I would have liked adding a summary of the things I’ve made in 2014, but that doesn’t make much sense if that means an exact copy paste of my last 10 blog posts :P. I guess adding a baby and renovating a nest to that list, does make it my most productive year ever ;).
Instead of focusing on my lack of sewn items, I’ve made a summary of (more or less) everything I’ve made since 2011. Motivating myself to keep creating, as little as it might be and as slow as it might go. Hoping to one day put my sewing machine, serger, embroidery machine and all those Craftsy classes I signed up for, to good use.
Check my full list of finished projects here.
For my first nephew!! :)
face as suggested in the pattern
I took these pictures when it was getting dark and I thought there wouldn’t be enough light, but I love how the exposure worked out!
The pattern is Wee Ones by Susan B. Anderson, from the Craftsy class with the same name. I wasn’t sure at first if I wanted to make this bunny, because I didn’t like the face Susan gave it and couldn’t come up with anything better, but Ravelry is great for this, because it enables you to look at other people’s ideas for a specific pattern. I quickly found TheCraftyPetite’s bunny face and was inspired.
About the embroidered B; ideally it would have been in the exact middle of the corner, but I’m still trying to figure everything out.
The fabric underneath the bunny blanket is a store-bought swaddle bag from Blankets & Beyond.
Oops I did it again... I’m really not sure how to prevent that if you’re embroidering something substantial.
I also included 3 cute little hats in the package, as worn by the bunch in this picture. That’s what they look like, but they’re far less innocent, haha. They’re actually peepee teepees or wee wee wigwams, or whatever you’d like to call them. They protect parents from baby boys’ golden showers during diaper changes, haha. Giraffe was prepared to demonstrate the purpose in an X-rated photoshoot ;). I followed this easy tutorial and quickly whipped up 3 of them. Fun little joke gift for new parents.
Knowing that peepee teepees exist, brightens your day, doesn’t it? :)
For: myself and myself only :).
Pattern: self drafted, helped by the Craftsy’s Design your Own Handbag Class
Inspired by: the Etsy bag on the right. Can’t seem to find the listing anymore.
Material: 1 yard of designer remnant from Fabrique Fabric a $5.99. Not sure what kind of material it is?? I lined it with stash Tanya Whelan cotton. Also added a 2-way zipper ($2.49)
Deadline: I had hoped to finish it before leaving for Austin for 5 days (last week, love that city!) but that didn’t happen.
The details: took forever! I added the recessed zipper, a pocket in the lining, obviously the bow and also two fabric strips, allowing me to add a cross body strap at a later stage.
I’m working on the second project of the Inspired Modern Quilts class; the Low Volumes Tiles. There are 12 blocks, each comprised of 12 pieces of 12 different fabrics. :).
The quilt top is called Low Volume because it combines more neutral, quieter fabrics in different grays, highlighted with one pop of color.
I was inspired by the (organic) Birch Fabric Ellie in Green and searched for other low volume fabrics that would go with it. I’m still doubting the use of fabric nr. 5 (Lizzy House Pearl Bracelet). I couldn’t make up my mind, so I lay out the blocks before going to bed, and when I went into my sewing room the next morning my initial thought was “yes, I like it”, so I went with it. I don’t dislike it now, I’m just wondering if there would have been better choices (like chevron or something). But I’ve finished all 12 blocks, so it’s too late to change anything :).
I’m not sewing together the blocks yet, right now it would end up measuring 30×40″ and I think that’s a bit small. I plan on making 8 more blocks, after Easter :).
I just finished the first project for the Inspired Modern Quilts Craftsy class. Yeah… I couldn’t resist buying another one. What can I say? I love Craftsy!
I really want to make myself a modern quilt, but I reckon I need some practice. My first 2 attempts were a bit messy after all…
For this Embracing Randomness project I used the rotary cutter for the first time. Still need to figure out the easiest way to left-handed rotary cutting, ugh. I just don’t get a steady grip on the cutter and ruler. I roughly cut everything 3.5″, but roughly isn’t quite good enough if you want to perfectly align all the blocks…Practice, practice :)).
The idea of this Embracing Randomness is to cut 80 (or how many you’d like) squares, mix them in a shoebox or bowl and randomly lay them out. After doing that with all of the squares, you can change things a little bit if you like. I didn’t change the direction of the dachshund print, I quite liked the randomness!
I’m not sure what I’m going to do with this quilt top. Maybe a pillowcase or cushion? Time will whisper the answer in my ear!
Finished my first knitting project!
I think my knitting definitely improved during the second part of the scarf. There are still some minor mistakes here and there, but I ripped out a couple of rowes 3 times and now I’m done with it. It was just a trial project anyway. The first time I had to rip out some rows, because I forgot the keyhole, then it looked really ugly, and then I forgot the keyhole again…. Maybe I shouldn’t watch TV and knit at the same time?
That’s right, I decided I needed one more hobby; knitting! :)
This is my first knitted project ever. I may have tried knitting when I was about 10 years old, but I don’t think I ever made it past 2 rows.
I know it’s not exactly faultless, but I decided not to rip it out, so you could see my progress. It’s not like I feel comfortable ripping rows out and picking up stitches again, anyway. This is only half a shawl, so I’m now working on the other half. The progress should be more visible there :).
And yes, this shawl involves lace knitting, and it’s so much fun! It still needs to be blocked, though, but I haven’t watched that part of the Knitlab class on Craftsy yet. That’s the class I’m taking. I wouldn’t be able to figure this all out from a book. I’m just not visually intellectual like that. Drawings don’t make sense to me.
Can’t wait to learn many new things!