Yes it was. And I’m happy it’s over.
It rained most of the day, but I did manage to get an afternoon walk in and it felt really good to step away from my desk. After work I had dinner and sat down and watched a co-worker’s appearance on Jeopardy, and she did so good. She was leading going into the final question, but didn’t get the answer… but I did!
Then we took our evening walk in a nice wet mist. I had to clean my glasses several times during our walk, and I even had a baseball cap on. My boys were pretty wet when we got home and thoroughly enjoyed their towel-off.
Then I logged into a dog training webinar and sat down in my sewing room to quilt the bag panels I made last night.
Oh, and before I go too far… I get asked nearly every day where people can find my tutorial for these bags. The tutorial is free on my blog, just click on this link.
I’m really liking these darker fabrics in this bag. And I decided to quilt it using black thread, which I really like now that it’s done, but it was a pain in the ass to quilt! It was so hard to see each line of stitching that I really struggled to keep it all straight. But it turned out really well.
You can see how the threads almost disappear in these fabrics. It’s a cool effect.
Here’s the panels once quilted and with the gussets cut out.
And I love this look at this panel. It looks so three dimensional.
Once my panels are quilted it only takes about ten minutes to get the bag body constructed, so I went ahead and made the handles and got it sewn together.
Oh, man! I really love this one!!!
The other side of the bag is almost exactly the same, with the exception of a couple pieces of fabric at the bottom.
It will be fun to choose a lining for this one.
I’ve nearly used up my first order of the tags I use, so I ordered some more a few days ago. They arrived today.
I get a good number of comments and emails from people asking where I get my tags. This is the Etsy seller I use, called All This Wood. They actually had a record of my previous purchase and were able to recreate my exact order. It was so easy. They provide great service and get my orders shipped quickly.
And I had some surprise visitors in my back yard this afternoon.
This nesting pair has hung out in my neighborhood each spring for a few years now. I’ve seen them with their babies a couple of times over the years. I’m glad they were just visiting and not nesting in my yard. I doubt they would have gotten much peace or privacy.
But the best thing that happened today is that I WON THE LOTTERY!!!!!
Looks like I’ll be retiring any day now!