Last week after my perceived epic quilt fail I decided to make a bag I had been wanting to make for a while. Instead of relying upon my husband or daughter for help in fabric choices I went to a Facebook group I belong to. I’ve found a new enthusiastic helper in the masses on facebook. Its great! I laid out my fabric choices, took a picture and received feedback. After my fabrics were given the green light I was a woman possessed. I made a bag with a zippered pocket and two other pockets in a day. That is a new record for me. Even with the speedy turnaround it did not turn into a big ole pile of ugly.
It’s a pretty big bag which I love. The pattern is called Mail Sack I think. Im sure I posted about it before. The zipper inserting gets easier and easier every time. I love when I can see improvement in my sewing skills.
While we are on the topic of sewing I’m making a pillow. It’s a pattern from Quilty Magazine. I think its called Party Pillow. I started it without reading the whole pattern (seriously who does that?). So when I got to the paper piecing portion I had no choice but to dive in. There were some hiccups. Luckily I have extra fabric. I’ve completed two out of the eight starts that I have to make requiring the paper piecing.
There is a bit of a pucker but I can live with that. I don’t think it will be that noticeable once I quilt the pillow. The large stars require no paper piecing and were easy to put together.
I also got a great deal on some quilting cotton on fabric.com. I ordered ten yards of each color. Thats enough to back two king size quilts I think. Less than three dollars a yard if I remember correctly.
So my children are over a decade away from vacating one of my future craft rooms, in the meantime I needed better storage. My husband, sensing my tremendous need, came up with some shelving for me. I now have what I refer to as my fabric shop in the closet under the stairs (try saying that in one breath!)
I know it looks messy but it frees up quite a bit of walking space in there now. Before you could not see floor. I won’t gush about how wonderful and supportive my husband is. (I guess that was a gush.)
Now on to the doing things portion of this post. I went to my very first orchid show. It was exciting to talk to people who are orchid nerds. I got to leave the kids with grandma to boot! My husband and I got to experience a bit of celebrity there. At check in we talked to the ladies and I told them how I grow under lights. Word got out and people had questions. They actually came and found us to talk about it. It was fun and I came home with a few new orchids. Here are some pictures of what we saw.
J, I think you have given me the umph I need to finish my quilt. Thank you for your kind words. I don’t know if I would enjoy blogging as much if it weren’t for J & P my kind comment leavers from the north. Thank you.