Girl's move to Texas, and was finally home long enough to order a new computer. I'm looking forward to catching up with everyone over the next few weeks.

Happy stitching!