Monday, October 20, 2014

Monday Makers! #9 :)

Oh my - fancy me being on the ball and posting this on Monday instead of Tuesday, LOL!

Last week I started a backpack - it was a trial run to see if I liked the pattern.  It worked out OK, but I'm not thrilled with it.  I did make a major change in the pattern - I quilted the outer pieces onto batting - that changed worked out well, and my quilting looks quite lovely (IIDSSM) :)  Unfortunately the snap closure (I only had black - it would have been so much nicer in white!) doesn't work right - I can't get it open - a small piece inside cracked when I was trying to put the 2 pieces together, and I'm not sure I can get it to work *ughhh*.  I think I'd like to try a different backpack pattern next - I'm just not in love with this design.  I'd like the straps to be adjustable, I'd like a tab on the back so it can be hung on a hook, it could use a pocket or two, and I'd really REALLY like to have the lining fit better :D 

I was busy today so I didn't have much time to sew - I did start a new project for week #9, using a craft supply I've never tried before - duct tape!   I got a roll of tape @ the $ store - for 2 bucks I get to play with something new :D  This will hopefully end up being a kiddy wallet!  :)

And one last photo - this is a pouch I made for my SIL - she wanted a bag made with fabric related to walking, to hold her techy toys for her walks :D  I didn't have walking fabric per se, but did find these in stash - they're Laurie Wisbrun prints, lol.  The finished bag measures 9"w x 7"t x 2.5"w - as per her request :D  The measuring tape tab on the side is a reminder of the miles/kms she walks :)  I think she liked it - who wouldn't like donkeys in rainboots, LOL!

Posted to Monday Makers! #9 :)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Monday Makers! #8 :)

Hehehe another Monday Makers being posted on Tuesday - the Tuesday timing seems to work well for me :D 

Here's the project I started for week #7 - I got it completed a few days ago.  It's part of my 3rd (and final) shark gift set, and will be a Christmas present.   I posted about it here

This is my project for week #8 - an Edan backpack (NAYY) from I Think Sew - I want to make a couple of these for Christmas gifts so I need to do a trial run first, to check out sizing etc.  The original is lined, but I'm going to quilt the outside of mine for extra body, so I need to make sure everything works with my change ;)  I got some adorable fabric on the weekend for the gift versions - Smurfs (from the Ogdensburg NY Walmart) and pretty owls (Ogdensburg Joanns) - they should work well for the backpacks :)

Here's shark gift set #2 that I finished recently - it has now been packed up and will be delivered to the recipient in the next few weeks.  The set consists of a pillowcase (top), stuffy, measuring tape bag, cookie cutter, book, pencil box, stickers and water squirters - I think this is a pretty cute gift for a 3 year old :) 
One last finish from last week - a Halloween pillowcase that I need to mail today so it's recipient gets it before Halloween - I hope (s)he likes it ;)

Posting to Monday Makers #8 :)

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Venison and ... spetzle? spaetzle? and limburger, oh my!

Heard on the news station as I turned on the TV this morning @ 7:00 a.m.:  "Something smells good in the kitchen (referring to the kitchen in the studio where I guess they have guests cooking sometimes)!  What is it?"  Chef replies:  "Thanksgiving dinner!  Venison and spetzle!"  I look at the TV and see 5 bottles of wine on the counter where they're cooking.  *chat* *chat* *chat* *chef pulls out LIMBURGER cheese* *Sandra changes the channel because UGHhhhh, lolol!  Heather - please don't make us eat venison and spetzle and limburger on Sunday!

 Here's the shark bag that I started on Monday for Monday Makers! #7 - I got it done yesterday - it's cute :)  It measures 9"w x 12.5" t - the royal blue shark print at the top/left is the lining fabric (purchased from Joanns).  His fins are 3D for extra fun :) Shark gift set #3 is now officially underway, lol!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Monday Makers! #7 :)

This week I'm a bit more organized, and am actually posting to the linky party, on Monday instead of Tuesday :D 

Happily, I finished my shark stuffy (NAYY) from week #6, and that was the last item I needed to complete this particular Christmas gift, so I'm VERY happy about that :) Those seashells are from our trip to Florida last year :D

I got two of the 4 drawstring bags completed, and will finish the rest this week as I need to pack them up soon.  My friend No Blog Amanda had a peek at them a few days ago and wants to make some, so we're going to have a gift bag making hen party :D  This will involve junk food, much talking, not much sewing, and general mayhem and hilarity - the perfect recipe for a hen party! ;) 

New make for this week - I cut out a new shark applique bag for another shark gift set :D  I'm only picking one project this week as our Canadian Thanksgiving is this weekend, and we'll be heading to Osgoode to visit family, and to EAT TURKEY, yay! 

