A New Project!

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One of my new commitments to myself is to engage in more creative endeavors on a regular basis and to not work quite so much.  Smarter, not harder.  I need more down time and I need time away from my computer.  I’m “hooked up” way too much.  Some of you may know that I spent four days off my computer when I moved and it was wonderful.

Don’t get me wrong, I love what I do and so it often doesn’t even feel like work.  That’s what makes it so easy to just go and go and go.  I love it when someone needs help with something and I can find an answer so it just eats at me until I can get an opportunity to see what I can come up with.  AND I really need more balance in my life.

I also feel like, as I move through all these changes in my life, some good old-fashioned fun is in order.  I have lots of emotions going through me, some I didn’t really expect.  I don’t want to bury those feelings.  I just want to move through them gracefully by acknowledging they are there and find creative outlets to support the process.

fabric and patternSo, this past weekend, my daughter and I went to JoAnn Fabrics and we each picked out a project.  Hers was a headband she wanted to make and I really wanted to make a quilt but was a little overwhelmed by all of that even though I’ve done a little quilting years ago.

I think I just wanted something I felt like I could finish faster and wasn’t going to cost me an arm and a leg for my first project.  Plus I couldn’t decide on colors or anything so I felt like I really wasn’t ready.

I settled on a simple tote bag I could make.  By settled, I don’t mean in a bad way.  A tote was definitely on my list.  I mean, who doesn’t love a cute bag, right??!!  I found a pattern that looked doable and pretty quickly found some to-die-for fabric, at least in my eyes.  I also found this awesome thread that has kind of gradient to it that ties together several of the colors in the fabrics.

You can see from the pattern, they have a bit of a crazier idea that me…I’m just a simpler kind a gal.  The top floral pattern on the tote is the all-over body of the bag.  The colors along the bottom part are pocket(s) – I’m not sure if they are 3 separate pockets or just one but it didn’t matter to me.

Because I’m a simpler kind a gal, I chose just two fabrics.  The top fabric in the center of the image above is the entire outside of the tote, including pockets and handles.  The fabric on the left with the batik look is the interior lining of the tote.    The fabric for the outside has this beautiful embroidery running through it (see picture below).

fabric texture

My first step is to get it all pinned to the pattern and ready to cut out.  Luckily, I have found pins and scissors for the occasion during the unpacking process.  I still need to find the foot pedal for the sewing machine along with the bobbins and other goods before I can sew it but I have a general idea of where I might find them.  Wish me luck and watch for my next update!

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