Saturday, May 4, 2013

Tote for Jodi

Tote for Jodi
10.25" wide x 12" high + handles
[Not happy with the first try, I added some trim.]
Is it possible to blame a new, short short short haircut for a 'bad hair day'? 
I have been working on a 'show quilt' since January.  It took 6 tries to get the central focus the way I wanted it.  After that it just seemed to flow.  However, it did seem to be shrinking.  YEP, it shrunk.  After photographing it this morning, I need to rip out both sides.  UGLY start to a beautiful day. Luckily, I have LOTS of fabric.  LOL.  I was gifted with a large collection of purples, my favorite color, which is the main color in my little quilt.  The problem is that I am getting more behind.  I have been working on 2 quilts.  Looks like I will be lucky to finish one.  I have a nagging feeling that I would be of much more use IF I were making more charity quilts.  Ever feel like that?
Taking a break, I happened across a fabric copy of my neighbor Jodi's daughter's art work.  With Mother's Day already on my mind, I decided to turn it into a little tote.  Jodi does not carry a purse, only a bill fold and her phone.  She likes plain, no frills clothes.  Therefore, using her favorite color, green, I made her a small memory tote for Mother's Day.  I had many mishaps sewing on the 'art work' piece.  Major one was running out of bobbin thread while stitching it on.  I seemed to re-connect rather well.  However, one corner was a big problem.  Trying to fix it made it worse.  Ever have one of those days?
I decided it is done.  I know she will love it because of the connection to her daughter.  It is also good for me to get my mind off my problem quilt for a bit.  Perhaps I will start ripping out tonight?  OR, maybe just relax and catch up on some reading?
This will be the first Mother's Day since I lost my Mom.  As those of you in the same boat know, all of these 'firsts' can be a challenge.  I got through her birthday on April 16 OK.  As we all know, our  Mom's are precious.  The loss is GREAT. 
This is seventy, number 22.
For more information on "seventy", please see the post below.