I know that I’m a little crazy when it comes to things like this. But once I get on a roll, it’s hard for me to stop until everything is complete.

Every single “WIP” or idea I’ve had is prepped. I can’t think of a single pattern or piece of fabric that I own that I “need” to do something with in the near future that isn’t ready to go. Here’s what I’ve added to the list.

 

Free Spirit Tank

Photo Courtesy of Patterns for Pirates on Craftsy

 

My mom and I are kind of into the Patterns for Pirates stuff. We’ve seen some awesome tanks mashed up with another one of her patterns to add sleeves. I’m going to try the tank itself before I do the mash up.

 

Tank Fabric

Photo Courtesy of Joann Fabrics

 

This is the fabric I’m going to use that I bought at Joanns. The stripes will be horizontal and I’m making the racerback version. This fabric is light and perfect for summer, which means this needs to be one of the first items I finish so I can actually wear it this summer.

 

Boyriend V neck

Photo Courtesy of Patterns for Pirates on Craftsy

 

As I said, we like these patterns. I’m making this with the sleeve tabs. I’m using another knit from Joanns, but I can’t find a picture of it. It’s just a small white and black stripe jersey. It’s drapey and soft and I’m hoping that makes the pattern not too tight. I don’t like tight shirts. I think I cut a medium just in case.

So that’s all of the additional apparel items I’ve added. I have two quilting things, too.

These have been on my list for a while and were inspired by the fabric.

 

Triangle Quilt

 

I got this cut out and I was so excited about it that I pieced it this weekend. It’s too long, so I’ll probably rip it out in half and use it for two baby blankets. Or I’ll make pillows. We’ll see. I have binding cut for it, too. I’ve been wanting to make an equilateral triangle quilt for awhile. When I recieved this bundle from my friend Cathy, it seemed perfect. It’s Joel Dewberry. Cathy and I love his fabrics. I mainly used Sew Fresh Quilts’ tutorial. It was the best and easiest tutorial I could find. It made the triangles go together really easily.

 

Lone Star

 

 

I also started working on this quilt this weekend. I had it all cut out, so I just had to sew. I actually cut enough to make two quilts, so I pieced the sections for two quilts. These are going to be lone star quilts, but I have to get the background fabric. This was a really easy way of doing lone stars. No weird seams. No weird pieces. It took me almost no time to have the sections together. If I was only doing one quilt, it was have been hella easy. Here’s my secret: Better Off Thread. She has a great tutorial and even does the math for your to resize it or use 18 pieces instead of nine.

So there you go. I’m ready to go. Now that I’ve done some quilt piecing this last weekend, I’m ready to move onto garments. I’m just waiting to get my serger back from being serviced. :)

And the obligatory photo of #Hashtag. He is bothering me while I’m sewing here. He was playing with pins and all sorts of dangerous things, so I trapped him on my lap. He thought I was trying to play and started wrestling my hand. It’s adorable until he actually gets a good chunk of skin in his mouth.

 

#Hashtag

For those of you who know me, you know that I’m an organizer. I like things in order, which is why I have a spreadsheet to track all of my fabric, patterns, books, magazines, and WIPs. My WIPs list is pretty long. I document everything I want to work on, even if I haven’t started. Sometimes even if I don’t have the fabric for it yet. I also document where I’m at in the process. I realize it’s a little nuts, but it’s been a really great reference. I now buy fabric with more of a purpose because I know what projects I want to start or finish and what I need to do so.

Anyway, I have a couple of retreats coming up and I want to have things ready to sew so I’m not messing around with cutting, figuring, etc. So here’s what I’ve been prepping.

 

Cascade Quilt Fabric

 

 

I had an Emily Herrick FQ bundle that I won at Sew OK last year. I’ve been saving it for a special project and when my friend Amy made Susannah Kate’s Cascade quilt, I knew this would be perfect for it.

 

Cascade Quilt

Photo from Susannah Kate Sews

 

I think I’ll use a white background, but I don’t have that yet. I’ll probably go with a Kona. I still have 14 FQs left, so they’ll be great for another project. I have all of the prints cut and will just need to cut the background once I get it.

 

Fabric for Monkey Business Quilt

 

Most of these fabrics are Cotton and Steel. My wonderful aunt gave me a Cotton and Steel FQ bundle and then I used some other Cotton and Steel prints from my stash plus other random prints to get the 20 FQs that I needed.

 

Monkey Business Quilt

 

And they are for this quilt. I have cut the FQs down to the size and now I just need to buy some more freezer paper so I can do the sub cutting with the templates. I think this will go together really quickly once I have it cut.

