Purple Patchwork Cargo Duffel

In the midst of summer, and all it’s fun, I whipped up a Cargo Duffel among other things I have yet to blog about.

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I absolutely love it! There will definitely be more of these.

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I did make a few changes, which are:

– I used 2 layers of cotton batting in all the pieces of the main part of the bag.

– Linen was my interior fabric, no canvas.

– I added 10 inches to the strap length, I prefer a longer strap.

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I also made a matching triple zip (which I made 2 inches longer than the tutorial) for the inside. I used my snap press to attach it to the inside of the bag, that way it can be removed. My secret sister I made it for requested lots of pockets, so I needed to improvise 🙂

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I also used a baby corduroy for the bottom of the bag, I really like how this turned out. I really feel like it added more to the bottom, and hopefully it won’t wear out as fast as quilting cotton.

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I’m telling you, this one was a little hard to give away. But, she absolutely LOVED it, so that made it much easier!

Is it Spring Yet?

March was crazy. I think we got a few feet of snow last month, with a few 60+ degree days sprinkled throughout. It is amusing how nature tempts us.

Naturally, during all of this weather indecisiveness my kids all took turns having colds and I was even under the weather for a spell. That says a lot I guess, considering how up and down the weather actually was.

We were lucky to get outside and do a little garden prepping in the first few weeks of March. And, we managed to squeak in a few seeds on the 31st (seeds got started for sprouting indoors then too).

I absolutely love how much my children enjoy gardening. This year they get to have their own garden, instead of Mommy have to share. They are so very excited. So far they’ve planted corn, their flowers & melons will go in in about a month or so. We decided to try growing our carrots in containers this year, we might actually get to eat them instead of the locals (rabbits/chipmunks).

I’ve noticed that this year the soil in the taller raised bed is very light, almost like fluffy feeling. Maybe some organic compost will do the trick. I’m not quite sure about composting in the yard since it’s somewhat small, but then again there’s got to be some ideas online, I mean on Pinterest….

While we’re on the subject, I found this fantastic (I mean FANTASTIC) cake recipe on Pinterest. It’s for a Fresh Strawberry Yogurt Cake, but I subbed sour cream for yogurt (it’s what I had on hand). This cake taste like the best strawberry lemonade you’ve ever tasted, so if you’re in the need for something to remind you of warmer days this is the cake!

As far as sewing goes, I’ve been busy with the bee I joined as well as the MSM swap that I signed up for (just in the nick of time). It’s fun to make different blocks each month as well as try to plan out and make something cool for the MSM swap. Posting photos on Flickr has been my go-to route to sharing this month, but here’s a little snippet of my swap:

What have you been playing with this spring so far?? Hopefully it’s colorful and warm!

Life is always better with chocolate, and fabric!

I feel like today is my birthday or something. My mother in law texted this morning to see if the kids wanted to come play at her house and on her playground for a bit this morning. Yes please. And, she made lunch for me for when I came to pick them up. YUM. And, my in laws are planning to take my kids to see the new Monsters University movie tonight.

It is always great to live near family.

The icing on the cake is that this was in my mailbox today:

It’s my swap fabric from the rainbow swap I did. Seeing a package in the mailbox is always fun!

Maybe everyone is celebrating my un-birthday today… Oh YEA!

Now I just need some chocolate cake and the day will be made.

This is my second go round with this swap, so I have lots of squares. There are a few quilts I would love to make with all this wonderful color, but I keep getting the itch to design something new.

We shall see.

Here’s what I’ve had my eye on lately:


Photo credit:

1. Tumbler”>http://flickr.com/photos/89059478@N08/8111087171/”>Tumbler Quilt
2. Lilly”>http://flickr.com/photos/89059478@N08/8417333969/”>Lilly Belle Quilt
3. Back”>http://flickr.com/photos/89059478@N08/8324338274/”>Back of Pinwheel Doll Quilt
4. do.Good”>http://flickr.com/photos/29046308@N07/9019188304/”>do.Good Stitches – Bliss Circle – June 2013
5. Goose”>http://flickr.com/photos/15477137@N03/8954049720/”>Goose Creek blocks
6. Pow”>http://flickr.com/photos/89059478@N08/8169807607/”>Pow Wow Quilt
7. I”>http://flickr.com/photos/39731184@N05/8498896445/”>I finally started this quilt. I bought the pattern a year ago. @imagingermonkey’s fault. Love @croskelley’s patterns, though. This is my April finish challenge.
8. Progress”>http://flickr.com/photos/65239842@N07/8554640525/”>Progress – MSMS
9. wish.http://flickr.com/photos/29745380@N05/8492471742/”>wish.
>10. Ba{M}S”>http://flickr.com/photos/61878020@N07/8350968482/”>Ba{M}S: January Blocks
, 11. Blocks”>http://flickr.com/photos/15477137@N03/8339146098/”>Blocks 1-1912. HST”>http://flickr.com/photos/28175883@N06/7362936888/”>HST hanging
13. HST”>http://flickr.com/photos/7401290@N07/6801300399/”>HST Block of the Month: February
14. Not available
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16. Not available

Packages, Who Doesn’t Love Getting Mail?

