Thursday, July 21, 2011

Not So Much...

That would be my answer to "What have you been doing?"    I spent two weeks staying at my sister's.  She had eye surgery which required a week in a facedown position afterwards and another week of very restricted activity.  My role was to take over the responsibility for my mother who lives with her, as well as help with housework and cooking.  I didn't take any handwork, and away from my usual computer access, I was limited in following what other people have been doing.

I've been home a week now, and am catching up around here.  In the heat, our basement is a good place to be, and I've spent quite a few hours updating mailing lists for my guild's upcoming show.  These little bags for the member boutique are the only creative thing I've done.

The pattern is the Cash and Carry bag from Atkinson Designs.  It seems odd to use a pattern, since I made and sold so many little bags like this, with no pattern.  But for this, I didn't see any reason to reinvent the wheel, and it's nice to have all the thinking and measuring done for you.  This pattern has very clear directions, although there's really nothing except the zipper insertion method that you couldn't figure out for yourself; that gives very nice results.  The results would be even better if Janome had a zipper foot with a clear stitching guideline.  Why don't they?  And why is the accufeed foot designed so there is no easy way to figure a quarter inch seam? 

My next project will be the medallions for the center of our prize ribbons, and then maybe I'll work on the Greek Key quilt, fast becoming a real UFO.  Stay cool if you can everyone, and if you can't, be careful.



5 comments:

annie said...

glad to see you back. I have that pattern and have made quite a few as gifts. stay in the basement, it's HOT out there!

Debra Spincic said...

I was just about to write and ask if you had given up blogging.

*karendianne. said...

Welcome home and thanks for the update. You're missed. I miss you. Needy girlie. What can I say? And what's up with the Janome foot situation? They really don't have a zipper foot? Now, I wouldn't know if my own machine had a zipper foot because… I don't want to be responsible for zippers. I don't want to know how to make auxiliary sewing items. That's what I call them anyway. I'll be happy to purchase though. I can participate in some way. AND YOU ARE NOT KIDDING - Greek Key is falling into the UFO state, ha? Well, dang. I understand that but I sure like it. Next time you come out of the basement, how 'bout a nifty test block with some nifty fusible applique and embroidery? Maybe with red. Nifty. *karendianne. who likes to give out ideas but definitely doesn't do any ideas herself. Silly me. Good thing you know that.

Libby Fife said...

Those are nifty little bags.

I was just telling Debra yesterday that I have missed your input:) See, we all miss you when you aren't as uh hm, vocal. Yah, vocal:):):)

jenclair said...

Wondered where you had been! Hope your sister is recovering--how awful to be so incapacitated.

Love the little bags and glad to have you back!