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To-Do Tuesday 2-28-17 | Sewing For Myself

Howdy, Friends! It’s Tuesday and time to check our lists! This past week all of the sewing I did was for myself. It was great! I was still sewing project bags, so I did heave a bit of a sigh about that, but I was beyond happy to get some project bags made for my own cross stitching WIPS.

Stitch ALL The Things | Alexander Henry Skulls and Roses Tattoo Project Bag Set

I decided to make myself a travel project bag. My current cross stitching car project is I Cross Stitch So I Don’t Kill People by Clouds Factory. I was stitching this chart on aida fabric, and was constantly making mistakes and having to rip stitches out. My black floss was so old that it was shredding. I hated stitching on the aida, so on our recent trip to pick up the kids I stopped stitching and decided to start over. I had some 28 count Jobelan fabric in Antique White by Wichelt in my stash, so I cut that to size, serged the edges, and put it on my Q-Snap. Then I made the travel Project Bag to match my Grime Guard, using my absolute favorite Alexander Henry print I think I’ve only mentioned it 5 bazillion times. I also used black glitter vinyl, but that’s not popping out in the photo. I LOVE this bag! Super thrilled with this finish!

Stitch ALL The Things | Project Bag Stitching Set

The best sewing accomplishment for me this week was to make this Christmas Village project bag set. I previously purchased the entire Country Cottage Needleworks Santa’s Village cross stitching pattern set as well as all of the coordinating Just Another Button Company buttons and called for specialty flosses. I have been chomping at the bit to get started on this, but decided to finish my current weekend stitching WIP before I had a new start. Otherwise, I’d have no room in my rotation for stitching Santa’s Village. In the meantime I found the perfect coordinating fabric to make a matching project bag, Christmas Village by Fabri-Quilt. I patiently waited until I had some free sewing time to get this one done, and as soon as that time was available I got to work! I am so happy with how this one turned out!

Stitch ALL The Things | Christmas Village Accessory Bag

I decided to add some glitter vinyl to the accessory pouch to bling it up a bit. Love the reindeer on the back of the bag!

Stitch ALL The Things | Filled Project Bag

As soon as I finished taking pictures, I filled that baby up! I fit my 11 x 11 Q-Snap, all twelve charts, flosses and buttons inside the bag, and I still have some room to spare! Not that I need it, but if I’m headed out for a doctor’s appointment (and the inevitable wait in the waiting room) I can throw my keys and wallet in there and go.

I have to admit to feeling like I’m floundering this year with my sewing. I have some free sewing time, and I’m just not sure what to do with it. I’m worried that if I start a new quilt, I’ll get stopped half way through (like with the Mister’s quilt) to make more project bags and then lose steam on the quilt (like with the Mister’s quilt). I’m not sure if the Great Project Bag Sewing Spree of 2017 is over, or if I should dedicate time to making a bag per day until I get enough stock to launch a store on the website. Or if I should just let it die down and only sew them as requested so that I have time to quilt. And then, summer is coming up shortly and I plan on not doing any consistent sewing then since we’ll be at our Oregon home and spending our time working on it. Sigh. Like I said… floundering. I think with maybe another week or two passing that I will have a better idea of what I should do.

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Work on two commissions

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To-Do Tuesday 1-31-17 | Cross Stitching Update

Hello, friends! Happy Tuesday! I am actually going to talk about something other than Project Bags. What??!!! Well, kind of. I did end up completing 9 bags, as you can see in the Gallery below. Big thanks to Amy and Dyani for their orders! The one thing I will say about the bags is that I plan on setting up a page for just Project Bag pictures. Since this is becoming a real thing, I need to have images of them all in one place to refer potential customers to. One of these days I will catch up and have some bags in stock to sell!

My evenings have been spent cross stitching. It has really helped me relax after some super busy days. A few weeks ago I said I would talk about my current WIPs, but didn’t really get around to it. I thought this week’s post would be a good time to write about them, since all of my recent posts have been centered around the Project bags and I think ya’ll would enjoy me talking about something different.

The Burlesque Zombie Portrait from the book Twisted Stitches is my oldest WIP. I started this in 2014 and stopped stitching on it for about a year, picking it up in October of 2016. This is my progress from October of 2016 to January 13, 2017. I work on her the first two weeks of the month, Monday (if I have time after blog writing) through Friday.

I did get the Glendon Place Sleepy Hollow chart, fabric, and specialty threads for Christmas. Yay! I had most of the rest of the DMC floss in my stash. I work on this chart the third week of the month, Monday through Friday. I got so excited working on this chart that I actually bumped my weekend WIP and stitched on this for one weekend instead. Super love this one!

