Urban Home Goods swap

March 11, 2011

The Urban Home Goods Swap goodies that I sent out Monday should have been received by my swap partner by now, so here are some details of the projects.  The main item requested was a sewing machine cover, and since I love my own so much, I felt it necessary to comply.  After a bit of Flickr stalking, and the swap notes, I felt pretty comfortable with my choice of mini bunting.  The green and turquoise are from a Stitch in Dye charm pack and the orange solid and yellow polka dots were in my scrap bin.  It’s backed with a textured teal solid that came from my grandmother’s attic stash, so I’m assume it’s somewhat vintage. I zigzag stitched in white because I didn’t want to detract too much from the flag shapes. My favorite part is little section of bunting fabric that I added to the binding.

sewing machine cover

sewing machine cover

sewing machine cover

The second item was a circular knitting needle case.  I looked around for a while before finding a design that I really liked.  I knew I could sew up a case pretty easily, but I really wanted to try something a little different.  That’s where Splityarn’s  Circular Needle Case tutorial comes in.   I really liked the idea of tearing up a thrift store book  – I think this was a book on economics.  After removing the book’s guts, I covered the book boards with the same linen blend I’d used for the main project.  The stripe is a Kaffe Fassett print (Plink in Rust) coordinated with the same teal I used for the machine cover backing.  The actual knitting needle holder part is off-white duck cloth and cotton elastic.

circular needle casecircular needle case

I couldn’t resist throwing in a few dpn sleeves or pouches.  I’m not sure where I got the idea, but here is a great tutorial.

dpn sleeves

I had a lot of fun figuring out what to make and working on these projects.  I usually do with Flickr swaps.  And it seems like the deadline of swaps is the only thing that really helps me finish up projects these days.  Our house right now is filled with half-finished projects, particularly of the quilting variety. There’s   a coin quilt, a strip quilt a t-shirt quilt, a quilt using Wonderland, and several mini quilts that I can think of just off the top of my head that I languishing in the sewing room.  In fact, the only one that even has been turned in to a quilt sandwich is the t-shirt quilt, which I have stupidly decided to hand quilt.


sewing with cats

March 8, 2011

alonzo in the craftroom

The sewing room door usually stays closed thanks to a certain cord-chewing floofy cat, but sometimes I’ll leave it open when I’m in there working on something. Alonzo joined me for quite a while this weekend while I did the bulk of the piecing for my 3×6 mini bee swap. No thanks to the cats, I did manage to pull together all the finishing touches for my Urban Home Goods Swap goodies, and they’re on their way to the west coast.

UHG set

catch up

February 1, 2011

Nope, I didn’t get sucked into a worm hole, I just got lazy.  So, let’s play a little catch up.



  • The dogs were very bad.  I’m pretty sure they were trying to break me.
  • Took a 2 week road trip to see my folks in South Carolina and the boy’s grandma in southern Georgia.
    • Visited my living grandparents. Met my brother’s bulldog, Belle. Met Austin’s grandma. Ate a lot of low country bbq.
    • Only took 1 photo the entire trip – in Thomasville, GA.
  • Embroidered and sewed 2 doll quilts for my SILS – beets & unicorns. Finished the granny squares for the holiday garland that I never assembled.
  • Went to sleep extremely early on New Year’s Eve.  It was so nice to be in our own bed again.



  • Joined a gym. I both hate it and love it.
  • Adopted a new kitty. He’s 9 months old and his name is Alonzo. He & Nitro get along really well.
  • Joined Stash Pact 2011, but I already fell of the wagon and bought some Lizzy Dish.
  • Hosted an Axis Powers themed dinner party / book club meeting at our house where we paired sausage & kraut with sushi. It was delicious.
  • Signed up for 3 quilting/sewing swaps – 3×6 Mini Bee, Urban Home Goods & Doll Quilt Swap 10.
  • Sandwiched and basted a t-shirt quilt I started this past spring. I’m hand quilting it while watching tv.

all gone

November 30, 2010


This will probably be the last cat-centric post for a while.  We sent the last of the kittens to a new home yesterday.  I was sad for an hour or so, especially since the last one was the black one and black kitties will always be extra adorable and special to me.  But then I got excited about all the love and attention they’ll get in their new homes and about the prospect of fostering litters somewhat regularly.  I’m not sure if the mister shares my excitement about the latter, though.

They were each sent off with some toys and a small blanket I sewed for them their first week here.  While an overflowing sewing room can be frustrating, it was nice to be able to whip these up with scraps stuffed in various drawers and bins.

kitten blankets

This past week has mostly been about mending and creating utilitarian items for around the house, including knitted washcloths and dishrags. It’s nice to work through a few quick projects before I cast on for my first ever shawl.

placemat quilt swap

November 16, 2010

The 6 mini quilts I made for the Placemat Quilt Swap have been received, so I can finally post photographs.   My swap partner was the organizer of the vintage sheet swap I’d just participated in, so we agreed to use vintage linens as the bulk of our placemats.  This was a really fun project to work on and I managed to mostly use materials from my stash.  The only thing new I bought was some Kona cotton for the binding.  The backing is a fine wale corduroy, if you can’t tell from the photo.  I’m not a floral-loving person, never have been, but I’ve been collecting awesome vintage sheets since college, so it’s nice to use them in projects.

placemat quilts