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Happy New Year 2013


Finally!  I can show a these little wristlets — mini-zip purses with straps — that I made for Christmas, because I gave the last one away yesterday.  Just a simple zip, to which I added a loop out of the side seam, and attached a strap.  They all have clocks on them, with a crazy mix of patterns around the central clock.  For who ever has enough time?  So I gave some away.



The top photo is another clock in the series, and the bottom shows the stap flipped back over, or as I like to call it “Bashful Portrait of Zip Bags.”

Canvas Bags

I also made up some giant canvas bags for my grandsons (hope the last grandson isn’t reading this post–we haven’t given that family their gifts yet!), and attached a tag that read: “Some toys you put together, and some toys you take apart.” Along with the item in the bag (see following photos), we also gave them a tool box with some basic tools.




Yep.  I went to a TV repair shop and picked up some old electronics (VCR, CD players) and slipped them into their bags.  They went right to work, taking them apart.  They told me later that they’d finished them the next day.  All of this was inspired by my mother, who when visiting our family when my boys were little, got one of them a television to take apart.

Pillow Shams Backing

Finishing up this quilt.  I was arranging the scraps of the remaining fabrics, trying to come up with a pieced back that didn’t look all garbage-y like my usual pieced backs do.  My husband walked in and after inquiring what I was doing, I confessed I really didn’t do pieced backs very well.  Sometimes I like to show the backs of my quilts and I’ve just never gotten the hang of that artsy look that some quilters can do so well.  We went to the guest bedroom closet (AKA, fabric storage warehouse) to see if any of the Marimekko fabrics would work, when lo! and behond! there was a hunk of the red “joy” fabric, a coordinate to the Countdown to Christmas line.  I’d forgotten all about it, but this morning I pieced it together and now that quilt can be quilted. (What you see on top are the pillow shams.  Still working on those.)

One Good Deed a Day

I gave away this book for Christmas, and bought one for myself, too.


Not only does it have a lot of prompts for good deeds to to daily, there’s also room to record a deed that you did–an interesting way to keep a journal for a year, I think.


How about instead of a handmade card, we all make a handmade quilt?  I like that.

So Happy New Year, everyone.  Let that old year go, just like it says above, and enjoy this first day of the year!  Now head back over to Lee’s blog, Freshly Pieced, to see others with WIP Wednesday projects.  Maybe it will inspire you to pull out some of your own to get those Works-In-Progress quilts move to Work-Completed quilts?

10 thoughts on “Happy New Year 2013

  1. I love my little wristlet! Just big enough for my cell phone and a few essentials. Perfection! I also hope to be doing Good Deeds all over the place.

  2. heee 🙂 I got a good laugh about the electronics to take apart. What a fantastic idea! And the One Good Deed a Day book looks wonderful. I’m going to see if I can find one. It seems like a very good way to stay focused on positivity and make the world a better place for being in it.

  3. I love my wristlet–I keep my knitting gadgets in it and it is just the perfect size. Every time I knit I am reminded of my sister’s love–and her cleverness! Happy New Year! Susan

  4. I love this quilt – I just finished mine also. So fun to see so many folks out in blogland have done the same pattern in the same fabrics – meant it was a perfect pairing!

  5. I’ve enjoyed catching up on your posts!
    Love the VCR gifts. We let our 12 year old take apart our phone after it died and she was in heaven.
    Love your Christmas star quilt and shams! And the Portland posts too.

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