Hey guys! How is 2017 looking so far? I’m going to admit that it’s been a little rocky this first week. We have been knee deep in household renovations as we just started the demolition phase of remodeling our kitchen and living areas. It came on the heels of Christmas and family guests, so we literally had to pack up and move the entire contents of our kitchen, living room, dining room and office in 24 hours. That’s with NO prep work ahead of time except that I had a storage pod ready to fill and the foresight to move our internet cables. Still no TV, but I can live without it for a while. I just cleaned up my sewing room enough to form a path way in.
Will life ever be the same? This is our first major remodel so there is a lot to learn and lots of decisions to make. In three months we should have a beautiful living/kitchen space. That’s if I don’t have a heart attack or mental break down first!
You might not hear from me quite as often this month, but I’ll try to keep you up to date. A few of you have asked if I will continue the UFO challenge in 2017. The answer is “no”. I’ve enjoyed seeing my UFO pile diminish and seeing your participation in the challenge. Now, I’d like to focus on other things this year such as creating my own block of the month program, learning some new technology and writing my own patterns. The good news is that I’ll still be sharing tutorials and tips with you as well as the monthly Sew Thankful Sunday posts. (Which, by the way, is late this month but will be ready this Sunday.)
Speaking of the UFO challenge, there is one day left to add a photo of your finished project to the link up here. There have been so many beautiful projects added already. You guys are ending it with a bang so far!
I do have one thing I can show you. I made a mug rug as a Christmas gift for my daughter, Kelly, and she sent me a picture of it in use. I made a half-Dresden plate and appliqued it onto a background rectangle of Quilter’s Linen by Robert Kaufman. I added an echo of embroidery around it to add a little charm. It’s such a quick and easy gift!
Last month I mentioned the lunch bags I made in lieu of stockings this year. I made most of them a little larger than the original pattern and some of you requested the larger dimensions. Here they are (you’ll need to refer to the original blog post at Pink Penguin for the rest of the instructions and dimensions):
- Rim: 3 1/4″ x 13 1/2″ (cut 4)
- Cover: 8 1/2″ x 13 1/2″ (cut 2)
- Outer bag: 10″ x 13 1/2″ (cut 2)
- Lining: 10″ x 13 1/2″ (cut 2)
- Bag Interfacing: 13 1/2″ x 19 1/2″
- Rim Interfacing: 3 1/4″ x 13 1/2″ (cut 2)
- Handles: same
Here’s how the size difference looks with the original size on the left and the larger on the right:
If you haven’t heard, Jacquelynne Steves is opening enrollment to The Art of Home Club on January 10 through January 14. There are so many great features to this club and lots of free bonuses each month. I’ve been invited to create a few projects to share, too. You should definitely check it out!
That’s it for now. Have a wonderful weekend!