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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!

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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

After the excitement of having a completed quilt to announce last week, this week feels a bit anti-climactic. (Although given my typical speed for finishing projects, I shouldn’t let myself get too invested in having a new completed quilt to announce each week!)

I did make a cute little wristlet for my niece’s 12th birthday, using some of my treasured canvas-weight Daiwabo elephants! It’s one of my favorite purses I’ve made yet. The inside is green Pezzy Prints, with a pocket – I didn’t get a photo of the inside.

 

I already blogged about the new “quilt” (really a picnic blanket, or a “summerweight quilt”) that I started last weekend! Read more here. I’ve already re-designed my plan for it, though – it will be 6″ x 9.5″ rectangles rather than 10″ squares. I wanted to use each fabric more often, and it seemed more efficient to cut 6″ strips from these fabrics (some of which are only fat quarters) rather than big old 10″ squares, which will result in lots of odd scraps.

I started cutting out the fabric last night. Right now, this mix looks a bit yucky (particularly that dark forest green), but I think once I add in the oranges, yellows, and lighter greens, it will look more cheerful!

 

These are all the fabrics I’ll be using (see, definitely more cheerful, right?):

Here’s the in-progress inventory:

Quilt tops in progress:

Summer floral picnic blanket
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

Small projects in progress:

Starburst Leftovers mug rug
Christmas mug rug
Ruby Star Rising zip pocket pouch
Poppy print makeup roll

This week’s stats:

Last week’s count: 12
Started this week: 2
Completed this week:  1
Current works in progress – 13

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WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

I finished my 241 Tote bag! The pattern was very easy to follow. I am feeling a little emotional about how much of my Loulouthi stash I used on this (the lining is Loulouthi also), but I guess I have to remember that I buy fabric to make stuff with it, not to keep folded in a box! It was hard to get a good picture of it. My favorite part is how I added a few scraps to the strap (which you can just barely see in the 2nd photo).

 

I’m still plugging away on my Central Park HST baby quilt – the baby this quilt is intended for was born on Monday night!

It’s in serious need of some pressing. I love Central Park! This bit of patchwork is turning out a little smaller than I thought it would so I think I am going to add a big border in light purple. I’m not sure what I’m going to do with quilting – maybe just straight white lines through the white stripes?

Here’s the in-progress inventory:

Quilt tops in progress:

Secret solids quilt
Livy’s wonky stars quilt
Kieran’s robot quilt
Central Park HST baby 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

Small projects in progress:

Starburst Leftovers mug rug
Christmas mug rug
Ruby Star Rising zip pocket pouch
Poppy print makeup roll

This week’s stats:

Last week’s works in progress – 13
New projects – 0
Completed projects –  1
Current works in progress – 12

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WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced