2 steps forward and 1 step back.

Greetings! January was a bit of a blur with some big work stuff, so I’m rather pleased to see February come around. I’ve been working hard at work and appliqué, I’m rather pleased to share.

One thing that really held me back on my progress with this quilt has been prepping the blocks. It actually takes quite a lot get all the pieces ready and basted for appliqué. I’ve started committing my early mornings to this prep work each day. I get up with the kids, but they are pretty much self sufficient at this point so I really just make coffee for myself and give hugs as they leave. Since they’re up so early, I have a good hour each morning to myself, which has just been amazing.

Bit by bit, I’m making progress. I just love this little teeny flower. Up this close, you can tell that there is nothing perfect about my work here. But I’m letting it be and taking my flowers as they come. Let me tell you, though – the overall affect is pretty spectacular! I started sewing up the rows as I planned to, and now that we’re over half way there, I’m more motivated than ever.

Ugh, it’s so good! I’m up to block 34 now I think – there’s another row to sew on and then I’ve only got 9 more blocks. And then the border… but I’ll think about that another day. As work really ramped up towards the end of January, I fell off with appliqué just a bit and focused on another project instead.

These socks had been my “hands too tired for sewing but not for knitting” project for a while, so I finally buckled down and finished them. These are my scrappy advent socks from the holidays, all made from the Stress Knits 2021 advent calendar. I knit 5 rows from each mini, and slipped every 4th stitch in an alternating pattern on the first row of each color. I wish I hadn’t done the slipped stitch pattern, it’s so subtle it almost makes the stripes look a bit messy. I finished off with the 25th day skein for the last bit of the foot and the toe. They are sweet and scrappy, and super squishy.

That’s WIP 3 of 18 done! I think that’s pretty good for the first month of the #yearofwips, but I have some confessions to make. The first is a planned project start – this year’s block of the month from DuckaDilly.

Can’t you just?! It’s another log cabin quilt and I’ve just started but my goodness. It’s a beautiful pattern called Avonlea, and you guessed it – all in Liberty. This doesn’t go on the WIP list, but I do want to keep up with it this year.

Now for the real confession – I found another WIP. I had kind of forgotten about them, but starting the Avonlea quilt reminded me of an old log cabin project I had buried in my mind and in the move, apparently. I did some digging, had a bit of a panic when I couldn’t find it, and dug some more before…

I found it. We can talk about the full story when I start working on this, but let’s just say there are 8 completed HAND PIECED log cabin blocks there and a million 1.5 inch strips. Let that sink in and we’ll get to the real kicker. When I found this project in ziploc bags under a bunch of batting scraps in a box in the back of the closet, there were other ziploc bags underneath…

Yeah. That’s another quilt, cut out and waiting. There are approximately 1000 squares. The practice blocks aren’t actually the right pattern, but more on that when we get there. Let me repeat – 1000 squares.

If you’re keeping track – that’s an additional 2 more WIPs that we didn’t account for. These both date back more than a decade, so they definitely count towards the #yearofwips. 3 of 20 is still pretty good, right?

In all of this hubbub, my sister-in-law had a birthday so I made her a thing.

This is the Take Along Tote by Sometimes Sewing made up in some gorgeous Rifle Paper Co. canvas. This is the fourth one I’ve made and they just get easier. Sewing these up is a snap and I can say that I jut love mine – the finished product is a great piece. I used a soft pinky cream print, also from Rifle Paper Co., for the lining and some oatmeal cotton webbing for the handles.

After making up that bag, I gave myself permission to start new projects. One major criteria for new ideas making the cut in the #yearofwips will be gifts. I’m not planning to start anything new in a category I already have going – I’m looking at you, pink socks – but gifts are an exception.

With that, Cosi and I hd a wee fabric pull for a new quilt for mom. He loves our choices very much. You won’t see much on this one for a long while, of course, but it will be quietly in the background.

Well, that’s it. I’ve made a whole lot of progress and piled a bit more on my plate. I don’t imagine that anyone is surprised. I’m enjoying everything that I’m giving time to, and that’s the most important thing.


#yearofwips projects finished: 3 of 20


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Don’t fall off.

