With working 10 hours a day and babysitting the grandbabies at night, I haven’t had much time to get any new projects done so I thought I would share with you some things I completed last year.
I started the year finishing a UFO which was a quilt for my son. He had a wonderful sweet white Pit Bull named Khane that had died about 6 months previously, so I made my son a photo quilt to remember him by. I had only known his dog for about a year, but when he died, I also cried like I had lost a family member. Between me, my son, and his girlfriend, my husband said he felt like he was at a funeral home. Khane was the best dog and I would have another one like him in a heartbeat. Anyway, I picked out 10 pictures that really showed his personality, designed a easy blocky pattern, picked out some masculine fabrics, and made a memory quilt in his honor. The pictures were printed onto colorfast fabric sheets so hopefully they will last for a while. My son loved it!
Not exactly sure what I did after that. My photograph library is pretty slim up until summer. It might have something to do with working 50-60 hours weeks. I hope to do better than that this year. So fast forward to summer. I was still working 50-60 hour weeks but decided that I needed several simple things to sew. All of our sandstone coasters were broken, so I decided to make some scrappy fabric coasters. I just love these coasters. They are colorful, they were quick to make, and they work wonderfully. I even took one to work to use on my desk there.
Up next, I made a laundry bag for my son’s girlfriend. She was headed off to college at East Carolina, and every college student needs a big, sturdy bag to carry home all their dirty laundry. I found some ECU fabric and matched it with some solids. I lined the inside with duck cloth to make it stronger. The original pattern came from the InStitches book by Amy Butler, although I did make a few changes as I went along.
To round out the end of summer, I made an apron for the monthly challenge with Art Gallery Fabrics. This was the first monthly challenge I participated in and I won! I was thrilled!!! Honestly, I would have participated in all of the monthly challenges, but I had just found them while searching the internet one evening.
The apron is my original design, it is reversible, and turned out so cute! I love the Art Gallery fabrics — they are so soft and so easy to work with. I am currently about half-way done getting this written up into a pattern.
The next project was also for an Art Gallery Fabrics monthly challenge. The challenge was to make a computer bag and it had to have an insert pocket. Well, I really wanted to make an iPad cover, so I ended up making both in matching fabrics. This was made with their Indie line of fabrics. These are also original designs. I hope to get them written up into patterns this year also.
Guess I’ll close for tonight. Until next time, may you have blissful dreams.