April Monthly Report

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

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

I didn't edit this photo of our backyard at all, can you believe how blue the sky is? Spring is such an  amazing season. I love how everything comes back to life!

My sewing this month was a bit all over the place, but one constant as always is drawstring bags. I am still slowly working on experimenting with different ideas for my expansion pattern. This one involved playing with quilt as you go to make a scrappy patchwork bag!

I'm very pleased with how it turned out and it was also my scrap project for the month. This is the project size from the Lined Drawstring Bag Pattern.

I also decided to cut into some of my hoarded bunny fabrics for an Easter bag! This one is the everything size, same as the tutorial size!

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 April:

April Fabric
Used up: 3.75 yards
Brought in: 0 yards
Net: -3.75 yards
Year to date: -15 yards

April Yarn
Used up: 0 yards
Brought in: 0 yards
Net: 0 yards
Year to date: +196 yards

I brought in ZERO fabric in the month of April!! Partway through the month I realized I hadn't bought anything and challenged myself to continue through the rest of the month. It felt great. I didn't use up too much this month, but that's okay. I started a new vintage sheet quilt and also made a big fabric art piece, both of which I'll be sharing soon! 

After a few different tries I finally can make a really good bagel. I used the Water Bagels Recipe from King Arthur Flour. It's quick and straightforward, I didn't change anything. These are chewy and the crust is great. I think I made a batch every week last month! It's definitely worth buying the non-diastatic malt powder that the recipe calls for. On my first batch I tried substituting barley malt syrup and they were very malty tasting.

Two George pictures because he is such a sweetie. I took him in for his yearly checkup this month and he did really well! Love this little guy so much.

Hope you have a great month!


  1. awwww, George. Good job on the no fabric buying. I am trying to do that and am having a sale with my guild in June! I just have way too much.

  2. George is too cute!! Where did you buy the unstained baskets for him?

    1. Both of his current baskets are from the thrift store!

  3. Your back yard and deck are beautiful. This is a very soothing view
    I love the bags, it is hard to cut into our favorite fabrics bc we wonder if this is the project for it. I know that feeling.
    George is beautiful. Thank you for sharing his pictures.
    I have 4 grand daughters now (from two daughters) The oldest is Sarah and she is 4. I made a "stuffed animal doll house" out of a sectioned cardboard display my dear friends at Target gave me. So, it is big, 24 x 36. Some special animals live there. The first residents are a family of three bunnies (Gund, I think?) Sarah named them Snowball, Cinnamon and She did not know what to name the all black bunny, so I suggested George. She said that was perfect.
    I love bagels.
    I want the recipe to the scones they make at Ashby Ponds, my dad's residence. He loves those. I am wondering if they will share it.
    Happy May, Jeni

  4. Those bagels look really good, but George Bunny looks even better. He is just the cutest.


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