I don’t want to speak too soon, but my year of WIPs has certainly lit a fire around here. The first ten days have been great! I know from experience that my mojo ebbs and flows throughout the year, so I definitely take advantage of it when it’s running high.

I knew out of the gate that Kevin’s hat would be the first item on the docket. He had waited so patiently while I knit advent socks that he deserved his hat finished next. I love how it turned out.

This is Kennecott by Caitlin Hunter. I’ve had this pattern for ages, it was great to get to try it out. It’s actually a very intuitive cable pattern and easy to do. I knit it without a cable needle as usual. The yarn makes me this pattern just soar. I used Sweet Sparrow yarns – bottom is the Chickadee base, suri alpaca and silk, in the On Softest Wings colorway; top is the Phoebe base, tweed DK, in the Blanketry colorway. I held them together to create the most luxurious texture and lovely soft grey-blue color. Kevin reports it as wonderful.

Next up, I finished off my shawl. The pattern is by Susan B Anderson, the Yowza Weigh It Shawl 3. Fun pattern to knit, tons of garter until you get to the boarder and then that’s even quick and meditative. I used Miss Babs Yowza, as called for in the pattern, in the colorway, Sugar Sugar. All in all, it’s soft, simple, and cozy. Just what I’ve needed on the last few cold nights.

After finishing two quick projects I was sorely tempted to plow right on ahead and keep finishing fast. Thinking about that though, I imagined being frustrated by the summer with only long or barely started projects to work on. So I am, in my own way, eating the frog first. I dug out my Granny’s Garden quilt.

One of my side goals this year is to talk more about projects in progress, so lucky you – let’s dive in. A brief history of the progress, starts and stops so far:

September 2019 – Cut the project out and got started! Finished the first four blocks. Very first:

April 2020 – four more blocks done:

August 2021 – 14 blocks total, getting cozy with applique. I finished two more, one of my faves:

The project then basically snoozed until this week. I had the goal last year to finish the quilt, but we know how that went. I pulled out some blocks and made the shapes but then that was it. Found out we were moving or something, you know? And so this week, I pulled out those shapes and basted them and stitched them and voila! More blocks!

My goal is to finish 3 blocks per week because that amounts to finishing a row every other week. I like to build quilts as I go, when possible. I think that will be helpful to have the main part of the top complete when I start on the border. Because of course, it’s more applique.

I’ve really enjoyed stitching lately, I like hand sewing a lot. It does make my hands more tired than knitting, so I’ve been taking breaks and switching to knitting when I need to. The hard part of this project for me is making the shapes. It’s a great method for getting a really nice finished piece, but boy does it take some time. Cosi helped me yesterday morning before work. He’s very supportive.

Well, that’s where we stand. I don’t know that I really have the right mix of projects to balance them throughout the year like this, but I like this so far. I do have a block of the month to catch up on, but I’m doing my best to stay firmly on the applique train.


#yearofwips projects finished: 2 of 18


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Happy Year of WIPs!

In typical style, I’ve been brainstorming lately about what my new year should be. My 2021 year of minis got a bit derailed by moving and all and I still have those big projects I wanted to finish. I was chatting with my SILs about it the other day and we went down to take a tour of the craft room and some of my WIPs. I wound up having a bit of a moon over all the bits and pieces laying around so yesterday afternoon, I made a list.

That, friends, is the current list of all my works in progress, plus my upcoming block of the month or club projects. Take a deep breath with me. Some things are very close to finished – quilt binding or a hat, for example. Some, not so much – I’m looking at you, applique. Let’s take a look at the list in another way…

Wowzers. Thats a big pile. That is a total of 18 current projects: 6 quilts, 1 crochet blanket, 7 knitting projects, and 4 cross stitches. Oh that’s right, I said cross stitch. My oldest unfinished project dates back to pre-blog times in 2015.

I think I’ll pull out the old project pictures and their history as I get to each project, but I couldn’t help myself from sharing this throw back. That’s my sweet old Twiggy, she was such a good kitty.

Perhaps you’ve guessed by now, but my 2022 goal is to turn that big ole pile of WIPs into a pile of FOs. Let’s take a quick look at what that would look like:
Quilts: The finished tops I want to turn into quilts, bound and finished. The quilt tops that are still in progress, I just want to finish the top and have it ready to go out for long-arm quilting.
Knitting/Crochet: Finished, ends woven in, blocked as needed and done.
Cross Stitch: Completed and ready for framing.

