When Lorna, at Sew Fresh Quilts, generously offered her bear pattern as a quilt a-long, I had to drop all other projects and make this quilt!
I live in bear country, as you can see from the posts here and here.
My progress will be slow, as it is on all my projects. That’s just the way it is.
(Ohhhhh…retirement. Wherefore art thou, retirement?)
Here is my progress so far:
I have wanted to make the Siggy doll since I received the premiere issue of Soft Dolls and Animals in 1997.
Umm…yes…1997. I was going to make the doll for my daughter. Somehow, time has gotten away from me.
So, I have made two dolls…one for each granddaughter.
I think I lost my mind! I thought that it would be fun to alter the simple pattern a bit.
I have a new respect for doll makers!
I tried making bendable fingers…that was tough.
I tried making toes. That was tough.
Worst of all was the hair. Whatever was I thinking?! Hot glueing a bunch of tangled, curly hair was tremendously boring and tedious for me!
Oh nooooo…I couldn’t just buy a wig…or make one. I had to glue this stuff by individual strands.
Sometimes, I am an idiot.
These dolls have more hair than Cousin Itt!
I shall be making a dress outfit for each doll.
Should be a piece of cake.
Quite a few years ago, I printed out a tutorial for a tech bag. The creator called it a tech bag because she wanted a bag for her charger cords.
I wish I could find the tutorial for you, but it is an extinct website.
I have, however, finally gotten around to making the bag.
I am going to use it for the same purpose…to hold the phone and the charger cord.
And it is roomy enough to add a wallet and keys, too.
I am continuing to use up the scraps of hand-dyed fabric by making boxy bags.
You can find the tutorial for the boxy bags in my previous post.
I have made a couple more bags that are not pictured here.
I have also made zip pouches, one for each bag. I found a basic tutorial over at Elm Street Quilts.
I plan on keeping a couple of bags for personal use (I’ve got a trip to Hawaii coming soon!).
The rest of the bags will be Christmas gifts.
I am going to fill them with goodies for the grandkids…the bags are the Christmas wrap! It is going to be fun finding items to fill the bags!
I still have a lot of squares left. I have thought to make pot holders (I do need some), pincushions, and other small items.
Frankly, I’m tired of these squares! Ha, ha! So I am giving them to some creative young ladies.
And I feel great…I am actually thinking ahead for Christmas! No stress!
This morning, Hubby and I took advantage of having one more day off together. We took a little paddling jaunt on the Columbia River, near our home.
We both had trouble adjusting our little pocket cameras, so as beautiful as the morning was, our photos don’t do it justice at all!
We were right under the eagle, but looking into the sun at him (or her). And, as I said, it just wasn’t a camera day for either of us.
It was wonderful to see the national mascot on Independence Day!
Hubby is tying down the canoe for the trip home. Hopefully, we’ll have more opportunities to take it out this summer.
It has been a great couple of days off!
Click here to see a 4th of July canoe paddle from 2012. The photos are better (and different) and there is a link in the post featuring a little history of the town of Marcus.
Click here to see a September post of a canoe paddle on the Columbia River from 2014. Enjoy more beautiful scenic photos!