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Here lies a very tired woman.

It has been quite a few months. I don’t think we have ever been this busy. And yet I finished the quilt and a bunch of little projects which I am posting back-to-back so I can keep track. In the midst of all of this I managed to finish this project I started last year. Obviously this is for the teen, and it totally applies.

But really all of us feel a bit like this now. Time for the school year to end.

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Hankies!

Back to my roots, only these are machine sewn. Each of us chose our own fabric. Binary numbers, an inaccurate but cute periodic table and Monopoly money were the winners. Now I’ve gotten requests to sew more fun ones.

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New pillows

I love making new pillowcases in the spring. They take just a yard of fabric for each and if you take the time to make French seams they last a long time and are very satisfying. If you have never sewn, start with these.

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New Year’s resolution: finish the quilt.

I had quite a few squares made but not enough. I joined two rows together after learning how to square them all off. The Omni grid square is a lifesaver!!

Finally, all together. Then I realized that I had made quite a large quilt and wondered how I was going to get it through the machine.

I spent, ahem, quite a few hours pinning. It turned out to be worth it.

An organic sheet from Target made for a very good and quick backing. And then I still spent a lot of time embroidering a running stitch around the squares. I used the Amish method of using the back to bind the front again saving enough time to finish it. So glad to finally have something useful and not little pieces piled up.

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Amy Butler Fringed Hobo Bag

Oh dear, very rushed with the photos, but you get the idea.  Finishing this was an exercise in seam-picking, swearing, and persistent hand-sewing.

Oh dear, very rushed with the photos, but you get the idea. Finishing this was an exercise in seam-picking, swearing, and persistent hand-sewing.

When I searched to see if anyone had sewn this bag recently and recorded it anywhere, I saw tumbleweeds.  That should have been a sign, but no, it wouldn’t stop me.  Because when I first began sewing, I saw Amy Butler’s book Style Stitches and immIMG_1532 (1)ediately wanted my own fringed hobo bag.  I had just begun to sew, and it wasn’t going to happen.

Four and a half years later, it just couldn’t be helped.  I had to do it.  I read how difficult it had been for advanced seamsters to complete, but to no avail.  I sewed through the many layers, never having worked with Thermolam (AND Pellon SF 101 — my favorite interfacing — together?!), or sewn a fringe into the seams, or constructed a bag with maddening corners up top where the straps come up.  I decided against the two giant inner pockets because I’ve now made enough bags to realize that two pockets will sag in on each other, making access to the center annoying at best.

But I also felt that the lone pocket wouldn’t we useful as one wide, crescent swath.  So I divided the pocket into four widths: two shallow for gum on one side and lip balm on the other, and two center divisions for cell and sunglasses.

Three of the four divisions.  Ah, all neat now.

Three of the four divisions. Ah, all neat now, except for that wonky top stitching.  Tucking and sewing one giant circular portion of the bag that couldn’t be partially sewn and turned was nearly my undoing.

I wouldn’t sew this one again.  My curiosity is sated, and I’ve learned a bit more about interlining and fringes and fabrics in general.  But this thing is HUGE, and now I long for another crossbody bag and a little less cursing.  And a little more Russian dark chocolate and tea.  And a vacation where I might need an enormous, fringed bag to hold my chocolate and trashy magazines for the ride.

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