Weekend finishes + April goals

Plum and June

On Friday, I was super excited as I received my copy of “Patchwork Please! – Colorful Zakka projects to stitch and give” by Ayumi Takahashi.

Photo from: ayumills.blogspot.com – Pink Penguins, Ayumi Takahashi

I have signed up to the Zakka Along 2.0 :: Patchwork, Please Flickr Group to join others who are making things from the book. As you will see below one of my April goals is to make a pin cushion and travel sewing kit. I decided to give the pin cushion on the front cover a go.

Size: 4 x 4 in.
Materials: Osnaburg Fabric (instead of linen but I used Pellon Shape Flex Interfacing to add thickness and stability), and Sew Stitchy by Aneela Hoey for Moda. I did not have the fabric button so I just used buttons I had in stock.
Technique: Paper Piecing

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I also managed to finish up a custom order for a set of my pot holders. Order was for a green, taupe and wine colored set.

Size: 8.5 x 8.5 in.
Materials: I used Taupe Essex Linen, the wine fabric was from JoAnn, and a Japanese cotton fabric with Vegetables (from Etsy). I used insul-bright as the filler to protect from the heat.

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Onto setting my goals for April, this month I wanted to make sure I set realistic goals. Not that I have been going terribly, I just have a lot going on and I have a whole week away at the end of the month – I am off to San Francisco for work.

My Button

I think, I can accomplish:

  1. Focus on stock for my Etsy Store.
    • Chair Bags (x2 sets)
    • Oven Mitts (x1 set)
    • Coffee Cup Sleeves (x2)
    • Pouches/ Cases (x2)
    • Set of place mats (x1 Stretch goal)
  2. Make a Pin cushion (from Patchwork Please) and a travel sewing pouch
  3. Make a travel baby quilt for charity  (~30x20in.)
  4. Madrona Road Challenge – Mini Quilt

I plan on trying to continue the quilting of my first quilt but realistically will not have it finished this month – targeting that larger project for May.

My General goals continue:

  1. Try to eat and exercise to plan
  2. Blog regularly using my new schedule

22 thoughts on “Weekend finishes + April goals

    1. mlwilkie Post author

      Thank you – I enjoy these small projects when I have other things going on as it feels like I am accomplishing things. I also can show the hubby that I am using the fabric I am buying 😉

  1. pixelstopatchwork

    Your pincushion is fabulous! Red and aqua is one of my favorite color combos. I adore the vegetable fabric on your adorable potholder.

    I am so excited for the Zakka Along 2.0. I don’t think there is one project in Patchwork, Please that I am not excited about making!

  2. cloudcoucou

    Hi, thanks very much for visiting my blog. I love the pin cushion…so cute. I keep hearing the term ‘paper piecing’ and it scares me! Pot holders are on my to do list, might get round to them …..eventually.

    1. mlwilkie Post author

      I was nervous too about paper piecing but I really like it, this was the second piece I had done. It is a good project to start with 🙂

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  8. Yvonne Campbell

    I really love the look that the interfacing gives your pincushion. I may make a second one tomorrow, and use that tip. Love all the colors. The book is awesome! Your potholders are lovely.

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