Life has been very busy lately. We finally broke down got a rippin’ good deal on an air conditioner unit and have a good friend who works in the industry, so Aaron spent all of last weekend tearing out ducting, installing new ducting, and installing the AC and a new furnace. I spent most of the time trying to survive the mess and cleaning up where I could. There’s still some work to be done – enough that I haven’t done a thorough clean up yet – but it is up and running. My house has looked better, but hey, at least its cool.
I’ve finished quite a few sewing projects in the last couple weeks and was trying to space them all out into different blog posts, but I don’t see that actually happening, so here you go.
First off, sampler block number 5 – Ohio Star
This was a pretty simple block to do, but still fun. Sorry about the shoddy presentation. I didn’t realize the block needed ironed until I uploaded the photo.
Next up, a Market bag (Portabellopixie pattern).
Wow, this bag took a long time to sew. Waaaay more than I had planned on it taking. This was the first bag I’ve ever sewn from a pattern, with interfacing and fancy topstitching and all of that good stuff. The fabric is from Amy Butler’s Daisy Chain line. I picked this pattern because it’s reversible so I didn’t have to choose which of these pretty fabrics is the “outside” of the bag.
I’m slowly building my sewing skill set and learning with each project. I definitely learned a few things on this bag and my seam ripper got quite the workout. It turned out pretty well, though, if I do say so myself. I am a little concerned with how stain resistant this bag will be, or more like how it won’t be. I’ve already gotten a few pretty stubborn marks on it. I’m wondering if I should have Scotch Guard-ed it. Hmmm.
I also managed to squeeze in sewing a couple nursing covers for a friend’s baby shower.
I don’t usually show the nursing covers I sew, which is funny because I sew quite a few of them. They’re so simple it doesn’t seem like good blog fodder to me. They are a good way to do show off pretty fabrics, though.
Sampler block number 6 is coming up next. Stay tuned.