A wee stretch goal would be to finish the year with only projects that need outside help for finishing (quilting or framing), which means keeping up with the two club / block-of-the-months projects I have planned. Since this is a tall, tall order I’m trying to not start anything new for quite a while (except socks, of course). I’m really excited.

Well here we go friends, my Year of WIPs starts today. I’ve got a lasagna in the oven and some cozy knitting just waiting. The supervisor even told me that he’s ready to get to work in the sewing room.


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Wrapping up, one more time.

Happy New Year’s Eve! I hope you are all ringing in the next trip around the sun in a way that makes you smile. We had a joyous (and intensely packed) trip home to see family and then my brothers and their wives (and our dog nephews) came home with us. I’ve had my siblings here most of the week and that has been filling my cup to the top.

This is going to be a big wrap up – I’ve finally gifted a bunch of socks that I knit over the pandemic – and I’ve got my advent knitting FOs and WIPs to share. Just like 2022, let’s dive right in.

First up, a pair of socks for my mom: This is the Woodland Walk pattern by This Handmade Life. I used Stress Knits yarn in the Mountain Mama colorway.

Next, Judge’s socks: This is Paton’s Kroy sock – a favorite for brother socks – in the Dads Jacquard colorway. I knit a simple 3×1 rib for these.

Noah’s socks: Another pair of Paton’s Kroy in the Blue Grey Marl colorway.

Madelyn’s socks: The pattern is Heather by This Handmade Life but I messed it up and did the cables a bit wonky. The socks turned out lovely, so I’m not mad. I used Brooklyn Tweed Peerie in the Butte colorway for these.

Crystal’s Socks: Another pattern from This Handmade Life, this is Sixpence. This is also Brooklyn Tweed Peerie in the Klimt colorway.

More socks for mom: This is the Coast Range pattern by Lindsey Fowler. Once again, I used Stress Knits yarn in the Eucalyptus colorway.

Bridging the gap between gifts and advent – more socks for mom! If you recall, I was knitting two pairs of socks out of my Cozy Knitter Advent Stripe 2021 skein. I finished these early Christmas morning. I managed to get all the stripes on both pairs! I love them.

I finished all four socks on the evening of Christmas and wore my pair the day I gifted them to her. I’m a bit ridiculously excited to have a pair of socks that match my mom’s.

I got a bit burned out on the other advent projects so they’ve been put in a little basket until I feel like picking them up again – more on that soon. Kevin decided he wanted a toasty warm hat so…

I wound up these beauties and cast on a Kennecott hat on the car ride down south. The yarn is from Sweet Sparrow Knits – top is the Chickadee base, suri alpaca and silk, in the On Softest Wings colorway; bottom is the Phoebe base, tweed DK, in the Blanketry colorway.

In small time news, this is also the fifth anniversary of the blog! I started off five years ago today, with a picture of – you guessed it – socks and the idea to have a year of making. I’ve been doing years of things or a word – and I’ve been throwing ideas around all month long. I think I’ve finally got something that has stuck, more on that to come.

Cheers, friends.


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A stripe a day keeps other projects away.

We’re here again! It’s the holiday season and I’m pleased as punch. This year, once again, I’m diving into advent knitting with gusto. Last year, I knit two pairs of advent socks and started a wrap that didn’t get finished. I finished the wrap back in July, right before we moved, and pulled it out and wove in all the ends and blocked it a couple of weeks ago.

This is Dust of Snow by Curious Handmade. I knit mine using the Stress Knits 2020 advent calendar minis held double with un-dyed mohair/silk. The result is a dreamy cloud of a wrap in a beautiful variety of colors. I do think I could have gone up a needle size, the wrap is a bit narrower than expected, but oh well. Live and learn for next time.

In other news, a few weeks ago, we went home for Thanksgiving! It’s been so long, it was magical and exhausting to be traveling again! We saw bunches of family and it was just wonderful. Of course, as one does, I packed tons of knitting. My first order of business was to cast on the cuffs for my advent socks:

More on those in a moment. I also brought along that pair of socks I’d been working on:

However, as a I was packing, I felt the oddest sensation! I thought about casting on something that wasn’t socks… it had been quite a while, but I went with the tug and wound up an enormous skein of Miss Babs Yowza. I cast on my third Yowza Weigh It Shawl 3, finally one for me.

