Thursday, April 28, 2016

OMG April Goal - Success!

My OMG goal for April popped up in an odd way. I was in the store, looking for something else on Tuesday, when my boss asked if I'd make a store sample Sew Together bag, before Saturday. I said sure and got to work. I cut it out on my afternoon break, started sewing that night and by the next morning was putting it together. I had a little boy with an earache, so I stayed home from work with him and it was done by early afternoon.  It turned out pretty cool and I have enough to make a mini one as well, which is cut out already.
New Sew Together bag sample for TSC. Just a few hours to get it made.
Inside of the bag.
The inside of my most recent sew together bag.
I also made myself a mini of the Sew Together bag. I just need to shorten the handles because they are a bit too long.
My new mini Sew Together bag.  I knew I'd find a way to use the hexie fabric I bought.
In other sewing this month, I have been very successful... Maybe not a lot of stash usage, but I've gotten a lot accomplished. I am traveling a lot for work next month and wanted a new bag, so I made an SDSU bag. It's a bit bigger than the Fuji Tote - 2" bigger each way, so my computer will fit and yet it still small enough to be a bag.
Last night I finished a new work bag/purse. It turned out pretty awesome and will get a workout next month.
I've been using already and I love it.
One of the former students in our program had twin girls, so I whipped up these minkee tag blankets before graduation to give them to her. They are made of 2 fat quarters. Super cute and super quick and fun to make.
Needed a quick gift for twin girls when I only had one blanket,  not the two I thought I had. I hope the mom will love them.
I also finished up this minkee/jelly roll quilt for the store. It's a sample and turned out super cute and so snuggly.
I made Mikaela a Dr. jacket and scrub pants to go with it. She's convinced she's going to be a Dr.
My biggest achievement was making my duffle bag from a ByAnnie pattern. I love the look, but not the way they are put together. Too much soft and stable to make it easy to sew. It turned out really well and I know I'll love travelling with it next month. I hope to teach a class on this bag in the fall.
I had lots of the accent fabric, so I bought other fabric to use with it.
Yesterday I finally got 1/4 of my table runner hexie project sewn together. It's turning out cool, but boy it takes a lot of work. I'm hoping this will keep my motivated to work on it. Don't you love the carpet at work... not.
In my quest to make a miniature for the quilt show, I decided to make a scrappy granny square project. It's made from 1.5" squares and the blocks are 4" finished. I have 16 finished and now I am trying to decide to sash or not to sash them.
Mikaela is getting so big and is at such a fun age. Kindergarten screening coming up next week.
Mathew just isn't in to having his picture taken on this morning.

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

OMG April Goal 2016

April is going to go by so quickly! I've got lots of goals, but nothing that was really pressing... until today. I need to get this Sew Together Bag sample done for the store ASAP as in, possibly by Saturday, so I am making it may April goal for OMG. It's not my style or fabric choices, but with a goal and a plan, I think I can get it done quickly!

New Sew Together bag in the making.

Monday, April 04, 2016

Stash Report March 2016

This month was kind of crazy in my sewing room. While March was a good month for finishes, it was also a month where I bought quite a bit! In my defense I bought backing/borders/binding for my SDSU Trip Around the World quilt at 50% off, so I just bought the rest of the bolt ... 11 yards. I also picked up a pretty pink/grey hexie fabric I had been eyeing on clearance for 60% off, 3 yards of that. Mikaela and I picked up a bunch of fat quarters at the Wall Quilt Guild Show. Mine were yellow/blues for my TATW and hers were pretty orange/teal/yellow/pinks with a flower print. I also picked up a purple and pink batik to make a bag. I cut three bags out for us, but didn't get them made because I was working on my scrappy TATW blocks.
I hope to have the top done before our preview party on Saturday. This weekend I worked on a minkee/jellyroll quilt. It's turning out awesome and should be my first finish of April.
My finishes included both mom and grandma's friendship quilts, a Loralie quilt, and Mikaela's Doc jacket and scrub pants.
Saturday we went to SDSM&T for their Dinosaur Extravaganza and the kids loved it! It was a beautiful day, so we walked around campus. My MIL works there now YAH!!, so she showed us around. The kids wanted their pictures taken. If they don't become Jackrabbits, Hardrockers would be a good school mascot for them to have as well!
If they aren't future Jackrabbits, they could be future Hardrockers.

Fabric bought this month: 25 yards
Fabric bought this year: 39.5 yards
Fabric used this month: 35 yards
Fabric used this year: 122 yards
Net Fabric used this year: 82.5 yards!