After having missed the majority of the work-week being home ill, my brain finally started functioning a bit on Friday and I was able to work on some sewing projects this weekend (we’re not even going to look at the unfinished projects I’ve got lying about that I did not work on this weekend!) Funnily enough, I’ve realized that everything I worked on this weekend was for other people – either as gifts, or part of a swap/exchange I’m doing!
Hexies for Healing
With all of the new people I’ve come across on Instagram through the various sewing bits I’ve been following, I came across a request from @gotchacoveredquilting for hexie flowers. She’s asked for people who are willing to send her hexie flowers with white centers – with your name and where you’re from in the center – to work on while she recovers from a mastectomy and goes through treatment for breast cancer. It’s a simple enough project (hexie flowers are easy and fun to make), so I didn’t see any reason not to send in a couple of flowers! I actually finished the flowers themselves a week or so ago, but finally got around to filling in the centers and mailed it off on Friday. From her Instagram account, I can see that she’s already been joining up flowers that she’s received, and I’m looking forward to seeing how it looks once she’s finished! I love the idea of including names and locations on the flowers – similar to the idea of old-fashioned autograph quilts I think? You can also see the other hexies being sent and received through the #hexiesforhealing tag on Instagram.
Secret Skeletons Gift
Okay, so this gift didn’t actually have to be sewn, but it’s me. Did anybody actually think that there wouldn’t be at least one part of it that was sewn, knit, or crocheted? Last year at work, we did “Boo Baskets” where you make up a little Halloween basket, deposit it on somebody’s desk, and within the next day or two, they make up a little basket and deposit it on somebody else’s desk. It was fun, but slow, so not everybody that got to participate ended up able to. This year, we did it Secret Santa style: draw a name at the beginning of the month, and somewhere between then and Halloween, give your gift. It was a voluntary signup, and a $10 spending limit (oops?). I drew one of my favorite people at work, so I had a lot of fun figuring out what to do. I made the Seattle Mariner’s themed dumpling pouch, as well as the drawstring gift bag, and included a bag of M&Ms as well, because you really can’t go wrong with chocolate.
And then I made a second drawstring bag to send off to somebody else, who will figure out who they are by the end of the week.
Polaroid Greeting Swap
I’m currently signed up for two quilting swaps through Instagram. For this swap, we’ve been divided into groups of 20, and we each make a little quilt block for every other member of the group, plus one for ourselves. The block is designed to end up looking like an old Polaroid photo – a 2 inch square “picture” in the middle, with white borders. Once we receive our 19 blocks from group members, we get to assemble them into any sort of quilt/bag/pillow/etc that we want. So far I’ve received six (the ones you can see in the photograph with envelopes behind them), and I’m working on getting the blocks I plan to send out ready. I’m hoping to find some sort of Washington themed postcard/greeting card to send with mine, instead of a generic card, since only one of my group members is in Washington. Once I’ve received all of my blocks, I will do a post specifically for this swap!
Sew Together Bag
After some issues last weekend with fabric/interfacing shrinking when I applied the interfacing to the fabric (and then gave up for the weekend), I’ve got this lovely Sew Together Bag (pattern by Sew Demented) ready for it’s fourth and final zipper! I can’t wait to get it finished off… or to gift it next month! It will have its very own post with some more detail once it has been gifted (late November), and I can’t imagine this is the only one I’ll be making. They’re designed to end up with three zippered pockets and four non-zippered pockets once it is open, to hold sewing bits for travel, and just to keep tidy. I will definitely need one for myself once I settle on colors/fabrics for my own! The Farmhouse by Fig Tree collection of fabric from Moda was just too perfect for this particular bag.
Schnitzel and Boo Mini Quilt Swap
I didn’t actually work on this quilt this weekend (like I should have) but I did get to Gee-Gee’s Quilting in Yelm and picked out a batting, backing, and binding for it! I have a rough idea on how I want to quilt it, and I hope to at least get it basted this week. This project will end up with two posts of its own – one when the quilt is done and ready to send along with the few goodies I plan to send with it, and another one once I’ve received the quilt from my mystery partner!
How did you spend your weekend?