Of course, the socks and shawl have now been cast to the wayside to make room for advent knitting. If you’re unfamiliar, advent knitting is that magical time where you cast on a million projects that will use just a bit of yarn each day. I easily convinced myself that I could handle a “few stripes” each day. Psh.

The first projects are my The Cozy Knitter 2021 Advent Stripe socks. Yes, I said project(s). Last year, I didn’t use a contrast color and wound up with a good bit of yarn leftover. The advent skeins come with 4 full repeats of the 24 stripe pattern, so I decided to knit 2 pairs of socks out of it.

Fun right? Now, if you’re thinking why stop at 2 pairs of socks – I’m right there with you. I also cast on a pair of scrappy socks with this year’s Stress Knits advent calendar. These are super simple, I’m knitting 5 stripe repeats with a very simple slip stitch pattern on the color change rows.

Since those socks use approximately 2 grams fo yarn in total from each mini, I also cast on the Habitation Throw, another design by Curious Handmade. I’m a bit behind on this one – putting the heels in the other socks really set me back – but I’m almost done with day 11.

I’m really starting to think this is coming out far smaller than intended. It’s supposed to finish at 40 inches square, but I’m far short of that. I think I’m going to bolster the yarn needed at the end with the day 25 colorway – this calendar has a Christmas day full skein of yarn. That will be how I finish the blanket and the socks.

Well, there you have it. Lots and lots of fun stripy, scrappy knitting. I do really enjoy this process, but my mind is also turning toward the new year. I’ve got a few projects ongoing that I want to wrap up and then what? I’ve got some ideas churning and I look forward to sharing them here!


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Green Gables Quilt

I don’t even want to delay the cascade of pictures of my new finished object. It’s too pretty to wait even a minute!

You guys! I did it! I finished my Green Gables Quilt!

I finished the last bit of binding last night and just couldn’t wait to get some photos. As always daylight savings makes it tough, but Joshua and I managed to sneak some pictures in the fading afternoon light.

This beautiful log cabin quilt is made up in all Liberty of London tana lawn and was a block of the month club from Duckadilly. I have to tell you, this club was the bees knees! So easy to sew, so easy to follow. I’d estimate that there are over 100 different fabrics in the quilt top – this was incredibly fun to sew up. I made the 6 month rainbow version, it’s 36 blocks and came out 57″ square.

I fussy cut all the center squares – they feature cute elephants, owls, bears, and even cats with sunglasses and pearls on.

The beautiful quilting was done by Tera of The Quilting Smith – we went with a lovely fancy feather pattern. I couldn’t help but go wild for the backing – that’s Liberty Adelajda A, one of my favorites. The binding was a long debate, with many audtions. I would up thinking a sweet teal/blue floral wouldn’t compete too much with the front and would tie in to the aqua stars on the back. I used Liberty Amelie Blue A and I think it’s pretty swell.

Those stars y’all – those stars.

I’ve always loved log cabin quilts and rainbow log cabins is just a match made in heaven. This one a couple of firsts – first full Liberty quilt AND first log cabin finish (I started 2 log cabin quilts a million years ago, we should talk about that sometime)!!

I almost wish I could make it again.


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Socks all the way down.

I’ve been feeling more and more like crafting these days, finishing a quilt and doing some other sewing this week. As I often do, while I wasn’t feeling so makey makey – I knit socks.

I finished up these cuties a while ago. The yarn was my sweet mom and Christmas a few years ago. All the siblings and their partners got socks – except me. I got sock yarn. Mom gets it. Anyway, the yarn is Wisodm Yarn Pix in 106 Succulent.

I’ve been an avid audiobook reader for about five years and that’s been a great pairing with my crafting life. This year I’ve been picking up physical books (via a kindle, mostly) more and more. About a month ago – I tried knitting while reading and it was like a revelation. I’ve been trying to practice and I’m getting better and better. These socks were my reading buddies all month long. It probably slows me down on both acitivites but I don’t mind. These are some good ole’ workhorse socks in Patons Kroy Socks in the Rose Brown Marl colorway. Highly recommend both yarn and book.

