February Monthly Report

Thursday, March 5, 2020

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

February was a bit of a strange month over here! I came down with a cold around Valentine's Day that really wore me out. The tail end of it turned into an ear infection, which was not super fun. So, I didn't do much sewing this month. I did bring my singer featherweight downstairs so I could sew in the sunny library while Michael worked on his computer. I think I may keep it downstairs, it's nice to be able to sew on the main level sometimes.

I started a new workshop tote with linen and canvas scraps! This was going to be my scrap project for February but I only got as far as trimming all the half-square triangles. It's at the top of my to do list for March.

I also pulled out my indigo stash and made four blocks for a new courthouse steps quilt. I like how it's coming together so far!

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 February:

February Fabric
Used up: 0 yards
Brought in: 11 yards
Net: +11 yards
Year to date: +10 yards

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

Yikes! I did not finish any projects this month. The only other month that I've finished nothing since I started tracking was when we moved to CT two years ago. I also had my first big fabric splurge in a long time. I picked up some old favorites, including a backing. At first I felt guilty, but I honestly feel okay about it. I've been so good about limiting purchases the last six months, I was due a little fabric shopping! Plus it was on leap day, so does it even really count? :)

This past weekend I traveled to Houston to visit with my friends Jacey and Amanda. It was so nice to spend time with them (and Jacey's husband too). We usually only see each other once a year, so this was a treat. Plus the weather was incredible!

We got up to all kinds of fun stuff, including some t-shirt dyeing. I have been trying to achieve purple ice dye for a long time and I finally succeeded!

A non-sewing project I worked on recently was a little phase two update to our little pantry. It's at the top of the basement stairs, so we need to make every nook and cranny work for us. First, I added a set of these shoe storage cabinets (trones from Ikea). They're lightweight and nice for storing snacks, noodles, crackers, etc. I cut and finished a piece of plywood for the top to dress it up a little. We now have a chalkboard hanging above it instead of the mini quilt.

I also made a peg shelf for this tall awkward spot at the top of the stairs. It was totally unused space before and it's great for holding cleaning supplies. I roughly followed this tutorial to make the shelf. I customized the dimensions to fit my space and needs. The grocery bag holder is a tutorial here on my blog, find it here: Quilted Grocery Bag Holder Tutorial

George bunny! He is munching away as I type this, he has been doing well.

Have a Great Month!


  1. It looks like little George is munching his way right out of his basket! Enjoyed your post. I have never seen those shoe organizers before. Quite handy and inexpensive!

  2. Discounting your illness, it sounds like a great month. Hoping you get some MAJOR sewing time soon!!

  3. Looks like a great month. The first photos are so beautiful and artsy. It does sound like you were due for a fabric splurge. It is absolutely all right to buy it on leap day and if you use it. I have my sewing set up on the main floor too. It is a little awkward since I have to go upstairs to get supplies, but I really like being on the main floor.

  4. Love the peg shelf. May have to think about making one for us too! Hi, George! So cute!

  5. I really enjoyed reading this. How nice to get out and go south to see friends.
    I moved my machines down stairs in the sun room. It is delightful to sew down stairs. I need to use my featherweight, give her some exercise
    Enjoy your wonderful Month of March. Mine has been already a delight, my fifth grand baby and this one, finally a little boy! I am going to bring my 96 year old daddy that I care for every day, to see little Mason next week.
    Smooches to George. He looks very content and his fur is so pretty

  6. So, maybe you didn't sew much, but you got a lot done and George looks happy ... so all the important stuff. lol Hope you feel better.


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