Well, you see its like this. Monday morning was spent working on a project that is taking longer than I expected. After taking a break from this project, and fueled with another cup of coffee, Plan B was put into action. Plan B was to pull a bin with the intention of organizing it. Since it is a small bin, I thought I could take care of this in a short amount of time. When I discovered this bin was filled with sewing- themed fabric, left over from another project, I started to think of different ways to put the fabric to good use. Plan B was set aside, and a new project began. In preparing for 2021, I have the Quilter’s Project Planner, sketchbooks, my daily planner, and a bullet journal. I ordered new pens and markers. There are also library cards and other items to use in making bullet journals. All of these items need to be in one spot. Time was spent viewing many tutorials on making zippered or buttoned pouches; but I realized that these pouches would not hold everything I want to organize. Then I got the idea of making a small tote with four outer pockets. There was not enough of any one fabric to make the tote, so I used the mixed selection of fabrics. The quilt planner is the largest of the books I want to include, so I added 2 inches to the width and length. Pockets were made from four different fabric pieces. Two different fabrics were used in making the lining. The straps are also made from two different fabrics. The front and back pieces were cut a bit larger than the lining because I wanted to quilt them. After cutting the quilting to size, I had a quilted strip that was perfect for making a pen pouch. Maybe Plan B did work, because now I have an empty bin. The problem is that now I have fabric crumbs to add to my overflowing fabric crumb bin. The bonus is I now have an organizational tote. Not bad for a Monday.
If Plan A didn’t work, the alphabet has 25 more letters. Claire Cooke
There are still a few more small projects I plan to make this month. However, yesterday, my plan was to at least start with my end of the year organization. Plan A was to start small. So, I pulled out my Button Bin, thinking this would be easy-peasy and super quick. Instead, I found myself marveling at my collection of buttons. Then, I ran across a tiny box of Christmas buttons. Plan A went out the window, as I thought of ways I could use these cute Christmas buttons. Last week, I had already dumped out my Christmas fabric bin, and discovered fat quarters and scraps just waiting to be used. The fat quarters were used to make Scandinavian Star ornaments. Stitch With Rick has a good tutorial for making these fabric ornaments. The scraps were then used to make the pages for a Christmas mini book for my grandson. I made a mini-book kit containing all the materials and buttons needed for making another mini-book. I think my granddaughter might enjoy making one. It just so happened that there was a headband in the button bin. I had decorated some headbands for my granddaughter a year ago, and this headband, for some reason, was stuffed in the button bin. This led to searching the internet for headband ideas. There is a tutorial by Anjurisa for making a scrunchie headband. She gives excellent directions for this minimal-sew project. In my stash, there was a half yard of plaid-ish fabric with the colors that my granddaughter likes. It was perfect for the headband. As I was folding the fabric to return to my stash, I thought the fabric would make a cute stuffed animal for my youngest grandson. After spending way too much time looking at Youtube videos, I finally settled on a super simple tutorial by I Think Sew. The pattern calls for using felt, but I used the plaid-ish fabric. In another bin that is stuffed with left-over fabric pieces backed by Steam -A-Seam, I found some cute colors for the muzzle, the eyes, and the bum. Note to self: This bin with leftover Steam-A-Seam backed fabric pieces is valuable, so do not purge it when organizing. It might be that I get to Plan Z before I am totally reorganized, but just thinking of all the possible new discoveries and things I can make along the way just makes me smile.
Thank You Section I would like to thank Kyla from Sleepy Beagle. She introduced me to organizational tutorials by Karen Brown, Just Get It Done Quilts. Wow! I am going through all of her tutorials, and learning something new each time. Her tutorials cover a wide range of topics. I would like to thank Mary from Zippy Quilts. She posted about the Quilter’s Project Planner. I purchased it, and I can see where it will be very useful. Mary also has a book review post on Love Your Creative Space, by Lilo Bowman. Also, I cannot remember where I saw this organizing suggestion, but I think it was on Pinterest. Three simple words: Prioritize, Purge, Protect. I know I will have trouble with the Purge part, but I will give it a try.