 

Periwinkle Fabrics

 

So I’ve already made one Periwinkle quilt from Cotton and Steel prints and now I’m making another from Cotton and Steel Basics. This is entirely cut, even the binding, and just ready to piece.

 

Periwinkle Fabrics

 

Periwinkle Fabrics

 

Periwinkle Fabrics

 

Periwinkle Fabrics

 

I’ve paired each set of colors with two contrasting background fabrics.

 

Periwinkle

 

Here’s my first Periwikle. The quilt I’m working on will be four of these.

So that’s all of the quilts for now. I think I have two others on my list that I have fabrics for, but I haven’t gotten around to cutting those. Soon, though. :)

On to clothing!

 

Mesa

Photo from Seamwork Magazine

 

I subscribe to Seamwork and it’s well worth it. I really love some of the patterns they have included. This dress is perfect.

 

Mesa Fabric

Photo from Girl Charlee

 

This is a Ponte de Roma knit that I think will be perfect for it. I also think I’m going to make the sleeves out of black faux leather from Girl Charlee. Won’t that be awesome? I have this pattern printed, taped, traced, and now I’m just waiting for the fabric to arrive.

 

French Linen

Photo from Piece Keepers

 

This is French linen. It’s gorgeous. Designed in Paris. I was in love when I saw it. I need to buy more. They have it in gray and blue, too.

 

Sailor Top

Photo from Fancy Tiger Crafts.

 

I think this Sailor Top would be awesome in double gauze, but I think the linen will be really nice, too. It’s such a soft linen.

 

Sloan Fabric

Photo from Joann Fabrics

 

A while ago, I bought some performance knit from Joanns with the idea that I would make some workout pants. I have one pair of workout pants that I totally love. All of my others are just meh. I hadn’t found a pattern that I was in love with yet.

 

Sloan

Photo from Hey June

 

But then I found these from Hey June. I’m not making the two toned version, but I like the reviews and looks of ones other people have made. I hope the waist band is high enough. I think I have a long torso so things hit me weird. I don’t like waist bands on workout pants that cut me right in the middle, which happens often. I’m hoping that if it does, I can tweak it enough to make it comfortable. Wish me luck.

 

Pneuma Fabric

Photo from Joann Fabrics

 

 

This was another performance knit I bought at Joanns. I’ve learned from watching others that dark is best for the bottom…meaning navy or black. Gray shows sweat and bottom sweat isn’t really attractive. But sweat looks fine or at least normal on top. I didn’t go with gray, but I did choose a lighter more textured blue to make a workout tank from. Again, I didn’t have a pattern.

 

Pneuma Tank

Photo from Papercut

 

Then I found this tank when looking for leggings. Papercut has leggings, too, but I didn’t like them as well as the Hey June ones. This tank is perfect, though. I still need to find the straps though. That should be interesting.

 

Raglan Fabric

Photo from Girl Charlee

 

I have a large order from Girl Charlee, as you can see. I originally was thinking about using this sweatshirt fabric for the Linden, but I’m going to try it out for something else first. I want more of this, but I was having trouble finding solid colors that were gray, black or navy. I’m trying to stay away from those because I own a lot of those colors.

 

Raglan

Photo from Patterns for Pirates

 

I really like raglan shirts and this one from Patterns for Pirates has an awesome add on pack. I think I’m going to use the reverse side of the fabric fo the sleeves, band, and triangle at the collar. My mom gave me that idea.

 

Morris Fabric

Photo from Girl Charlee

 

This is also a Ponte de Roma. I like structured knits and I like garments made from structured knits.

 

Morris

Photo from Grainline Studio

 

This blazer from Grainline calls for a structured knit. I might also use some faux leather on here. Wouldn’t that look cool? Maybe the sleeves to tone the print down a bit. Maybe the sleeves and the collar. We’ll see. I have a couple of blazers and I wear them all of the time. I have a coral one that I love. If this turns out well, I could see me making many of these in all different colors.

 

Linden Fabric

Photo from Joann Fabrics

 

I bet you recognize this fabric. I made the Meridian from it, but I had quite a bit left over.

 

Linden

Photo from Grainline Studio

 

I was going to make the Linden out of sweatshirt knit, but then I wanted to try the raglan out of it, so I decided to go into my stash. I wanted a heavier knit and the above is reversible, so it’s doubled. I’ll probably do contrasting bands.

 

Everyday Elegance Fabric

Photo from Anna Maria Horner Website

 

I love this rayon. I’ve used it before in another color way and I have it in at least one more color way. I’m not a huge Anna Maria Horner fan, except for this print. I LOVE this print.

