Friday, August 20, 2010

While My Machine Was Away...


There was a limit on play! What to do?? Last week it was time to part with my main sewing machine for it's annual cleaning and service. I still have the back-up Bernina 1080, which is a real workhorse, in case I felt the need to sew something. Which of course I did.



But I also used some of the usual sewing time to impose some order on the chaos of the sewing room. It really felt good to lighten the load, and I was able to gather a good-size bag of fabrics to share on the freebie table at our quilt guild meeting. Looks better in there. Breathing room. By the way, this is the new-and-improved "after" picture, just in case you couldn't tell.



I also sorted, culled, and organized scraps. That's when I found enough of the two orange prints to use in the little zip bag shown above. The pattern was a freebie on Skip to My Lou. The fluffy little flower accent is from the Abbey Lane book titled "Blooming Possiblities." There are some fun patterns in there, too. I'm working on another project from that book now. But this purse is called The Pleated Pouch. There are color photos and step-by-step directions for sewing it, and it takes so little time. Cute! You might need to make one... or more.

3 comments:

Jan said...

Nice bag! I made a bunch of these little bags too as gifts, now I need to make myself one. I used a free pattern I got off of the Quilting Arts site, similar but a little different. My goodness but your fabric is so tidy now!

sonja said...

at a retreat last week end i noticed bags are all the rage! large totes and zippered little guys. someone had rainbow zippers on some and now i want some of those cutie zippers to play with! your bags are cool Nan!!

quiltingnana said...

your bag is so cute... time when our machines are away does push us to do new things...and clean!