Since my sewing corner has to be packed away soon, 'til after Christmas, I have been trying to finish up a few things. I decided after last year that I would not be sewing Christmas presents this year. Turns out that we are hosting the DH's family this year a few days before Christmas, dog sitting, and then will be hosting the big day meal with both sets of parents.
Sewing deadlines are not looming, however, I have to get the house in order, etc. All that stuff stresses me out. Well, this afternoon DS gets his birthday pictures taken and we usually do a couple family shots, too. After running around yesterday getting everything in order and hemming DS's black pants, he and I are taking it easy. DS is watching Curious George on Netflix and I cut out some stuff for one last sewing stint this Sunday.
The secret to getting started on FMQ project seems to be if I tell myself, "it's OK, it doesn't have to be perfect, just get going, it will look fine."
This one was lots of fun to quilt trying to make things stand out a little bit more. My stitches aren't noticeable since the print is the focus and it isn't a quilt so it won't fall apart. I'll put up a better picture when it's done. Why didn't I do this earlier?!
Also on the table are the pieces for 4 Green Bag Lady shopping bags that I cut from some of that fabric I brought home from my mom.
On the right are strips cut from 5 FQs for the Clover & Violet Tote. I am so behind! I decided that rather than cutting 4" squares from the strips, I will leave mine as strips. Fewer pieces, fewer seams, faster project!
For the body of the bag I need a 20x44 pieced top. Yes, I am going to use pre-made binding for the ties and the binding. It matches. And, it is a market tote bag, about the size of a Trader Joe's or Whole Foods paper shopping bag.
It's like I read on another blog a few weeks ago, "who told us we have to make our binding?" My grandma didn't make binding, she usually folded her backing over. Or, she used this premade stuff. Now, don't get me wrong, I usually do make my binding, like for the door hanging, but I could just as easily have purchased some premade in red. It's just the point, we don't have to make it for every project. The quilt police will not come knocking.
Well, I'm off to cut those hanging strips! Check out some more great Whoop Whoop! projects at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.