Monday, January 09, 2017

Mini Mini Monday - Hoppin' along!

Try not to faint. Two posts in three days. I'm getting back into the groove!
I know I've said it before, but I do love making mini minis. They come together so quickly and I can quilt them with greater density than I ever have time to with larger quilts. This time, I went for a Polaroid block (we all know how much I love those!) and I cut into some very special fabric: the House of Hoppington bundle that I won at Glamp Stitchalot!
Back in November, it was Julia from Jada's Quilting Adventures turn to be Birthday Queen in our 2016 Birthday Bonus Club. I just knew I had to add a little something special into her squishy envelope. And since she was my roomie at Glamp, it seemed right to use this fabric!
Those little white lines are meant to be the hopping lines of those wee bunnies. I'm linking up today with Main Crush Monday @ Cooking up Quilts . Whee.... back to link-ups!

J

Saturday, January 07, 2017

Long time, no see...

It's 2017. How the heck did that happen? I can't believe that it's been a solid two months and change since I last posted. I shan't go into all the gory details (yawn....so boring). Suffice it to say that a return to full-time teaching in addition to a fair amount of solo parenting doesn't leave much time or energy for sewing or blogging about it.

Here and there, I've managed some sewing and quilting. Much of it Christmas related and/or for Double Trouble. BT needed a little something to perk up his white oxford and jeans for the Christmas season and I managed to convince Himself that ties are super cute. A bow-tie would have been pushing it too far!
I used this quick little tutorial from Sharing the Wealth and added length as recommended by Kelsey @ Vanilla Joy. I see more ties in BT's future!

BT also needed some new Christmas comfy pants. No, GT isn't being left out. She's rockin' BT's ones from last year. I can't let that C+S Washi flannel go to waste. They're way cuter in person. Here's hoping we manage a family pic one of these days!
These pants mimic the ones I made for Himself last year (he said not to waste expensive flannel on him!) and used this tutorial from Sew Jereli. Now that BT has grown out of the biggest size of Big Butt Baby Pants ☹, I had to find a new go-to pattern. I'm pretty sure this is it!

For more than a decade, I've stored my classroom participation tokens in a Ziploc bag. Seriously. It's a case of the cobbler's children going barefoot! When I headed back to the classroom this year, I decided I needed something a little fancier. The In Color Order Drawstring Bag did the trick. I do so love this pattern and that print is just right for my classroom!
Miss K is practically an adult now, but I know she likes to colour occasionally. So I made her a little coloured pencil roll for Christmas. I also made a few to donate to the Halifax Shoebox Project. I wish I'd taken a pic or two first!
How right is that Cotton+Steel pencil print? I've got to make something for myself out of that one of these days! And a little Netorious and Kona Emerald rounded out the interior.

So there we are, dear readers. Proof that I've not dropped off the planet or given up sewing. I make no promises, but I'm hoping to be here more regularly in the coming months! Hope you'll be along for the ride!

J