Sunday, May 13, 2012
the secret of the very old ufo
I fell in love with the fabric first. It's got such a great, Mystery of the Moss-Covered Mansion feeling to it. I loved it, but I couldn't justify buying it. Not until I went to the monthly Quilter's Party at Craft Warehouse and fell in love with the Newport Tote pattern. I bought the pattern and headed straight back to Joann's for just enough fabric to make the tote.
And I did start the project almost immediately. I figured out how to free motion quilt on my machine, I remembered lessons from high school home ec about how to work with directional prints, I was doing great.
And then, with only the handle left to finish, my sewing machine broke. I got the machine fixed, but never finished the tote bag. In the seven years since, I've misplaced the bag itself, misplaced the pattern, found the pattern but not the bag, found the bag but not the pattern...
Both the pattern and the bag surfaced during my sewing room clean up, so I decided to finish the bag before I could lose anything else.
If I was starting over today, I'd figure out how to add a zipper. (Not that I'd have even bought a pattern for a bag with a zipper back then.) I'd have chosen a different house for the pocket, because I've changed my mind about which one I like best. And I think the quilting would probably be a bit smoother.
Weekly Stash Report
No fabric used this week, since I'm not counting the fabric from projects that were already mostly finished. I got some scraps from a nice lady on Freecycle and flung another 36 yards. It's the middle of May and more fabric has left the house than has come into it -- can you believe that?
Fabric Used this Week: 0 yards
Fabric Used year to Date: 27.75 yards
Added this Week: 4 yards
Added Year to Date: 97.25 yards
Flung --36 yards (96 yards total ytd)
Net Added for 2012: 65.5 yards
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