Considering I had to pack up all my sewing stuff over the weekend to make room for the baby shower, I actually got a lot done this week! I think I've mentioned it before, but my sewing space has been about three feet of space behind our couch in the living room for the past year or so, and hubby has been fighting the entire time to move the couch back against the wall "where it belongs." He's happier with it put back now, but it's hard not having everything all set up so I can sew when I have a few free minutes here & there. Instead I have to take time to get everything out & set up, and remember that I need to leave myself time to put everything away again. We'll come to some sort of compromise, I suppose, and I know I won't be sewing as much once Goose gets here, but in the meantime, I just hope I can continue to be productive until he does get here!
Started: July's block for the String Me Along bee. This month we're making the Avignon Picnic block for none other than Lee at Freshly Pieced. Lee sent pieces from a Central Park jelly roll, and I was so surprised at how quickly everything came together. I think it took me longer to decide on my layout than it did to sew it all together. And even then, I did get a couple pieces switched around.
I finally got started on my pouch for the second round of the Pretty Little Pouch Swap. I don't think I've really said much about it, but I was so excited to get signed up! I can't wait to see what I get. Since it's a secret swap, we have to rely on our partner's participation in the group, and unfortunately my partner has been pretty silent. I sure hope she likes what she gets!
In progress: Unfortunately I haven't worked on Goose's quilt in a while. I did get the rest of the fabric for the back, but I'm putting it off because I haven't been in the mood to do the math or cutting required. I know I need to just sit down & do it, once I do sewing the back together should be relatively easy. Hopefully.
Completed: Here's where I'm actually impressing myself this week. ;)
Finished up the last few of the 22 origami bags first thing Friday morning & I absolutely love how they all turned out. If you'd like a chance to win one for yourself, make sure you head over here & add your guess about when Goose will get here & how big he'll be.
I was finally able to get my June block done for the String Me Along bee. I put off starting it for so long because I was worried about not having enough fabric, or screwing up the paper piecing. I think it turned out pretty good, although I was right that I didn't have quite enough fabric. I might have had enough to do the block full sized, but decided to shrink the pattern down just a bit to make sure. It's only about 11" square instead of 12.5" & I didn't have enough of the background left to add a border to it. I am really happy with how it turned out though.
Like I said, Lee's block was a lot quicker to put together than I expected, so I was able to get it finished up in no time. I really like the finished block, and can't wait to see the quilt Lee's able to make with all her blocks.
Luckily, I was also able to get my pouch & bonus item finished up for the Pretty Little Pouch swap. I was starting to get worried I wouldn't have a chance to get it done before the August 8th deadline, but I'll be able to ship it out this week. I just hope my partner likes it! It's pretty big, about 8"x14", and I made a matching coffee sleeve to go with it. I hope she likes them both!
All in all, I'd say it's been a pretty darn productive week! I don't have any big projects planned over the next few weeks or so (other than that whole having a baby thing...), so maybe I'll be able to make some real progress on Goose's quilt. Fingers crossed!
Make sure you head over to Freshly Pieced to see what everybody else has been up to this week.
Until next time...