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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Count Your Lucky Stars

Happy New Year! I hope your New Year's Eve was fun or relaxing, whichever you prefer. :) I spent the day sewing, made some buffalo chicken dip (mmm...) and didn't do anything too wild and crazy.

Though I did get some fun mail yesterday, which I had to instagram right away! This is an Octopurse made with Melody Miller's new fabric line, Ruby Star Sparkle. I won it as a prize in the Ruby Star Wrap Along at my friend Sukie's blog.


Isn't it to die for? As if I wasn't already counting my lucky stars, today I made a quilt block with the January pattern from my friend Elizabeth's Lucky Stars Block of the Month Club.

Lucky Stars Quilt Block: January
Fabric: Licorice Fizz by Carol Van Zandt for Andover
Each month you get a newsletter with a PDF foundation pieced pattern that you can print, as well as step-by-step photos to get you familiar with paper piecing. I haven't done any paper piecing myself since the New York Beauty Quilt Along, so I did mess up a couple of times. But nothing that a simple seam ripper couldn't handle! Here are the blocks in the series:

Lucky Stars FPP BOM Club

If you resolve to try a new quilting technique this year, I'd recommend joining the Lucky Stars Block of the Month Club. You can join now through January 5th for just $10. (After that, the cost goes up to $15, which is still totally worth it.) If you think these look too complex, Elizabeth has lots of helpful things in place to help you troubleshoot the blocks.

You can do it!

Craft Buds and My Shop

Crafty Links
Teddy Bear 1.0: The Crafty Princess reviews one of's amigurumi classes and shows off her first teddy bear attempt from the class.  
Make Beer Caramels: Beer and pretzels... and caramel, oh my!  
New Paintings: Hey You: Cherie shares paintings and poetry.  
Received: Crafty Christmas Gifts: Santa came early, and some arty eye candy for you to look at 
Create a New Year Photo Calendar: A photo calendar lets you keep memories close all year long. Here's how to design and bind one yourself.  
Make a Recycled Paper Picture: This week at Craftside there is a tutorial on how to make a recycled paper picture featuring text, a recycled box dollhouse and a recipe for a champagne cocktail called the Full Regalia. 

Thursday, November 15, 2012

The Amazing Hot Pad Apron

Hot Pad Apron

"Did you put on . . . makeup?" my husband asks.

"Yes." I had to take photos of my apron. Duh.

Heehee. You'd think he's not used to seeing me in makeup, or something, since I now work from home. :)

I've been self-employed for about two weeks now, and all in all, I'd say it's going pretty well! I've been keeping busy with freelance deadlines, sewing projects, and weekend trips.

Hot Pad Apron

I won't say I haven't been thrown off by the change. The other day, I sat in the same spot for six hours working on my laptop, until I realized my legs were going numb! It's not uncommon for me to get so caught up in a project that I forget to eat, stretch, or look at the clock for hours.

I've commuted to work most every day for the last 7 years, so I'm still getting used to spending most of my time at home. The days flow together one after the other, unless I make it a point to get out of the house and see people. Although I've wanted to work from home for years, I think I'm learning that even a good change is still, well, a change.

What's that? You want to hear about the apron? ;)

Hot Pad Apron

Well, it's the hot pad apron, a beginner-friendly sewing pattern from the book, "Fabric-by-Fabric: One-Yard Wonders!" I love this book, and this is actually the first project I've sewn from it, with this exception of this little guy.

Hot Pad Apron 
As you might guess from the title, the apron has hot pads built in. Genius! I don't normally wear an apron, but if it means the added convenience of not having to look for pot holders, I'm in. To keep them from flaying out of the apron, you can secure them with one or two little hand-stitched "tacks," which allow you to slip your hands into the mitts and wear them, more like oven mitts.

I love this black-and-white print, because it's a take on zebra without being overly "wild." You can ask my mom . . . I still struggle with wearing prints that are very bold, and I'm way more comfortable buying clothing in solids and earth tones. But this print still feels "clothing safe" to me, and I'll leave the louder prints for quilts.

 Hot Pad Apron

The fabric is Licorice Fizz by Carol Van Zandt, for Andover Fabrics. I was happy to meet Carol in my Sewing Summit class last month, and I am planning another project and tutorial with some of her other fabrics from the line, so stay tuned!

For another look at Licorice Fizz, you can check out Sara's Sis Boom Rebecca Dress and read about the sew along she's hosting. It's a great dress pattern, and you can read my review of it here!

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