 

Everyday Elegance

Photo from Patterns for Pirates

 

Rayon will be perfect for this flowy Everyday Elegance top. My mom has already made one and I love how it turned out. I like that it has sleeves because I am always cold. I also think the bold print will work well with it.

 

Oakridge Fabric

Photo from Free Spirit

 

I also have this Joel Dewberry rayon. When I saw this in the shop, I knew immediately what I would use it for.

 

Oakridge

Photo from Sewaholic

 

I watched the Oakridge Blouse on a blog hop and I loved every one that was made. It’s similar to the Everyday Elegance, but different enough to warrant another pattern. Again, I like that is has sleeves. Somebody made one of the blog hops ones in a Cotton and Steel rayon so I knew that fabric would work.

 

Skinny Jeans Fabric

Photo from Robert Kaufman

 

This next project has been in progress for a very long time. I bought the fabric from a year and a half ago. I was scared to buy denim, but I knew I couldn’t go wrong with Robert Kaufman. This is a stretch denim.

 

Skinny Jeans

Photo from Sew Liberated

 

I want to try my hand at jeans, but I don’t want to jump in too far. These Simple Skinny Jeans are more like leggings. I’m not a fan of the waistband, so I may fiddle with that a bit, but I think it will be a good place to start.

Ok. So there are the upcoming projects. Quite a few, right? Well, I’m not quite done.

 

Quilts

 

Those are the quilt tops I need to finish. Yes, I have backing and binding chosen (and even made for some) for them. It’s all hanging together so when I can get aroudn to quilting these (or sending them off for quitling), everything is in one place. I really need to work on quilting these, but I just have too many other things. Haha. :)

And now…the obligatory #Hasthag photo.

 

Hashtag

 

They were looking out the window. He’s so funny and adorable…both of them.

 

I have a few things coming up where I need a gift or some goodies to give away. I really like making things for other people.

 

Drunkard's Path Pillow

 

 

First up is a Drunkard’s Path pillow for a hostess gift for an upcoming retreat that I’m going to. I want to keep this so bad. I keep making colorful Drunkard’s Path pillows using Essex Linen that I keep giving away. I’m really stupid.

I’m also really loving curves. Ever since Dana of Old Red Barn Co explained them to me at Sew OK, I haven’t had a problem with them at all. I just got A Quilter’s Mixology by Angela Pingel since she was recently at our guild and I’m excited to try out some of the projects in it.

 

Iron Cozy

 
This is kind of a boring picture. I’ll show you the more fun bottom in a sec. This is Elizabeth’s Hartman’s Simple Iron Cozy. It’s meant to keep your hot iron from melting everything when you leave a sewing day or retreat. Great idea, right? I’ve made one of these before and also gave it away, but I can’t remember to whom or why. I’m sure it’s somewhere in the depths of this blog.

 

Iron Cozy

 

There’s the fun back. The boring top is made from an actually really pretty Peppered Cotton. It’s just hard to see how pretty it is in teh photos. It’s almost aqua-ish. Anyway, this is for a Swap Mama since I have a swap that’s coming to and end soon and I’ve enjoyed it soo soo much that I want to thank her for arranging it. She had this pinned on Pinterest and I know she goes to a lot of sew days and retreats.

 

Receiving Blanket

 

I made a quick self-binding receiving blanket from my favorite Missouri Star tutorial. My coworker is having a baby girl soon so this is for her along with some onesies I had leftover from the baby shower I threw last year.

 

Nesting Baskets

 

 

I also made some nesting One Hour Baskets. I think I took an inch off off of the sides for each one and then a half inch off of the top. I maybe could have taken more off of each side, but I still think they’re OK.

 

Nesting Baskets

 

I had a bunch of this linen looking stuff from Bluebird Park that I absolutely love. But I was hoarding it and decided I needed to use it. Since I had so many colors, it worked out well for these baskets. These are a gift for that swap I’m in.

 

One Hour Baskets

 

Then I made some more One Hour Baskets. Actually, my mom made three of them. I made the other five. These are for an upcoming retreat. I love using my stash.

 

Basket Treats

 

Here’s some of the awesome stuff I’m filling them with. I love Target.

So that’s what I’ve been up to…besides entertaining #Hashtag.

Speaking of #Hashtag, here are some fun pics of him in crafty situations.

 

Hashtag

 

I recently bought these fabrics and threw them in the wash so they will be ready to cut when I get around to finding a pattern for them. I threw them straight out of the dryer onto my closet floor and #Hashtag couldn’t wait to hang out in them. He loves warm laundry. Doesn’t he look so cute next to Anna Maria Horner fabric?

