I am no more than an amateur sewer (sewist?), with my most complex project being a tea cozy that is best described as "functional." This time, I decided to stick to straight edges and sharp corners, and avoid bias edging at all costs*, even though I really wanted to make a potholder again. My most recent creation has been 4 placemats which ended up 3 different sizes. I only achieved uniformity when I decided to create a cardboard template for tracing the last two mats, which also means two of my placemats have the same wonky corner.
In addition to sewing, I have made good progress in some knitting recently. A co-worker is having a baby (my office is very fecund) and I thought I'd welcome him with a soft toy. Knitting toys can be very fun, as you move through lots of little pieces which continue to keep your interest. However, success is all in the finishing, and I don't really enjoy sewing-up by hand or stitching features. There are patterns which can be knitted with minimal sewing-up, but I really liked the look of this elephant, so I went with it.