On the night before my son left for a university overseas, he was furiously packing and getting more stressed as the evening wore on. Making piles, folding clothes, even doing some last minute laundry was going slower than he wanted. As it got past midnight, I knew to keep my distance and just let him work through the task. However, when he showed his anxious face and started rummaging through my desk and the office supply closet, I had to ask. “What are you looking for,” I said in my calmest voice possible. “Mom, I need a pencil case to take with me. I can’t find one.” Well, imagine my delight when I offered to make him one and he said, “yes!” We measured the pens and pencils that he needed to store and I quickly went to work. I was
secretly (ok not so secretly, as he knows I love to make pouches) so happy to make him something from me to take far away on his travels.
Here is the resulting pencil/pen case that may actually have been one of the last things he packed. Fast forward update: I’m able to report that he’s getting settled and having a good time, despite some logistical issues. He says he is happy and he sounds good. What more could a Mom ask for?
Pencil cases aren’t all that I’ve been sewing. While going through the news last week, I needed a keep-busy activity. I began some scrappy middle string blocks. I love strip quilts but I wanted to try something a little different. I found this trellis design and it’s now the beginning of a quilt. I made 24 blocks, but more solid fabric is needed to enlarge it to a twin size. Here is one helpful tutorial https://quiltville.com/stringx.shtml, but I confess to finding an superb video that was a huge help. I can’t seem to locate the link but promise to keep looking.
This is one of my 24 scrappy 11″ trellis blocks. The quilt has so many layout possibilities. I played around with the blocks for awhile and enjoyed the many options. My blocks trim finish at 11″ and the triangles are cut from 10.5″ squares. I’ll show this quilt again when it’s closer to completion but you can see the progress thus far.
Finally, I have a small batch of doll clothes to show. Check these all out and please note my favorites: the dinosaur and cowboy doll pajamas. These are all on their way currently to A Doll Like Me, a mission, run by Amy, that makes dolls for children with limb differences. Check out her Facebook page and be prepared to be inspired and awed by her work.
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