There's absolutely no reason for being rushed along with the rush... Everybody should be free to go very slow ~ Robert Frost
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 http://www.1choice4quilting.com/ - 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.
Becky Goldsmith from Piece O Cake http://www.pieceocake.com/PDF-folder/SewSimpleBag-Complete.pdf 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? Will you share?
I thought they would make great gift-giving bags and this is a super fun pattern. The pattern is from http://sentimentalstitches.net/free-stuff/schlep-bag/ - 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 http://www.modabakeshop.com/ - 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 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