Quilting, Sewing

Bitty Boy Boxy Bags

Not that the Great-Nephews are Bitty, but I needed some alliteration there. I found a tut for a Boxy Pouch and finally got around to trying it out. I followed the instructions except for boxing the corners. I used a different measurement so my pouch is more of a square at the ends. The second one I sewed in a tab at both ends to hold onto as you are zipping the pouch open and closed. For the most part the instructions were good, could have had a bit more explanation of some points, but if you are a knowledgeable seamstress you shouldn’t have any trouble.

Connor’s Gone to the Dogs
And Hank has too!

I am glad the dogs weren’t directional so I didn’t have to worry about placement. I am using what I have on hand, so the zipper on Connor’s is actually an invisible one. Not sure why I had a 20″ inv zipper in my collection? To not get caught ill prepared again I ordered some zipper tape and pulls in a beige color to use on future projects. Plus this pattern, I have wanted to purchase that one for a while now, finally just decided to do it.

And speaking of dogs, I am now grandma to a dog. Our Diva Girl got a rescue Pit/Boxer mix she has named Potato. She always said she would name a dog Potato and she has. We have yet to met the young lad, who is a year and half old. Hopefully he will mix well with our two pups so if we ever dog sit we won’t have to worry. If anything our younger pup would be the issue. He is wary of new dogs on his turf. He isn’t aggressive, just runs off and hides usually, but has been known to snarl when his space was invaded.

Now I am off to hit the beach. We are on day 2 of our vacation, and praying this year doesn’t go the way of last year’s visit. Since I did not have a colonoscopy before heading down to Florida, it shouldn’t. But who knows what else could happen!


Another And Now For Something Completely Different!

I guess I shouldn’t assume most people know what that saying is from. We watched that all through high school and even now watch whenever we can. We went to see the Holy Grail in a movie theater just a few months ago.

Anywho, this completely different is COMPLETELY different. Not a bit of fiber was used. Only metal and glass or resins. But I was led down this merry path by a recent fiber finish. The wallet I made for my GN needed a charm for the zipper. So I dug in my beads for the lady bug I remembered I had. Click on the photo to see a larger version.

And then I just had to play!

Many minutes later I had 1 completed bracelet and 3 that are waiting on clasps. I had such fun mixing and matching beds and baubles. I even repaired a hand made bracelet I purchased ages ago that broke a few months ago. Luckily I saw the bead that fell off before I walked away.

And since I already had everything out, I decided my recent make-up bag needed a zipper pull too! 

Please don’t ask if the valances are finished, who can finish window treatments when they keep rediscovering old talents? Not this girl!


ShooFly/Stash Saturday #28

I tried out options for the Pineapple blocks I made. I am out of the green fabric, so no additional Flying Geese can be made from it. With the top left I have 8 leftover geese. With the top right I have 16 leftover geese. With the table runner I would have to make more geese using the remaining 3 fabrics, pink, orange and blue. I can alter the color placement to make up for the lack of more green, but would have to make a bunch more to go all the way round the runner. Or come up with an alternate design on the ends.

Wall hanging layouts

Leftover geese option

Table runner layout

Or I could go with this layout and place the Flying Geese block in the center of the Pineapples.

So, which did I choose?

Number 1?


Number 2?


Or number 3?



Number 1!

Not sure if I am hand or machine quilting this. Will have to ponder that issue. The piecing is not stellar, so why waste time hand quilting? But all that blank space invites a good hand quilted design.

Stash Saturday #28 deets:

Stash On Hand: 61,719 yards and 333 skeins
Knitted Stash: 44 yards and 0 skeins
Purchased Stash: 0 yards 0 skein
Ending Stash: 61,675 yards and 333 skeins

Dismsl showing this week. I know I’ve been knitting, evidently it’s just not been very much.