After my most recent surgery, I was restricted to lifting no more than 5 pounds. The satchel I liked to bring with me to work was a couple pounds at least even when empty. So I needed something lighter I could carry my lunch in but that wouldn’t have room for me to add too much else and let it get too heavy.
|Start Trek bag made by Kara Hartz
I found this Star Trek fabric on sale some time ago and have been looking for the perfect project to use it on. Ta Da! I’m very happy with how it turned out.
|Inside of Star Trek bag made by Kara Hartz
The grey interior lining fabric is just circles and lines, but I like to imagine (as long as you don’t look at them too closely) they are tiny Enterprises.
I’m 90% sure this is the book where I found the pattern I adapted for the bag I made. It included a pocket inside and I didn’t include that.
Years ago, I found a pattern for a ‘Mystery Quilt’ online and it sounded fun, so I made it. When you make a mystery quilt, you have instruction for making each block, a step at a time, but you don’t know what the whole quilt will look like until you finish. I made that first mystery quilt when I was just learning how to quilt still, and it was a lot of fun. I don’t have a photo of it – I gave it to my mom – but I’ll try to get one. I really liked how it turned out.
Our local quilt shop closed awhile back, but only their physical store. They have managed to keep an online shop going and they also design and sell patterns. They put out a fun weekly newsletter, and once in awhile they have free patterns or mystery quilts there. So I decided I’d like to do one again while I was recovering from my first surgery.
I was slow, and got way behind, so I had only finished a few weeks worth of blocks when the finial reveal came along in the newsletter. It wasn’t what I had hoped for. Thimble Creek Quilts usually just blow me away, but this one was just – okay in my personal quilting tastes. So I didn’t really work on it anymore. But now I have a bunch of blocks that I like from that project, so I might as well do something with them. So, while I’m not going to make the whole quilt, I will probably still go ahead and make the tree blocks to add to what I have done, then put them all together in a smaller version of my own.
The pattern isn’t available for free anymore, but can be purchased here. Although if you are a quilter, it would be worth your time to get on their email list for future free patters and such.
Here are a few of my favorite blocks from the mystery project that I’ve finished so far:
photos by Kara Hartz
I wanted to write this blog a long time ago, but I never got around to taking pictures of the shoes I made. Now that my daughter has outgrown them, I can’t find what I did with them. So still no pictures to share.
Ah well. I loved making them so much, and they were so nice to have, I’m going to blog about this free soft baby shoe pattern anyway.
The baby shoe pattern was created by Stardust Shoes, and they are both darling, and simple to sew. Even if you’re a beginning sewer, you can make these shoes.
Now I didn’t exactly follow the directions (I’m not normally a troublemaker, but I am lazy, and I don’t do things that I can get away with not doing). Also, I was not trying to make shoes that would last. I knew my daughter wouldn’t be wearing the shoes I made for very long, so I didn’t worry about cutting corners a little. While the shoes I made turned out very nice, and actually held up very well, if you plan to put them to serious use, or want them to last awhile, I recommend following the pattern’s directions more closely.
I didn’t use the bonded fleece for the sole; I just used canvas for the whole outside of one pair, and vinyl for another pair. I lined both pairs of baby shoes with flannel, and didn’t bother with any interfacing since both the fabrics I was using were fairly thick. I liked how the fleece made the insides soft and cozy. The vinyl pair of baby shoes was cute, but probably wouldn’t have been a good choice for a baby that was beginning to walk, as I think they may have been a little slick on the bottoms.
Soft baby shoes were much easier to make than I thought they would be. If you’ve ever been tempted to try it, download the free baby shoe pattern and give it a try. If you like the look of these dhows, but don’t want to make your own, I know several great EtsyKids sellers have some really adorable baby shoes in their Etsy Shops.