We’ve been down to only the toddler since last Wednesday, and I feel like I’ve accomplished a lot.

I tend to feel guilty if I’m not spending time between 8 and 10 pm with the kids (if they are in the house), so these nights have been very productive after Mila goes to bed.

I made a darkening shade for Mila’s bedroom window. She wakes up too early from the sun…one morning last week, she was up at 6 am! I used a brown quilting cotton I got for $3/yard I think for the front and a batik I’ve had for years and years and years on the back. It is very effective, and I am mostly pleased with how it turned out. (Ignore the Marimekko butterfly hanging in the middle.)

I tied to create a Roman shade. I used twill tape along the back for the ribbon rings, but ran out of rings and have to get another package.  I threaded ribbon through the rings and it works really well, except when it is pulled all the way up. I did sew a bit of velcro to secure it in the up position, but the velcro was too small to hold the weight of the double layered fabric. Suggestions anyone??

I also started a belated Mother’s Day project that I think is going to work really well. It requires that I learn how to make bias tape with my (birthday) new bias tape makers.

I also changed my mind three times on which skirt I was going to make this week, but finally decided on a grown-up version of this one from Dana.

I’ll be using a Marimekko inspired tablecloth my BFF brought me last time she visited. Boy was she thinking when she viewed it as usable fabric instead of garage sale fodder!

Itching to make this top from the recently discovered Bitty Betty.

How great is that?! I have a lovely summer weight fabric that will be absolutely perfect!

I gave a sewing lesson on Saturday. What fun! She made herself a reversible table runner. Starting with squares or rectangles is always my best advice! Can’t wait to see pictures of her homework completed! I hope she wasn’t too put off by my frenetic fact throwing and loud talking (so says the hubby). I’m a loud talker, whachya gonna do about it? If she can get over the loud talking bit, we’ll make an apron next time.

I mentioned before, I think, that I signed up for Deborah’s sewing buddy match-up this year. You provide your name, sewing level and your favorite color, she uses her magic to match you up with someone who can help you plow throw the sewing projects that you HOPE to get through! Amber is my buddy, and I’ve got to say that I have been more productive in my sewing because I’m answering to agreed upon sew alongs with her. It has really been a terrific time! I’m truly amazed at what she accomplishes in the span of a day.