Happy New Year from the Sewing Cave

It’s been a wonderfully less-busy week. Time to walk more, eat less, and dig out some old projects from the WIPs box. WIPs = works in progress … or, all those long-stored, partially-completed or still-in-original-packaging projects that a person can’t seem to throw away, give away, and finish. A conundrum.

This one was a gift, only a couple of years in storage:

I bought this in Deer Lodge MT last summer when I visited Phyllis. Ready for 2019, 11 1/2 months early!

A peek at Thais’ Christmas stocking collection, where Old MacDonald will hang next year:

From the sewing cave

Black faux leather tunic over floral turtleneck:
With the scraps and a long-ago-purchased t-shirt from a trip to Canada, I made a pillow for Justin’s couch:
Sophia picked this flannel for her annual pajama bottoms:
I took apart an old Wild Bryde farm animal necklace – I think I wore it once to the Sacramento County Fair when Justin and Thais were in 4-H (necklace totally out of place, by the way) – and used the animals to make an Old MacDonald Christmas stocking. It wasn’t quite finished on Christmas Eve when everyone was over, but I did show it to Thais and Carson, who pointed to the farmer and asked, “Is that me?”
This was my holiday season of sewing. Now what should I make?

Project Ride Smart

At H Allen Hight. An early morning start!I was so happy to ride my bike the 3 miles to work, at least on Monday and Tuesday. Riding with 7 am commute traffic required vigilance.We got rained out on Wednesday and Thursday, Friday was a beautiful day. In class, helmets on and personal safety check:ABCQuick Check: We divided the students into 2 large groups with 2 LCIs and a parent volunteer and went for a fun ride in Natomas Regional Park. I really liked NOT being in charge, I just showed up and did what I was told – ahhh.After work each day, I worked on a mini-quilt for a friend, Sue Schooley, who gave me a bunch of commemorative t-shirts from the annual Roseville Bikefest that she organizes. Also, a little zippered bag with the scraps.

Projects finished

In between everything else, I managed to finish Avery’s Halloween costume. He will be a Charizard: a Pokemon dragon.The underside of the wings HAD to be a shiny blue:And four pillow covers for my sofa:The fabric with words is the back of all the pillows.

Friday afternoon delivery

Whew! Done and delivered. The Breathe Bike Trek is Sept 7-10 in Petaluma. I decided I just couldn’t fit this into my schedule this year but had previously committed to providing some raffle prizes. For the past few weeks, I’ve been sewing up a storm. I made FOUR upcycled t-shirts (sizes S, M, Lg, X-lg) using last year’s BBT t-shirt, four polka-dot zippered bags (the lining is the back of the t-shirt with all the sponsors’ names) and 2 small zippered bags. I delivered everything to the Breathe CA office this afternoon.