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Bags, Blankets and Boxes... Oh My!

Recently I've been feeling much more inspired to get down to my craft/sewing room and work on stuff.  Here's a little of what I've been up to:

This is pretty rough but LP is in love.  I took the box that our new bathroom vanity came in and turned it into a "train" with a craft knife, some painters tape, a sharpie, and a solo cup stuffed with batting for the smokestack.  LP's only issue?  That the train is "broken down" and won't go.  My issue?  That it's in our living room.  But it'll probably make a trip to the recycling center pretty soon....

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I also got a hankering to have a new bag for the fall.  I came across this free pattern and tutorial for the Tohoku Tote and decided to whip one up.  LOVE it and am so happy with how it turned out!

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My final "just for fun" project was to finally finish up this little quilty throw that I'd started a while ago.  It's baby blanket sized and pieced out of all the little scrap fabrics that I can't bear to throw away. I pieced them together randomly, cut them into squares, and then made them into a quilt. 

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This was also the first time I was brave enough to try free-motion quilting on anything larger than a potholder and I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.  It doesn't really "match" our living room but I love looking at it so that's where it stays for now.  The thing I love most about it is that because I used scraps they all remind me of other projects- like the stockings I made my brother for Christmas, or the little outfit I made a friend's daughter for her birthday....

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I have a few other projects in progress in the basement (fall sweatshirts for LP and I- not matching!) and will share them soon!

I'm so glad that I'm back to being creative- fell into a big rut for a while there and I definitely feel more energized and relaxed when my creative juices are flowing!


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