I love the hustle, the bustle, the cooking, the decorating, the presents and the reason for the season! I love that all the preparation is to celebrate something so wonderful. I don't go around and declare my faith to everyone, I've always been pretty private about it. I do love what Christmas is all about and why we have that holiday. To me it is the most special holiday because it represents so much - salvation, love, and sacrifice, and pure joy.
So I get a lot of flack for doing my countdown to Christmas posts on Facebook, but I really am excited for it get here every year.
With the Friday Night Sew In, I started on some more Christmas gifts. My friend Karen had showed me a pattern for a wine tote on ebay a while back (secretly, I think she wanted it and I snagged it out from under her - I'm a bad friend) that I ended up purchasing.
So I dug through my stash to find some Christmas fabrics, to see how I could make these cute totes up. In the essence of time, I decided against doing the patwork and the stitching. I'm sure Karen is slapping her forehead. I also had to consult my friend Regena about the size of the quilted body, so I could bypass the piecing - I'm still learning!
But one day I'll make the full blown tote - but I may want to keep that one for myself. Then I found that last year, I had ordered some extra Sweetwater labels that would go great for where the stitching is on the flap.
I plan to do some embellishing to the flaps too to juice up the labels some.
Last night, I did all the cutting out and applied the labels and quilted the bodies of 3 totes for the Friday Night Sew In.
I got through 2 of the tote body quilting steps and 8/9ths of the 3rd before the dreaded bobbin emptied on me.
Last year I did a post about "Listen to the Bobbin". Where I outlined how it never fails, you're up late sewing, you're tired, but you don't want to stop so you re-load the bobbin and next thing you know you have the seam ripper in your hand because you've screwed something up because you're too tired to still be up sewing at 2 am. When the bobbin emptied on me last night, I closed up shop and crawled my tired butt into bed.
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