An Empty Sack

Can't Stand Upright

Ferol’s Bday Quilt

Wayyyy back in February, I made another quilt. Then my computer became non-functional and went to the doctor for almost a month and then youknowhowlifegoes I forgot to catch up.

So here I am, catching up!







Quick cross stitch for a friend for (late) Christmas.


Lessons learned:

  • Cross stitching is *easy* when the intent is sloppiness.
  • I don’t know if I’ll ever care to use white thread on a white canvas.
  • I should definitely secure the threads better before framing. Also, iron better.

B List Quilts

Husband (!!) brought home some shirts from his workplace, and asked me to make quilts with the logos/tee shirt material.

Problems I anticipated:

-Having only 2 shirts, and thus only 2 logos, I was apprehensive that I’d ruin both. I put off this task for a couple of weeks, because I still feel like my projects are crap shoots. Sometimes they’re better than I anticipated … sometimes they’re much worse. At some point I just said there’s nothing I can do about it, and moved in.

-Tee shirt material is stretchy. I am not practiced or good at working with stretchy fabric. How much was I going to end up warping the material? Husband is in woodworking. Straight edges are kindof their thing. Have I sewn a straight line even once?

-Tee shirts came in two colors: Black and Very Dark Green. Green that’s almost as dark as black, in fact. I decided early on that I’m going to use a decent amount of white fabric to break up and hopefully differentiate the colors. Ha.


They ended up being just about as bad as I expected! Of course, all of the tee shirt fabric stretched, near nothing is straight, and I even messed up about half of the corners. And I mis-read self-made patterns halfway through, so ended up with four separate mini-mini quilts, rather than one with four quadrants.


Lessons Learned:

  • Don’t start without a *clear* vision. Don’t start before you’re ready. Don’t start without actually doing something to address initial concerns.
  • Always bind back to font. Always always always.
  • Pins hurt. Make sure to pin the right way.
  • Tighten the quilter’s foot more. I broke a needle because the foot got loose and the needle came down on top of it.
  • Try to square things up more often somehow. … Figure out best way to quilt straight.
  • Care for each strip. Losing motivation halfway through breeds sloppiness.
  • Learn how to do the Sawtooth block. That’d be a cool replacement for these First Tries.



Quilt-gift for Pikachu. I think he liked it, though it must be hard for an 8 year old boy to muster up excitement for a quilt. He did *appreciate* it, which is something I appreciate about him. He also had specifically requested a quilt for his Pikachu, which was the inspiration for the fabric.

Lessons Learned:

  • Geometric patterned fabrics are hard to keep straight. Should pay much more attention and follow each line, every time (instead of like 4/8).
  • Quilting from the inside out is pretty awesome. These might be the straightest lines I’ve done so far.
  • Binding is getting better, but not quite there yet. Watch another video, plan out those mitered corners.

Ich Liebe Dich!



I should learn how to do more fancy borders.

Lessons learned:

  • Plan first. Don’t use pencil.
  • Borders are nice. Use them more often.

Do or Do Not

This one took way longer than I expected. The lightsaber is more time consuming than it looks.20161223_202136

Strength of His Heart



Circles are hard. This one came out wonky.

SugarSkulls Dance in my head


I started out trying to make a log cabin quilt. I found a guide online, and cut out all the strips. As I started to piece the first cabin block… I realized I must have used the wrong line in the chart. Nothing lined up properly. Rather than re-measuring and figuring lengths out on my own, I made this mini-mini quilt.

Lessons Learned:

  • Measure 3,000 times. Don’t rely on a formula; make sure it makes sense *every* time. Or else waste time cutting.
  • Black thread on white looks like a mistake. Don’t do that again.
  • Log cabin quilts really don’t look good with such busy fabrics. Try one out again, with some solid tones. Try the courthouse steps. But have a plan before you start.

What doesn’t kill me makes me Smaller


Another gift framed cross stitch. Took me about 10 hours to finish?

It came out really well, but I have some concerns for my cross stitching future.

  • How does one pick out the colors? I did the pipe a little differently from the model (I used just one green instead of fading from yellow to green)…
  • How does one make a Goombah not look like a Hershey’s kiss?
  • I like that I didn’t do a fair amount of detail, and yet it still looks good.

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