I managed to catch up with some of my sewing projects in the first half of this week :) I'm rushing to get as much done as possible as I'm going to London with my Mum and sister at the end of the month and will be away from both internet and sewing machine for several days. Once I made some free time for sewing, this HST zippy pouch tutorial seemed like the perfect project for keeping my handbag a bit more organised during the trip. I tend to carry a massive tote bag everywhere and can never find anything, so now my keys, hand-cream, and phone can have somewhere to live. I used Tula Pink's Salt Water, and followed Jeni's tutorial almost exactly. I just left out the fusible fleece as I don't have any here. Very pleased with my new pouch :)
I found a flex frame in my bag findings stash, and used it to make a tiny flex frame pouch. I used this tutorial but with a Far Far Away scrap instead of the tiny hexies. All went well until I realised I couldn't fit the bag perimeter around my machine's free arm. I had to sew almost blind with my foot inside the bag and my machine's built in needle-threader threatening to rip my fingers off! Luckily it worked out ok, though I think I'll be sticking to pouches I can actually fit around my machine in future.
The back in a Loulouthi Hugs and Kisses print in butterscotch.
March is my month in the do. Good Stitches Care Circle. I'm really hoping no one will mind me asking them to make more scrappy trip blocks. After much thought (and indecision, and I'm still not entirely sure about this, but hoping for the best!) I settled on a low volume seaside colour scheme. Aqua, turquoise and lime/seaweed green with lots of pale neutrals. Planning a 60" square quilt (5 x 5 blocks) and I intend to donate the finished quilt to Siblings Together, a charity which runs summer camps and other activities to bring together sets of siblings separated by separate foster care or adoption. I have another quilt (almost finished) which I'll be donating too, but my plan for this group quilt is to stay away from my usual bright girlish colours. I'm not sure it will be entirely gender neutral (there are already some flowers in there) but it should hopefully be more appealing to a child who doesn't love pinks and purples. My other donation quilt is very heavy on the purple! I'll share that one here soon.
Off to cook some dinner now. I have been keeping up with home cooked goodness for about a week now, resisting the urge to order pizza!