Saturday, April 21, 2012

FNSI: April 20, 2012 RESULTS

For my FNSI, I didn't make a pillowcase for the cancer cause, which I do feel guilty about.  I'm confined to the house from a dermatologist procedure so I didn't get to go to the fabric store for a suitable fabric to use.  But, I did have fabrics from my trip to Florida that I wanted to make into beach bags AND I had a jelly roll sitting in my sewing room that I planned for a new quilt. 

I started around 5:30 pm since 1) I was home, 2) I'd already washed floors, cleared junk mail, sorted laundry, cleaned the kitchen windows, and 3) watched the movie "Something Borrowed" that my husband chose for me from the library knowing I was house-bound.  I ambled up to the sewing room with a vanilla coffee in hand and made 8 quilt squares from the jelly roll fabric and planned the next two.  My daughter picked the fabrics for two different squares so she was thrilled to be a helper.  The fabrics are florals, paisleys, birds, and dots in pink, turquoise, brown, cream, and green.  I'm not sure how I'm going to put the top together ye - I may put a white border between the squares to show them off? Or maybe together?  And thoughts?

Then I cut out 11 new beach bags.  The new outer fabrics are a charcoal gray and plum and tan big paisley, a teal and brown paisley, and a funky blue, green, teal, and tan print.  I sewed on the outer labels and the labels for the inner pocket.  My totes are reversible so I always sew a label to each side. :-)  Twenty-two pockets are ready to attach! 

While it doesn't look like alot, the cutting of the totes, attaching labels, and sewing the pockets is time consuming for eleven bags.  I felt like the quilt squares went much faster - likely because it looks like more of a "result" with a finished square.  I'm hoping I'll have time to finish these projects before May's FNSI, but if not, I'll pick up where I left off.  :-)

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Saturday Morning!

Today I had a dentist appointment at 9am. Ugh. What a way to start the day!  But better to start out on the low-point.  On the way home, I popped into our grocery store to see if there were left over Easter plants on sale.  The tulips out front weren't priced, so I went to the florist counter.  About 15 more pots were on the back counter.  I asked the lady how much the tulips were and she said out front, $7.00, but the ones on her counter that were all "bad" were $3.00.  Perfect!  I looked through these and I tell you, I really wanted the bulbs for next spring, but the plants weren't in terrible condition.  Maybe the blooms weren't as fresh, but the pinks and purples were lovely!  I took three, one of which is all buds (lucky me), and then she threw in another and said $10.00 for the four.  Yipee!  So Little Olive and I whipped out our 'trowels' as she calls them.....

The yellow tulips are from Easter last year.  Since it has been so warm, they started coming up in February and bloomed last week. Crazy!  Don't you love the hat she gave me?

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Friday Night Sew-In: April 20 Sign-Ups

The sign ups for the April 2012 Friday Night Sew-In are open on "Handmade by Heidi" blog.  There is a theme this month - to make a pillowcase for a sick child through the organization Conkerr Cancer.  Conkerr Cancer tag line at the top its website is “Giving sick kids a reason to smile.. one pillowcase at a time.”

I have a few projects lined up, but I'm having my dermatologist-prescribed blue-light treatment Thursday night, so if it is anything like last time,I may be laying low that night.  I'm hoping not!