It’s pouch time, hey hey! That’s regardless of the fact that it’s been “pouch time” since about March. I promise I’m trying to work on other things, too.

Here’s what went up in the shop tonight, though.



Simplicity Pouch



Frenchy Pouch



Floppy Button Pouch

I think I may have made the best bag that I’ve ever made this week.



Lilac Tree Tote

Not to toot my own horn or anything (that so sounded like something a grandma would say) by I’m pretty pleased with my work on this bad boy. I was sitting in the sewing room the other night, playing with my buttons and I needed to make something with them. I’ve been through the standard tree button colors a few times now, and I really didn’t want to repeat that with this. Instead I started thinking about trees in the spring, and how the purple lilacs are one of my favorites. I ended up with this.



On the Inside

I did pockets with this one. I didn’t know I could do pockets!



Just the tree

There was a bit of a tense moment during the whole process when I accidently ripped the last bit of gray fabric that I had. I had miscalculated the seam allowence when I was making the handles, and instead of carefully ripping out the stitching I sliced the whole side of the handel, wrecking it. I nearly lost it. Thank goodness JoAnn’s had the same color gray, without any mismatched dye lot issues like I was fearing.

And as usual, I’ve put this bag up in my Etsy Shop. It may have to be torn from my hands though, since apparently I’m in love with it.

Some scenes from my weekend:



Liftoff



Looking Up



So Many



Peek-a-Boo

I just can’t explain how much I love balloons. I lived a good chunk of my childhood in Statesville, North Carolina, where they have the most amazing balloon rally. We’d park away from where they’d be launched at and I remember how magical it seemed when all of a sudden, hundreds of balloons would rise up from behind the tree line. Unfortunatly, this balloon festival wasn’t quite as impressive as those, but to me, it was still wonderful.

Being the kind of person who likes to be a joiner, I thought I’d participate this week in showing what I’ve been working on.



Pouches In Progress

My pile of fabric that is soon to be sliced and diced to become pouches for the shop. I get on these kicks where I just have to make a lot of one certain thing. I’m feeling that way right now with the pouches. You may be seeing a lot of them in the near future. :)



Fabric Organizing


I don’t know if this counts as a project or not, but I’ve been working on re-organizing my sewing and crafts room for a good week now. This shelf is starting to show some progress, but there’s a good reason why I didn’t show a picture of the floor….or anywhere else in the room for that matter.

I’ve seriously lost my mind. But as you might have guessed, I’ve added a lot of stuff to the shop. Lots more than I’ve ever had in there before. Here’s some of the new stuff:



Water Drops Pouch



Circus Pouch



Circus Pouch



Pink Party Quilted Card

There’s lots more cards and a few other pouches and pincushions and things, too. I’m hoping there will be more to come later this week as well. Thanks for sticking with me through my bit of self promotion.

I haven’t mentioned my Love Beads quilt for Kim’s Modern Quilt Along in a really long time. I could be something to do with the fact that 1.) It’s barely been worked on in the past several months and 2.) It looks pretty much the same as it did here.

But now that the quilting has been started, the beads are starting to look kind of neat:



Quilted Beads

The light in my house stunk today. It wasn’t much better outside either.



Quilted Beads



Quilted Beads

When I first started quilting this, I felt like it was brilliant–all of the tiny, close together quilting would make it look so unique and contemporary. Now though, I’m thinking about how much it’s sucking to quilt the whole thing. There’s still a lot of beads to be quilted, and even more blank space to be quilted in a yet-to-be-determined pattern. I had no idea how much thread it was going to eat up either! I have a lot of work ahead of me on this.