New Beginnings . . . Week 23

Thirty weeks to go . . . thinking about making a bucket hat for my youngest grandson. I saw a free pattern by Liesl Gibson.

Oh well, I didn’t make it in time this week. I started at 8 pm on Sunday. So, I am late posting my project. I am trying to get my project completed before Sunday, but as we all know procrastination is a waste of time. However, I did make the reversible bucket hat.

Oliver+SReversibleBucketHat

New Beginnings . . . Week 20

Thirty-three weeks to go . . . What will tickle my fancy this week?

I decided to keep it simple because I went away this week, and didn’t have time to be overly creative. While I was away; I went to the Grand Canyon. I purchased a coin purse. I really like the simplicity and fabric of the coin purse; it can also be worn around your neck. So, I decided to make my very own coin purse without the string. I guesstimated the measurements. The results are posted; pictures of the purchased coin purse and pictures of the one I made. 

New Beginnings . . . Week 19

Thirty-four weeks to go . . . I’m always browsing the web for ideas, a year ago, I came across a cool banking method for kids.

The Three Piggy Bank Method, by Lori Craig (market director for PNC Bank Wealth Management). Lori recommends that you set kids up with three piggy banks: one for saving, one for sharing, and one for spending. Lori defines what each bank is specifically used for; “a spending bank is for money to be used on everyday things.” “A savings bank is for money to be used in the future, or on a big ticketed item,” and a sharing bank is to be used to help others or to give.”

So, I’ve given or will give each of my grandsons three banks on their birthday. Then, I  explained or will explain this method to my sons and daughters, so they can instill this practice in my grandchildren. For decorative purposes I added or will add their favorite character stickers to their banks, as suggested by Lori. Finally, I added or will add five dollars to each bank as a starter for their savings. I hope my grandsons continue using this method of banking. 

Since my New Beginnings challenge is all about creating something every week. I knew I had to also add something that I made. So, I decided to make my number five grandson an iPad case for his second birthday. I used The Stitching Scientist‘s Quilted Laptop Case tutorial.

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New Beginnings . . . Week 18

Thirty-five weeks to go . . . Today was a great day to be creative. So, I decided to make a Mini Sew Together Bag; pattern by Michelle of  SewDemented, and the conversion worksheet for the mini was created by Elizabeth E. of OPQuilt.com. The original Sew Together Bag pattern is needed for the conversion. I also used the Sew Along tutorial that I found on The Quilt Barn‘s blog.
Wow! I can’t believe it! I finished it! This is a first for me, since I began my New Beginnings Challenge. I’m usually rushing to create something on Sunday; just to meet my deadline. WooHoo!

 

New Beginnings . . . Week 17

Thirty-six weeks to go . . . I haven’t got a clue! Not sure what I’ll create this week.

Another busy week, spending time with family and friends. We celebrated my mom’s 80th birthday on Saturday, April 29th. So, I didn’t have time to think about making anything, until today. Since my guild NJMQG ( North Jersey Modern Quilt Guild) will be making the Open Wide Zippered Pouch: DIY Tutorial by Anna Graham. I decided to have a dry-run and make a sample first. You can find the tutorial at Noodlehead.

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New Beginnings . . . Week 16

Thirty-seven weeks to go . . . Where will my creativity and the Internet take me this week?!

I didn’t make it in time! I’m sixteen minutes late, but I did finish my project for week 16. I made another One Hour Basket; mine took much longer because I made a scrappy quilt as you go exterior (front and back). You will love this quick and easy project. 1 Hour Basket Tutorial

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New Beginnings . . . Week 15

Thirty-eight weeks to go . . . I’m thinking about making a wall organizer for some of my sewing tools.

I have so much stuff; buttons, zippers, grommets, velcro, you name it. At least, I thought I had it. I completed the sewing part of the craft room hanging organizer, and the last step was to add grommets for hanging. Oh well!, guess what happened? I couldn’t find the grommets for my organizer. I know I have some, but where is the question. That’s what happens when your sewing room is unorganized. So, I’m posting my finished craft room hanging organizer without the grommets. I will re-post when I add them. I really enjoyed making this hanging organizer. It was quick and easy; just remember to have all your materials before you start. If you’re interested in making this organizer click on the link.  Craft Room Hanging Organizer Tutorial by Jess Dewit. You can make it as large or small as you want! Enjoy!

I added my grommets!

New Beginnings . . . Week 14

Thirty-nine weeks to go . . .  ummmmm, what will I create this week?

As usual, this was another fully booked week. I didn’t get a chance to create anything new, so I decided to make two more pillowcases and some pocket tissue holders that you  can attach to your key ring or backpack. I box my corners. It gives it a different look. I couldn’t find the tutorial that I used years ago; that showed you how to make several tissue holders at one time. Anyway, I posted pictures and will add the tutorial at a later date. You can always Goggle it if you really need to try it now. Hope next week will be better.

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