In Three Things

Three Things V.6

Hello, All. Thank you for such a warm and kind response on my last post. It’s so nice to know that others out there can relate! To continue on my quest for less trying and more doing (like blogging more regularly), here’s a new installment of my Three Things series – A continuing round up of photos, and links, and things in threes. …because I like the number three. …and things.


Three Projects I’m Working On:
1.) A Murder Mystery Quilt!! This is the brainchild ofΒ Deborah Moebes at Whipstitch and it’s SUCH a cool idea! The Murder Mystery Quilt is a Block Of The Month style serial novel, told chapter-by-chapter (one month at a time) and each chapter accompanies a quilt block pattern. Each block contains clues to help solve the crime. There’s a Facebook group and online forum where you can read along with other quilters as you complete each block, try to guess the killer, and seek to win the year-end prize!

2.) Fen by Fancy Tiger – This is the first project I’m working on in my #2016MakeNine goals and so far I have the pattern traced, but have yet to cut out the dress pieces. I can’t decide on what fabric to use for my wearable muslin attempt so I’m stalling on the whole thing. …but soon! Soon I will have this completed dress to show you.

3.) Rosebud by Brooklyn Tweed – My wrists have been bothering me lately so I’m taking a small break from knitting, but I’m still chugging away at my latest hat project. I’m aiming to finish it this month.

Three Songs Stuck In My Head:
1.) This really hauntingly beautiful folk song called The Body Electric by Hurray for the Riff Raff.

2.) This folk-y love song by the swoon-y boys of Good Old War. It’s called Looking For Shelter (insert an extra swoon, a *le sigh* and a heart-eye emoji).

3.) This super awesome feel-good retro throwback called Smooth Sailing by Leon Bridges. So good!


Three Big Goals For 2016:
1.) Release PDF patterns for small accessories. This has been my goal for years now. Each year I learn more and more the right way to do this, and each year I feel a little closer to diving in and actually doing it. I operate on timing and gut feelings, but I also need to push myself to really see this done. A few patterns are made, it’s just illustrating instructions and all of those other details that trip me up. What was I just talking about? Oh right, don’t try JUST DO.

2.) Write a series of posts, or an eBook style fitting guide for Lady Turtles.

3.) Share more block printing and sewing tutorials.

Three Online Classes I Wish I Could Afford Right Now:
1.) Fitting Solo with Linda Lee – This class shows you how to measure and fit yourself, all by yourself, which is something I’ve always had to do and never felt like I knew exactly the right way. It’s currently 50% off but I’m rreeeaallllyyy tightening my belt this year so I’m not sure if I’ll splurge on it or not. …but it looks like it would be worth the money!

2.) It would be wise to let my wrists heal up more before attempting this, but a dreamy belted cardigan is definitely on my list of things to knit. I like that this class teaches you techniques for a custom fit top-down raglan in two styles. You build your own pattern based on your measurements which I’d love to learn how to do!

3.) Everyone is sewing their own bras right now and I’ll admit the idea really appeals to me. Nothing store bought ever seems to fit quite right, so my DIY interest is totally piqued! I’ve heard rave reviews about this Sew Your Own Bra class, and now that it’s under $25 I’m trying to remember why I’m living on a budget right now (future apartment, future apartment, future apartment!).


Three New Fabric Collections I’m Excited About:
1.) The new double gauze collection by Sarah Jane. I’m loving the grey and teal prints!

2.) The new Rifle Paper Company collection for Cotton & Steel. So much yes.

3.) Tall Tales by Arleen Hillyer for Birch Fabrics. Hello, Jackalopes!!

Three Photos I’ve Taken:
1.) Photo number one is a picture of Lucille being extra, extra adorable in some of my me-made knits. We were interviewed for a magazine article (coming out in March/April) and I was specifically asked for photos of Lucille (quite understandably). I think they were pleased with her efforts πŸ˜‰

2.) If you subscribe to Craft Industry Alliance you will have seen this selfie accompanying an article about Repetitive Stress Injuries that I contributed to for Journal #9. It’s a really excellent collaborative read, full of personal stories and tips for dealing with RSI.

