can we build it?

In addition to watching Bob the Builder on a seemingly endless loop (for no more than an hour a day), I’ve been getting some sewing done. I finished my Bow Tuck’s bag, thanks to the patient instruction from Marcy and excellent pressing by Lynn. Here’s a photo.

bow tuck's tote

Then, for inside, I made this fun little wallet.


wallet open

This cool wallet is from this pattern on I’ve sent it to my sister already – so she should get it in plenty of time for Mother’s Day. I also finally sent her the rice and lavender heating pad I made her for Christmas :)

heating pad

After I finished up the wallet – which came together in less than an hour(!), I made us some napkins for the house. I’ve been meaning to do this, but I always find something else to work on. But since we use paper towels for napkins around here, I figured I better get a move on. I had random Surf and Sand by Marcus Brothers fat quarters with no project in mind, so following Amy Karol’s pattern in Bend the Rules Sewing, I cut them into 14×10.5 rectangles – each fq makes 2. I used a little starch when folding and ironing the first folds on each side. This made the ironing and folding the second fold really fast and easy.

cloth napkins

In other crafting news, I’ve been working on my hand-quilted challenge quilt. I used a blue water-soluble marking pen to make some quilting lines, and even though it initially disappeared with water, the marks came back after it dried. Does anyone have experience with this? The brand is Mark-B-Gone. And all the marks are not coming back – only some. I can’t figure it out.

3 Replies to “can we build it?”

  1. Can we build it? YES WE CAN!

  2. I am having the same problem with the Mark-B-Gone pen. Did you ever get it to come completely out? I ended up trying to use Oxy-Clean on it because that seems to take out all stains for me, but it ended up turning the marks brown, so now my quilt it ruined. I am surfing the internet to see if anyone has the answer on how to get it out, but no luck yet. Let me know if you figure it out.

  3. I used a washcloth really soaked with cold water and scrubbed them out, and then let it air dry. They didn’t come back. I think I wasn’t using enough water the first time. I would try with water again on your brown spots. I also swear by Biz. I disolve a little Biz in cool water in a bucket and soak things in it – sometimes for days, but everything always comes out eventually with Biz. I really hope you’re able to save your quilt. If you can’t get the brown spots out, you could always tea-dye the whole thing! An instant antique :)

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