But before I get into that, let’s talk about something good today.
First of all… it was cooler today and it was fantastic! I think it only got up to about 87 degrees. I did take the dogs for a walk before work and it was so nice we walked for 3.5 miles! That’s the first time in more than a week that we’ve been able to do a walk that long. It was a great way to start our day.
Now for the other stuff…
I had to run to the post office tonight, only to find that I couldn’t accomplish what I went there for.
I have other post offices I can go to but I find that when one machine is out of order, they are often ALL out of order. I’ll give it another try tomorrow night.
Now some good stuff. When I got home I took the boys for our evening walk. We actually started at 8:30… the earliest evening walk we’ve had in over a week. It was really nice outside.
When we got home I hit my sewing room to work on the lining and pockets for the blue bag I started this weekend. I did end up getting the slip pocket, zipper pocket and zipper placket completed.
That’s the good news. Now comes the shit balls part…
As I was sewing the slip pocket on to one side of the lining I noticed that the top hem of the pocket was at the bottom of the bag. I had already sewn a line of stitching, so decided that it would just have to be that way and I kept going… topstitching two lines of stitching all the way around the pocket, with two vertical lines up the center to divide the pocket.
Once it was all sewn together, I realized my mistake.
I sewed the pocket on upside down, so that the opening is at the bottom. I had actually positioned the pocket correctly, I just sewed around the sides and top instead of the sides and bottom. So once I got all the other pieces finished I sat down with my seam ripper.
That’s a lot of stitches to pick out!
I know this probably comes as a huge surprise, but using my seam ripper is not my favorite part of the creative process.
Luckily, it all came out much easier than I thought it would and I got the pocket sewn on the correct way before I called it quits… I didn’t want to keep going and make an even bigger mistake.
Here’s some detail to enjoy.
Isn’t that blue ferns fabric pretty!
And speaking of pretty fabric, today I received a small order that I placed a few days ago.
Most of this is stuff that I tend to use over and over again and it was all on sale. Then there are two pieces that I just love and wanted more of… the spiral shells in the foreground just because it’s so magnificent and I just used a piece for a bag lining. It’s one I definitely want to have in my stash.
The one in the upper left is Philip Jacobs’ Dorothy in his original color way. I’ve wanted a couple of yards of that but the store where I bought it is out.
I had my first tomato harvest today and ate them with my big salad for dinner. They were so good! The first home grown tomatoes of the summer are always very special to me!
I’m also really happy that the crocosmia plants that I picked up in a neighborhood “free” pile are blooming!
I also have some onions blooming. These were red onions that I had in the house a couple months ago that started growing, so I just stuck them into one of my planters to see what they would do.
I met my friend Anne yesterday morning to go on a quest for local peaches. And we found some. Along with a bunch of other fruits and veggies. Luckily, we bought them from a farm stand that also serves strawberry and black berry milk shakes!
So of course we had to take time to enjoy one.
After the farm store we stopped in at a nursery on the way back and picked up some plants and some fertilizer. They had some really gorgeous hanging baskets.
That first one mush have been almost five feet across!
And look at this gorgeous cone flower they had! COLOR!!!
On the way back to Anne’s place we stopped and got some take out eggs Benedict. We ate them in the shade of a big tree surrounded by hot dogs.
Rico and I felt obligated to give Brody the pug some love and attention after our brunch.
Did I mention it was HOT?
I have some Frankenbags to share with you tonight. It’s been a while so I have a few!
First up is this one made by Lisa Kerns from British Columbia, Canada. She said she found making this bag fun and creative. I love her very scrappy approach and all that bright color. And look! A Zipper placket!
This next bag was made by Beverly Rose. I love her combo of blues, purples and pinks. And her swirly quilting is a lovely touch.
This bag was made by Jane Bers. Here’s what she said about making this bag:
“I loved doing it and using scraps from a batik quilt I made 10 years ago! Plus a paper pieced block for the front! I knew those scraps would be put to good use some day!! I am officially hooked on making this bag and my friends and relatives will be getting them for Xmas.”
I’m a big fan of batiks and these fall colors make me think of my mom who loved colors like this.
Next up is this made by Rachel Snee. Here’s what she said: “I finally got around to making my first Frankenbag, starting with an experimental improv skull block I made. It’s for my daughter who loves pink and green, and she’s very happy with it.”
That skull is pretty damned amazing for being improv! Nice job!
This next bag comes from Margaret Douglas. It’s a fun and scrappy bag. I love the black and whites and all that color!
These bags were made by Janice Quinn. She said she’s having a lot of fun making these bags. She started simple to get the hang of it and has taken off since then! She plans on making a lot more in the next few months. The last photo shows her next bag in process. Of course I love all of her bright color and I love that she’s learning as she goes!
Thanks to everyone for submitting photos!