Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Progress and WIP

It is exactly one month since I started this blog not knowing quite what to expect, but determined to join the wonderful crafty blog community that I had been "lurking" in for some time. Much to my delight I have 'met' some wonderful bloggers since my first post who have inspired, encouraged, supported and humoured me in equal measure for the past month, long may it continue!

Another benefit of blogging and one that came as a surprise to me, is the much-needed boost to my sewing. Projects that have been loitering in my cupboard (or sometimes in my head!) have risen to the top of the to-do pile because of commitments that I made publicly on my blog! Hopefully this will continue, although there are so many inspiring and beautiful projects around that it is so tempting to sign up to everything. Fortunately, or unfortunately, having to wait for fabrics to be delivered by post works as a reality check :)

One of the projects that was loitering in my head was putting together a zipped purse for my yo-yo makers. I love using up scraps of fabric for yo-yo's often without any plan in mind of what to do with them. They always come in handy for decorating bags, purses, etc., and even at Christmas bottles of linen water! Until now though the various different makers were tossed together in a drawer, but no longer.

With my thrifty hat on I used up scraps for the patches, the zip was on sale in the local fabric shop and the lining, with pocket, was yet another make from one of my husband's shirts. I am certainly getting great value out of these shirts! Of course, I had to decorate the purse with some yo-yo's too.

I was pretty pleased with the purse, although must admit that I made the classic mistake of forgetting to open the zip when I stitched the exteriors and linings together! Cue some furious muttering and a broken nail before the zip was opened and I could turn out the purse.

With one month gone and today being WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced here is my list of projects completed, ongoing and still waiting.

  • Reindeer Cushion
  • Shades of Green, Fleur Bleu and Checkered Heart cushions 
  • Orphan Block needle roll 
  • Pieced arc tea towel 
  • 9 blocks of Sew Happy QAL (up-to-date)
  • 2 blocks of In Color Order HST BOM (up-to-date)
  • (Almost) Irish Chain quilt 
  • Sunflower Quilt 
  • Last block of Sampler quilt - no progress but it is in the UK and I am in Latvia!
  • Amy Butler bag 
  • Bag Making Bible Fashionista Bag 
  • Dragon Bag
  • Patchwork Block bag
  • Christmas mini quilts
  • Craftsy BOM which I have signed up for but haven't looked at yet!

Oh dear, that no progress list is longer than I thought, will have to hope that the sewing boost keeps going! More snow will probably help too, as will being a winner in the Fugly Fabric Party! Erin at Missy Mac Creation's fugly fabric is heading this way as I was the lucky winner of her fabric giveaway, a nice end to my first month of blogging, don't you agree?

Linking to Coastal Charms Nifty Thrifty Tuesday


  1. I agree - blogging definitely boosts my output. However I'm not so keen on listing my 'To Do' list ... quite often because I change my mind so often! I have a couple of projects on the go at any one time and a vague idea of some other things I want to make in the near future in my head. If I'm too specific I find that I no longer want to make a project when I finally have time for it and end up making something else instead. But that's just me!!

  2. I can certainly relate to your zipper issues! But your pouch turned out great! A very impressive list of thing on your waiting list as well.

  3. Great idea to make a pouch to store your yo yo makers. Mine are stored in an old chocolate box. The pouch looks great. I'm always tempted, and often do, sign up for too much. Congrats on your fabric win!!!

  4. Good luck on your new blog! You managed a lot in one month... I love your QAL blocks, beautiful!
    And your to-do list is so long, you are very productive!

  5. I am getting caught up on my blog reading this morning. Lovely little pouch. I have never made one!

  6. WTG, and yes, blogging certainly spurs you on (so people have something to read if nothing else!)

  7. Love your yoyo purse, and yes blogging spurs me on too, but sometimes hinders the housework! congrats on your giveaway win.

  8. You do have long list to accomplish. Talk about brave you've talked about it. Mine is all in my head and one is a little purse like you have done. Curious to see what a Sunflower Quilt is I love sunflowers and have even pinned on Pinterest a Sunflower Pillow that (not saying out loud) would love to try. Get cracking on the Craftsy block - can't wait to hear your take on the Asterisk Block.

  9. Totally agree about blogging!
    I love how you incorporated yo-yo's into your bag. I never know what to do with them!

  10. Love the little purse. I always have great plans to make bags, but never get to it. Congrats on the win!

  11. Ooh! I can't wait to see everything on your to do list, especially the bags. You are so right about blogging. I would probably have a ton of half-done projects if I hadn't started writing about it publicly!

  12. It is so much more motivating to work on a hand sewing project when it is stored it something pretty, and better still if it is something you made yourself!
    Using a shirt with a pocket for a bag lining is a great idea!
    Thanks for sharing!

  13. Oh I so agree with your blog post! Just that act of committing to a project on your blog really provides some motivation.

    So glad you scored a giveaway win from the Fugly Fabric Party - what a great way to round out your first month of blogging!

  14. I am inviting you come and be part of my blog hop:


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