Apr 232012

I’ve been joining in on Keyka Lou’s weekly goal (yay for mini achievements!), and I won at random numbering for the week that I made Easter stuff and my zig zag tote. My prize arrived this weekend, and I have to say: it’s sooo cute!

I love the fabric — now I can make something that looks like the Keyka Lou samples! — and the buttons are adorable! I’ve been wanting to acquire more buttons lately, but I can never tell if they’re going to be as cute in person as I think they are online, so I haven’t gotten many yet. This was a happy mail weekend! 🙂

Mar 292012

I was in a weird shopping+crafting instant gratification mood, so I bought the Jane Market Bag pattern and whipped a couple up to see how they’d look. Everyone else’s are super cute, but mine came out dopey!

I made them both mostly out of fabric I didn’t choose myself; this one’s got a perfectly nice print that I won in the recent fugly fabric giveaway party, and the red painters’ canvas is from a giveaway from quite a while ago.

This yellow one has a piece of Heirloom that I got in a scrap pack. It’s pretty, but something about the way I put it together with the quilters’ linen makes it look kind of Hawaiian-print-ey.

I know these aren’t great, but I offered my mom one anyway because I figure you can never have too many reusable bags in your trunk, and these would be perfect for not caring how dirty they get. But my mom sent them back home without taking one! Wah! I ended up foisting them off on my aunty — she loves giving things away. heh. Someday I’ll try to make cuter Jane Market bags!

Quite a while ago, I made this big market tote to schlep the kids’ things between my house and my parents’. It’s nothing fancy — I used the hedgehogs because I had a huge piece of it and didn’t want to use my cuter fabric on something for the kids. I’m mean!

Here’s my February Sew Bee Joyful block! It’s from Modern Blocks. At first, I was going to make the double circle of flying geese that’s also in this book (I forget what it’s called now), but then I got lazy. :} I still have to make the siggy block, whoops!

Finally, I received this adoooorable Monsterz bundle that I won from Cloud 9 Fabrics. It’s so cute! I don’t want to unwrap it til I use it, but I know I’m going to make a quilt for my nephew Georgie who’s going to be born this year. Yay!

Dec 142011

Edit: Yay! I’m so happy that someone(s) can use these — I’ll be sending them to Jennifer and Kelly.

I was lucky enough to win a package of Robert Kaufman scraps recently… unfortunately, I didn’t realize until they arrived that they were batik scraps. Whoops!

I’m not really a fan of batiks so wouldn’t use them. Do any of you lovely people like batiks? If you do, please tell me and I’ll mail them to you. I’ll ship them anywhere — I have to go to the post office to mail some presents, anyway. 🙂

Dec 122011

My dad just ordered himself the cheapest e-reader he could find, which is apparently a refurbished Kobo. New gadgets are super fun, but I still like real books. :> I bet my dad will love it, though, since he always brought a book to read while my mom, sister, and I shopped. Anyhoo, I made a case for his Kobo using Fresh Lemons Quilts’ super cute tutorial. Think it looks guy-ly enough?

It was awesome that Faith mentioned how to size the case to your own gadget since I didn’t have a Kobo to measure; hopefully it’ll fit with the dimensions I looked up online! If I ever make this again, I’ll try to remember to sew the velcro onto the top of the pocket earlier on — I waited till the end, and since the case is kind of small, I had to hand-sew the velcro on because I couldn’t wrangle it nicely under my machine. The needle-rocking technique I learned when I hand-quilted my tree pants came in handy!

I bet you’re thinking, what a cool green fabric! Right? I won it and some other fat quarters from Sew Lux Fabric in a giveaway at Echinops & Aster! Chrissy wrapped it so nicely that even Mr. Yazoo admired it.

I got to choose what fabric I wanted, and one of them was that fantastic apple crossweave I used in the Kobo case. It’s pretty and has a nice weight!

Thank you, Jenelle and Chrissy!

Nov 112011

I won Emmmy Lizzzy’s giveaway for Made by Rae‘s Showoff Bag Pattern… and now I’m showing it off! Hurk hurk. 😀

The pattern is great: the instructions are easy to follow and the tips sprinkled throughout are really helpful. I was impressed at how each piece used up almost all of the yardage that was called for with very little waste. It was a good thing that I had full yards of my exterior and interior fabrics, though, since they’re directional. The exterior fabric is from Superbuzzy; I love the little squirrel and hedgehog having tea!

I added an interior zipper pocket by following U-Handbag’s great tutorial and widened the recommended regular pocket so that I could split it in two. Yay for pockets!

My topstitching leaves a lot to be desired, but it’s okay since this bag is for me. Heh, heh.

Thanks, Emmmy Lizzy and Rae, for giving me such a fun pattern to play with!

Nov 072011

After being late finishing my October block, I decided that Saturday nights will be my bee-block-making night. We’ll see how long that lasts, heh.

