August Monthly Report

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Happy September! It's time for August's monthly report. See past reports here.

I've been really enjoying my little cutting garden that I planted on the side of our garage this year. It gets some afternoon sun, but not a lot. I wasn't sure how well things would do, so I have been pleasantly surprised to have flowers inside all summer!

At the beginning of the month was our annual cabin weekend in Wisconsin, I chatted about it a little bit in last month's report. I came prepared with lots of projects and I actually got through everything I brought a little over halfway through! I finished my pineapple log cabin quilt top (!!), plus made a workshop tote, drawstring bag, and a pair of pillowcases. I've made so many drawstring bags this month, I'm going to share those in a dedicated post next week!

You can read more about my pineapple log cabin quilt in this post here: Scrappy Pineapple Quilt in Progress

I finally started stitching my holiday quilt! I started cutting strips for this quilt last Fall but ran out of steam (and fabrics that matched). I collected a few more prints throughout the year and this month I cut up the rest of the strips and started sewing a few blocks. I'm using Ashley's two by four quilt tutorial. It's been fun to work on!

This is one of the pillowcases I made at cabin weekend this year! I used a Cotton & Steel lawn for the body and a lawn solid for the cuff. I love making pillowcases, especially from lawn or voile, so smooth! I used this tutorial when I make mine: Roll it Up Pillowcase Free Pattern

To keep myself accountable for my stash goals, I track my yardage for fabric and yarn each month. Read more about how I track here. Here is how I did in August:

August Fabric
Used up: 37.75 yards
Brought in: 16.75 yards
Net: -21 yards
Year to date: -65.25 yards

August Yarn
Used up: 0 yards
Brought in: 0 yards
Net: 0 yards
Year to date: -426 yards

I brought it more fabric this month than the other 7 months in the year combined! But almost all of it was from the fabric sharing table at our cabin weekend. We all bring fabrics, notions, books etc that we no longer want/need to share with one another. It's always so fun to see what everyone makes with your stuff! Thankfully, I offset all that intake by sharing a bunch of fabric too, plus making a bunch this month. Aiming for a lower month in September!

Over Labor day weekend we mixed up an indigo dye vat! We picked up a couple t-shirts that Michael wanted to dye and I dyed a little yardage. I want to make a lawn indigo dyed quilt, so I dyed two random white lawn cuts I had laying around. Planning to do a little more dyeing this weekend too.

If you're interested in Indigo Dyeing: Shibori Indigo Dyeing Tutorial

We finally took the time to check out some local beaches in August. We definitely haven't been taking advantage of how close we are to the water. Our favorite that we visited was the Hammonasset Beach State Park. We went in the morning and it was so peaceful. Looking forward to going back soon.

George the boo! He is still going through his Summer shedding, so it's been extra fiber and pets for him lately. He is such a sweetheart.

Have a Great Month!

Quilt As You Go Zipper Pouch

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Happy Tuesday! I have a cute little quilt as you go project to share today!
I made this zipper pouch from Svetlana Sotak's new book, That Handmade Touch, as a part of her book hop! I love making Svetlana's scissor cozy pouch, so I was happy to receive a copy of the book. There are lots of cute projects in it, but I was immediately drawn to the quilt as you go zipper pouch.

The publisher, Lucky Spool, sent me a copy of the book so that I could participate in the book hop.

I really enjoy this technique, and it was the perfect project to use up some precious scraps. Most of the scraps that I used for this project are by Umbrella Prints, which unfortunately no longer prints fabric. I've been hoarding these bits for a long time, so it felt really good to use some of them up!

There are lots of cute details on this pouch, including the little twill tape tab, leather pull, and a metal zipper (from Zipit of course!).

The finished pouch is nice and roomy, it would be perfect as a pencil pouch or for sewing tools! I can see this being a great project for gifting!

Follow along with the rest of the book hop on Instagram (I'm @jenib320!).

You can find Svetlana here: @sotakhandmade and #thathandmadetouch
 Purchase the book here: That Handmade Touch

Quilts and More: Trick or Treat Tote Bag

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Used with permission from Quilts & More™ magazine. ©2019 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.

Happy Tuesday! I'm excited to share my project in the Fall 2019 issue of Quilts and More Magazine!

Used with permission from Quilts & More™ magazine. ©2019 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.

I made a trick or treat tote bag, which you can see on the right-hand side of the cover!

Used with permission from Quilts & More™ magazine. ©2019 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.

This tote was a lot of fun to make and came together pretty quickly! I based the pieced candy blocks on one of my favorite candies, Smarties! I stuck with Halloween colors for the candy since the main tote was a nice neutral. I used quilting cotton blenders from my stash and yarn dye Essex linen in black for the main bag.

The candy blocks are pieced simply, no paper-piecing or anything. You could really change up the look of the tote by using different colors!

For the lining I used this funky orange and black raven print from Honor Roll by Anna Maria Horner. For the handles I used a plain black solid.

This bag gets extra structure with pin-tucked corners. This is one of my favorite techniques for giving bags extra shape and stability without making them too stiff. I filmed a tutorial for this technique last year, you can find it here: Using Tucks to Add Structure to Your Bag

You can find the pattern in the Fall 2019 issue of Quilts and More Magazine, on newsstands now!

Happy Sewing!

Sweet Treats Designer Palette Bundle

Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Happy Wednesday! I wanted to pop in here to share a solids bundle that I curated!
© 2019 Pink Castle Fabrics.

I put together a bundle of Kona cotton solids for Pink Castle Fabrics this past Spring as a part of their designer palette series, and it has arrived! The bundle is called Sweet Treats and it features 12 fat quarters in a range of sugary sweet colors. I was inspired by some of my favorite sweet treats, and also by sherbet, wild berry skittles, and tropical gummy bears!
© 2019 Pink Castle Fabrics.

You can find the bundle for sale at Pink Castle Fabrics here: Sweet Treats Designer Palette Bundle

Happy Quilting!


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