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Gypsy Wife Progress

So far I have kept up with the weekly blocks for the Gypsy Wife Quilt sew a long, hosted by GnomeAngel (of course, it’s only been 3 weeks….).  I have no specific plan for this quilt at all! I am picking fabrics just based on my mood at the time I make the block.  This could be bad or it could end up being a really great quilt….time will tell, I suppose.  I am mostly using Cotton and Steel Basics (from a kit by PinkDoor Fabrics) and the new Alison Glass Chrome collection (from Oh Sew Modern Fabric Shop).

I am having a bit of trouble following the pattern, probably because of my inexperience.  The written pattern does half square triangles by cutting actual triangles and sewing them together.  This is different than how I taught myself to do them, so I am frustrated.  GnomeAngel has graciously given alternate directions using the HST method I am used to, but my brain is also having trouble with her instructions because she does not want to give too much information about what is in the original pattern, such as specific cutting measurements.  I totally understand that.  It would be inconsiderate to offer the exact measurements to someone that hasn’t purchased the original pattern.  However, I ended up cutting and re-cutting my fabric because I kept misinterpreting her instructions.  Obviously, that is my own fault, but I was so frustrated with the last block, I almost quit!  I could not understand the alternate cutting instructions completely and then I was too grumpy to try to understand the original pattern.  Time to take a break!!!  In the end, I am up to date on the blocks and I started on some filler blocks as well.  35(!!!) filler blocks will be needed in the near future, so I thought I better get ahead on those.  I probably will not be able to keep up with the weekly blocks for the next several weeks due to work requirements, so I will have a whirlwind finish at the end, I suppose!

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Where did July go?

So somehow I missed July.  I actually wasn’t that busy at my job and I sewed a bunch, but it didn’t make it to the blog!  Ooops.

I was able to make several bags and wallets last month.  I won’t go into major details, but I’ll show off a few.  I made two Gingham Totes from the pattern out of Anna Graham’s book Handmade Style.  Both were made using Essex Linen.  The pitbull fabric is from Spoonflower and the sloths are Cotton and Steel that I have been hoarding for a bit.  Both of these were custom requests.

  

I also constructed a variation of her Trail Tote bag (I made a size that falls between the small and large for which she has instructions).  I actually made two of these as well.  One just because I felt compelled to use this kitty fabric and the other was a custom request.

 

 

As I head into August, I am beginning a two month stretch of very busy times at my job.  I will be travelling for work and working at least 6 days a week.  So, of course, I decided to start 2 quilts!!  One is a long term project that I mentioned last time (Elephant Abstractions).  I plan to make some headway on that one this week as I am on a short vacation before the crazy begins.  The other quilt is the #GypsyWifeQuiltSAL hosted by Gnomeangel.  I didn’t do so great at keeping up with the last sew a long with Crazy Mom Quilts (the June Quilt is sitting in pieces on my ironing board).  However, the Gypsy Wife Quilt is to be done over the next several months.  I am going to try my best to keep up.  I am hoping it will help relieve stress too.  Although….last night I began the first block and I ripped out several seams, so that’s the opposite of what I was going for…..  I finished the block, and there is one wonky area where the seams don’t line up, but I’m calling it finished.  On to Week 2!!  I hope to keep myself in check by posting my progress here on the blog.

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Necessary Clutch Wallet

This week I made a Necessary Clutch Wallet.  This is probably my 7th one and they get a bit easier for me each time.  I will admit I find them a little frustrating, but I love the final product, so I guess the struggle is worth it. 🙂

 

 This time I used my favorite Cotton and Steel canvas fabric for the flap but kept the rest of the wallet pretty basic, mostly black.  This kitty makes me smile every time I see it.  I have this fabric in both colorways and I keep a small stash of it.

I find the final step in the pattern to be the hardest part (creating the accordion).  This last wallet was better at this part (no cursing!!), so maybe I have rounded the corner!

I reference this Youtube tutorial video by Janelle MacKay every time I make one of these.  She has helpful hints on ways to make things a bit easier.

This wallet is available in my Etsy shop.

 

 

I also worked a bit on my June Quilt.  I have a bunch more to sew on that, but it’s coming along.