As I mentioned in my last post, there was another delivery that I received the week our youngest was born. That sounds kind of funny, like it was forever ago when in reality it was only a week and a half ago. Oh he’s so cute, more pictures soon of him.

This was what I found in my mailbox on the 22nd:

Well, it was actually in an envelope, but I’m sure you assumed that. It’s my loot from the Rainbow Swap I did. I was sooo excited to get it! And, I will definitely be doing this one again next spring.

There are tons of ideas flowing about what to use it for. Here’s a little collage of what I’ve been goggly-eyed over:

1. I Think I Love You, 2. tutti frutti lieblingsdecke krabbeldecke quilt frankfurt, 3. Nine Patch Quilt Along Progress, 4. full view, 5. 3×6 block, 6. For Sew Chaos Kristin 4th qtr beehive 12, 7. petals mini quilt, 8. demo mdp top for class, 9. values quilt top, 10. Fat Quarterly Quilt Along!, 11. Not available, 12. Not available, 13. Not available, 14. Glamour shot, 15. 3×6 Bee 3rd Quarter Beehive 8 rsislandcrafts

Credit for:
#11: http://bolohead.blogspot.com/2012/03/packages-are-in-mail-and-on-their-way.html
#12: http://gemini-stitches.blogspot.com/2011/12/fresh-sewing-day.html
#13: http://www.fromthebluechair.com/2012/02/color-quilt-top.html

I know that most of these projects aren’t really do-able with 4 1/2 inch squares, but they’re so pretty.

I’m really leaning towards doing a sampler and using most of these to get inspiration for my blocks. Clearly I’m not fully committed yet, but thankfully I’m not planning on making this for a gift – it will be all for me! Ok, maybe I’ll share with the kids… if I have to.

Oh Monday

How is it that you manage to come EVERY week and still feel the same??

Eh, either way I’m looking forward to this week.

The items on my ‘to-do’ list are slowly dwindling getting ready for the baby, there are only 3 scheduled ‘events’ on my calendar for this week (joy) 2 are doctor’s appointments, and my que on Ravelry is calling me since I’ve been so good at finishing projects lately! Though I’m still not sure how I only have 12 things in my que.

Here’s a few recent FOs & my first try with a cookies press:

Piper’s Hat, yes I need to weave in that one thread.

Martha’s Reversible Purse I made for me. LOVE it.

Kit’s Winter Hat, tutorial coming soon.

Hearts Hat, this is what you get with a click and shoot camera after getting a nice one.

Light Pink Diaper Cover & Earflap Hat

I’m also quite excited to send out my squares for my first ever fabric swap. Did I mention I’m excited?!

I even took a photo of my squares, haha. I chose to do royal blue, but mostly by default simply because it was the first color on the list that I found 10 FQs worth of fabric for. There are 200 squares there, all 4 inches. I can’t wait to get back all the colors after the ‘swapping’.

I’m also thinking of sending along a little gift for the woman hosting this swap, I mean I’m not sure I would enjoy doing 3 rounds of sorting thousands of 4 inch squares to make sure everyone gets one of each fabric. Maybe if I had a day without all my kids around….

Wow, I feel like this post is just a hodge podge of everything. Sorry. My brain is kind of all over the place lately.

Hopefully your week is looking good too!

My First Swap

I have to admit, I have never done a swap before.

Shocking, I know.

The thing is, I’m pretty nervous about some things, some things like criticism. There, I said it. I would be crushed if I spent time making something for someone just to find out they hated it.

So, why am I signing up for a swap? Well, because it’s a fabric swap, a rainbow fabric swap. Yum. It’s being hosted over at Bolo Heads, and she’s actually doing 3 different rounds of the swap so go sign up.

Next question: Why am I signing up for a swap when I’m due almost any day now?

Simple, because I’m crazy… see:

Ha ha ha. I think my belly looks even bigger because a six-year-old took my picture… bad angle!

No really, I figure I can cut out about oh 200 squares in the next week and have them shipped out. The way I see it, it’ll be my little present to myself that I can play with after having the baby (or dream about playing with). And, it will only cost me shipping since I’m pulling it all from my stash. Even better.