3.) This last photo is one I took back in October on a trip to Colonial Williamsburg. It’s a truly magical place, and one I highly suggest seeking out if you’re ever in Virginia!

What are some of your “Three Things” lately?


  • Lia Marcoux

    LOVING this post. New music, cute doggy, and impending Rifle Paper fabric?! You are my sunshine.

    • Aww, shucks. Thanks, Lia! I’m happy to have added a little sunshine to your day πŸ™‚ <3

  • Elena

    What a great round up. So much goodness I think I might just have clicked on every link. Plus murder mystery quilt? Best. Thing. Ever.

    • Thank you! I was also thinking a murder mystery quilt was kind of the best idea ever πŸ™‚

  • Jessica

    I always love when you do these! Lots of great plans for these. Good luck with releasing the accessories patterns! Something my friend and his wife do for household chores, and which perhaps you could tweak for yourself, is to give themselves points every time they do something like vacuum, laundry, etc., and then when they hit a certain # of points they’re allowed to take $25 from savings as fun money. Actually, now that I type that out, I should use that system for myself and my writing/writing business goals, LOL! If you want an accountability partner let me know :-), these things always seem to go better when there’s somebody else along for the journey!

    By the by – the Watson makes a great intro bra, no class needed. I just cut out #6 this weekend …

    • Man that IS a really good idea! I’d be racking up points left and right! πŸ˜‰ Accountability partners, it is!

  • It’s funny because I read your last post the other day by total chance and I felt so much in relation to what you wrote…so much that I had a post with a similar subject in my draft box for ages and finally decide to publish it. No such thing as coincidence, right? I even mentioned the terrible light for pictures, as it’s one thing that really bugs me! And about sewing bras, you have no idea how much I want to sew my own, but I have big boobs (like, BIG boobs) so it’s really difficult. You know what I do? I take off the fitting parts from the bras I have and make my perfect bra. The cups from one because they are really strong and large, the shoulder strings from another…and so on. It works!

    • Great minds think alike! I’m sure a lot of people are having similar conversations in their head, especially in areas with snow and gloomy skies. February can be a tough month for sure! I need some sunlight and chirpy birds to amp my mood πŸ™‚

      Also, I love your tip to Frankenstein bras in order to make the most epic-ly perfect super bra!

  • Good luck with your 2016 goals, I’d love to see your patterns or ebook. I also have noticed many sewers making bras, it’s something I’ve been wanting to do, but now sure I’m skilled enough yet.

    • Thank you, Akram! I’ve seen the dresses you make and I think you could tackle a bra, no problem! πŸ™‚

      • Thank you Rochelle, that means a lot coming from you. You are an amazing seamstress πŸ˜‰

  • The french girl

    Three things? 1) I love your blog! 2) I love Lucille 3) I love the woman you are! πŸ˜‰

    • Aww well aren’t you just the sweetest! πŸ™‚ Thank you <3

  • Oh, eBook or blog posts for turtle ladies, yes please!! And what a fantastic idea the murder mystery quilt is, absolutely genius! I don’t really have anything planned for this year, I’ll have to think of something

    • Yay, a fellow lady turtle! I’m on it πŸ™‚

  • How awesome is that gift from Sewingzoe!? I hope you enjoy the course! Oh dear, sorry to hear that you too struggle with RSI. I have had to stop crocheting completely because I am a hairdresser. My work AND the crocheting was too much for my wrists. My wrists are fine now most of the time. On the bright side I got into sewing because I needed a new hobby! My three things at the moment are courses I would love to do. There is a sewing course I would like to do to improve the quality of my sewing. There is a screen printing course, and then there is an online course on surface design which I will probably do first because its the cheapest of the lot and I can afford it right now. It will be just the thing to get me ticking again!

    • Eeeeppp! I know! So incredibly thoughtful. She’s going to get an awfully special thank you in the mail.

