April Monthly Report

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Happy May! It's time for April's monthly report. See past reports here.

I actually sewed quite a bit this month! I didn't finish many projects, but I made progress. It's been slow getting back into a groove, mostly because I keep getting sidetracked. All of the house projects I've been tackling are eating up my time.

One project I did finish this month was a set of coasters to use in my sewing room! I saved these quilted square cutoffs from my Dreamin' Vintage Sew Portable Travel Set that I made a few years ago, not wanting them to go to waste. I finally decided to turn them into coasters. I used binding scraps to finish them, so they're extra scrappy!

I pulled out my scrappy pineapple blocks and made a new block, bringing my total to nine blocks. I love how these are turning out, and I'd like to start working on this project more regularly again.

Most of my sewing this month was on samples for my class at Glamp Stitchalot in November! Here is a little peek.

Lots of block sewing, including these fruity cat blocks. Fruit prints are from Sugar by Erin McMorris. Block tutorial can be found here.

See the plus quilt I made with this collection last Summer, here.

I am trying to get back into knitting too, it's a very relaxing activity for me, and I've missed it. I decided a hat would be a good way to get back into it!

I love matching my project bags to my knitting, of course. Using a lined drawstring bag made from Nordika for this one.

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 April:

April Fabric
Used up: 4.5 yards
Brought in: 3.75 yards
Net: -.75 yards
Year to date: +22 yards

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

I managed to buy no fabric until the very end of the month. I was working on my Glamp projects and I ran out of the neutral dot from Mochi. I was only short a 8"x2" piece, boo! Since it's a work project I didn't want to sub it out, so I ordered some more, plus a few other colors fell into my cart.

Speaking of finishing projects, we were able to cross our pantry off the list this month! Here's a little before/after of our kitchen pantry. It's at the top of the basement stairs, and as you can see it was pretty gross and non-functional when we moved in. So, we tore out the old shelving, did a lot of wall repair, primed, painted, installed new shelves, and ripped out/replaced the old linoleum. It was a big project, but was so worth it. We have so much more storage space now, and it looks a lot cleaner and taken care of. I used this tutorial from Young House Love for the shelves.

A fun thrifting find from April, this candy colored wizard of oz sheet!

Last but not least, George bunny taking a break from running around to wash his face!

Have a great month!


  1. Is that top pic of your sewing room? It looks very functional and neat. Your home looks lovely--what I can see of it.
    Yes, those small projects (pantry) take more time than you'd think--but having your food organized makes life so much better.
    I enjoyed your class at Pink Castle's Stitchalot. I've been to a couple of them and they sure are fun.
    Have you been doing any clothes sewing? I always like what you make.
    You must be happy to have a new location to thrift shop. I enjoy thrift buys but in Canada we don't get the deals that you do.
    This is a long comment--but I saw you hadn't had any yet so I thought I'd get the ball rolling.

    1. It is, I'm enjoying working in it! I haven't sewn much clothing lately, I did make a sweatshirt that I still need to photograph. Hopefully soon!

  2. Looks like you are settling in. I need some coasters for my sewing room!! I am sure I have some orphan blocks.

    1. Trying to! I feel like I have enough leftover blocks to make a few more sets!

  3. cute coasters. I like your new sewing space.
    Yes, Moving is a lot of work. George looks quite content.

    1. George really loves to run around, and of course loves treats! :)

  4. Your sewing room looks great and I love your drawstring bag. Picking fabrics for those bags is so much fun. It's always good to see George Bunny enjoying himself.

    1. Thanks! Glad to hear that, that's my favorite part about making them too! :)

  5. I love this picture of George the bunny as well as the rug he's sitting on. Do you have a link to the rug or a larger picture of it by chance?

    1. Yep, I bought it from Rugs USA, here it is: https://www.rugsusa.com/rugsusa/rugs/rugs-usa-fading-floral-gabbeh/Ivory/200AHSH11A-P.html

  6. I love your rug! Where did you buy it?

    1. The one in the photo with George Bunny is from here: https://www.rugsusa.com/rugsusa/rugs/rugs-usa-fading-floral-gabbeh/Ivory/200AHSH11A-P.html

      The other is from ikea.


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