Anyhoo, I finished my November blocks for Corinne. She asked for scrappy charm stars or wonky square-in-squares, and I chose to do the stars. I hope this is scrappy enough — I liked the zig zags a lot, and many of the strips were widths that would have needed to be pieced two or three times to get 5″ squares. Plus, I don’t think I’m skilled enough to make really scrappy scrappy charms look good. :}

Corinne also asked for a signature block, so I took the opportunity to try out Handmade by Alissa‘s super cool October modern block of the month. For some reason, my block makes me think of the 70s… maybe it’s the ovals next to the retro guitars?

I finally made myself a scissors case, yay! When I needed to take it out with me, I had been carrying it around in a tupperware, and last week I noticed that my scissors had poked a bunch of holes in the corners. >_< I made this using scraps from cutting charms for Gen X Quilters’ Japanese Import Swap 2. It would have been really fast, except that I was thinking at first that I wanted to use the hippo selvedge for the loop, and that I should serge the raw edge. I spent an hour playing with my serger, and at the end remembered that I had really cute ribbon that I could use instead. Hah! At least now I know how to thread my serger the not-cheating way, and I know how to make a rolled hem. 😀

I got this lovely bundle in the mail this week (although the cute puppies didn’t come tumbling out of the box, shucks) from Sis Boom. So pretty! Thanks, Madeline!

Nov 042011

Just a quick one today: I made two more bento bags for presents last night. One’s for my former manager cause she’s awesome, and the other one’s for my aunty because she’s mega-awesome. 🙂

I keep making these bags and realizing I don’t have much in the house to use for the ties (which is why all of mine have had only one tie instead of two). This time, I used some piping cord I bought recently — I was hoping to try making my own piping, but I guess I need to go back to the store to restock. My life is so hard, I know!

And another late one: thank you, Lindsay, for sending me this wonderful prize package for Craft Book Month! I’ve already cut into those fantastic charms for my drunkards’ path quilt! 🙂

Nov 022011

*moonfare spam*

I finally made my October (>_<) block for Sew Bee Joyful. Charlotte asked for blocks with classic boys' toys, and she gave us a really pretty inspiration board to help us out. I chose to do a ray gun. I'm not really happy with it -- it looks kind of Nerfy to me. Oh! I just realized that it's totally because I made the body orange! Doh... maybe Charlotte won't mind since Nerf toys have been around forever...?

I am happy that I at least learned something while I was making this block. I kept having trouble sewing my pieced sets together — I’d try to eyeball it and fold down the material so I could see if the papers lined up, and a couple of times I made lines on the fabric with my disappearing pen so I could try to match those lines up. Finally, I realized something that I’m sure people who have brains already knew to do: I realized that I could put pins through points in both pieces and line them up that way!

In other news, I have to catch up on thank yous. Today, I want to say: thank you, Michelle and Kate for sending me this awesome set of goodies for the September Bloggers’ Dinner Party! 🙂

Oct 172011

I had a fantastic mail day! I did let it pile up for two days, but still: I got three fun packages!

First, I received some suuuuuper cute fabric and zippers from Spotted Stone since I won her fall fabric giveaway. Thank you, Krista! I love it all, especially the adorable fruit-and-ladybugs linen blend thingoo!

Next, I got seven half-yards of fabric that I ordered from Drygoods Design. Can you believe I got all of this for only $18? You can, too — Keli’s running a coupon for 30% off pink fabric through October with the coupon code PINK30, plus free shipping through the end of the year. 🙂

Finally, some felt I ordered for Mr. Yazoo’s Christmas present arrived. It’s from Sweet Emma Jean’s shop, and she has a 10% off coupon through October. I love buying stuff on sale!

Last week, I thought Mr. Yazoo had asked me to make a baby quilt for his co-worker, which I was totally willing to do but just a little worried about since I also wanted to make two more quilts (that I haven’t started yet) for Christmas presents. I was relieved when I found out that he had meant a ribbon blankie. Whew! And… done!

Oct 052011

I finished my eating out kit for Pings and Needles’ Japanese Scrap Bag Challenge. Hurray!

After going through two prototypes, I finally landed on this triangle prism shaped containeroo with a button closure.

I forgot to take process pictures (doh!), but I made 56 hexies, sewed them into a rectangle-ish configuration, sewed the hexies and lining together, and then chopped up the three sides. Then I hand-sewed the end bits to the sides, and finally hand-sewed the sides to the bottom.

I embroidered a fork, knife, and spoon on the sides and I made the button. I meant to have chopsticks on there, too, but when I sewed together my hexies, I flipped something and ended up with only three blank ones instead of four. Whoops!

I’m going to give this to my mom — she and my dad have been having the kids and me over for dinner all this week while Mr. Yazoo is on second shift! I’m so lucky. 🙂 Now I just have to make something for my dad…

Thanks, Sarah, for hosting this fun challenge!