Wednesday, January 20, 2016

My first Granny Squares and a zippered tote

Happy WIP Wednesday! This week I made my very first Granny Square blocks. They are for Julie, the January queen of my online bee hive. Julie gave us Lorna's tutorial for making Granny Squares. I enjoy Lorna's work so I was excited to give it a try. It was much easier than I was expecting, even using 3" squares in combination with 2.5" squares. I thought that would be a little awkward but it worked out just fine. I'm leaving the blocks untrimmed so that Julie can make them fit in with all the other blocks she'll receive.

I also have my 2nd finish to share with you and this is the first finish made with only what I had in my stash! So it fits into my Sew My Stash 2016 and The Year of the Stash 2016 goals. Woo hoo! This is what I made for my aunt instead of the Felicity Bag. I have made this bag before but this time, I followed the directions and added fusible fleece. I like it so much more than my original tote! It is much more sturdy and doesn't flop around like mine does. I still like mine and it works for what I use it for but from now on, I will use the fleece. :) I also added a recessed zipper to the top. The pattern does not include any type of closure but my aunt wanted a zipper in case she drops the bag. She doesn't want all of our jewelry going all over the place! So I found a good tutorial and I was so pleased by how simple it was to add the zipper.

I have now completed 2 out of my 8 projects for quarter 1 of the 2016 Finish-A-Long and am feeling very good about my progress. I have until March 31 to finish the other 6 and I am confident that I can do it. I purposely started out with smaller projects to keep my motivation up. Again, for more info on the finish-a-long, click below.
Rhonda's [Quilt] Ramblings

I'm linking up today to Let's Bee Social and WIP Wednesday.
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Enjoy the rest of your week and make it Sew Crafty!



  1. Your bee blocks look nice, and congratulations for already having 2 of your Q1 8 goals complete, that is awesome!

  2. I've tried Lorna's Granny square tut and is really is good ! Niiice job on that zipper closure! I like a bag that zips closed too

  3. Congratulations on tackling all those new things and ticking off those finishes :)

  4. The bag is so cute! You did an awesome job with it. And those bee blocks! Lucky queen bee!

  5. Your grannies are great - but that bag, it really speaks to me. You are rocking it on your goals, congrats. :)

  6. Love the blocks - great contrast with the darker color and white. Hope your productivity continues!


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