      Yarn crafts can be awfully taxing on the wrists but I’m glad you found another hobby to keep you creating and making things πŸ™‚

      I’ve taken SO MANY surface design courses and I can very highly recommend the ones by Bonnie Christine. They’re the most inexpensive on Skillshare. Check there if they’re not already on your radar! πŸ™‚

  • Jennifer Hill

    Regarding custom fitted knitted sweaters and cardigans you might be interested in the work of Amy Herzog, if you don’t know it already? Some of her designs are generic fit in a range of sizes, and some come with a custom fit option. She also has at least one how to custom fit book out. And I just love her style : ) My 3 things? 1.Working on my Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I’m half way through a NHS 10 week self-management course. 2. Getting more sewing and knitting done (see I didn’t say ‘try to’ ; )!) 3. Really work on the SMART goal setting technique we’ve been taught on the course (I’m useless on timescales and goals), which along with your very-timely-for-me previous post on mindset (THANK YOU Rochelle!) should really help with 1. and 2. So after feeling stuck for a long time I’m now feeling much more optimistic! Jen

    • I have not heard of Amy Herzog but thank you so much for the recommendation! I’m looking her up now…

      Chronic Fatigue must be so frustrating but they say attitude is everything and you definitely have the right outlook πŸ™‚ Best of luck with all your goals! You can do it!

  • Elena Knits

    I like to see you motivated with those projects. I am currently working on a tutorial for mens underwear, listening to tons of audiobooks and trying to fix some knitting gauge issues πŸ™‚

    • Ooo, any good audiobooks you recommend? I like to listen to things when I sew πŸ™‚

      • Elena Knits

        My first was The Martian, and it SO GOOD. The narrator does a wonderful job. I read others like Defects by Sarah Noffke, School of Deaths by Christopher Mannino, The Amber Project by JN Chaney (and available for free on the author’s site), … I’m reading now Syncing Forward by W. Lawrence and so far it seems a very good one too.

  • Drizzt

    Hi Rochelle, great song by Good Old War! Check out Darlingside–GoW reminds me of them as they have a similar sound.

    • That’s a beautiful song, too! Thanks for pointing it in my direction πŸ™‚

  • From Craftsy:
    Fantastic, you’ve sent a gift!
    We have sent an order confirmation to (………)
    Gift purchases:
    Fitting Solo: From Measurements to Muslin
    Sent to: on 11 February 2016

    I hope I used the right email address and you get it as soon as possible. If not, write me to get it right with Craftsy.
    After you read this, delete it (because of your email. Carmen

    • Zoe!! I am so moved by your sweetness that I could cry! You do NOT have to do that. My email address is (I think luckylucille is taken by someone else which is why I had to add the co to begin with) …but really you don’t have to do that! Are you sure you wouldn’t rather gift yourself something? πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰

      • I wrote to Craftsy that I gave them the wrong email. They should correct it. Meanwhile I shall recompensate you with the other class. Of course I do not have to do this, but I know how it was at your age and I do not have a daughter to do this for her. It happens that I gifted myself with your warm thanks. How about that?!?

        • You’ve moved me to happy tears!! I wish I could better explain to you how much your kindness means to me. Not only have you improved my day (my week! my month!) with this gift, but also my self worth and my drive to keep blogging and keep putting myself out there for people – people like you who are selfless and thoughtful. It can be an ugly, unfair world out there and the internet can be a constant reminder of that. Thank you for proving that the internet is also a magical tool for bringing love and light and empowerment (and sewing tutorials) to people who need it. Any woman would be blessed to be your daughter <3 <3 <3 I will never delete this thread of comments.

        • Carmen when you have a moment will you email me your mailing address? I would really like to mail you a little handmade thank you πŸ™‚

    • Christine Griffin

      Just cause I saw this and wanted to say, I wish there were more people like the two of you in the world!

    • Barbara

      I love doing random acts of kindness too. (Anonymously if possible.) Doesn’t it feel wonderful?!
      God bless you!

  • Colleen Oakley

    Nothing to do with three things, but… Traumeel.A really good cream for your wrists. I bought mine on Amazon. Worth a shot.?

    • Awesome! Thanks for the suggestion, Colleen! I’ll definitely look into it πŸ™‚