Hello and Happy New Year! It’s always exciting to start a new year with new plans. The Christmas decorations are put away, the house is back in order and the sewing room is in the process of a good clean up. Even though most of my December was spent quilting, I did make a few small gifts which was the December theme for the Minis and More Parade hosted by Michele and Sherri.
In mid December, my daughter and I were talking and she mentioned that she needed a new pencil case. Hers was too small to hold all her pens and pencils for her drawings. Well, I had just watched a few YouTube videos on making vinyl cross-stitch project bags. The first one was by Making Life Count and the second one by Calico, changed the same bag up a little bit. I used the tutorials and made a few changes of my own to the bag.
These are a smaller version of the bags at 9″ x 7″, perfect for her pens. I couldn’t decide on which fabric to use, so I made two. My daughter was very happy with the bags. One of the first things on my list of new projects for the new year will be to make several of these bags for me. Besides using them for cross-stitch, I think they will be great for embroidery projects.
For our December Guild meeting, we had an ornament/mug rug exchange. I had the Gail Pan embroidery from “Christmas Patchwork Loves Embroidery” already finished and the hexies in the mug rug made. I just needed to make them into a finished project. For the hexies, I hand stitched them together, then used a small zigzag stitch to stitch it to the background, batting, and backing for a quilting stitch. I’ve had this fabric for a long time and only have pieces of it left. I wonder if I have enough to make a mug rug for me? Very appropriate for a winter afternoon tea.
I am still in the process of going through my WIPs and UFOs (things I haven’t worked on in a least 6 months) as I’m cleaning my sewing room. I am making a list and then I want to prioritize them. This will work for the first few weeks of the year until something new comes a long! It’s not so much new patterns, but new fabric that I’m drawn to. I’ll be back in a few days with a wrap-up of some of my favorites from 2018 and plans for the new year.
I hope you all have a great and productive start to 2019. Thanks for stopping by.