Today went by really fast. I was busy all day but don’t feel like I was terribly productive. I really wish weekends had two Sundays.
I didn’t want to sleep the day away today so I was in bed around midnight last night. That’s early for me! So I was up at about 8:30 this morning and just as I was getting ready to get into the shower my brother called. We talked for about a half hour and then I started my day.
After breakfast the boys and I headed out for a three mile walk. It was such a gorgeous day… a gorgeous weekend! I’ve been keeping an eye on a white peony along our route that has been opening over the last two days. And this morning it was fully open!
Isn’t that incredible! And I’m excited because the dogwood trees are just starting to bloom. They are one of the last trees to bloom each spring and I just love them.
When we got home from out walk I dug in and started working on my house. I went through a pile of mail that has been sitting for way too long. I recycled a lot, shredded a lot, and it feels really good to have that pile gone!
I also did a couple loads of laundry and started working on my kitchen. I straightened all the counter tops… put stuff away, threw some stuff away. Then I moved to cleaning the top of the fridge, which led to pulling the fridge out, which led to cleaning behind and under the fridge. And while I had the vacuum out I vacuumed the walls throughout my house to remove cobwebs. Have I told you that we have a lot of spiders in Oregon? That was a big job and it feels good to have it done.
After a dinner of the soup I made yesterday I took Bender and Rico four our evening walk. Another bit of time spent in some gorgeous weather.
I ended my productive day with a couple hours in my sewing room. I got the two orange and blue panels sandwiched and quilted and constructed the bag body.
I pulled out the piece of tangerine paisley jungle I have and it’s not big enough to make the lining on this bag so I looked at some options.
To me, the choice is clear.
Ooh! I love that! And here’s what it will look like with a nice blue pocket.
While I was quilting these panels I thought I’d test the new gooseneck phone/camera holder and record a quick video. So, here’s a look at how I do the straight line quilting on my bag panels.
I do about 2 inches of matchstick quilting at the top of the bag and then the rest of the bag has horizontal lines spaced about 1/2 inch apart. My stitch length is set at 2.5 and I use my walking foot. I’ve got this down to a pretty efficient method.
And you know I love the close ups of the quilting! This one actually shows me using that seam line to make sure my horizontal lines are staying as straight as possible. I use those occasional broad horizontal seams to adjust my line of stitching so it’s not off terribly by the time I get to the bottom of the panel.
OMG! Look at the details on those fabrics!!!
Good grief! So gorgeous!
I have a few Frankenbags sent in by my blog readers to share with you tonight. First up is this one from Paulette Aldrich. I just love this one! I love the KFC fabrics she combined with the octopus fabrics… they really pull the color out of the octopus fabric! It feels so vibrant. She said she’s been saving this fabric to make a bag, and I think she made a good one. Look at her handle detail! I bought some of that hardware to give that a try. It’s a cool look!
Next up is this bag made by Joyce Treizenberg. I love her Bargello style piecing. And the colors are great! That pop of rust is so good! It’s all complete with a zipper placket and zipper pocket.
This next bag is from @sewingbyadane on Instagram. I just love all that orange!!! And I love how the two sides are different, but related. She’s also done all the pockets and zippers!
Next up are two bags made by Lori Taylor. That Dr. Seuss one is so adorable. I just love the balloons on the zipper placket. That’s such a cute collection of fabric. And zipper plackets everywhere!
Poor Rico is not happy with his crate being removed from my bedroom. He would go into that crate and sleep early every night as I was winding down watching TV and writing my blog posts. He’s taken to sleeping behind the sofa under the console table.
He just got up and headed down the hallway as I posted that photo. And then he came right back and laid down in the corner of the living room. Poor guy. I hope he adjusts. I really like not having that huge crate in the bedroom!