My scrabble bag, with cat fabric for the lining. I made it yesterday when I got up (BEFORE I had my coffee), and then used it going to church and the mall. It held EVERYTHING!!!!
Enjoy your sewing time……you KNOW I do.


bag gram

I have been making these pleated totes. As a matter of fact, I make one a day now, since I first tried the pattern. It is so much fun, and an easy pattern. I have some great fabrics in pieces just big enough to make these….and I have put more combinations together than I have time to make!!!!
I have two great friends who have taught me so much about making bags….Sue Larson-who patiently taught me how to put a zipper in also….and Ellen Huntley-who much to her encouragement, has me even using pins! Those two ladies are great teachers. And, when I make a bag with either one of them….theirs turns out just PERFECTLY. Mine, is more “puffy” or usually has “more personality” than there’s. But no worries. I am not discouraged. I am encouraged. I just so enjoy the process of constructing one. (Mind you, I still never use the pattern/directions.) I think I am direction challenged. Oh well…lucky for me, my teachers just LAUGH at me….and we go on with the project.
Let me add a few more photos to show you my “personality” bags….I am just loving making them.


So here are the coasters I made from the challenge piece…..and I am much happier. On to new challenges….for it seems every time I start a quilt I challenge myself. I never know exactly what I will make!!! That is why I am a self made scrap quilter.

Challenge .....

Our guild is having a quilt show in May, and I had signed up for the monochromatic challenge. I usually don’t give up on things….but I was having a hard time with the sage thread I was given to use. Or maybe I was having a hard time with following the directions. I kept wanting to add color to the piece. I decided to not enter my piece and so I cut it up and made coasters….to enjoy.