Posted to Monday Makers! #7 linky party @ Hug-a-Bit Quilts :)

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Monday Makers! #6 :)

Time for another Monday Makers! update - as per my usual efficiency, I'm posting it on Tuesday ;)  Last week I started several new projects, and I got 2 1/3 of 3 goals finished ;)

Set of 4 drawstring bags (about 10" x 16") - done :) 

Chickeny denim bibs - done :)

Flex frame bag - 1 completed of 3 - this one measures 4.5" x 7".
A finish from Week 4 is the last of the scrappy zipper bags made with scraps from previous projects - I'm glad I'm finished with these prints - I'm sick of them, lol.  The few bits and pieces left over went into my scrap quilt pile - I won't have to look at them for a long time :D

Goals for this coming week are to finish a shark stuffy  (NAYY) and another set of gift bags. I started these last night while I was watching Blacklist - I seem to get very productive close to midnight, LOL! 

Shark stuffy from BedbuggsPatterns store on Etsy :)

Drawstring bags from a FQ set from a long-ago Joanns shopping trip :D

And now I'm off to check out this weeks' links - I want to see what the others are getting up to :D

Posted to Monday Makers! #6 @ Hug-a-Bit Quilts :)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Monday Makers! #5 :)

I had some fun last night (at 11:00ish p.m., lol) starting some new projects for this week's Monday Makers :D

First up are a couple of bibs that I decided to make to use up that chicken ribbon - I had about a meter of it and thought it would be cute as an embellishment :D

These are future flex frame bags - the outer fabrics were all scraps from previous projects, just big enough to make some cute flexies :)
Last, but not least, in the new Monday projects, are a set of 4 gift bags using up some FQ's I bought at Joanns a while ago.  You can't really tell by the picture but I've already assembly-line stitched the top band to the main part of the bag.  I got some cute green polka dot fabric yesterday @ The Quilt Store, for lining :)

Here's my progress from week #4.  The plan was to use up a small bag of scraps to make zipper bags - I figured there were enough scraps for 3 bags, and 1 is now completed.

Snap tape bag with 3D shark applique.  Cute, right?  NO!  It was a disaster from the moment I started working on it - it was one of those projects where everything went wrong, LOL.  The biggest problem is that somehow I managed to crack (almost in half) the measuring tape inside the casing at the top - if the bag had worked out better I would have replaced it, but since the bag wasn't going well anyways, I'm not bothering.  Sorry Nancy - it is NOT worth salvaging!  This one will be redone - I hadn't done a snap tape bag in a while so I'm considering this one to be a refresher project :D 

Posting to Monday Makers! #5 :)

Friday, September 19, 2014

Odds and ends and bats and sharks :D

Using up the last bits of fabric pouches - these Halloween pouches measure 8"w x 7.5"t.  They're lined with black TOT, and feature bat zipper pulls (!!), bat buttons as an embellishment, and quilted fronts with bonus curved quilting for fun :D  IIDSSM, I did a nice job!
A bunch of small zipper bag finishes - all will go to Blue Hills :)
A shark gift I completed in September.  Shark pillowcase (fabric here), pencil box, cookie cutter, stickers, stuffy (pattern originally bought here, but I don't see it listed in her store now), 3D applique zipper bag, reading book :)   I'm linking to my sources where I can in case anyone else wants to do a shark gifty - these are NOT affiliate links - NAYY!!!!  This gift set has been posted to the Ho Ho Ho and On We Sew linky party :D

Here's a close-up of the 3 items I made for the gift :D
Two winter notebook covers :)

The shark Christmas gift was given to the recipient's Nonna and Nonno earlier this week, so they'll deliver it in person this weekend, and mom can hide it until Christmas :)  It feels good to have it done and sent early, and it feels even better that I didn't have to pay Canada Post $20 to mail it!  That's $20 I can spend on fabric instead, LOL! 

Posted to September's Ho Ho Ho and On We Sew linky party ;)


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