Sunday, July 31, 2016

Almost August Already?

I cannot believe that tomorrow is August already. Where does time time go... just flies by. Kids in Middle TN are going back to school this week. But, I have been busy and I have gotten a lot done in my sewing room.

This past week I was diligently sewing on a project for Sharon. She knew I was making something for her, but she did not know what. I did tell her that I was making hers first and then mine. Wanted to use hers as a learning tool. Sounds bad, but I already had fabric I wanted to use for hers. Still gathering fabrics for one for my daughter. Still haven't decided on fabric for mine. This fabric is perfect for Sharon. These are her colors and she is an avid gardner.
The project was a Bionic Gear Bag. Have you seen these? Go here and watch the video of what all it holds and how to use it. I bought the pattern on Craftsy. It's pricey, but I am making 2 more, so that brings the price per project down. It is a very labor-intensive project, but well worth it.

Below the bag in the open view. There are 4-9" zippers, a 22" zipper for making the handles. Then, I also made the little zippered dumpling bag. I said, "Sharon, don't ever say I don't care about you. I don't put 6 zippers into one project for someone I don't love." LOL
I gave it to her yesterday afternoon and she loved it!

This afternoon I plan to slow waaay down. A couple years ago I bought a stamped cross-stitch quilt top from Debbie's etsy shop at Kitten Creates. It had been her mother's. I blogged about it here.

I started working on it before my own mother passed away. It was the project I had taken with me when she died, so I have not really wanted to work on it. But, after the Bionic Gear bag, I need a project that is little more "mindless" to work on. So, this evening I will be slow stitching and have earbuds in my ears while I listen to a good book on my iPod.

Linking to: Kathy's Quilts.
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May all your ups and downs in life be with needle and thread.


Tanya Quilts in CO said...

That bag is a definite labor of love with all those zippers. I love the vintage cross stitch you are working on--enjoy your Slow Sunday Stitching!

Angie in SoCal said...

What a lovely bag! Looks daunting with all those zippers. Love the cross-stitch - my momma's favorite even at 90 years young. Thanks for linking, Donna. Good luck in the drawing at WIPs Be Gone.

Pam said...

I love your bag. It looks like it would be so handy for taking your handiwork with you when you leave home for a while.

Pretty embroidery also. Embroidery seems to be making a comeback!

Debra said...

What a beautiful bag! Wow.. you must really care about her!!! I don't doubt she loved it. Nice to see your stitching..maybe with some time it will bring you closer to your memories of your mom, rather than pain. Hugs.

Quilter Kathy said...

Sometimes projects help to get us through life events.
This is lovely so if you feel like finishing it, it's the perfect mindless project!

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Sometimes those projects that have 'memories' attached, are harder to pick back up.

Karen in Breezy Point said...

Your stitching project is so pretty! I've been tempted to make one of those bags, but then think about all those zippers....!

Jennie in GA said...

Used to love to work on stamped cross stitch projects. This one is lovely.

Debbie said...

That bag is amazing...I'm not sure I'd put in that many zippers for anyone! It really came out fantastic.

I'm so happy to see you working on Mom's quilt top again. I love how you're using blue for the hearts...perfect. I hope it brings you many hours of's a treasure to me that we got to know each other through your purchase from my little Etsy shop.

CathieJ said...

Okay, that bag is beautiful, but I will never make something with 6 zippers. I really like your stamped cross-stitch project. I hope you enjoy working on it.

Ivani said...

The bag is beautiful, pretty fabrics! The stamped cross stitch towel is stunning. Have some fun stitching and slowing down.

Teresa in Music City said...

Finishing your first BGB gives you such a sense of accomplishment, doesn't it? I know Sharon loves it! Can't wait to see what you choose for your own bag. And yes, that cross stitch project should slow you down considerably :*)

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