I Actually Accomplished Something

It was hot today. Well into the 90s. Another hot day tomorrow and then cooling down nicely on the weekend. At 11:13 it was still 77 degrees!

I decided we should get out and walk and weather the heat a little early so we could get something done tonight. It wasn’t too bad but it was warm. It would have been nice if there was a breeze. Oh! And two people told me they had just seen a coyote, just down the street from where I saw one a couple weeks ago. We didn’t see it but we didn’t miss it by much.

Once I got home I headed right for my sewing room. I really wanted to lay down on the sofa and watch some TV but I forced myself to dig in and be productive.

I have three bags cut and basically ready to construct and I decided to dig in on this one because I haven’t made a purple one yet.

Not sure what I would call that color. Maybe a faded eggplant or plum. It’s a subtle purple.

I decided to go with this pretty Australian Aboriginal fabric for the lining. It’s sort of peach and pink with little bits of that purple here and there.

It’s an unexpected and fun pop of color with that purple. And I chose the gold snap because of the touches of warm golds in the lining.

There’s one trick I use on my bags that I learned from a mask pattern back when the pandemic first hit. When I sew the seam coming up to the opening in the lining, I sew a line of stitching from the end of the line to the edge of the seam allowance. This picture is from a Christmas ornament post, but it shows you what I’m talking about.

The little blue lines of stitching are the brilliant tip. They make that opening almost close itself. If you’ve never tried this, you should! It’s the best thing I learned from all the masks I made.

I also can have a tendency to sew right past where I intended to leave an opening in my lining so I came up with this little visual trick to keep me on track. I put an X of two pins in the section that will be the opening as a reminder to not sew there.

I really hate picking stitching from all that interfacing! Better to do it correctly the first time.

I got a fun delivery today. A nice sized package of fabric arrived on my door step early this afternoon.

That’s all aged muslin that I found online. Those are all one yard cuts except for the red one, which is 1.5 yards. I have no idea what I’m going to do with all of this. But I’ll probably come up with something fun!

I had a day full of meetings today and my dogs were pretty bored. Except that this kid did keep himself nicely occupied off and on chasing a squirrel in the back yard.

He did a really good job of alerting all our neighbors of the danger.

After work tonight I finally took a few minutes and assembled this wind spinner. I’ve had it in the garage for a few months.

I have four spinners in my back yard and I just love them. This one is right off the patio so I’ll really get to enjoy it.

My yard guys came today. They are so amazing! They are quick, they do a great job and they see things and take care of things that my other yard workers have never done. These guys are definitely keepers!

19 Replies to “I Actually Accomplished Something”

  1. Wow! I love the eggplant/purple bag. I will be ordering some aged muslin on payday–somehow I overspent my allowance for fabric this month and I haven’t even done any sewing. Things are settling down a bit here and I will soon have time to make some bags or something. Thank you for motivating us. Have an awesome day! Oh, I also do that little sewing trick for the opening. It gives that part of the project a better finish.

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  2. Oh! Such a handsome Rico !!! One of his best pics!❤️ I love wind spinners too. We have found some pears 🍐 on the ground, located the pear tree! Each room has a jumble of boxes so it’s taking longer to unpack and situate everything. Will be so glad when done and we can rest and enjoy adopting our new dog ❤️


    1. I would be very disappointed to find a pear tree on my property. I don’t like pears. I have ELEVEN flowering pears on my property, but they don’t produce fruit. Whoever buys this house after me will wonder why I liked those trees so much!



  3. I first learnt the seam trick when I started sewing coasters, especially as they have a small opening. Now of course I do it with most openings 🙂

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  4. Love, love love the tip about how to stitch to the edge of the fabric when you are leaving a section unstitched for turning. I can see that would be a big help instead of muddling along trying to get it to turn and be straight. Also, good yard guys are hard to find. Mostly they are of the “mow and blow” and leave variety. Right now we are our own yard men, and they don’t do a great job either. Too much fun doing other stuff! Plus a puppy and gophers make life pretty challenging in the yard. Sigh!

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    1. I did my own yard for quite a few years and it never looked good. I like when it looks good but don’t have the desire to do it myself. i have a half acre so it’s a lot to take care of.

      My landscaping is all dog friendly. No plants that I worry about them trampling and peeing on!



  5. Good morning,
    I love following your blog abd your bags are absolutely beautiful. I’m on a mission now to make a few. Still struggling with getting the Pellon. What is your 2nd go to if you can’t find the 972? Because I can’t feel how stiff your bags are, any suggestion would be helpful. Keep up your wonderful craft!

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    1. You can really use whatever you like. I like something that’s about the weight of a normal quilt batting. The fusible nature of it just makes it easier to work with for me. I’ve used a few different Pellon fusible fleece/batting products that all work fine. I like my bags to hvae some structure. Part of that comes from the fleece. Part of it happens because of the density of my quilting. The other part comes from the fact that I use a piece of batik fabric (high thread count) on the back of my quilt sandwich. Plus, I add a fusible interfacing to my lining. It all ads structgure and body to the bag. I want some structure, but I still want it to be flexible and somewhat soft.



      1. Thank you so much! I think I was too stressed to get it right.
        I understand the bali fabric concept and fusing interfacing to the lining. Makes sense now, i don’t need a heavy cardboard type pellon.
        Your help is much appreciated.

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  6. Do you have a specific pattefn for the Frankenberg bag?I have made 3a long time ago and have to have all your different emails to even startI’ve had a heart attack and was out of all sewing for over a year  I love your EmailsAnn Greene Have showed 2 different people how to make them and they love them 

    Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPad

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  7. Hi from JudyC – Perth, Australia.
    Came across your blog while looking for some tips on crumb blocks as I have a stash of scraps and crumbs from a NY beauty quilt I did many years ago in batiks. Still love the batiks but what do with them?! Your blog will help.
    Recently have started to sew clothes for self, but am also focusing on decluttering. So time to deal with these scraps.
    Loving looking thru your blog and the mix of sewing and home – thanks for sharing both so freely.
    A question – you are so productive – what do you do with the results … i figure you can only use one or two bags at a time!

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    1. Welcome! I’m glad you found us!

      I give some of the things I make as gifts. I sell a good number of the bags I make, which is a good thing because I made more than 50 last year!



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