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All of my determination to have a low-stress, fully present holiday season have gone right out the window, it seems. I am leaving for Maine in less than 72 hours and still have many presents to purchase, wrap, and deliver (not to mention work projects to finish and other errands to run!).

I did have some nice sewing time on Sunday morning, though. I made two camera straps – the first one was meant for a gift, but I wasn’t happy with how it came out, so I’m keeping if for me and I made a second one. Then I made a coordinating zipper pouch, and then another happy little zippie! (Using my favorite Noodlehead open wide zipper pouch tutorial.) I am still not crazy about the camera straps (I’d like them to be narrower, but then the lens cap won’t fit in the little pocket!) but I love, love, love these zippies. I love the happy colors!

Handmade Christmas gifts | Janeylulu

Happy zippies| Janeylulu

Here’s the in-progress inventory (I’m only counting quilts, not small projects):

Quilt tops in progress:

Blitzen Christmas quilt
Christmas Century of Progress quilt
Livy’s wonky stars quilt
Hope Valley drunkard’s path quilt
Secret solids quilt
Kieran’s robot quilt
Colorful log cabin quilt
Wonky nine-patch quilt

Completed quilt tops, waiting for quilting:

Delia’s Central Park log cabin quilt
Tattooed Ladies mini quilt

Completed quilt tops, waiting for binding:

none

This week’s stats:

Last week’s count: 9
Started this week: 1
Completed this week: 0
Current works in progress: 10

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I have been on a bunting kick! I made one funky pink/lime green one for myself, and it’s awesome. I don’t have a very good picture of it, but it’s almost 11 feet long and currently adoring the half-wall that separates the kitchen from the living room in my house.

Funky Christmas bunting | Janeylulu

After I realized how quick and easy it is to make these buntings, I decided to start making some for Christmas gifts. I made a reversible Christmas/4th of July bunting for my aunt, who loves to decorate for the holidays (and the 4th of July is the biggest holiday in our family!). Fenway did an excellent job modeling for these pictures:

Christmas side of reversible bunting | Janeylulu4th of July side of reversible bunting | Janeylulu

I started a super-simple Christmas quilt a few weeks ago and forgot to mention it here. It’s very simple – I used a Blitzen charm pack and a bunch of Kona solids (peridot, avocado, tarragon, candy green, ruby, and stone). I have never made this type of simple charm quilt before, and I’m excited at how quickly it’s coming together. I want to practice some free motion quilting on this one!

Christmas charm quilt | Janeylulu

I have LOTS of Christmas projects to get done soon!

Here’s the in-progress inventory (I’m only counting quilts, not small projects):

Quilt tops in progress:

Blitzen Christmas quilt
Christmas Century of Progress quilt
Livy’s wonky stars quilt
Hope Valley drunkard’s path quilt
Secret solids quilt
Kieran’s robot quilt
Colorful log cabin quilt
Wonky nine-patch quilt

Completed quilt tops, waiting for quilting:

Delia’s Central Park log cabin quilt
Tattooed Ladies mini quilt

Completed quilt tops, waiting for binding:

none

This week’s stats:

Last week’s count: 9
Started this week: 1
Completed this week: 0
Current works in progress: 10

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WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

This week’s big finish is my Sidekick Tote (pattern by Noodlehead)! I love it! I made the small size, and it’s the perfect everyday purse for me. It feels very “fall.”

I’ve finished one more wonky star, and I’ve almost finished another one. I love these stars!

I’m leaving on a road trip to Seattle with my boyfriend on Sunday, and I’ve been making a bunch of zippies and a new Pad case for the trip. I made three coordinating zippies using Noodlehead’s “open wide zipper pouch” tutorial (although I sized some of them down because even the “small” is bigger than I really like!). I used some of my precious Field Study for them. My favorite is the one with the navy zipper and hot pink lining. Note: don’t skip the interfacing! I forgot for the largest one (the “small” size in the pattern) and it’s so floppy, I definitely prefer them with interfacing.

I started another zippie but this one is more improv. I think it’s going to look awesome.

And my iPad case design is blatantly inspired by One Shabby Chick’s beautiful cases with the typewriters. I am using her iPad case tutorial as well.

Lots of projects in the works! I love having time to sew!

Here’s the in-progress inventory (I’m only counting quilts, not small projects):

Quilt tops in progress:

Livy’s wonky stars quilt
Hope Valley drunkard’s path quilt
Secret solids quilt
Kieran’s robot quilt
Colorful log cabin quilt
Wonky nine-patch quilt

Completed quilt tops, waiting for quilting:

Delia’s Central Park log cabin quilt
Tattooed Ladies mini quilt

Completed quilt tops, waiting for binding:

none

This week’s stats:

Last week’s count: 8
Started this week: 0
Completed this week: 0
Current works in progress – 8

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WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

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I love it! Stitching through multiple layers of this thicker wool herringbone proved to be challenging on my cheap-o sewing machine (I’m used to quilting weight fabrics almost exclusively) but after fiddling with different needles and different tension settings, I finally finished it this afternoon!

The lining fabrics (both the purple on the strap and the orange on the trim/inset area) are from the DS Quilts “Aunt Edna” collection at Jo-Ann’s. I don’t know what the brown herringbone fabric is; it’s also from Jo-Ann’s. Sidekick Tote pattern by Noodlehead. 

I’m linking up to Amy Lou Who’s “not going to Sewing Summit” link-up party as well as  Funky Junk’s Saturday Nite Special – I love these linky parties!

My only project I’ve touched this week is my Sidekick Tote, pattern by Noodlehead. I was delayed because I had to wait for the metal zipper and strap hardware that I ordered from some Etsy shops, but now it’s almost done! I just need to finish the strap and then sew the exterior and interior together, and I’m done! I love that orange metal zipper from Zipit!

I’ve also been doing a little fabric organizing. My old strategy used to be to try to keep all my fabric that wasn’t actively being used in an ongoing project in my “stash” boxes, organized by color. I found that I didn’t like my newest fabric being mixed in with my “old” fabric. I like having a good amount of fabric OUT so I can touch it and pet it and use it more spontaneously. So these are all my latest fabric purchases from the past year or so, as well as fabrics that I’ve been using a lot lately (such as my few neutrals – I need more neutrals!). Then when I’m looking for specific colors, I’ll dig into the stash boxes. We’ll see how long I maintain this current system…it looks so pretty now, though, doesn’t it?

I haven’t actually touched any quilts in a few weeks. Here’s the in-progress inventory (I’m only counting quilts, not small projects):

Quilt tops in progress:

Livy’s wonky stars quilt
Hope Valley drunkard’s path quilt
Secret solids quilt
Kieran’s robot quilt
Colorful log cabin quilt
Wonky nine-patch quilt

Completed quilt tops, waiting for quilting:

Delia’s Central Park log cabin quilt
Tattooed Ladies mini quilt

Completed quilt tops, waiting for binding:

none

This week’s stats:

Last week’s count: 8
Started this week: 0
Completed this week: 0
Current works in progress – 8

Check out everyone else’s links by clicking the button below.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced