FINISHED - Monkey Tote Bag
FINISHED - The "Nanny" Bag
Then I go to visit my 4 grand kids, I enjoy taking them a little "something". So I found this awesomely cute fabric....with little cats playing around in a sewing room... and made myself a tote bag! Yes, you read that right...made myself something! Most every thing I make is for others or for a house decoration, but this time...it was for me! I love pockets so it has alot of pockets inside and out! I used the quilting bar for the first time to do just square quilting lines..worked great. I grew up with Mary Poppins and her "carpet bag" of treasures...had the books and the LP record (yes, LP record!) but never saw the movie until I was pregnant with my second child in 1982! But I still remember Mary Poppins and her carpet bag. So, I hope to create some wonderful memories for the kids of when Nanny came to visit! And I LOVE pockets, so this tote has pockets all over...that pocket there on the front has pockets inside it! Plus pockets on the sides and inside! I hope I create some wonderful memories for the girls of their speical times with me!
FINISHED - Traveling Sewing Book
I bought a pattern from Craftsey but the instructions were very "minor" shall I say, but I got the idea good enough and created my own version. I used batting on the front and did line quilting/FMQ just straight lines across and a heavy interfacing on the inside. Then just added sewing necessities.
Pin cushion and needle book, both velcroed so they are removable. A pocket for thread, pocket for other things (I gave her a seam ripper) a pocket for scissor and I added of my own idea...and zipper pouch in the middle where I put in some 5x5" batik charms. She loves batik and calls them "fogs". Last time she was with me I taught her how to hand sew and she made her own "pockets" out of charms,that she called "Nothing Pockets" ....because she put nothing in them! So now she can make more or create something else. I am happy to be able to help her create some memories!
FINISHED - Wedding Quilt..."To have and to hold.."
I fought this quilt the whole way. Daniel Boone would have been proud of me for fighting this 'ol bear! Everything that could go wrong, did and I ran out of fabric twice! But I learned to use transparent thread (on the top) and a really fun Scrabble game feature on the back with the bride and groom's names. But I finished it and got it mailed to the bride. It is 72x72. I hope her memories of her special day stay with her always! Click here to see it.....>> "To Have and To Hold...From This Day Forward".
Reorganized My Sewing Room
I also reorganized my sewing room. Having the sewing table and my pressing table with my chair in the middle is the most perfect way to go! I sew and then spin and can press and spin back to sew! No jumping up and down to press and now I press all the time! My "to do" list is on my bulletin board right in front of my face so I can always be thinking of next project.And nice to have a window to open when weather allows! And the TV.. I have DVD's or CD's for that..no tv connection.
April was pretty cool...I hope May will be too! I am particularly itching to get the I Spy quilt done and play with my grand children! They are going to love it!
Thanks for stopping by and...keep on sewing those memories!