Feb 062013

Gah! My goal for February is just to sew my very late Piece Bee house block. I have the plan drawn out (except I think I need to add window frames):
Piece Bee house plan

… and I just need to sew it! Argh!

Jan 272013

I finished my dad’s passport document folder! Huzzah! Because of the cross-stitching, I figure it took me about 47 hours. O_o
11 doctors passport folder, exterior

I used the Wanderlust Pocketbook pattern from Everyday Handmade. It makes a super cute document folder, but the instructions have a couple of errors in them. For one, it tells you to cut the exterior fabric and the exterior’s interfacing an inch too narrow. For two (heh), it only reminds you in the instructions about applying about half of the interfacing pieces — you have to remember yourself to apply the other ones. Fortunately, I always apply my interfacing before sewing anything, but if any novice sewerers just went through and followed the instructions, they’d be sad at the end when they had leftover interfacing pieces.

Anyhoo, the waste canvas that I used to get the cross-stitching done was so neat! I just had to spray it with water, and the canvas threads came out pretty easily. You may notice in the picture below that the Tardis is on a different side than in the finished passport document folder. I ended up having to cut it apart in order to get the Tardis in a better place, so that’s why I wasn’t too upset when I found out that I also had to add width to the exterior because of the error in the book.
11 Dr Whos, removing the waste canvas

The inside of the passport folder has a whole lot of cute pockets for all kinds of stuff. My dad figured out that his Nexus 7 fit into the ticket pocket!
11 doctors passport folder, interior

I’m so glad this is done! I paid cash (er, PayPal) munee for that Dr. Who pattern, so I’m happy that it didn’t languish with the other patterns I’ve paid for and have yet to use. 😀 Thanks, Shanna and Melissa, for spurring me to finish this!
11 doctors passport folder, front close up
11 doctors passport folder, back close up

Jan 162013

I’ve been staying on schedule with my Dr. Whos, and now the end is in sight! Yippee!

Dr. Who cross-stitch wip

In my extremely (in)accurate estimation, the Tardis took me 10 hours, and each doctor takes me about three hours. I can’t wait to finish the cross-stitch part and finally get to the zippy-fast sewing part!

Jan 072013

I do love me a finish-along, so for January I’m choosing something I have to get done on time: a birthday present for my dad. It’s due on the 25th, so I have most of the month, but I need it because I am SLOW! I’m going to make him a passport-and-other-travel-document folder (hopefully he’ll use it during my parents’ upcoming trip to Korea), and I’m cross-stitching the Tardis and all eleven Dr. Whos on the exterior fabric. Eek!

I’m using Wee Little Stitches’ super cool pattern, but boy am I worried about finishing on time! After working on it all day and late last night, this is as far as I got:

So my goal is to finish the Tardis today and then one doctor a day after that. Hopefully that’ll leave me enough time to try pulling off that waste canvas (my first time ever!) and actually make the passport folder. Gogo!

Apr 102012

I knew about the first quarter finish-along but forgot to make a post in time, and I’m not doing that again! Arglebargleblargh!

Anyhooble, here are the things I hope finish this quarter:

Made in Cherry quilt

I basted it last week, and I’m waiting for my new sewing machine (!!!!!!) to arrive so I can quilt it. Not speaking of which, can you believe I miscut the background squares twice?! My quilt is the 90″ version, but the first time I cut my squares for the 80″ one. I ordered more fabric, and the second time I cut according to the 90″ directions, but I really should have just measured my quilt because it ended up a little larger than 90″ so my background squares were still too small. That time I felt like I was wasting enough fabric, so I just sewed on extra strips to make up the difference.

Grandma P’s Full Swing quilt
full swing quilt, basted
This is an old picture of it right after I basted it (in June of last year!), but right now it’s got some quilting lines I’ve got to unpick. Then hopefully it’ll be zoomzoomzoom and done!

Sashiko table runner

A couple of weeks ago, I got to go to a sashiko class sponsored by my local quilt guild and taught by an adorable little Japanese lady. After getting scolded for drawing my pattern with a pencil (oh noes!), I started on this table runner for my mom. Even though I like to tell people about how I was tattled on about the pencil, the class was really fun and everyone was super nice and friendly — the woman who stopped me from using my pencil made sure to find a marking pencil I could borrow. 🙂

Sunshine’s quilt
Sunshine's I Spy, in progress
I may as well throw this in, even though I doubt I’ll get to it. Sunshine doesn’t like being covered by blankets, so it’s hard to get motivated to finish this. This morning, even though it was freezing, Sunshine was groggily flinging off the blanket I’d covered him with in the car! Maybe I’ll finish it up for his cousin due in July.

It would be so awesome if I could get all these things done! Then maybe next quarter I can work on the knitted blanket that I started before my sister was pregnant with her first child, and I still haven’t finished now that she’s due with her second…

2012 Finish-A-Long