Speaking of moving slowly – I’m not a fast patterned sock knitter, but these are so worth it. That sweet texture is just beautiful. These are the Coast Range Socks by Lindsey Fowler of Larkspur Knits. The yarn is one of my absolute favorites – Stress Knits Yarn in Eucalyptus colorway.

And last but not least, I had to have a vanilla sock on the go in all this. After knitting Kevin’s Opal yarn socks, I had to have a pair for myself. This is the 9851 Juniper Height colorway. Fun fun fun.

Well ok, the final socks are future socks – check out this gorgeousness! This is the Moody Pumpkin sock set by Woolberry Fiber Co. It’s going to be the Grange Socks by Hygge Canyon Knits – part of the Knit + Read Circle read/knit along for Nov/Dec. We’re reading Wuthering Heights and it’s not too late to join in! It’s a pretty awesome little book and knit club.

I think that’s it. I’ve got some more exciting quilts on the way but around here – the socks ain’t gonna stop.


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Joseph’s Quilt: In memory of a blep.

Way back in the spring, I was playing with some fabric when Joseph came along and claimed it. He was usually super easy going, but refused to move off the fabric I had piled in the floor. I had been playing around with a bundle of random cat themed fabrics and with Joseph’s endorsement, it seemed clear that we needed a full on cat quilt.

I wound up sewing this one up in short order before we found out we were moving. Along the way, my sweet boy lost his battle with cancer. When I sent the quilt off to be quilted, I titled it Joseph’s Quilt, and that’s how I think of it now.

Tera of The Quilting Smith did the long arm quilting on this one and we went an all over hearts pattern – I just couldn’t help it with the sweet and snuggly kitty vibes of this one.

Because I’m nothing if not a stickler for sticking to a theme – I had this wide back cat fabric in stash so it seemed perfect. (2 images above courtesy of Tera)

I finished the binding today – this wide stripe is just everything! It turned out so well. I used a handmade, pre-made binding from Lynny Lou Fabric – let me tell you, pre-made binding is the ultimate luxury! I’m starting to keep a few in basic strips and others on hand, it’s just so nice to be ready to go!

And here it is all done! The bundle was curated by Holly of Maker Valley and the pattern is Fat Quarter Pile Up by Knot + Thread Designs. This is my fourth one of these and I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again – this is the easiest, most satisfying quick pattern I know. The lap size only takes 12 fat quarters and comes out to a generous 57″ x 70″ – perfect! I’m still not completely pleased with my ability to distribute lights and darks well – but who cares? It is done and it’s all cats (except for one panel of mice, I thought it was cute to sneak that in) so it’s amazing in my book.

Joseph was a big quilt conesiour – he helped Cosi oversee the creation but was the lead certifier of the finished product.

I miss my buddy, but Cosi and I have many plans to snuggle under his quilt in his honor.

Thanks for taking a trip down memory lane with me. Looking forward, this is the first quilt finish in the new craft room! I can’t wait to finish up the rest of the stack…


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Finding a new spot.

We did it – we moved! We’ve been in the new house for about six weeks. It’s wonderful be here and things are slowly coming along. We are definitely not settled in completely, but we’re to a comfy livable point. My craft room is pretty much done but there’s not been any sewing going on. Kevin and I purchased a few pieces of unfinished furniture and that has taken up a lot of our time. Plus the usual moving in stuff: hanging curtains, fixing bathtub caulk, and did I mention finishing furniture?

In the off hours or downtime, I have been consistently turning to socks. I’ve told you time and time again that they are like comfort food, and it still holds true. As the last bit has gone by, I’ve slowly piled up a few finished pairs when it occurred to me that I don’t have a spot! In the old house, I had a definite spot where I took most of my finished and work in progress pictures. It was great; the floor in one room was this very light color and right by the patio doors there was great light, and (usually) a lot of space. Many a project sat there on the floor.

That’s a pretty good WIP shot, if you ask me. I’ve worked on taking better pictures over the years, check out my progress from a few years ago in this post. I’ve been inspired by others to try out different things, but I come back to the floor more often than not.

