It’s just fabric, right?

That’s what they say.  I’m convinced “they” are more confident sewers or have a much bigger fabric allowance than I do.

I’ve been meaning to make a new cribbage board bag for months since our old bag is falling apart. I kept putting it off because I was too scared to cut my Echino and too lazy to make a prototype. (Yes, I know there’s a prototype right there in the bag we already had… I still doubted my abilities.)


Today, I felt like I had to start and finish something or I would wither and cry. This seemed the most attainable, and out came the Echino.

I purchased a big grab bag of 28wt Aurifil cotton from Tristan’s Threads several months ago, and I found a strangely-greenish brown that seemed like it’d be perfect with the Echino linen.

Fabric and Thread

And voila!

It fits!

I’ll save the old bag in case my sweetheart would rather I simply repair it. No need for the story, but it does have some sentimental value.

Old and New

It looks pretty good on it’s new home.

Ready to play

I’ve made two projects out of this Echino, and I think I’m ready to let it go now. If you’re interested in the pieces, leave a comment letting me know of a project you’ve been avoiding and why. Sometimes just putting it out into the universe can help move the idea into action! If nothing else, I’ll feel I’m not alone…

Speaking of not being alone, if you follow this blog with a blog reader, leave a separate comment for an extra chance to win. I’ll leave comments open till noon on Sunday and then pick a random winner.




9″x9″ and 10″x10″









Linking up with crazymomquilts for Friday finishes, My Quilt Infatuation, and Mila + Cuatro.


Update: Random org picked number 9, Erin! I’ll send an email for your address, and thanks to everyone for the comments!

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  1. Julie

    Beautiful bag for your cribbage set. I have just learned to play a very basic version of it with my son this year. I would love the chance to win this fabric, my budget doesn’t allow for Echino purchases. My project which I am procrastinating majorly over is my sons shirt quilt. I have started cutting strips -it’s just not inspiring me. Maybe cos the colours just aren’t me.

  2. Sarah @ Berry Barn Designs

    You don’t have to put me in the drawing, but I had to comment – you shouldn’t have waited so long because the case came out gorgeous! Perfect fussy cutting and lovely quilting. You really did that print justice!

  3. Emilee

    Beautiful job on the new bag…I keep putting of learning how to free motion quilt…it is just so intimidating to me for some reason!

  4. Jessica Norris

    I haven’t been avoiding any projects, but I sure have been avoiding the housework! So many gifts to make at this time of year, so I’m just busy getting on with it and making more mess 🙂

    Your cribbage board is rather beautiful! I love your new cover for it. Great work matching up the pattern in that way. I hope your sweetheart is pleased too!

    On the subject of avoiding a project … I find that TGIFF and other link ups are a great way to get a kick in the pants for a project. I’ve kept up the momentum for a few weeks in a row so that I can have something to show. What a great motivator! And then I’m rewarded by finding other people’s finished projects over the whole weekend. 🙂

    Hmm, actually, I *do* have a project I’ve been avoiding. It’s the next step on my sister’s wedding quilt! I think it slips to the back of my mind because I’ve got other gifts to make to a deadline, whereas this “can wait till I have more time”, but *really* it’s because I have to get out some backing fabric and remove the yellowing. *sigh*. Maybe this wet weekend? 😉

    1. Daisy

      You’re absolutely right! I feel like blogging, on general, keeps me productive, but having a Friday finish deadline is oh-so-helpful, too.

  5. Erin

    I have two presents that I’ve promised and haven’t started. I don’t know why, but I keep putting them off, and putting them off… I should just cut and have done!
    Your cribbage case is beautiful. Perhaps the old one can get chopped up and sewn into the lining or something? That way it’s still around. I tend to keep things for sentimental reasons, so finding a way to incorporate them into something useful is better than having them become junk that I can’t part with.
    E xx

  6. Penny G

    I love your fabric, your cribbage board case is amazing, but if there is a story he may want the old one fixed – my husband would.

  7. Sarah from milaandcuatro

    It looks fantastic, Daisy. I bought some very similar echino today myself, although it might be in a different colourway. I have a couple of things I have been putting off. Firstly, sewing a button on a pair of my husband’s pants. Apparently he’s been waiting for me to do it for over a year. Recently I saw an image with the saying along the lines of “Asking a quilter to mend is like asking picasso to paint your garage.” – I haven’t yet tried that line on my husband. Also, I have been putting off mending a gaping big rip in my husband’s work vest. I follow through Bloglovin, a new follower but I have visited your blog many times before. I also avoid housework – and things like dealing with piles of stuff that just piles up. And piles up. Thanks for linking up.

  8. Heather @ Bobbins and Bullets

    So many things to finish… A quilt that just needs binding, pants that need hemming… Ironically a lot of my projects are ones like this though.  It would take me no time to make a drawstring bag for my daughters blocks, or a container for her diapers, or a tote for her toys when we travel.  I really need to get on the easy projects!

  9. Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

    This is a cute little bag!  The fabric is lovely, and that thread color does go well with it!  

    Thanks so much for sharing at Needle and Thread Thursday and welcome to the party!
    🙂 Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

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