October Monthly Report

Monday, November 5, 2018

Happy November! It's time for October's monthly report. See past reports here.

Quilt top from Expanse Quilt Pattern.

October was a really busy month over here. My parents came to visit, and a few weeks later Michael's grandparents visited too. While my parents were here we tackled a bunch of projects around the house, including preparing and planting grass in our backyard. It was quite an undertaking, but I'm glad it's in! We also took a trip to Monger's Market and picked up this set of vintage lockers. I've always wanted some, and they had a huge selection.

Despite all the work on the house that we did this month, I actually got a good bit of sewing done. I didn't finish anything huge, but I made progress on a number of projects that were lingering. I did finish a few small things, including this patchwork drawstring bag. I had some smaller pieces of my friend Anna's fabric collection, Forage, to play with. I chopped it up into squares and made an Artist size lined drawstring bag!

Patchwork Drawstring Bag Tutorial

I also made a zipper pouch for my friend Brianne's birthday! This is the cosmetic pouch (slightly upsized to fit the zipper I had on hand) from my Triplizip Pattern. I added a little hand quilting for an extra fun detail. It was fun to use some of this linen cheater print from an old Heather Ross collection, Nursery Versery.

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 October:

October Fabric
Used up: 5.5 yards
Brought in: 4 yards
Net: -1.5 yards
Year to date: -15.5 yards

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

Pretty happy with my intake this month. I bought some solid red fabric that I used up right away for a set of stockings (I'll share those soon!). Closer to the end of the month I ordered some more sweatshirt fabric. I finished a new sweatshirt this month, and that spurred me on to make more!

Here is the sweatshirt I finished! This is my second hooded sweatshirt that I've made, and I'm loving it. I drafted the pattern for it from my favorite Loft sweatshirt. It was really simple to create the pattern, and with this one I was able to further adjust it so the fit is just how I want it. For this one I used organic cotton fleece from Birch Fabrics. I'm not sure what color this is, I found it in a remnant bin at a local shop last year.

I started a new project with some of my indigo scraps! I had a bunch of skinny strips, and one day I decided to just play with them. I used the June quilt pattern from my friend Amanda Jean's book No Scrap Left Behind. I only made a few blocks because of the limited fabric I was working with. I'm not 100% sure where I want to go with it from here, but I'm not in a hurry, so I'll let it sit for a while.

This was the first Halloween in our new house, and so our first time handing out candy! We had been warned that Halloween was pretty crazy in our neighborhood, so we decided to dress up and decorate the house too. We went with a Stranger Things theme, I dressed up as Eleven, and Michael is Mike. We had a ton of fun and we went through an insane amount of candy!

Even George was sleepy the day after! And maybe a little grumpy! :)

Have a Great Month!


  1. Adorei a criatividade de suas fantasias!
    Stranger Things
    e o Jorge?
    Lindo e absoluto como sempre!
    abra├žos fraternos!!!

    1. Thanks! George was a Beanie Baby this year! You can see his photo in my last post, here: https://www.incolororder.com/2018/10/happy-halloween.html

  2. What city is this Mongers Market in? I am so jealous! I love the lockers....the color is great.

    1. I'd love to see how you are using your lockers!

    2. We're using them as an extension of our coat closet, so jackets, shoes, hats, etc!

  3. Oh I adore the photo of George, as always
    It is nice to hear that you had some good times with family! Treasure those days! My daddy is 95 and alone now for just two years now.... We miss mom but she had the best life, indescribable. I always enjoy viewing your latest makes. The lockers are cool.

  4. Love the cabinet you keep your fabric in. Where did you find it? I've been searching for a cabinet or shelves to store my fabric stash, and I like that it has doors with glass. What a good find!


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