Stitch ALL The Things | Ship's Manor Mystery Town SAL

The fourth week of the month is spent working on the new Ship’s Manor Mystery Town Stitch Along. The first month’s release was the landscape for the mystery town. I am trying to get the landscape around the first building done so that when that is released I can start right in with stitching it. Which means I bumped my weekend WIP for a second time! I am planning on spending the rest of Monday night and Tuesday night stitching it so that I can be ready for the next installment.

My weekend WIP, that I’ve bumped for two weekends in a row, is I Love You So Very Much by Stitchrovia. I really do want to get this one finished, but it does seem the easiest to bump from my rotation.

Care Taker is my BAP (Big Ass Project) that I work on the 5th of every month. This is a very large chart and this is my progress from January 5th. It doesn’t seem like much, but that’s about three hours of work. And I have to frog it all and restart it. It wasn’t until today when I went to take a picture of it that I realized I started on the long side of the fabric, rather than the short side. UGH! So part of my day on February 5th will be be taking all of those out and redoing them. I am so looking forward to that. Not.

Finally, my last WIP is I Cross Stitch by Clouds Factory. I only work on this one when we travel. It’s a lot easier for me to stitch on white aida when I’m in the car and I don’t need my magnifier LED light for this one.
Stitch ALL The Things

Those are a lot of WIPs for me, but I am looking to see where I can add in Santa’s Village from Country Cottage Needleworks. I just got all of the patterns and the JABC buttons for it, and I have the fabric and specialty flosses coming from 123Stitch. I am so loving this one, and I can’t wait to start it! So much to stitch, so little time!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Work on two Project Bag commissions
  • Create Project Bag page

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To-Do Tuesday 12-20-16 | 2017 Plans

Stitch ALL The Things | Motorcycle Quilt Top

This week I seemed to have a bit of sewing A.D.D. going on. I finished Mister’s quilt top, got the backing cut to size, and cut and ironed the batting. I was all set to baste everything together, but then another project started screaming my name. Normally I can focus on getting one project finished and then working on the next one… but not this time.

Stitch ALL The Things | Beauties and Brains Project Bag

About a month ago I found the Projects Bag pattern on the ByAnnie website. I loved the vinyl front on this bag and knew it would be a fantastic way to organize my cross stitching WIPs. I spied the pattern sitting on my to-do project pile several days ago and had to make one up right away. I used my Alexander Henry Beauties and Brains yardage to make this one, along with Kona Cotton in Aloe and Art Gallery Fabrics Oval Elements in Licorice. I made the extra large bag, so this baby is 16.5″ x 16.5″. Which is perfect for one of my big cross stitching projects in 2017. And that is the perfect segue into my plans for 2017!

Stitch ALL The Things | 2017 Cross Stitch Plans

In 2017 I would really like to make progress with my quilting, bag making, and cross stitch plans. To do this, I came up with a schedule that I think might work. I plan on doing all of my sewing during the day before dinner, and cross stitching in the evenings after dinner. I normally focus on one cross stitch WIP at a time, but I’d like to try doing the rotation thing that I have seen a lot of stitchers do. This year I want to complete my Burlesque Zombie Portrait, so I will keep that in rotation for the first two weeks of the month, Tuesday through Friday. I am super, duper, DUPERTY-DUPER hopeful that Santa is going to put a Sleepy Hollow by Glendon Place chart and supplies under the tree for Mrs. Santa for Christmas and, if so, that will be on the rotation for the third week of the month, Tuesday through Friday. If that’s not under the tree (whimper, whine, whine), then I will work on my Care Taker chart (the zombie nurse) for that week. The fourth week of the month, and any extra days left in the month after that, I will be working on two stitch alongs. The first is Ship’s Manor’s Mystery Town 2017, and the second is from the January 2017 issue of Cross Stitch Collection, Stitch The Seasons. It’s the houses picture in the collage above. The whole chart is in that issue, but I will be stitching only one house per month. I signed up for the Full Coverage on The Fifth event on Stitch Maynia, which means the piece I will work on for that day, is Care Taker (zombie nurse) and I intend to use the whole day/evening to stitch, if it’s possible. No stitching on Mondays, since that is blog writing night. On the weekend evenings, Saturday and Sunday, I will be working on various smaller stitching projects and will post pictures of them as I go along.

