Sunday, February 28, 2010

New Projects

Because I currently have 4 work-in-progress knitting projects, 2 unfinished quilts, and 11 library books to finish, I thought the most obvious thing to do was to start a few more projects.

(1) I have decided to participate in the Pinwheel Sampler Quilt quilt along (links to individual blocks are on the sidebar), hosted by P.S. i quilt. I love pinwheel quilt blocks, and that someone else will be doing all the math for me! This will also be a good opportunity to use up a lot of fabric scraps. [Also check out the flickr pool.]

I already completed the first 2 blocks (there will be 16 for the quilt along, but I think I'm going to make a total of 25 for a larger quilt.) You can see them hanging on the wall above my new sewing table! My previous table was only large enough for my sewing machine, and so I still had to get down on the floor to cut anything. Now, I have ample space to both cut and sew without crouching down on the cold basement floor. Thanks, craigslist guy who was moving to Norway the next day and sold me your Ikea desk for super cheap [even if you took it apart wrong and now I have extra hardware].

(2) In 2008, one of my reading goals was to tackle the 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die list (current standing: 69/1001). This year, I've decided to try to read as many books set in different countries as possible. I'm not taking into account the nationality of the author, just the setting of the book. So far, I've visited 7 countries:

3) I did manage to finish one project. These are reusable snack bags that I made using this tutorial. My sister gave me a store-bought bag like these for Christmas, with the stipulation that I copy it and make one for her. She got the brown one, and the other went off to a friend.

4 comments:

Kristin J said...

I love seeing what you are up to. You are so creative! I can't wait to see the quilt. Very beautiful!! I have been wanting to try quilting but am really intimidated. I need to do some research before I jump in. You are really inspiring me to get moving!

Amy ER said...

Are the snack bags lined with something water proof? Looks kind of like something I use for wet diapers - never occurred to me I could use one for apple slices!

Jax said...

Your sister is brilliant! Does this mean if I find something I like at a store and buy it for you that you will make me one in return, except better?

Shannon said...

I've been planning on thanking you in my next letter, but I'm here checking to see what new projects you're up to (I finally opened up that sewing machine I got for Christmas two years ago, did I tell you?) so...
Thank you!
Henry calls it the "felcro pretzel bag"
Oh, and I just bought a desk off of craigslist too! Now I just need bookshelves and one room is almost complete.

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