Now, our new house doesn’t have any similar spot, so I’ve been scoping out the place. One afternoon last week after work, I was struck by the light coming in the craft room’s patio doors.

So I did a little experimenting.

These socks were the first finish after moving, knit out of The Cozy Knitter’s Tequila Sunrise colorway. The colors of this yarn are just heaven. So what do you think about the two pictures? Definitely quite different! The first is out on the old table on the patio and the second is on the floor in front of the door. After probably too much time spent looking at these pictures, I think I like the feeling of the second one better – it feels cozier. It’s definitely much warmer overall than what I’m used to, but maybe I’m ready for that.

Now that we’ve found a spot, I suppose we carry on with a bit of sock spam. I knit these for Kevin. I had gotten to about 5.5″ on the leg when I asked him how long he wanted them. He told me he wanted shorties and after some measuring and checking, he decided on a 3″ leg. I ripped back, knit them up, and when I was finished he decided that these are fine, but next time 5″ or so would be better. Le sigh. Anyway, these are knit out of Opal Yarn True Love in 9864. I really like this color + white for self patterning socks, super cute.

My next cast on was these crazy socks. This yarn was a sweet gift from my mom a few years ago. Everyone else in the family has a pair of socks in their stockings – I had a ball of yarn. I’ll take that any day. This is Wisdom Yarns Pix in Succulent. After these straight up sock pictures, I had a bit of a play with another WIP – you know I like including candles and cups of coffee everywhere in my life.

I think we’re starting to get somewhere now. This gives me all the cozy vibes for sure. Speaking of cozy vibes, I’m not the only one who’s been trying to find the perfect spot. Cosi now has access to the craft room and my work space, so he’s got a couple of places he frequents. This stack of unfinished and finished quilts is pretty high on the list.

It’s good to be back on the blog, I’ve missed this over the summer. Stay tuned here for more socks on the floor, a craft room tour, and dare I say it? maybe even some furniture finishing!


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Out of time and floor space.

Well, we are really in the throes of moving now! Pretty much everything is packed or close to packed except for the kitchen and bedrooms. We’re officially two weeks away from moving but we want to finish packing early so we have time to paint and do other fun stuff at the new place. With all of that, my crafting has slowly been grinding to a halt.

I finished my Dust of Snow wrap a few weeks ago. I quickly realized that not only are the blocking mats packed, there isn’t really a place to lay this bohemoth out unless it’s in a walk way. I’m packing it up to get blocked at some point. It is awfully pretty though, huh?

I managed to make up a whole stack of blocks for a pretty little jelly roll quilt and then quickly realized there is no where free of boxes to lay out the quilt. So, this one has gone into the WIP box as well. I’ll write more about it when I get it back out, but I used 2 jelly rolls and this tutorial from Cluck Cluck Sew- it’s dead easy.

With all of this, it’s no surprise that I’ve turned to the old portable standby of knitters everywhere… the sock.

I finished up my Nightwish Socks! I cast these on for a virtual concert and then knit them over a few weeks while Kevin and I watched Nightwish documentaries and past concerts. If you haven’t heard of Nightwish go check them out if you’re in the mood for a bit of symphonic metal. Anyway, the yarn is from A Homespun House, this is a sock set that I believe was dyed by Molly’s sister Amy a couple of years ago; the colorway is Fat Bottom Girls.

I’m in a real mood friends – with concerts coming back to our lives, I’m just getting too excited. I’m going to see my favorite band, Eagles, in September, so I pulled out this skein of Tequila Sunrise for my next pair of socks. The yarn is by The Cozy Knitter and I adore how it’s knitting up and I love the coordinating mini for the heel. If you’re still in the mood for some music, I’d recommend this version of the song to go along with the sock.

I’ve still got this pretty little stack out to deal with. This is four quilt tops and their backs to prep and send off for long arm quilting. My hope is that they will get back to me around the time we’re settling in a bit so I can do some relaxing hand stitched binding.

Other than those quilt backs to sew up, this is a view of all my making for the next several weeks. I’m actually hoping to stop by the blog with some more household related craftiness in August – Kevin and I are going to learn how to finish furniture! I hope you are all having a lovely summer and as always, happy making.


Happy, happy making!