La Passacaglia Update!

 Last November I knew I would have some downtime around the Holidays at work, and I was trying to think of things that I could take back and forth with me between work and home. I had purchased the book and templates for the La Passacaglia Quilt a year or so before hand....but everything was so little and I was intimidated to start.

I grabbed my book and templates out and decided to start! I could work on it at work because I could put it down mid stitch when someone needed something. And was small enough to work on little pieces at my desk throughout the day. (I know great job huh?)

I pulled out the fabrics that I had used in my Philadelphia Map Quilt a few weeks before and decided to use those as my starting place for the La Pass. I would make all of the little tiny triangles out of Navy. And I was only going to have a few fabrics that I fussy cut to make it easier.

Over Thanksgiving I cut lots and lots and lots of fabric. And started stitching at work.

I've worked on this project mostly during downtime at work with the occasional stitching at home.

I'm about halfway done.

There are a few things I've found or been introduced to through this process.

1) Ziploc bags are the best for storing this project. But IKEA has some great cute bags.

2) The Purple Thang is amazing! Who knew this little gizmo was out there?

3) I've accepted the fact that you will see my stitches on this project. Mostly because I know I put in every one of those stinking stitches!

4) I have no timeline for this project. It will get done when it gets done. And I am enjoying the process.

5) Copy the pages of your book so you can write all over them and mark off when you've finished up a Rosette.

Pincushions and Presents

Our Guild does a yearly swap. This year we swapped the Pincushion and Thread Catcher that Elizabeth Hartman designed for Sew Mama Sew . I've made this pattern a few times, and each time I think I want to keep it for myself! Well since we are swapping I'll finally get one too!!!

I used these cute Cotton+Steel fabrics and my signature Navy. People always tell me I add Navy to everything. Who knew.... 

Mine went to my friend Bobbi, who happens to collect stamps, so the fabric is perfect for her!! 

I got this super cute one from Jen, who is a newer member of the Guild. I love the combination of fabrics! I've been jamming on these turquoises with the light pinks lately. I want to make all of the quilts with them....but alas I have commissions I have to finish first. 

I also made this other bag the Crochet on the Go Bag. My co-worker is crocheting me some slippers that I've always wanted, so in exchange I surprised her with the Crochet on the Go Bag! She is also traveling a lot for work right now, so she can take her projects with her wherever she goes!

Library Tote: A Review

When a friend posts on Instagram that she has written her first bag pattern and is looking for pattern testers, I immediately raised my hand and said "Oh me!" 

If you know me, you know I am always looking for a new bag. My friend Bobbi says that whenever I finish a bag my review is always "it's great it fits all of my stuff!" But this one really is great! 

I made the medium sized bag, but the pattern comes in 3 sizes. 

Finished Bag Size: 
Small: 16.5"W x 10.5"H x 3"D
Medium: 18"W x 14"H x 3"D
Large: 20"W x 14"H x 4.5"D

It really does fit all of my stuff and has been my everyday tote bag for about a month now. It's sturdy, has some good pockets. Isn't to big for stuff to get lost, but isn't to small that I can't fit my umbrella in it (and oh how I have needed my umbrella these past weeks) 

This bag is definitely doable for a confident beginner, Dana's instructions are easy to follow and walk you through step by step. 

You can find the pattern over on Craftsy  and you can find more of Dana's great work over on her blog Waterpenny Quilts.  Or you can follow her sewing and adorable family adventures over on Instagram

Hope you enjoy and get to making a Library Tote!!

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