 

Hashtag

 

And here he is playing in the One Hour Baskets that I had finished. He’s is much smaller in person than what he looks like in the pictures. Everybody keeps saying that when they meet him. I think this gives a better idea of his size…at least if you are familiar with the One Hour Basket.

 

I usually try to have a transportable project to work on; meaning I can do it while I’m waiting somewhere or riding in a car. I’ve done English Paper Piecing, Crocheting, and Knitting. Now I’ve moved on to embroidery.

My friend Jaime gave me an embroidery patter a while ago and I’ve kept it in the back of my mind. Finally, I inherited a small embroidery hoop and then went and bought some linen, needles, and floss from Modern Makers. The linen is Robert Kaufman. The needles are Tulip. And the floss is Aurifloss.

 

Embroidery

 

I’m not great embroiderer…yet. This is just a backstitch, but there’s definitely room for improvement. I still like it, though.

 

Embroidery

 

I actually finished one more on my way back from visiting my parents and grandparents this weekend, but there’s no picture. Next time. :)

Besides that, I needed a tote bag for the gym. I occasionally work out over my lunch break at our company gym. I tell everyone that I make working out super accessible. I have a free gym at work. I have a free gym in our building. And I pay for a gym that’s only a block from our house. The gym at work and the paid gym have classes. The paid gym has the most and the best equipment. Anyway, I needed a bag that I could cart my clothes and shoes in. The thing is, though, I don’t want my bag to smell or get gross. I was using a Pleated Purse Tote from the School of Sewing that I had made, but I kept having to put everything in a plastic bag. So, I decided to make another Pleated Purse Tote using cotton vinyl for the lining.

 

Pleated Purse Tote

 

The outside is still cotton, but the lining and handles are cotton vinyl. I left out the interior pocket and boxed the corners instead of rounding them. It helps it sit on the ground better.

 

Vinyl

 

Honestly, the cotton vinyl isn’t my favorite thing to work with. I have a plastic foot that helped, but I’m still not a fan. I don’t think I’ll be using it much. Stitches skipped when I was topstitching. I need to topstitch again, but I was over it then. Also, it doesn’t stretch the same as cotton and it was slightly bigger than the outside piece, so there are some puckers on the inside. It’s not the prettiest and I’m definitely not proud of it, but it will do.

And one more thing because I’m now a crazy cat lady. :)

 

Cat Quilt

 

I made another cat quilt. I used the Whiskers pattern from Six White Horses. The green/yellow/neon/chartreuse color is a peppered cotton. The gray is a textured cotton. I echo quiltd the crap out of it. The pattern is paper pieced and I had some trouble with the whisker part and then the echo quilting totally made my borders wavy. Apparently mediocrity is my goal right now. I need to step it up. I have some apparel sewing planned and I’ll have to step it up for that.

When my sister was getting married, my aunt and uncle did an awesome thing. They brought me fabric. It was really awesome of them to think about me when it really was my sister’s time. It made me feel pretty special.

Anyway, they brought me a bundle of Tsuru, which I was already interested in, but really spurred my Rashida obsession. I’m so happy she’s part of Cotton & Steel now, but I am devastated that Tsuru will likely never surface again.

I love that fabric. LOVE it. If I had tons of money, I would spend hours on Etsy finding it and buying all of it up. Washi was great, but Tsuru is my gold.

I saved my Tsuru. I wanted a very special project for it. It took a while, but I finally decided that special projectd would be a Swoon quilt. The quilts that I saw completed were stunning. It was a phenomenon. And they were all stunning. Plus, it wasn’t an easy quilt, but it wasn’t incredibly complicated.

I cut all of the fabric and made a block.

 

Swoon

 

 

It was fabulous. I loved it. I couldn’t wait to make more, but it wasn’t a pressing project, so it was something I would only work on occassionally.

Finally, at a retreat, I busted it out.

 

Swoon

 

 

I still haven’t gotten it quilted because I want it to be specially quilted.

After that, I still had a few previous scraps left. The scraps from the quilt became a small HST wall hanging, which I strated and finished at another retreat.

 

HSTs

 

 

But I still had more leftovers. With the odd rectangular scraps, I made a little mug rug with a flanged binding.

 

Mug Rug

 

Mug Rug

 

With the leftover large pieces, I cut them down to 2.5″ squares and made another wall hanging or something like that. And then I used tiny tiny pieces (1.75″) to make just a small quilted thing that I’ll probably hang in my sewing room.

 

Tsuru

 

Tsuru

 

Tsuru

 

And now I’m completely out of Tsuru. It’s sad, but I’ll probably eventually busy some on Etsy. I’ll cave. And I’ll hoard it forever.

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