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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

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WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

I’ve been in a very crafty mood. On Sunday, I dove into the world of homemade natural fabric dyes and made dyes out of purple cabbage and blackberries. It was a time-consuming but fun experiment! I’ll do a whole post on it when I have better pictures of the dyed fabrics, but here’s a look at the fabric soaking in the cabbage dye:

And last night I started on a new Sidekick Tote, the new pattern by Noodlehead! I used a great chocolately brown herringbone wool for the exterior, and then some fun orange DS Quilts fabric I got from Jo-Ann’s when they were having the huge coupon event. It’s very “fall.” I’ve finished the exterior, but it’s too dark for a good picture tonight. I won’t be able to finish for a few days because I am waiting for some hardware that I ordered from an Etsy shop. The pattern is really easy to follow and it’s surprisingly quick to cut out the pieces and construct this bag, even with a complicated looking pocket!

I’m recently obsessed with TOMS shoes, and I’ve been wanting these brown herringbone shoes for awhile, but they are sold out in my size. At least I’ll soon have a really cute brown herringbone purse!!

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

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WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Okay…finally getting back into the groove (missed a few weeks). I’ve been really enjoying reading everyone’s accounts from the Sewing Summit (and yes, enjoying = quietly seething with jealousy).

The biggest news this week is that I started a new quilt! It’s going to be a bento box quilt for my nephew, and the colors are blue, navy, green, orange, and brown. I’m really thrilled about the fabric I bought (all from Hawthorne Threads, aside from one piece of Loulouthi that I bought last summer at Alewives in Maine). I’m using a lot of the Caleb Gray Robot Factory line, it’s so fun. Who doesn’t love robots?! Here’s the first block I made (pre-quartering):

I’m working on some handmade gifts for my friend and her son who took care of my dog while I was at a family wedding in California. So far I made a zipper pouch using some Robot Factory leftovers for her 4-year-old son (the J on the back is for his first initial). I’m putting some Matchbox cars in the pouch as a gift!

I’m still working on binding the Rainbow New Wave quilt, but I’m getting pretty close (it will be my 2nd completed quilt!).

And I have done a tiny bit on Livy’s wonky star quilt (i.e., changed my mind about what background fabric to use, ordered more of it, and started cutting scraps using the Go Baby HST die to form some of the stars).

Last but not least, the stuff I haven’t touched this week:

Quilt tops in progress:

Colorful log cabin quilt

Completed quilt tops, waiting for quilting:

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

Small projects in progress: 

Starburst Leftovers mug rug

This week’s stats:

Last week’s in-progress projects: 8
New projects – 2
Completed projects – 1
Currently in progress – 9

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WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

I have a new work in progress! I promised my six-year-old nephew I’d make him a quilt, and when I saw the Caleb Gray Robot Factory collection, I knew I had the perfect color scheme. I started with these prints from the collection:

Then I added in a smattering of blue, navy, green, orange, and brown prints – many from the Khristian A. Howell Moroccan Mirage collection, which I adore and I want to buy lots lots more of! Several from Secret Garden, which I also adore, and some from Going Coastal, Loulouthi, Fox Trails, and other beautiful collections…I love the mix that I ended up with.

 

I decided on a bento box pattern, so I got a ton of squares and strips cut up:

I’m a little nervous that he’ll start thinking the robots are babyish within a few years, so I’m planning on using a lot of the non-robot print leftovers to piece together a cool backing that could be the front if he outgrows the robots too soon!

I’ve only completed one block so far (out of a planned 16):

I’m really excited about it! I spent a lot of time figuring out the math so I’d know how much fabric to cut, I’ll share my cutting plan when I’m little more certain that my math works out!