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Extremely helpful sewing assistant bear.

Make-A-List Monday is an idea that I borrowed from Sarah Craig over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict and I thank her for inspiring me to try it!

Pretty productive week, I think.  Let’s see how I did on my goals from last week.

  • Cut out a black knit skirt.

Done!  If you’ll recall, I’m planning to do view G here.


  • Cut out this blouse (or attempt to).

Done!  That’s the blouse I was cutting out in the picture at the top of the post.  And I actually finished sewing it, sort of by accident.  Was puttering away slowly on it Friday afternoon, then felt like sewing again on Saturday, and suddenly it was time to attach the top half to the bottom and only the hems were left to do.  Post coming soon!

  • Try making a cat scratcher.



This is about 18″ x 10″, the same size as the store-bought scratchers that Pooh loves so much.

This took many hours–and most of the glue in the house–but the basic scratcher is done.  Now I want to see if I can’t class it up a little bit.  I want to put together a sort of frame for it and cover the sides with fabric, which I think will be a very cute addition.


Exciting process shot featuring glue and catnip.

So . . . goals for this week:

  • Finish the cat scratcher.
  • Make the skirt.  It has just one piece–a big rectangle that you wrap around yourself and secure with a couple of buttons.  I’m not at all sure it’s going to work on me (the big question is whether I have enough of a waist to get it to stay up?), but if it does, it will definitely be the fastest skirt in sewing history. And I’ll be whipping out another one in a camel color.  I’ve got a job interview next week (EEK!), so I’m thinking ahead to getting the closet stocked with more professional-looking secret pajamas, just in case.
  • Make a tote bag for SCRAP.  We’ve been putting together fabric packs to sell–one orphan quilt block or other focal piece and a bunch of fabric remnants that coordinate with it.  They haven’t exactly been flying off the shelves, so I thought I would use one of them to make a bag and show what you can do with a mess of scraps.  Here’s the fabric pack I chose–a very cute embroidery sampler and some fabric scraps.


Should be a fun project, and I’ll get to test an idea I have for a bottle carrier on a bag.

And one more item of good news–one of the winners of the Q1 Finish Along didn’t claim their prize, so the organizers drew again and I won!  (The updated FAL prize post is here.)  My prize is a PDF of a book called “DIY Block Design,” which is interesting, because I have had a thought or two lately about taking a shot at designing my own quilts.

Have a great week, everybody!