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Things have been comfortably slow during this Polar Vortex Part Duex. We are fine tuning our upcoming patterns and waiting on the new fabric to start making them. Our making of the quilts is the proof-reading of the pattern, so that time is particularly tense. On the good side of that is we are not going to be terribly rushed to get ready for Spring Quilt Market. All is moving along at a comfortable pace - and that is greatly appreciated as the last week has been a bit of a challenge with both Bill and I down with the flu. It is not too late to get your flu shot - and I'm telling you that if you can avoid this bug - you will be grateful.
The bit of down time has been spent on other odds and ends projects and I made myself something. I needed a little carry-all for my big leather tote bag and I made this with the scraps left over from my Blue Nantucket quilt….
How did I make it? Where is the pattern? Well, that is a story. Not feeling well, and wanting to spend my day stitching under a quilt and watching British Murder Mysteries - I decided to make this all by hand and not by sitting at a sewing machine. I got out all my Japanese quilt books - you know, the ones with the covetous bags and doo-hickies and all the directions in Japanese? Those. They do have great pictures, though. So I looked through them and made my bag with the help of those graphics and my own fevered brain. Believe me, if I can do it - so can you. Here is just a partial pile of those lovely books.
I didn't really use one set of directions, but picked and chose what worked for what I had. The stitching was all by hand - even the construction of all the layers of the bag and zipper. Whee! I am pretty happy with it - but one side seam was less than beautiful. What to do? Unsew? Never. I just made this tag and covered the less than beautiful seam. This is a full disclosure blog.
I can tell you that you will see a few more of these little lovelies this month on the blog - and I'll be a bit more forthcoming on the directions. Thanks.