Soon after my post on Wednesday we lost power to the house. The temperature inside began dropping quickly so we packed up the car and headed to my parents' house about an hour away. We've been here since. Our power is back on, and Charlie went home to get the heat started and check on things (our trees lost more limbs, but everything else is fine). I've had more than my usual craft time because there are people around to amuse Jaxon, and I've taken advantage.
I've finished one swap quilt and started the second, but I had to take a break when inspiration struck: a new laptop cover for the new laptop!
Pattern: None, I've fully embraced Project Improv and just went with it.
Supplies: Charlie and I ran home Thursday to get essentials, so of course I grabbed my sewing machine and a stash of fabrics, including some sheets of craft felt. I cut circles from the craft felt, and bought just over a yard of 70% wool felt in charcoal for the body.
New Skills Employed: I used the blanket stitch on my machine for the first time. I also needed the practice sewing around circles.
What I Learned: I need to be more confident about my sewing. The blanket stitch was not looking great at first (you can compare some of my first circles to later circles above). I thought it was just my inexperience, and then maybe that I hadn't brought a heavy needle (what was I thinking, not bringing every kind of needle I own?!?). It turned out to be a bad bobbin. Once I refilled the bobbin I had no problem. Lesson learned -- always blame the machine!