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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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Finished Friday | Ana’s Hippo Hobo Bag

Stitch ALL The Things | Hippo Hobo Bag pattern by Emkie Designs

This week’s Finished Friday is my second Hippo Hobo Bag. I made this for my sister-friend, Ana. I made her mom the 49er Hippo Hobo Bag about a month ago for her birthday. I know I’ve mentioned these two women before on my blog, but I just can’t say enough how special they are to me. Always encouraging, motivating, and cheerleading me on. They’re just the best!

Stitch ALL The Things | Hippo Hobo Bag pattern by Emkie Designs

Ana loves the color pink. She saw a picture I posted somewhere on social media that included the Chain Mail print in Plum from Tula Pink’s line, Elizabeth. She made a comment about how she loved the print, and I knew right then that I would use it in a bag for her. I wasn’t sure about the interior and accent cotton fabrics at the time, and I chose them later. I knew that I wanted MiKri Glitter Mirror Canvas Vinyl for the vinyl accents. If you’re into making bags, this stuff is bomb! It’s super thin and goes through a sewing machine very easily. I was thinking about using the glitter canvas in pink, but realized that would just be too much pink (Ana might disagree). I decided on the white as it gave it a clean feel, but also a place to rest your eyes when looking at the bag.

Stitch ALL The Things | Hippo Hobo Bag pattern by Emkie Designs

Most people who know me will tell you that if I’m using Tula Pink on a project for you, then you KNOW I love you. Because I really do hoard my Tula fabric. Tula has the best colors, and all of her lines coordinate so well together. I chose Deity in Mojito (the elephant faces) from Tula’s Eden line for the flaps. The color is a perfect match to the aqua green in the Chainmail print. It pops against the fabric so nicely!

Stitch ALL The Things | Hippo Hobo Bag pattern by Emkie Designs

The interior fabric is Pearls of Wisdom in Plum from Tula Pink’s Elizabeth. It is also the fabric I used in all of the pockets. This bag has a hidden zippered pocket under the front bag flap, in the back of the bag, and in the interior of the bag. I also added my favorite zippered pocket panel that is part of The Epiphany Bag pattern by Chris W. I’ve mentioned it before, but I am a huge fan of pockets. If a bag pattern doesn’t have a lot of interior pockets, I add this panel in. It has a pen pocket, a pleated pocket, and two slip pockets. You have got a place for a pen, your sunglasses, your phone, and a notepad. Or a place to store your gum. Whatever you need to stow (or grab) quickly… this is your pocket panel. I’d buy The Epiphany Bag pattern over again just for the pocket panel!

This bag was so much fun to make, and I was so happy to hear from my sweet friend that she loved it. Now I think I’ll be making one of these bags for myself!

Linking up with:
Devoted Quilter hosting TGIFF
Can I Get A Whoop Whoop hosted by Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Finish It Up Friday hosted by Crazy Mom Quilts
Finished {or Not} Friday hosted by Busy Hands Quilts

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Finished Friday | 49er Hippo Hobo Bag

Stitch ALL The Things | 49er Hippo Hobo Bag

The Hippo Hobo Bag pattern was released by Emkie Designs in April and I knew I wanted this bag pattern as soon as I saw it. I bought it not long after release, but did not have time to make a bag from it until recently. I knew I wanted to make a bag for one of my best friends for her birthday, and this was the perfect bag pattern. Cristal is a 49ers fan and I ordered the fabrics from Fabric.com for this bag before we went to Oregon for the summer. I already had the antique gold faux leather, and it turned out to be the perfect color to match the gold in the print. I was glad to have all of the materials on hand and ready to sew up when we returned for the summer and I got started on the bag as soon as a few WIPs were done.

Stitch ALL The Things | 49er Hippo Hobo Bag

I would classify this bag as intermediate to advanced. I normally use Annie’s Soft & Stable to give sturdiness to a bag, but because this was a hobo bag, I opted to go with what the pattern called for… SF101 and Fusible Fleece. The only thing I did differently was to use one extra layer of SF101 on the outer main panels to give the bag a bit more structure. Thankfully, this bag gave me few problems with top-stitching. I did have to make the top flaps three times because I thought I’d be smart and change up the interfacing options there. I went back with what was called for in the pattern, but the fusible fleece was to thick in the seams for top-stitching. My third, and final, time making these I cut the fusible fleece out of the seam allowance and the top stitching was perfect!

Stitch ALL The Things | 49er Hippo Hobo Bag

The pattern calls for three zippered pockets. There’s a hidden zippered pocket under the bottom flap in the front, a zippered pocket on the back of the bag, and a zippered pocket in the lining. However, that wasn’t quite enough pockets for me. I am a huge fan of having a slip pocket handy when you need to quickly put away your phone or keys or sunglasses. The Epiphany Bag pattern by Chris W Designs has a fantastic pocket panel in it that includes a pen pocket, a pleated pocket, and two slip pockets. So I incorporated that pocket panel into this bag. I love how the pocket lining is also a faux binding on the pocket panel.

Stitch ALL The Things | 49er Hippo Hobo Bag

I really enjoyed making this bag. It took longer than expected, unfortunately. I had a few events with my son come up that required 2 – 3 hour blocks of time working with him that I would have spent sewing the bag, and then I became sick for about a week. I was one week and one day late giving Cristal her bag, but since we chose each other as “family” (and she loves me), I don’t think she cared about a late present. Cristal, if you’re reading this, I love you so very much! Thank you for being an amazing friend! xoxo

Linking up with:
Quokka Quilts hosting TGIFF
Can I Get A Whoop Whoop hosted by Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Finish It Up Friday hosted by Crazy Mom Quilts
Finished {or Not} Friday hosted by Busy Hands Quilts

Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts


To-Do Tuesday 10-25-16 | A Lazy Week

Happy Tuesday! This past week I did not get any sewing done. I was in full on procrastination mode. I spent a lot of time hanging out with the Mister, and I loved every moment of it. Sometimes you just need that time to step away, relax, and be present with the people around you. I did get some cross stitching done in the evenings though, and am excited to share a finish for Clue 8, and some progress on the ninth, and final, clue! I am so happy to be so close to being done. I have one, maybe two, evenings left to stitch on this. Once this is done I’ll be picking up an old WIP that I’ll talk about next week, as well as starting work on a new pattern. I’ll be rotating between the two so that I won’t get burnt out on them.

Stitch ALL The Things | Whacky Witches in Stitches WIP

On Monday I almost managed to get all of the fabric and interfacing pieces cut out for a new bag. The white piece pictured is fusible fleece and not the main print. I can’t show that quite yet. I ran out of SF101 and Fusible Fleece while cutting out pattern pieces so I will be making a trip to Hobby Lobby tomorrow to get the rest of that and begin working on this bag.

Stitch ALL The Things | Hippo Hobo

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Finish Whacky Witches
  • Finish bag by the weekend.

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