Category Archives: Bags and Wallets

To-Do Tuesday 8-7-17 | Back to life…

…Back to reality. Soul II Soul’s lyrics have been playing over and over in my head. Time to get back to work around here!

This week I’ve contacted all of the people who requested bags before I left for the summer, and scheduled all of my sewing onto the calendar. I’ve already pulled fabrics for the various bags, and my once-clean sewing room is already looking like a mess. I’ll be working on these until mid-September, and hopefully after that I can get started on the quilts I want to complete before Christmas.

I did finish my travel cross stitch WIP on the way home from Oregon: I Cross Stitch by Clouds Factory. I stitched it 2 over 2 on antique white jobelan. I changed the red and grey from the called for colors to 498 and 318, respectively. I wanted to get another chart picked out for my travel wip, but after going through my kitted charts I couldn’t make a decision. I have time to figure it out, though. Too many fun charts to stitch, and too little time! I haven’t stitched on anything else since we returned home. Instead, I’ve been incorporating my summer thrift shop finds into my stash and kitting up new charts. Sometimes that’s just as much fun as the stitching!

This week I will be working on making the bags. I’ve scheduled my weekends to be free of all sewing, except for this coming weekend. Last week I hinted at talking about a very important project, and this weekend I will be finally working on that project. If you are on Instagram and follow Crafty Cop (Jessica), you may have seen her organizing a blue Raspberry Kiss block drive using Heritage Threads’ tutorial. She started this as a way to honor our fallen heroes who were lost in the line of duty by making a quilt for their family. She called just for blocks, but the response has been tremendous! Last I saw she has received just over a thousand blocks. She has also had people send in backing, batting, binding, thread, and even money for postage. She has had people volunteer to piece, quilt, and bind the entire quilt, and others who have volunteered to piece and send the quilt off to their local quilters. She has had long arm quilters offer to do the quilting. Even still, others have offered up prizes to help encourage people to make more blocks to send for quilts. I am absolutely amazed by the outpouring of support. I wasn’t able to make anything until we returned home, so now that I’m back I will be getting blocks made and a package of other things put together and sent to Jessica. She has made a point to let us know that she is arranging to have the quilts presented personally by the fallen officer’s local departments (obviously law enforcement and their families are necessarily suspicious of packages sent to them by strangers). Sadly, two of the quilts are already spoken for, as the loss of Officer Miosotis Familia started this movement, and the second quilt will be going to the family of Lieutenant Aaron Allan of Southport, Indiana who was killed in the line of duty on July 27th. I have tremendous respect for our law enforcement officers and I am feeling so sad, and honored at the same time, to be able to participate in this. If you are interested in getting more information, or participating in this, please direct message Jessica/craftycop on Instagram.

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Complete two bag orders.
  • Start third bag order.
  • Make Blue RK blocks, package everything up and mail.

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To-Do Tuesday 5-23-17 | Vacation!

Stitch ALL The Things | Birds of Norway Bag Set

Hello and Happy Tuesday, my friends! What a crazy busy few weeks it has been. Last week I finished making this adorable five piece bag set out of Michael Miller fabrics. I had a customer specifically request the Birds of Norway print. I ordered it from a seller on Etsy, along with another print that I thought would be a perfect match to be the bag lining. Boy, was I ever wrong about that. Thankfully the quilt shop we had in town had a Michael Miller Polka Dot print that actually was the perfect match! I am not a fan of brown fabrics, but these pops of color on the brown background are fantastic!

Stitch ALL The Things | Birds of Norway Large Project BagInterior

Since I sewed up until 5 days before we leave for vacation, the Mister and I are scrambling to prep the house and get everything cleaned and packed. The kids’ last day of school is Thursday, so we will have a 9 hour travel day as soon as they get home to drop them off with their dad for summer. We will be leaving on Friday for Oregon after the house sitter arrives and will be there by Sunday. So the next To-Do Tuesday post will be up on time and unaffected by our traveling.

I really look forward to spending time away from the sewing machine and being able to read your blog posts at a more leisurely pace. I hope you won’t mind, but my posts will most likely be centered around needlework, rather than the sewing machine. I’m taking four cross stitching WIPs, and I am also bringing my Hexie EPP kit. I decided to do that at the last minute today, and it’s something I’ll talk about more next week.

Happy sewing and happy stitching! I can’t wait to read what you’ve all been working on this week!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Clean & Prep house
  • Travel Safely

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To-Do Tuesday 5-16-17 | An Abundance of Project Bags

Hello, my friends! What a busy week it has been! On Thursday I finished the large commissioned bag order. It turned out that three of the bags weren’t the best fit for that order, so I made three more over this weekend. I think they all turned out really nicely!

Accessory Project Bags:

Large Project Bags:

If you’d like to purchase any of the above bags (with the exception of Poetica, Chipper, and Astraea which have already been sold), they will be listed at Down Sunshine Lane in about a week and a half!

I finally made a page HERE to show all of my Project Bags. I was going to put an order request form on that same page, but I won’t be taking orders for the next 11 weeks. When we get back from summer vacation, I’ll add it then.

I decided to take one last bag order before we leave for vacation. I’ll be making that this week, and hopefully finished by Thursday. After that I’ll be doing the usual scrubbing down of the house and getting the kids and us packed up for our respective destinations. This has been such a busy year so far, filled with making so many bags. I’m looking forward to a bit of a sewing break. When we return, I’ll have at least two more commissions to do, one large and a smaller one. After they’re finished I hope to get back to having extra time to make some quilts. Maybe I’ll actually get the Mister’s quilt finished and make the Bargello quilt for Josh by Christmas!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Finish bag order
  • Prep house for summer vacation

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To-Do Tuesday 5-9-2017 | Sew Many Bags

Stitch ALL The Things | Bag WIPs

Hello, friends! Another busy week working on bags here. I finished 10 large and 5 small bags from the latest commission, and I have the remaining 10 bags to make this week. Since I’ve only been focused on completing these bags, this post is going to be short. This week the plan is to finish these bags, take pictures, email the customer, and then get them sent off. I also decided to take one last commission before summer. What can I say, it’s too hard to put people off for two months when I know I have time to “squeeze just one more order in” before we leave.

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Finish commission for 25 Zip-top bags
  • Begin new commission (if fabric arrives in time)

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  3. Include a link back to my blog. Feel free to grab the blog button from the sidebar to show that you’re participating in To-Do Tuesday.
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