The movers came to move me in on September 1st, leaving way more boxes than I remember actually packing (how does that happen?!?). Slowly but surely, I’m getting everything unpacked and put away.
What you see above is my bookshelf/desk unit (from Ikea of course, where else!), which is freshly refilled with all the fabric I own. They’re not put away perfectly yet because I just wanted to get them out of the boxes, so they’re pretty messy.
When I look at this thing the first thing I think is: how the hell did I amass so much fabric in such a short time? This volume of fabric is kind of ridiculous! I need to finish up some quilts ASAP.
Of course the next thought after “I need to finish up some quilts” is always “because there are new fabric collections out that I want to buy” . . . which succinctly explains how the “ridiculous quantity of fabric” problem comes from. Ahem.
As of yesterday, there are only 3 boxes left to unpack! And those are all winter clothing, which is why I purposely left them for last. Considering the sudden turn to Fall we’ve had this week though, I’d better get to those sooner rather than later. I had to wear a light jacket yesterday already . . . it’s sweater weather for sure. My favorite!
PS – I see wordpress.com is starting to put ads in non-paid wp.com blogs, so I guess it’s about time to move my blog. Again. Maybe that’ll be a project for this coming weekend. Shouldn’t affect anything from the reader’s perspective though, don’t worry!
So my internet was supposed to be installed in the new place this past Monday, but a Verizon + Ivete screwup meant it didn’t happen, and now I have to wait until Tuesday next week for internet. It’s driving me nutty! It’s amazing how much stuff requires an internet connection nowadays.
The one thing that does NOT require internet is knitting and sewing, so I’ve been doing a lot of that in my at-home time the last week. I can’t show you the knitting as it’s for a magazine (I got a pattern accepted into a big magazine! Woohoo!!), but I can tell you it’s colorwork and it’s in Koigu. In other words: it’s awesome! It’ll be out this winter and you can be sure I’ll tell you all about it when it comes out!
In sewing news, I’ve been busy busy busy! I’m working on curtains for my new room, and this is the first one, almost finished except for the lining (excuse the awful iPhone photos):
Time flies, as usual.
Before I forget, I did finish the crochet mini-pouch pattern and it’s available as a free download to all my email subscribers. If you’d like to download it, go here and put your email in the form. You’ll be emailed a confirmation email that you need to click on, then you’ll be emailed the link to download the pattern.
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First off, thank you to everyone who signed up for the Koigu Mini-Skeins Club! There are still a few spots left if you still want in!
I’ve definitely been bitten by the fabric bug! Every shift at the store seems to yield yet another project I just can’t wait to work on . . . here’s what I made over the last few days:
First up, a laptop case for my Air, which was getting all scratched from being dragged around everywhere (which is totally the point of getting such a thin and light laptop!). I didn’t use a pattern, just sort of thought about what I wanted and planned it out, and went from there. It turned out pretty much how I wanted! Continue reading
Last week I got the idea into my head to sew a purse (I love and hoard purses!) and started hunting for patterns. I ended up finding the perfect bag in Modern Patchwork, which is a new magazine from Interweave Knits that has quilting and sewing designs in it. I picked up all the fabrics at work last Thursday and whipped the bag out on Friday!
My main reason for signing up for a formal quilting class was to be able to learn the basics more quickly. Learning from tutorials and videos online is an awesome choice, but there’s no comparing that to having an expert on hand to ask random questions in real time as they come up!
The first class session was yesterday, and I feel like what I learned during those five hours is already worth the cost of the class. These are basic, almost-silly things that I would never even have thought to ask!
What you see above is a dog crate cover I sewed up today in an effort to brush up on my sewing machine skills. Why? Because I signed up to take a quilting class at City Quilter (that link is to Yelp, cuz their site is so awful I don’t want to subject you to it) and I want to make sure I will be able to handle the homework.
I’ve been thinking about doing some quilting for a few months now, and then recently I read an article about improving yourself by learning new things/pursuing new interests and that just seemed to seal the deal. And then my first visit to City Quilter pushed me right over the edge! I went back yesterday to register for the class, and ended up spending almost an hour looking at and touching fabrics, supplies, patterns, you name it. And then I came home and spent hours reading quilting blogs. I am definitely, definitely smitten.
My plan for the class is to make a quilt similar to Minty’s gray-and-pink quilt and to NOT buy materials for more than one other quilt during the month-long class. I feel like the first part of that statement is doable, but the second part . . . well, we’ll see.
So now you know the background of why I started sewing this crate cover today. I took quick photos documenting the process and wanted to write it up here, in case it helps anyone else out. Enjoy!