Saturday, May 31, 2008

New bag called "To - Go Bag"

On the cover of my new magazine called Threads is a delightful picture of the To-Go Bag.

Of course I had to make one.

I used Michael Miller fabric on the outside and Exclusively Quilting fabric on the inside and Michael Miller bias trim. The handles have rings attached and I used a magnetic closure.

There are pockets on the outside ends and none in the inside.

I had to read the pattern numerous times to understand how to make it and still was struggling, but I finished it and was pleased with it, even though I had the handles on incorrectly and had to repair alittle. lol

This bag is smaller than I like to carry but plenty big enough for all your purse needs.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Update on my arm & my mother's scarf

3 months ago my arm went numb from elbow to pinkie and ring finger and lots of pain in the elbow area. After several doctor appointments and tests and different opinions, it seems I have a problem with my ulnew nerve which has greatly reduced my sewing activities.

Now, it is getting better slowly and for that I am very thankful. Praise the Lord.

Friday night our air conditioning went out, and husband George flipped the whole house electrical switch in the fuse box. This caused the computers (3) to go offline.

I spent 2 hours on the phone with the cable people and talked with 3 different techs and the conclusion they reached is my computer no longer recognizes my network card which is surely damaged. So I am using the extra computer in the garage, but the garage has a window air unit!!!!!!but no printer.

My memory sticks do not fit the computer in the garage so I am using George's computer to post my blog. Where there is a will there is a way.

Last night, George got the air working. Yeah!!!!!!!!!!

Anyway, the whole point of this post was to tell about my mother's scarf.

I am wearing this weird looking brace on my elbow and decided to "doctor" it up with a scarf. I was looking for a smaller one and found one of my mother's that I had never really looked at that closely. I fell in love with it and decided it would make a great pattern for a quilt.

George wants to frame it and put it on the wall-the scarf that is.

Anyway, at the bottom of the scarf, it says Margaret Cusack.

I did some googling and found her web site and all about her. She is quite an accomplished artist and designer. I wrote her and asked her if I could use the pattern to make a small quilt and she wrote back and said yes provided I endorsed her copyright.

Here is a picture of the scarf-above.

another hobo type bag only slightly smaller

I made this bag for friend Connie. It is very similar to the one I posted last called Hobo. This one is smaller but the same shape and handle and inside pockets with magnetic closure.
For 2 years I have been stuck on the tote type with the boxed corners etc. and now I have branched out.
I love this bag and love carrying the one I made for myself. It is so comfortable and eash to use. I discovered by lengthening out the handle it will fit across my body like a hipster type bag and would be perfect for traveling and shopping etc.
This fabric is Michael Miller inside and out, of course, my favorite for sewing.

Sunday, May 4, 2008


I made this up and like it even though it is alittle larger than I am used to carry. I like the vinyl handles that are so soft and adjustable.