Ready to Go

Even though I make it a point to clean up my sewing room each time I use it, the room still gets out of control. This week, I have been making numerous small projects. I finished with all of them today, and the sewing room was a mess.

Since I plan on starting on a new quilt tomorrow, it was time to do a major cleaning and reorganization of my sewing room. I love the excitement that comes with planning and starting a new quilt. I have never made an attic window quilt, so I am looking forward to trying it out. I have been looking at different pictures and tutorials of the attic window quilt, and I have finally decided on the one I want to make. I drew the blocks on graph paper, and took the plans to my friend at the Mesquite Bean. She helped to figure out the amount of fabric I would need. Since I tend to miscalculate, I wanted her input. I found some great fabric at the Mesquite Bean to make the attic box around the trademark character fabric.

I plan on making four rows of three blocks. There will be 2″sashing, a 1″ inner border, and a 6″ outer border.

One of the small projects I completed today was a shopping bag for my daughter-in-law who is a seamstress, crafter, and quilter. I used the Time to Go Shopping Sack pattern by Fishsticks. ( I just read that Fishsticks is going out of business.)

My daughter-in-law loves anything Halloween, so I am including a Quilter’s World magazine I saw when I was grocery shopping. The magazine fits very nicely in the shopping bag. The Quilted Tricks & Treats issue has 22 fun projects. There is a wall hanging with haunted houses that I was tempted to make myself, but my To-Do list for August and September is already too long.

My room is all set up and ready to go. Hopefully, I can start fussy cutting the character fabric for the attic window quilt tomorrow. I also want to work on some of the blocks for my house quilt. I had purchased some Halloween fabric for another project, and I was able to fussy cut some of the Halloween characters for the house doorways.

Ballerina Tote

On one of my regular visits to Las Colchas, I saw just what I needed to make for my four year old granddaughter, who is enrolled in ballet classes.
There was a tote, made with the perfect ballerina fabric.
The pattern is a Go Fish Pattern by Fishsticks.
KidsTotesUnzipped The Fun-to-Go Kids Tote
I hesitated, because the pattern calls for a zipper.
I have not sewn in a zipper since home economics class in 1968.
Francine, the proprietor of Las Colchas and good friend, encouraged me and gave me a quick lesson.
Of course, I had to go back for a second lesson, but it all worked out.
dancetote
dancequilting
I hand quilted swirls and the word Dance on the lining.
Acquired/Improved Skills: ZIPPERS, hand quilting, boxing corners, asking for help