April month-in-review

This really does look like a super-productive month, since I tend to count stash on the months I finish the project vs. when I cut it! So let’s just jump right to the fun stuff, shall we?

Projects Finished This Month: 
8 total. Unless I count the diapers individually. Then it’s closer to 80. But that’s cheating, isn’t it? First up, the unblogged things.
https://igcdn-photos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xap1/t51.2885-15/10513794_843631739037678_835703916_n.jpgAs seen on Instagram: I did take another cute-but-stained PJ set that I was given for free, plus a boring snap-front newborn tee, and did this. The applique was hand-stitched on, just like the frog one I did last month, and as a bonus, this reads completely gender-neutral to me. Which means it’s definitely something I can recycle for any future siblings. I also had a decent-sized piece of unstained fabric, so I used this tutorial/pattern to whip out a quick hat. I did have to cut one piece with a seam in the back,  but it still worked up really fast. (The snail was the other part of the original applique. It was there, so why not use it?)

Next up: Several weeks back, I was looking for maternity/baby clothes at the thrift store, and stumbled across a bin of K’Nex for a really great price. Since then, Doug and I have gotten in the habit of checking every few weekends for any more good toy finds. One week, I found a bag of wooden blocks, which just seems like one of those staple toys that every kid should have. But they needed containment. So I took a piece of stash cotton and made a bag for them. I think this was one of my mom’s dyeing-for-quilts experiments that she wasn’t totally happy with, and I just wanted to use a piece that I didn’t really care what I used it for. Honestly, I made this more complicated than I needed to–I realized about halfway through inserting the drawstring that oh, wait, I have to think about choking hazards now! So then I had to completely wing it with a zipper in my stash that wasn’t quite the right color, but oh well. I know this bag is kind of huge for the amount of blocks that we have, but I figured that it would make it easy to add any more that we might acquire. (I mean, I don’t even have the whole alphabet here!)

nursing coverMy most recent sewing project was a nursing cover. Not to say that women shouldn’t have the right to breastfeed when and where they need to or anything–I just know that I’ll personally be more comfortable if I’m able to stay covered up when I have to feed him outside of the house. Besides, I’ve had this particular quilt cotton for years, and I’m happy that I finally found a way to use some of it. I actually had this in the stash and wanted to use it for the leaf quilt I made several years ago, but it was just a little too busy of a print to really work. I still have about half of the piece left, so I’ll just need to figure out what to do with it. But this was a really fast/easy project to make– just a rectangle with a casing for a piece of boning, another two rectangles for the strap, a couple d-rings, hemming, and done. Ideally, I would have used d-rings that were a little thinner/lighter, but this is what I had in the stash, so I went with it. If it really bugs me in the long run, I can always perform a little seam ripper magic later and replace them.

I also finished off a stack of cloth wipes to use with the diapers. But I can’t really count that as stashbusting, since my mom cut up a bunch of flannel that she had and all I had to do was serge the edges. Honestly, this isn’t even exciting enough to take a picture of, but at least it’s done.

Stashbusting totals for the month:

Stash out, not counting the 3 reconstructed projects:

  • For the diapers: 31.25 yards total of PUL, athletic mesh, and cotton fleece (!)
  • Maternity/nursing maxi-dress: 3 yards of knit
  • Storage bag for blocks: .5 yard of hand-dyed cotton
  • Nursing cover: 1 yard of quilt cotton

Total:  35.75 yards out, plus a few scraps for the Star Wars shirt. Woohoo!
Stash in:

  • 2 yards of an Aztec-print knit. I was out running errands with Doug one day, we stumbled across a sewing machine store, and he suggested we head in and see if we could find me some new fabric. Who am I to say no? The selection was pretty small, but since I’ve been burning through all of my print knits in making maternity clothes, I figured I could allow myself this little splurge.
  • My parents moved into a new house this month, and my mom handed off a couple of pieces of fabric that she thought might be more useful for me in making future boy clothes than her for quilting. So I got a little over 1 yard of a reversible blue fleece (brighter blue on one side, more royal on the other), and 8 yards of a plain black twill (but only 19.5″ wide!) that she had left over from a couple of non-quilt projects.  The twill will probably have to get used up for pants and shorts, but at least kid clothes are small and skinny. At least at first.

Total: 11.25(ish) yards in, but that’s still a total of 24.5 yards less than I started the month with.  For the year so far, my spreadsheet is saying that I have just over 336 yards, but I’ve used about 63 1/2 up. Which is really good for the first third of the year, especially since 3 yards is the most I can usually burn on one project!
May Goals:
I did touch on this in last month’s review.  At this point, I’ve reviewed the list, and pared it down based on what I didn’t get done this month and think is most important. So here’s what I’m hoping to do:

  • I’d still like to make that changing mat. I think that will be the next project.
  • I found instructions for how to make a baby gym on Pinterest. This wasn’t something I was originally planning on for baby gear, because those things are ridiculously expensive and bulky. But since this one snaps apart and would be really easy to set up/store, I have a large piece of a certain quilt cotton that would be perfect for this, and I have a ready supply of adorable felt things that would be perfect to hang from it (extras from some shower favors that my mom made–all animals to go along with various books), I’d like to give this one a shot.
  • I have curtains for the nursery, but I need to sew the blackout layer into the colored layer, because they’re way too sheer to keep light out for when he’s napping. The curtains need to be shortened anyway. So this should be a quick project, it’s just a case of doing it.
  • And I still need to do a lot more cooking. Though I’ve actually made a pretty good dent on recipes I’d planned for dinners–I think I have 3 more recipes to make for that, and then what I’d planned for lunches. And breakfast, if there’s still room in the freezer.

Finally, a quick little update on how those sewing lessons are going! The girl is doing very well. We took a little bit of a break around Easter due to her family going on vacation, but since then, she’s finished up the Delphine skirt from Love at First Stitch. We spent most of that day’s lesson working on invisible zipper insertion, and she did a very nice job for her first try! (Not perfect, and I did have to do a little unpicking for her at the bottom to fix where something got caught, but the end result doesn’t have that annoying bubble that invisible zippers sometimes get at the bottom.) She finished the skirt on her own after her last lesson, and I’m not sure what she wants to work on next–I’m letting her pick the projects after the bag we made first, because of course it’s more fun if you sew things you want to make. Guess I’ll find out on Monday, so here’s hoping I’m sufficiently prepared!

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4 thoughts on “April month-in-review

  1. It's coming along! I've got the base mat done, and my husband helped me cut up some cheap hula hoops over the weekend. I'm hoping to make some more progress on it today. (Even though I have one now, because my mother in law bought one at a yard sale without asking us if we needed one, arrrgh. Not sure what I'm going to do with that, since I'd already started this by then.)

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