Stitch All The Things | 2017 New Quilt Plans

As far as quilting and bag making go, I am dedicating two or three weeks per month to quilting, depending on whether I am going to quilt one of my four already sewn quilt tops, or if I am starting a brand new quilt. I have four new quilts I want to make in 2017. The Bargello quilt for Josh (not pictured), Triple Barnstar by Stitchery Dickory Dock, Pow-Wow Quilt by Cluck Cluck Sew, and Shimmer Quilt Pattern by Cluck Cluck Sew. I may try to fit one or two more quilts in for the year, but I am not counting on any quilting during the months of May through July.

For the remaining one to two weeks of the month I will work on a sewing related project. I have 8 bags that I’d like to make this year. Swoon’s Sadie (currently only available through the Bag Of The Month Club, but will be released on Swoon’s website in January), Charlotte City Tote, and Nora Doctor Bag. Sew Sweetness’ Appaloosa bag and Coalition bag (again, part of the Bag of The Month club, release will be in January). Blue Calla’s Boronia Bowler Bag, Emmaline Bags Necessary Clutch Wallet, and another Hippo Hobo Bag.

The last sewing related thing I’d like to accomplish in 2017 is to start sewing apparel again. I want to start small, so my plan is to make the v-neck t-shirt from Craftsy’s Sewing With Knits Class. I’d also like to get a firm grasp of my serger, so I recently bought the Beginner Serger sewing class on Craftsy when it was on sale for $10. I always seem to have trouble getting my serged edges to look right, and I’m hopeful this will help me understand how the serger works and to adjust the tension properly.

Well! That was a rather long post, but it adequately sums up my stitchy plans for 2017. I feel like I have a good combination of bag making/sewing, quilting, and cross stitching planned. I didn’t mention it earlier, but during the summer I will most likely focus on cross stitching. I’ll still bring my sewing machine with me when we go to Oregon, just in case! Do you have specific goals or plans for the new year? If you write it as a separate post, feel free to link that post up as well!

This coming week I intend to make three more project bags and baste the Mister’s quilt. I am not sure that I will get to quilting it over Christmas, but we’ll see.

I wish you Happy Holidays and/or Merry Christmas!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Complete three Project Bags
  • Baste Quilt

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To-Do Tuesday 12-13-16 | Two New Starts

TWELVE DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS!!! Happy Tuesday! I thought I’d just give your heart a tiny jolt and remind you to get your tushies in gear and finish up your Holiday shopping! 😉

This past weekend I got all of my holiday cooking done and all packages were shipped off today. I made pure vanilla with my Instant Pot, baked 106 cookies, and made 110 chocolate peanut clusters. I’d just like to say that I am so thankful that USPS lets us print shipping labels at home. The line at the post office was out the door! The Mister and I went in the “Out” and, under the critical eye of every person standing in line who is determined to let NO ONE (us!) cut in front of them, we walked up to the counter where everyone drops off postage-paid packages, dropped our packages off, and sauntered back out of the Out door. Can I confess my feeling of delight at not having to wait? DELIGHTED. (And here I was wondering why karma kept getting me. Attitude much?!)

Stitch ALL The Things | Motorcycle Quilt

Enough of food, on to stitchy stuff! I started working on the Mister’s motorcycle quilt. This was a kit I picked up at Fabric Junction Quilt Shop in Sturgis, SD. The pattern is Mahjongg by Anne Wiens of Sweetgrass Creative Designs. This quilt is coming together really quickly. I have all of the different blocks sewn up, I just need to sew them all together and put the borders on. I put it up on the design wall so the Mister could see what the top was going to look like. Not a great picture, but it’ll do for now!

As far as cross stitching goes, the Burlesque Zombie Portrait is going a bit slower than I expected. I think I’m used to getting stuff done quickly, so this is a good lesson in patience (and, no, God, that is not a request for more lessons in patience!). I am still having fun stitching this one and I am super excited to get to the subject of the portrait!

Stitch ALL The Things | Stitchrovia I Love You So Much

My second new start was Stitchrovia’s I Love You So Very Much pattern. This was my first time stitching on 32 count fabric. I spent Saturday evening trying to grid the fabric. The glitter on the fabric, as well as the super small holes, were a nightmare. It took me two hours just to grid the perimeter and by the time I got to the end I was one cross stitch square short. I was so frustrated. The Mister suggested I just stitch from the middle, and without gridlines. My brain sort of locked up at the thought of that, but as that is how stitchers usually stitch anyway, I decided to give it a go. This progress is from one night of stitching, about two and a half hours worth. It was slow going for me, but my left eye didn’t get all twitchy and I only had to rip out 5 stitches!

I was going to talk about my plans for 2017 and to Stitch from Stash, but I’ve decided to make that a separate post. I should have that up within a week or so.

I hope your holiday season is going well and you are able to take time to savor it!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Finish piecing quilt top, make backing

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