Unintentional Procrastination

I’ve been working away at my third Sewing Collective guest blog post for nearly 2 months.  It’s been alot of trial and error, but I’ve finally settled on a pretty stellar fabirc/felt combination.  I had everything set up and ready to do some marathon sewing this week only to discover that the felt I have on order is STILL “in transit”.  USPS has managed to ship my package to Cincinnati three times and Detroit once.  I don’t even know how it has been wrongly sorted that many times between 4 separate PO locations.

In the meantime, there’s a little bit that I can do on this pattern without the felt which means I’ll have less to complete once it does arrive.  I have no doubt that it will get to my door by week’s end (it’d better….) because it’s frustrating when you’ve been waiting for 3 measly sheets of felt for two weeks and it’s the last thing you need to finish a project that’s has a definite deadline.

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April Whirlwind

(Sneek peek! for Secret Project #2 for the Betz White Sewing Collective)

Here we are at the tail end of April and it’s just whizzed by me.

I think I’ve completed and photographed at least three different projects, two of which are going to be featured this month.  The first one you can find over on Betz White’s blog for the Sewing Collective today!

If you haven’t been following along yet here are some of the other wonderful contributors who’ve already shared their own pattern mods:

Stephanie of Swoodsonsays: Forest Friends Slippers

Sara of Radiant Home: Hexie Hipster Bag

Stacy of Stacy Sews: Little Fly Cap

Wendi Gratz of Shiny Happy World: Stitch & Stash Bag

Cindy of Raspberry Sunshine: Jet Pack Bag

Melissa of A Happy Stitch: Furry & Fluffy Polar Bears

I even started to quilt the Hexie quilt, aka the Science Fair Quilt by Jaybird Quilts, and that has been one heck of an under taking.  I keep grimacing every time I have to turn it because it’s large enough to make my sewing table feel very cramped.  It would be so much easier if I had a longarm.  Unfortunately, I have to suffer thru this one and just do a little at a time so as not to lose my sanity or my patience.

Straight line quilting can be taxing. Who knew?

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I’ve put off quilting the Hexie quilt for now in lieu of something a little less taxing.

This is from one of Betz White’s patterns called The Sweet Life pillow.  It uses reverse applique to make the bee pop out and I am really digging how this is coming together.

I am not, however, very fond of my first fabric/felt color combo (you can see it peeking out in the upper left hand corner).  I decided on trying a darker combo to see if it turned out an better.  I like it, but I’m not sure if it’s “the one”.

We’ll see.  I don’t have that many felt color options in my stash so I’m trying to work with what I have and right now I have alot of this mustard yellow.  I do really love the Persimmon by Basic Grey fabric collection.  I will probably end up taking the yellow and dark blue bee with me to my fabric shop and match its coloring with more of the same line to see if there are any other color combos I can pull off.

This will eventually end up becoming part of my Secret Project #3 for the Sewing Collective!

Secret Project #1

This last week has been very long with multiple rounds of colds and fevers going thru each of us.  A mandatory “creative” break had to be enforced so everyone could recover fully.

Now that we’re all on the mend I can start on part of a Secret Project I’ve been invited to work on this year.  While I have to keep hush on it for now, I’ll be able to share more of what these projects are being brought together for in a few more weeks.

In the meantime, remember it’s only 5 more days till March 1st and Spring is almost here!!