Happy New Year!
As a final wrap-up to Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day, I wanted to share with you all the lovely Christmas charm pack that I won! I was waiting to post until the package arrived, but we were away for the holidays so I had to wait until I got back. What a great gift to have this package waiting for us when we got back - thanks to LeighAnne of SleepytimeSewing for the fun giveaway!
I think I will stash these away until next year... still thinking about what I want to do with them. I may use them for a variety of projects and just enjoy having such a great selection of fabrics to choose from - I was thinking of making some mini-quilted stocking ornaments - but maybe I will decide to use them as charm squares in some kind of pattern. The placemat pattern that LeighAnne included in the post is pretty cute, may have to do that or something similar!
I have been enjoying checking out the year-end project mosaics that lots of folks have posted - so many beautiful and creative projects, it is very inspiring! I don't feel like I did a good enough job taking pictures this year (especially since I didn't restart the blog until mid-summer), but this is definitely something I hope to do next year. In the meantime, here is a preview of a tutorial that I am planning to post early next week.
These quilted wine totes were partially inspired by these BuiltNY wine totes, which I have always liked/coveted. I had to play around with the sizing and construction details a bit to get it the way I wanted (there is a v. 1.0 that is not pictured), but it was a good chance to practice using my walking foot (easy, love it) and free motion quilting (which I find fun but kind of terrifying). Also I made bias tape for the first time!
I basically used this tutorial, except that I realized the 1/2" bias tape maker that I had makes 1/2" single fold tape... so 1/4" double fold. Doh. So I had to do the annoying fold and iron by hand process. It wasn't actually that bad but I have now added the correct size to my shopping list. Loving getting to have bias tape from any fabric though (once I talked myself into it being worth using a sizeable chunk up). This is Joel Dewberry Modern Meadow - currently one of my favorite fabric lines (as you may have noticed).