Busy, busy, busy around here. We moved up to the cottage for the summer, planted the deck garden and also a couple of little plots at the community garden. Krystal and her husband were able to get up for a visit before the expected arrival, in late August, of their first child. Daughter Amanda overlapped her visit so she could hang out with her sister, too.
Just cleaning up and opening up the cottage has been a real chore. Deck washing, flower planting, dusting, vacuuming… For only 100 days of summer, the clean up feels never ending. I was so thankful my sister came and surprised us for the baby shower and then stayed and joined us in getting the cottage opened Up North. She is a master at weed pulling and window washing! She even completely cleaned out the pond something we don’t do but every few years and apparently she thought this was the year!
This is the same sister who gifted me with the huge bag of zippers. So as soon as she left I threw together a couple of pouches for her out of the very small variety of fabrics I brought with me to the cottage. The first fabrics she specifically chose so we brought them north. Not surprisingly, we didn’t seem to find the time to sew while she was here! This one is a combined variation of the Triple Zip and Open Wide bags.
I did bring my Liberty of London collection, for a totally different project, and I had the Kona solids left from the Kanga Roos quilt and that is all I have to work with. I was somehow able to mix and match and squeak out enough to make a second bag. And though the bags don’t match, or even coordinate, I don’t think it matters because bags are used for such different things. This one could be one of my favorites ever. Some how using what you have and challenging yourself seems to make for the best projects. Love that Liberty of London print. Quilting the Kona Ash with a layer of Quilters Dream batting, for the bottom half, helped to give the bag more body. Now to just get to the post office!
Apparently I have been on a bag run. I love how quickly they go together when all your other projects are long term. I have made several other little bags as recovery gifts lately.
This one was made with primarily low volume 2 1/2″ candy charms that I received in a swap. I had such a large variety that I was able to choose ones that I felt reflected the personality of the recipient, my friend M, living half the country away, and undergoing a tough surgery and recovery. I chocked it full of little things that I thought might make a lengthy hospital stay just a little more comfortable. Mostly I filled it with healing vibes. I think it worked.
The next one I made for my niece K who also under went a tough surgery. While I also used 2 1/2″ swap blocks on this one, I switched it up and used Noodlehead’s Open Wide zipper installation method. I chocked it full of things to paw through as she lay around recovering from an intense surgery. Chap sticks, lotions, nail polish along with remover pads, footies, mints and candies, things she may have never tried and old-time favorites, too. This high school senior had two rods inserted in her back to correct scoliosis. She is in for a long slow recovery and just wanted her to know we are thinking of her from far, far away! I hope she liked it!
So that’s what I’ve been up to. How about you?