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Well the creators of Try Something New Every Month have decided to take a hiatus this year. I can understand that.  It is quite the undertaking to organize a blog challenge.  But I am disappointed there will not be a set challenge this year. So, I decided to challenge myself.

I did most of the challenges last year. I had plans for some of the last 4 but was unable to complete them.  The last 4 were

  • September – Machine Sewing
  • October- Needlework; embroidery, cross-stitch, crewel, needlepoint
  • November- Papercraft; origami, scrapbook, calligraphy
  • December- Choose your own!

I made a pair of pants for September. But never blogged about them as part of the challenge. Needlework is not my thing. I need to do more research. For paper crafts, I have a band box kit, purchased at a guild UFO aution. And I never decided what to do for December.

This year, I will intersperse the last 4 months categories from 2016 with some ideas of my own. Instead of categories, I researched some of the ideas I had saved from last year. This is what I came up with.

  • Rocket Stove
  • Ink to Wood Transfer
  • Skeleton Leaves
  • Photo Letter Collage
  • Luminary’s Out of Cans (metal punch)
  • Scrabble Letter Art
  • Up Cycle Hard Cover Books

That leaves me 2 months unaccounted for. For those I will try some quilt related craft.

Last years goal was to not spend much money and use what I had. For the most part I was able to. The exception being the socks. I needed to purchase everything but the book I borrowed from a friend. I have some of the items needed for most of this year.

I will give you the links to the sites I use for ideas or instructions.

Did you try something new last year?  Let me know. I might add it to my list.


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Monday, Sept. 19: A list of your favorite blog posts you’ve written.

I love my dogs.  They mean the world to me.  To keep them warm while hiking, I made them suits.  They hate putting them on but they keep them warm.

My niece got married last fall.  She wanted me to make her wedding gown. She looked beautiful!


This quilt was a bit of a challenge for me.  There were so many ties.  But I loved the way it came out.

Do you have a favorite post of mine? Which one?


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Wednesday, Sept. 14: Make a mood board! Are you brainstorming a room re-do, a capsule wardrobe, or already planning for the holidays? Show us your ideas!

I have been taking various on-line classes about fitting and drafting slopers in my quest to sew a perfect fitting pant.  I’m halfway there. I have a pattern drafted. I just need to make the first cut into the fabric.


I have the navy fabric (center). I want them to be waistband free (upper left). Undecided between a button or zipper welt back pocket (upper right and lower left). And a square front pocket (lower right).

If you could design your perfect pant, what would it have? What would you not want?



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Tuesday, Sept. 13: If you could switch lives with someone for a day, who would it be? Why?

I really needed to think about this. I love my life and what I do.

The only person I could think of that I would love to switch with is a fabric purchaser for a large fabric store with an unlimited budget.  I just love fabric.  My first job was working at the local So-Fro fabric store.  My manager would purposely schedule me to work when a shipment was expected.  I loved opening those big refrigerator-sized boxes filled with fabric.  It was heaven!

I walk through fabric stores just stroking the fabric. I love the colors, the textures and feel of fabric.  When I’m in a quilt store, I love to help other customers find the right fabric. It’s just fun to put the colors and prints together.

I would love to be able to see and touch all the fabrics.  And not just quilting fabrics. I love all fabric. I could spend hours walking through the aisles of home dec fabrics and fashion fabrics.  I love visiting one of my nieces.  She lives in New York City.  I love to spend time wandering around the garment district.  Seeing all the fabrics and trims.  It’s such a magical place for me.

I have no pictures for this post. I dropped my phone while hiking this weekend. It fell down between the boulders on my way to Mt Adams. It still there today. I’m off to get a new phone today.



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Monday, Sept. 12: Three books! One you just read, one you’re currently reading, and one you want to read.


I have been looking for an inexpensive book on pattern making. Most of the books out there are textbooks. I wanted to find one I could recommend to students in my pant making class without the cost of a textbook.

Patternmaking by Dennic Chunman Lo has just enough information without reading like a text book.  It also doesn’t have a text book price!

The illustrations are great.



A fun read for me is Nemesis by Catherine Coulter.  It is the 19th book in her FBI thriller series.  I have read all of them.  I always look forward to the next one.  I have all of them.  I even re-read them a couple of times.

They are both available on amazon.

I’m not sure what I will read next. What  would you recommend ?


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Saturday, Sept. 10: A day in your life! Take us through it with you by sharing a photo each hour of the day.

This was a tough one for me.  The thought of taking a picture every hour just didn’t work for me.  Keeping track of time is not my strong suit.  I’m not sure anyone would really be interested in my day to know what I do hour by hour.

I did get a customer quilt quilted this morning. I almost missed lunch.  I didn’t realize it was almost 1 when I got the quilt off the frame, folded and bagged.

In the afternoon, I got some oatmeal cookies made.  While they were baking, I worked on making a stuff sack.  I have been wanting to make some ever since spending the night with another hiker at the Cabot Mt cabin.  She showed me a stuff sack she made with some rip-stop nylon and dog collars.stuff_sacks

My hiking pal Carol gave me some rid-stop fabric.  I purchased a couple of dog collars at the dollar store.  The first try, I didn’t get the math right.  The second one came out great.  It will be my first aid kit for hiking.

Now I need to make more for the rest of my hiking stuff. Once I get all the kinks out of my process for making these. I will write a post about how to make these.stuffsacks

Showed it to my husband and asked what he wanted for dinner.  I didn’t realize it was almost 5.  I still needed to make a quick run to the grocery store.

The rest of the evening will be spent watching tv with my husband and the pups.

What do you think of my stuff sack?  I personally love it. Would you be interested in making your own?


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The Blog-tember challenge.

Friday, Sept. 2: Share a list of your current goals.


Mt. Washington as seen from the ski slopes of Wildcat Mountain

  1. Complete the NH 4k footers. There are 48. I have 10 left. At least I hope so. I am writing this early, scheduled to publish on Sept 2. But I will be hiking Mt Washington. If all goes well, I’ll post pictures.
  2. Finish the quilt for my niece Anna. I started it when she was born. She’s now 2 and has a baby sister.
  3. Blog more.  Participating in this challenge should help with that.
  4. Finish preparing for my class on pant fitting.  I will be teaching a class at a local Husqvarna sewing machine dealer in October.

Now that I have written them out, I guess I have to get working on them.

What goals do you have?  Do you have any advice for me in completing mine?



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