Thursday, June 23, 2016

A Bit of Progress

The weather suddenly turned really hot over the weekend. I was looking for a cool activity, so I spent some time sorting through some of my books and magazines.

I get a gift of money to buy something just for me, for my birthday each year. When I was a stay at home mom, I used to get myself a subscription to a sewing or quilting magazine. I saved them all. Now, in 2016, I can look up most anything I am looking for on the internet. I never created any sort of index for the magazines, so I am not sure how I ever figured I would find anything again.

Here they are, packed in a box, for paper recycling. I have barely made a dent. I will try and do more for the next paper recycling day (in two weeks).

I also filled a box with books, to send to a local book sale. Maybe some beginner sewist will enjoy them.

On Monday, I did a happy dance, after I received my order from Emmaline Bags.

I love these zippers.

The zipper pulls say "Handmade" and she wraps them in pink tissue to protect them in transit.

I also restocked my hardware,

I have big plans!

I actually got started on a summer bag, for me.

The fabric is much brighter then it looks here, but my Ott Light bulb burned out in my sewing room, and I haven't got a new one. You can see from the cutting list the shape of the new bag. Hopefully, I can get some more of it cut out, today.


  1. Lovely pattern, and the fabric is beautiful. Hardware, always so good to have it handy, nothing is worse that making something and finding when you need 4 of a kind, there are only 3 matching ones. I can see many more bags coming up soon.

  2. I, too, need have lots of old paper items laying around...magazines, recipes, patterns, books. Every once in awhile I do a small purge, but it seems endless.

    I absolutely adore the purple-grey-white-black floral print. It's gorgeous. Can't wait to see the summer bag!

  3. That's an interesting fabric! I have several years' worth of quilting magazines, and decided I might as well keep them to flip through now and many other people have them here that they are a glut on the market. My heirs can worry about them when I'm gone.

  4. Dear Kate

    Will those big plans include " Bags for friends?"

  5. I still like to page through those old magazines. They're inspiring....except the dust makes me sneeze. :)

  6. I have been going through my quilting magazines and setting them aside for a friend who is new to quilting. i've read them several times and am only keeping the few I plan to use.

    Those are pretty zippers with a sturdy pull for a bag.

    Thanks for linking up with Needlework Tuesday