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It’s been a few weeks since I’ve had a big finished project to post on my blog, so today I thought I’d share a few WIP’s (works in progress). I’ve shared all these pictures on Instagram, my favorite place to share and follow other seamstresses on what’s happening behind the scenes.

I recently took on the undertaking of sewing Amy Butler’s Weekender Bag. I LOVED doing the quilt as you go method. More details on my experience with the whole process coming soon!

I made this tiny Swoon block, and added it to one of the main pocket panels of my Weekender. It measures 4″ which for the first time making a swoon block probably wasn’t my brightest idea! The block is designed by the talented Camille Roskelley, and the dimensions were modified and shared with me by my friend Amanda from Westwood Acres.
One of my favorite projects I have made in a while was with this new line of Arizona fabric for Art Gallery, by April Rhodes, due to release at the end of May. I was super lucky to be asked to sew for April Rhode’s quilt market booth. Click here to see what I made!

This little deer has been a fun project to work on over the past few months. I am ready to quilt it now, and I plan on making a mini quilt to hang up in my sewing space. It’s a great portable project- I always take it with me when I am sitting at my daughter’s dance and gymnastics lessons. It’s all reverse needle turned applique, which doesn’t involve the use of a machine at all. The idea, and stencil pattern are from my sweet friend Mary Dugan of the Molly Flanders blog.

Speaking of Mary, she brought over some darling fabrics for my kids a few weeks ago. My 6 year old immediately HAD to make a stuffed bunny with this bunny fabric, so I found a template on UCreate and we whipped it up in about an hour after school one day. She got to help a lot, with the ironing, a little machine stitching, and most of the hand stitching.

Last month, our church had its General Conference meeting, which is a big satellite broadcast in which we get to listen to the leaders of our church give wonderful talks about Christ and inspiration about life. I didn’t go too crazy with any projects since I wanted to listen with real intent, but I did make a little felt ball garland for my sewing room, and some felt hair bows for my girls. (Tutorial found on Oliver + S).

Now this was a really random project… Jessica from Craftiness is Not Optional is making a dollhouse for her daughters. It’s amazing, and I can’t wait to see it finished. Once day while looking at her progress on instagram, I had a sudden urge to sew something for the adorable sewing room she has set up. So I made this tiny mini hexie quilt. I paper pieced the hexies, which are 1/4″. The whole “quilt” measures 2″ x 4″ or a little less. lol.

The teenage girls at my church did a fundraiser auction a few weeks ago to earn money to send them to Girl’s Camp. Members of our church were asked to donate items for sale. I decided it would be fun to make earrings, since they would probably sell for a couple dollars a piece. I knew there would be plenty of big ticket items. I made 20 pairs of earrings, and they all sold for a couple of dollars, success! 

Oh…. and then there’s these quilts, that are on the WIP list for when all of the above are finished. (There’s a pickledish, a woven hashtag, and a ruched quilt in process here). One thing at a time!

Stay tuned for Sewvivor Season 3. Planning is in the works, and more details will be share coming up in June. I am SO excited about this Season!!!

And the last little project I’ve been working on is growing a baby! In just 4 weeks he will be here! I have been getting super organized these last few months so that even after he comes, I should be able to keep sewing and taking care of my kids, all on a somewhat organized routine. At least I hope that’s how it’ll go, hahaha. We’ve had a wonderful year full of music lessons and practice, dance, gymnastics, soccer for the boy, church, plus getting all the kids on a great chore routine. I know we won’t be able to keep up the same pace for next year, but I am grateful for this year. It’s been very productive and full of blessings. I feel I’ve finally struck a healthy balance between mothering and blogging. It’s been more mother focused and less blog focused, but along with that I’ve found more time to sew… So I just blog when I have something to show, and I’m loving it!
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I started a blog. This is a tale of my projects, goals, and dreams. Thank you for taking a moment to stop by. I hope you have a beautiful day.

xoxo, Rach H.