“One of the advantages of being disorganized is that one is always having surprising discoveries.” – Winnie the Pooh
Every November, I spend time trying to look ahead to the next year. The year 2020 cannot end soon enough for me, a sentiment I am sure we all feel. This past week was spent on little projects and on binding quilts. My brother asked for some red coiled fabric mats. Since I had some remaining rope, I also made him some small bowls. My quilter did a fabulous job on the dragon quilt for my granddaughter. She used a swirly dragon fire breath design. After binding this quilt, I moved onto binding the Carnival of Color quilt I pieced, using Marcia Derse fabric. Thanks to Mary, I finally found the perfect pattern to showcase this beautiful fabric. I am lucky to have a new granddog in the family. Sammy is an absolute Love Bug. He needed to have a stocking for his first Christmas in his new home. I followed the tutorial by So Sew Easy to make a scrappy quilted stocking. As for UFO’s, I now have 9 blocks for the one inch stamp quilt. I also found some blocks I had made out of 3″ X 2″ blocks. I might revisit these blocks and see what I can do with them. There are a few more crafty things I need to make to end this year, but as I mentioned, I am looking ahead. First, I do need to reorganize my sewing area once again. Bins are overflowing and in no particular order. I love having the “surprising discoveries” in my disorganization, but a little organization is definitely needed. Also, I am ready for new fabric. Who isn’t? Right? 😉 I am also looking for new things and projects for next year. If we can make it through this Covid, I hope to be able to sign up for the fabric weaving class taught by my friend. She makes beautiful scarves and shawls from fabric that she weaves. Plans for taking a class with her were cancelled at the onset of this pandemic. I am also looking for a 365 Day project of some kind. In the past, I have made a 52 Friday quilt, and also monthly fabric books. This year, I had an embroidery project that really only took up half the year. I also made some quilted blocks that I made weekly, since the beginning of this pandemic. They are stored in a Pandemic Block Box. Each block is different. Some are appliqued, thread sketched, painted, collaged, or pieced. I am looking for ideas for next year, so any suggestions are appreciated. Stay safe.
“The beginning is always today.” —Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
To say that this has been an exhausting week is an understatement. We can now take a deep breath and prepare for the healing work ahead. During these stressful past weeks, I have been researching and studying tutorials on many different topics and art forms. I have also been looking through quilt books for ideas on making different types of blocks. A circular block is something I had tried before, but was not too happy with the results. I found some interesting tutorials on the drunkard path quilt block. I do not like the name , but I love the possibilities of what can be made with this circular block. One of the tutorials byQuilter’s Paradise. gave pretty good directions. I did not have the Slit ‘N Sew templates used in the tutorial. I had ordered some templates from Backporch Designs. The design I chose to make with these templates was that of a bird. There are different patterns for making bird quilts with the drunkard path templates. Originally, I had thought that I could use the different scraps in my bin to make these birds. I do not know if I have enough of the larger scraps that are needed. I do have enough white fabric. Also, after making one, I realized that this is more tedious than I thought. Maybe it would get easier as I made more, but for now, this block will sit in my One-of-a Kind block bin. The rest of this past week, I have been busy hand-stitching and crocheting. I was also able to bind the Halloween hexagon quilt. It will soon be mailed to my DIL who loves Halloween. She makes her own beautiful quilts, but I still wanted to make one especially for her. She and I had been sharing online Halloween and autumn fabrics that we liked. When I showed her the kit, she commented on how much she liked the fabric in this Moda Midnight Magic kit. This is the first quilt where I was able to use my new label. Laura, from Slice of Pi Quilts had posted about quilt labels by EverEmblem. I sent a sketch of what I wanted on my label, and my sister, Emma, did her magic and made the label for me. This Halloween quilt is the first quilt to have my label. Stay safe.