January Monthly Report

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

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

First and foremost, a big thank you for your twill tape orders! I have a reorder on it's way and the low/sold out styles will be back on Friday, February 7th. You can find the listing in my shop here: Cotton Twill Tape

Sewing wise this was a light month. Michael took the first week of January off, so it did sort of feel like I was playing catch-up most of the month. Totally worth it though! He works long hours, so I really cherish any extra days we have together.

I did carve out some time to sew up a new drawstring bag. When I was cleaning my sewing room after the new year I realized I had enough cork fabric to make two more drawstring bags! I paired the cork with this lovely canvas print from Ruby Star Society*. This is the bottom accent variation from the expansion pattern in the Project size. The cork fabric from Sew Sweetness.
Lined Drawstring Bag Pattern + Lined Drawstring Bag Expansion Pattern

I finished a small quilt this month! This was an extra quilt top from writing my book, Patchwork Essentials: The Half-Square Triangle. I basted it in May 2018, yikes! I was tired of having it languishing under my sewing table, so I spent some time getting it finished up in January. What a relief to cross this one off, it was weighing on me!

I shared my scrap project that I made in the form of a tutorial last week, you can find it here: Long Scrappy Pincushion Tutorial. I actually made two, since I didn't take photos of the process while I made the first one. They were fun and quick!

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 January:

January Fabric
Used up: 9 yards
Brought in: 8 yards
Net: -1 yards
Year to date: -1 yards

January Yarn
Used up: 0 yards
Brought in: 0 yards
Net: 0 yards
Year to date: 0 yards

New Year, new stash tally! I actually didn't buy any fabric this month. All the yardage that came in was given to me by friends. I knew I had to finish that little quilt to help offset it! No yarn movement, but I did start a new cowl for Michael.

I didn't really do much of anything towards my crafty goals this month, but that's okay. I spent most of the month working on behind the scenes business stuff, so a lot of time on the computer. I am looking forward to being more intentional about my sewing in February. Which includes picking up my vintage sheet quilt blocks!

I'm missing my garden, so I treated myself to some flowers this month. First I had a bundle of teeny tiny purple and white carnations that lasted three weeks from Trader Joe's. This weekend I replaced those with these ones shown above. They are my absolute favorite color, such a perfect purple. I love to stretch a single bunch across 4 or 5 small bottles.

George the bunny! He is doing well, and he put on some weight this month. He is very happy about that and so are we. Such a good boy, we love him so.

Have a great month!

*Note: Any links marked with an asterisk in this post are affiliate links. This means if you click through and buy something, I make a small commission, at no extra cost to you.


  1. A lovely post as always Jeni. And it is always a pleasure to see George. So sweet.

  2. Oh my goodness - George! So cute! The quilts are gorgeous, particularly drawn to the hst one - the colours are my favourite shades of blue/green, teal/aqua!

  3. George is such a sweet bunny. I am happy that he is doing well and keeping in good shape.
    His coat is so shiny and lush. I bet he loves running loose around the house.
    I love animals. I have two cornish rex kitties. At present, Miles is 8 and Princess is 2. Pierro died in 2016 and it was horrible and terribly heartbreaking for me. Princess has been a good kitten.
    Your projects this past month are well done and beautiful


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