The Masterpiece by Javan

The Masterpiece by Javan

We are born into the world like a blank canvas and each person that crosses our path takes up the brush and makes his mark upon our surface

So it is that we develop

But we must realize there comes a day that we must take up the brush and finish the work

For only we can determine if we are to be just another painting or a Masterpiece. Javan

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Being Within Our Rhythm

There's absolutely no reason for being rushed along with the rush... Everybody should be free to go very slow ~ Robert Frost
I have been doing busy work, trying to be creative and energized - I don't think the energized worked - but I have gotten ahead just from doing. I sure have a lot of "teasers" laying around to be tried - you know, things that looked interesting and were printed off the internet. Some days are just made for "surfing" and finding fun projects - others for making them. This week I was in my room.

Came across a tutorial recently from CinderBerry Stitches for her Zipper De Do Dah pouches - sorry, I could not get the link to work. I really must tell you these are addictive - one fat quarter, fusible interfacing, 12" zipper, about one half hour and the finished project is fantastic. Love this.

Fabric is from a group of Anthology fat quarters I had ordered from - if you have not been there, you are depriving yourself of opportunity. I am just saying this is a wonderful on-line shop and so worthy of your time - super customer service. These pouches are wonderful fun and will make great gifties.

And then there were eight - try this link...

Becky Goldsmith from Piece O Cake also has a free 'It's Sew Simple Project Bag' tutorial on these pouches and it is pretty much the same as Cinderberry Stitches except Becky uses iron-on vinyl for the inside of the bag. Well, you just gotta know I ordered me some of that from her and will be trying it out in the very near future. I can think of a lot of ways to use the iron-on vinyl - what about you? Sure hope you share.

Schlep Bags
Have you heard of Sew So Easy Schlep Bags and maybe even made a few? I understand they are the rage down South right now - I know that here in North Carolina they are used as lunch bags, at least the ones who have my bags use them that way.

I thought they would make great gift-giving bags and this is a super fun pattern. The pattern is from - and I believe her recipe calls for nine-inch squares, however, I did these with five-inch squares because that is what I had and wanted to use up so I call these medium sized bags. Will definitely make more of these.

Had a couple more Anthology fat quarters to use and here are some more little bags..

Moda Bake Shop Charmed Gift bag by Kim Walus, find the recipe at   - this is one fun little bag to make and I was amazed how it was put together. It takes such little things to make me happy and amaze me and this did it for me this week. Okay, so sometimes my DWH says it takes a lot of little things. I plan on doing more of these in Christmas fabrics.

All of my putzing has started me thinking about Christmas and preparing and needing to work at my own pace. I do not want to get into the Christmas rush - been there and it was not fun - I want joy in my life. This year there will be more home-made presents to give - we have twenty three immediate family we give to - home made will be good. Wish the kids would let us draw names like they do. Husband does woodworking and I do quilting - surely something good will come out of this combination. Wait and see! Leave me a comment and tell me what you are working on. I would love to hear about them and maybe even make a few.

 May you find the rhythm that works for you along your journey.  Judy C


Michelle May (Shell) said...

Oh my gosh! They are all so fun! I do love the word Schlep. Not sure why it always makes me laugh when I say it. Oh that's right...I'm dorky! hee,hee,hee.
I agree, getting ready for Christmas at an easy going pace sounds perfect this year. :)
xx, shell

taylorsoutback said...

You have been so productive, Judy! I would say you have been energized just fine!

Wishing you more good days this coming week.