February Monthly Report

Monday, March 5, 2018

Happy March! It's time for February's monthly report. See past reports here.

Better late than never, right?

Between February being short and family visiting, I didn't end up getting much time behind the sewing machine. I did work on a few little projects to get my feet wet again! I don't write a lot of checks, but decided to finally make myself a checkbook cover. The plastic covers they come with aren't very attractive, and this took no time at all to whip up. I used scraps from my stash and this tutorial.

I happened to find this sweet patchwork drawstring bag that never got proper finished photos taken of it! That had to be remedied. This one was made with a Carolyn Friedlander mini charm pack! Find a tutorial for this bag here: Patchwork Lined Drawstring Bag Tutorial

We did a little more exploring this month, including stopping into 0 Degree Thai Ice Cream in New Haven. It was so fun to watch them make it, and delicious too!

Continuing to have good luck at the thrift stores here. I found this pink clamp lamp at a consignment store for $2, just needed a little cleaning up. It actually matches my brown metal lamp I've been using in my sewing room for the last ten years!

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

February Fabric
Used up: 2 yards
Brought in: 9.5 yards
Net: +7.5 yards
Year to date: 6.25 yards

February Yarn
Used up: 0 yards
Brought in: 0 yards
Net: 0 yards
Year to date: +218 yards

So... I remembered how to buy fabric! It's been a few months since I bought anything, but I dipped my toes back in. Only one purchase, but a good amount of yardage. I picked up the above denim to cover an armchair I thrifted (seen below). The rest of the yardage is a quilt backing that I snatched up on major sale at the same time. 

One project I'm excited to tackle is making a cover for this chair I thrifted. (It's an Ikea Tullsta chair.) It had a popped seam on the cushion and is a bit dirty, but otherwise it's in good shape. I happened to find a pattern for a cover, which I'm going to try out soon. I figured it was easier than having to take the chair apart to make the templates! We'll see how it goes. I think it will look nice in the denim!

I pulled fabrics for my next monochrome quilt! I've really enjoyed making them, it's a challenge to only work with one color at a time. I'm going to be making the Subtle quilt from my friend Amanda- Jean's book, No Scrap Left Behind!

George bunny! He's been loving it here. We started letting him run around right away in the mornings and he really likes it. Nice to run off some energy right off the bat! Such a sweetheart :)

Happy Quilting!


  1. Love the greens and can't wait to see its progress!

  2. Hi Jeni, Happy almost Easter. I just read your blog and I thought it was really funny- Just yesterday I purchased the book 'No Scrap Left Behind' by Amanda-Jean and read it. I enjoyed all of it and am hoping to make some of the projects in her book. I am excited to see what you make with your selection of yellows. I think I will tackle a quilt similar to her quilt 'Pieced' and use up a whole mess of my extra snowball corner 'scraps'.
    I also love her quilt 'Hot and Cold' but I just finished another one similar to that. Its the Craftsy kit 'Color My World' I think it is called? Love the rich colors!
    I'll be checking in to see how you are progressing. Happy Quilting. (:

    1. Too funny! Great idea, there are so many fun quilts in the book! :)

  3. I like the denim and am a hint jealous of you finding a pretty much new chair. That’s one thing I haven’t had good luck with and I’m not quite the expert at removing stains on furniture. But I’m still on the hunt for our new house!

    Also, I’m liking your color choice for your next monochromatic quilt. I haven’t made one in a while and need to pull the current monochromatic quilts I have to see what I have left to make. Always a new project!!

    1. I was surprise how much of a difference simply vacuuming it with the brush attachment made!

      Thanks, I'm excited to dig into it!

  4. Jeni, I enjoyed reading your update today. Love the photos.
    I am imagining George racing around in the morning.
    I have two cornish Rex kitties and they love running in the morning too. I call it the kitty stampede

  5. I'm sure George is looking forward to Easter. :)

    1. He is! There will be lots of Easter treats for him this weekend!


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