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Catching Up

Posted by on February 28, 2014


Hey there stranger!

Yep, it’s been a while. A long while. I started writing and  ‘splaining why, but, I’ve decided, you know, let’s just wait until I have the right words. BUT, I WILL say right away, like the phone call in the middle of the night, “Everything’s okay”. Well, everything’s mostly okay, some things are even good!

Here’s some of the good stuff – I have been having SO much fun working on a few things!

I signed up and participated in a couple of swaps. TWO! They both were mailed out today! A swap is where everyone makes the same thing, with their own personal spin, and it’s all anonymous. The organizer divvies out the names – you don’t who is making yours, and your partner doesn’t know who is making theirs. Some are national, others are international. Fun, huh?

The first swap is a Skinny Pinny Swap, hosted by Amy Made That! You can see all of the sweet pinnies on Flickr here. It’s a cute little pincushion that fits so conveniently and neatly next to the front of your sewing machine.

Here is my first prototype, the one I made one as a trial.

Skinny Pinny Prototype

I made mine a little bigger and customized with a bit of piecing. The back has just a little piecing, too!


 The ground walnut shells I filled them with keeps them heavy and stable. The pins don’t go all the way through, either.

Pouring Ground Walnut Shells into the pincushion

Pouring Ground Walnut Shells into the pincushion

Here’s the one I made for my partner. I was told she likes red.

Bonnie Christine and linen with appliqued flower and embroidered stems

Bonnie Christine and linen with appliqued flower and embroidered stems


Seeing all angles, front and back.

I love that little trim. I picked it up at a LQS when I was staying at a friend’s house in South Carolina last summer. What a great little place!

I also signed up for a Triple Zip Pouch Swap. I’ve always liked making pouches and this one looked challenging and super fun! I will make this one again and again!!

The swap was hosted by A Quarter Incher. There is a free tutorial for the pouch by A Quilter’s Table that everyone used, but you wouldn’t believe how different they all looked from one another, with the different preferences of what people wanted added to the different styles of the sewists making them. Again, there is a Flickr group that you can see all of the talented sewists. Ah-mazing!

As I always try to do, I made a protype using a combination of some great Japanese fabric a friend gave me, new pieces, and even some vintage fabric.

This was my first attempt at the Triple Zip Pouch. Not bad, but I wanted to make the zips and fabrics a bit more straight.

This was my first attempt at the Triple Zip Pouch. Not bad, but the zips and fabrics were just a bit wonky. No bueno.


Here’s what I made for my partner:

Here's the cut pieces and zips. I used the crossword fabric as the lining throughout the pouch

Here’s the cut pieces and zips. I used the crossword fabric as the lining throughout the pouch


I, again, added a bit of hand embroidery to the main body fabric. (and what do you think about that background fabric? That’s a funky green chair in my office at work!)


Almost ready to go!

Almost ready to go!

I took some felt and embroidered a little hexie to match the honeycomb of the pouch fabric on the bookmark of the moleskin book so it was embellish just a bit. I almost kept that little scissors stamp – too cute! And then I found a washi tape with scissors, too. Perfect! I added some dark chocolate truffles and wrapped it up in a sweet handmade paper envelope. I hope she likes it.

Wanna see what I received? Not to be too dramatic, but I hit the jackpot, ya’ll! I’d favorited her Flickr picture of it when she first showed what she was doing on the Flickr group!! What great fabric and all of that piecing!  Do you see the little zip charms? I love every inch of it! And the goodies she stuffed that sweet bag with! So generous!! Thank you, Heather!! I wish I could give you a hug in person!!

OMGosh! This was one of my very favorites! How did I get so lucky? And do you see all of those thoughtful goodies? I almost cried!

OMGosh! This was so much fun opening!



Last weekend I hosted a bridal shower for my daughter-in-law-to-be! Eek!!! I can’t wait to show you pictures and tell you all about it. The decorations. The food. It was a great brunch for our sweet ChaCha. It was wonderful honoring and celebrating her. Amidst the crazy winter we’ve had, the day was glorious, reaching into the 60’s. It took a lot of planning and work, but it was totally worth it. She and my son marry in June.

I also bought some great fabric from for curtains in my bedroom that is a very modern print in indigo and grey, a favorite color combo. So excited to update that poor bedroom. It’s been too long! That’s on my ‘very soon’ list.

There is so much more going on, and I just can’t talk your ear off with everything, so I’ll share more next time.

I’m so glad to be sharing my fun stuff with you again.

Thanks for letting me lie low for a while and being here now that I’m sticking my head up again.

Grace. Right?

It’s good to be back.


One Response to Catching Up

  1. Alanna

    Cute stuff!

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