I finally was able to stitch down the petals, dots and branches of my Christmas Lollypop Tree Wallhanging, figure out the borders (I referred to the antique Lollypop Quilt for ideas) and get it all stitched together. Lacking: quilting, and a border, so it looks a bit incomplete, but like I always say, it’s nice to be at this point! I think I’ve cornered the market on red and white and kelly-green and white fabrics. Funny how our stashes will tilt one way while we’re working on a quilt, then veer into another direction when the next project comes along. This is one thing I’ve been working on for this Works In Progress Wednesday Post, hosted by Lee of Freshly Pieced. Thanks, Lee!
Another thing that has been in the works, but couldn’t show before is the little earbud holder. I used Dog Under My Desk‘s pattern, and it went together pretty quickly. I gave it to a friend, for she and I have what we call “sushi therapy,” where we get together and vent about our students (she’s a professor, too). I think between the sushi and the venting, we maintain our sanity (but this semester is really trying our patience!).
I fussy cut out a bit of fabric that has a piece of sushi saying “You’re really really rice” and appliqued it on to the inside bottom of the pouch. My friend laughed.
And I made her a bag from my favorite pattern by Grand Revival: “Practical Bag,” with some book fabric that she gave me (I’m such a nice girl, that I’m sharing!). I’ve made this pattern a ton of times. I made it in New York fabric for my sister who lived in New York for 18 months on a church mission, so she could carry her groceries back home after shopping. I made it for a friend who came to visit from Iowa and whose husband is a pastor (BTW, they just got a call to move to Brisbane, so she’ll be joining all my Australian friends very soon). I’ve made a couple for me, and a bunch for I don’t know who else. I originally purchased it for my daughter to make and traced off the pattern for me in case she had questions. But soon, I bought my own and an extra. What will I do with this?
(They are much better at styling their photo, I think.) So. . . I think I’ll drop it into the mail to one of my readers! As usual, readers get one chance and followers get two chances, but leave a comment if you’d like me to mail you my extra pattern. But to qualify, tell me what you’ll make your bag to hold. . . or to who you’ll give it away to if your idea is to make it for a gift.
I can make this bag up in under an hour, and it holds quite a lot of groceries, or sewing for a doctor’s office trip, or snacks for the kids, or things to return for your errands. I’ll use the tried and true husband-pick-a-number method of selecting someone (although if you’re very clever in what you say, I might have to override him). Giveaway will end Friday morning when I drag myself out of bed, so make sure to leave your email so I can contact you.
And if you want to know what I’ll be doing while you write interesting things? I’ll be quilting my Christmas Lollypop Tree and grading Drama tests (grading is NEVER done). Thanks for reading, and Good luck!