I’ve been participating in A Lovely Year of Finishes since January. To date I have declared and finished the following projects:
Ever since completing my Miranda Day Bag I’ve been pondering what to choose for my June challenge. My To Do List is filled with suitable options as is my stash of projects to quilt. With so many choices it’s been extremely difficult to decide. I find myself flip-flopping from one item to another. Just when I think I have made up my mind I come across another idea and that sends me into a tailspin. The problem is I want to finish everything on my list but that’s just not humanly possible. Obviously I will have to narrow down my options.
Here are a few of the projects I have pondered:
Acorn Quilts First Year Quilt
A Child’s Quilt
My Daughter’s Picnic Quilt
If you scroll over each of the photos you can see what their names are. Aside from those projects one of the other candidates is the June Block Lotto over at the Madison Modern Quilt Guild.
After weighing my options the one that jumps out at me the most is my daughter’sPicnic Blanket.
She designed and assembled it herself. I believe it may have been way back in April that she delivered it to my home for quilting. Since the picnic season is upon us I believe her Picnic Blanket is screaming the loudest. To satisfy that small voice telling me to “get it done” I am electing the Picnic Blanket as my June project.
Just like any other month the pages of May have disappeared as quickly as they arrived. If it were not for this blog I would have very little recollection of what has transpired. At the onset of May I registered with A Lovely Year of Finishes to complete a project I had on my to do list. Selected for the challenge was the Miranda Day Bag from Lazy Girl Designs. The pattern was purchased quite some time ago. It wasn’t until recently that I had decided on and acquired the fabrics and remaining supplies.
The Timing Was Right
As most women would attest, the desire to change purses can happen as often as the seasons. I’m not one to carry a tiny handbag. Mine is almost always referred to as a “suitcase,” (i.e., rather large). The itch to switch out my current purse had been bothering me persistently. As May rolled around a small voice echoed in my brain telling me to, “do it now.” What better time to satisfy the itch than the A Lovely Year of Finisheschallenge. So at the beginning of May I declared my intentions to make a Miranda Day Bag.
Get It Done
Compared to my previous A Lovely Year of Finishes accomplishments this one was a breeze. In a relatively short amount of time I was able to cut out, quilt, stitch and assemble, what I consider to be, a magnificent creation. I am absolutely pleased with my finished Miranda Day Bag. The bag is loaded with pockets, sturdy, and downright beautiful. Take a look for yourself.
Miranda Day Bag
So what did you think? I’m absolutely certain, given the opportunity and/or desire, you too would love owning a Miranda Day Bag.
Before Signing Off
I’m sure you won’t be surprised if I mention that I made a few changes to my bag. The first was to utilize a magnetic fastener rather than Velcro for my tab closure. I also embellished my tab by stitching a color-coordinated button to the outside surface. Oh, and one more thing . . . the pattern suggests purchasing and adding a Bag-E-Bottom. While some might think this accessory is a bit pricey I believe they are a necessity. They provide a flat sturdy bottom for your bag.
That’s A Wrap
This brings to a close another successful chapter in my A Lovely Year of Finishesparticipation. I hope you have enjoyed following along with my project. Who knows what’s next on my agenda?
Chosen for my May A Lovely Year of Finishes project was the Miranda Day Bag. Since announcing that I would finish the tote, by the end of this month, I have made wonderful progress. Here are a few photos.
Quilting the Fabric
Back Side of Panels After Quilting
Outside of Tote Front After Quilting
Getting Ready to Sew Bottom of Tote and Front Together
Front Side of Both After Sewing Together
The tote is coming together rather quickly. I’m so pleased with the outcome and can’t wait to get it finished.
Although my calendar still says April (I’m not very good about tearing off the pages), it’s time to declare my project for the MayA Lovely Year of Finishes Goal Setting Party. So far this year these are the projects that have been entered, and if I might proudly add, were finished
Sandy Quilt # 3
Sandy Quilt # 4
Pineapple Quilt Stitched and Quilted by Cindy Anderson of In A Stitch Quilting
Up To Bat
My goal for the month of May is to construct a Miranda Day Bag from Lazy Girl Designs. I purchased this pattern years ago after stumbling across their website while on a mission to find patterns for purses. Instantly I fell in love with the design and just had to add it to my collection. As with many other patterns I have purchased, the Miranda Day Bag has been patiently waiting in my list of things to do, but not any more.
Time to Get Started
The fabric for my Miranda Day Bag was purchased back in March from here. This is a photo of the fabric.
I’m really looking forward to tackling this project. Stay tuned for updates on my progress. If you are interested in seeing the projects the other participants have registered just click on Sew BitterSweet’s button above. I’m sure they would love to have you visit.
I poured my heart and soul into the construction of my Tag-Along tote for a recent competition. Much to my disappointment my tote did not make it past the initial elimination phase. With so much energy dedicated to that project not much time was left for anything else. I did however manage to start a quilt.
I’m using a charm pack called Simply Color. My dream is to finish and enter the quilt into an upcoming show in Madison. Whether or not I can direct enough focus towards its quick completion is the question. It needs to be assembled, quilted,and bound in order to be ready. Cross your fingers!
For those that are regular followers of my blog you know that I spent most of the past four months concentrating on the Hurricane Sandy Quilt project. Last week I excitedly announced the completion of the fourth and final quilt on my roster. According to tracking records quilt’s # 4 and # 3 arrived at their New Jersey destination last Thursday.
Time to Shift Focus
My main focus for four months has been those four quilts. Very little else was thought of, scheduled or even entertained until that major hurdle had been overcome. As soon as I walked out of our local UPS store I instantly, and I mean instantly set my mind in motion. So many of the projects on my To Do List were screaming for my attention. The hard part would be deciding which ones would take priority.
Tote Bags Galore
Now being an overly organized nut, one would think I have my To Do List all prioritized. I suppose in a way I might. On the other hand I must have some spontaneity. As much as I love using my long arm quilter my imagination was drawn in the direction of the many tote bags patiently awaiting their turn. Some of the patterns I have had for several years. One of them I helped my middle daughter make when she was here a year ago. I jealously watched as her bag grew closer and closer to completion. Oh how I wanted to make one for myself.
The Lucky Ones Chosen Are
The more I thought about my endless possibilities the more I just knew it was time to make something fun. On my present To Do List is the Miranda Day Bag by Lazy Girl Designs, The Encore Purse Insert by Studio Kat Designs and the Messenger Bag presented by From the Blue Chair. Pictured below are the fabric selections I have chosen for my activities:
Miranda Day Bag
The Encore Purse Insert
The Messenger Bag
Also making the top ten charts is my super secret project for the Stitched In Color challenge. I gave you a sneak peek of that last week.
Shelburne Falls Contest
I almost have that tote completed.
Letting Off Steam
Well I think that’s enough excitement for one day. I believe I let out just enough steam to keep myself from exploding. I have to hurry up and get this post published so that I can get my eyes back on my newly selected projects.
I’m Linking Up
I’m linking up with Freshly Pieced. Make sure you join the excitement brewing over there. Thanks so much for spending time with me. You are what makes this all worth while. Have a wonderful day!