Sunday, July 27, 2008

Retail Therapy

This last week was going along as usual but about mid week, out of nowhere I was knocked out by a blow from a "friend". Friday was my day off and I moped around all day, trying to regroup, trying to understand and get used to the facts. I gathered all of my bag patterns, thinking about what bag to make for my swap partner. Suddenly I was making a bag using PamKittyMorning's pattern for her Market Bag. Suprisingly, it went together very easily, I've never really attempted to make a bag. Cool! The outside shell was done by Friday evening, but didn't have a lining, so I did a little stitchery to get through the evening.
Saturday I thought that maybe a little retail therapy would help me out, after all I needed to get the lining, some fuseable and a few other things were on my list. I took a trip downtown to Main Street Quilts. This place makes me smile.
I thought that Susie might still have some of the Moda Fruit Cocktail line that I was using for my bag. I originally bought the line to make mother/daughter aprons for Christmas gifts a few years back and had some left over. I love this line, it's an old one, but it's adorable. BINGO, she had a few choices. I went ahead and bought a couple of yards of each. Don't ask what I'm going to do with it. Who knows, I didn't know I was going to make the bag with it either. Sometimes you just can't plan these things and it's good to have "adorable" on hand.
Look at that red/black fabric for an apron, soo cute, huh? can't wait to make one up! Hmm what else is in that bag? I plan on making a quilt that calls for a ruler (Omnigrid 98L, which I think is basically the same as the one that Okperi bought) to make the tubular hsts. That will also be a new experience for me. Also another package of those Easy Threading needles. Easy Threading needles come in handy! They are the ones that I thought were for old ladies that couldn't see to thread a needle, LOL. You know the ones that you can just pop the thread in the top. Well, when I took a machine applique class I was shown that they are a very good tool to use to bring your threads to the back to tie off. Since then I've found a lot of uses for them and there is always a package near!
Last nite I managed to get the lining made and finished the bag up this morning. TADA!!! It looks so.... well so.... PamKittyMorning! LOL So anyway I love how the bag turned out. For the swap bag I have a few changes planned, but now that I've made it, that will be simple. I hope you like this bag, it will be showing up next month for a little celebration.
Today I'm doing the necessary get ready for the next work week kind of stuff. This evening I'm going to find my way to San Jose to have dinner with my son and his stepdaughter. Thats enough to cheer a mom up! Hope you have a wonderful week xoxomar

29 comments:

Ruthie said...

Sorry about the "friend" issue, but glad you got to do some shopping and just look at that bag. I love it.

Doodlebug Gail said...

Oh Mar - (((HUGS))), sorry about your "friend" issue, they're really hard to deal with at first aren't they?

Love that bag - very very very cute! And of course I had to have a good look around Late Bloomer Quilts - thanks for putting the link in, it's been a long time since I was there.

Enjoy your evening out.

Linda said...

Well bummer about your bad day, do hope today is better. Just adore those aprons, too cute, and that bag, what a sweetie..

Carol said...

Oh Mar what a wonderful bag! I love it!

Sweet P said...

Oooooo . . . that bag is adorable! Your retail therapy trip was very successful. Enjoy the fabrics.

Deb S said...

Hi Mar. I see we are both having to regroup from the same blow. It appears that your retail therapy has been successful. I did mine at the Long Beach Int'l Quilt Fest on Friday and Saturday. I just got home a little while ago and let's just say that I had a lot of therapy. LOL

And that bag is just too darned PamKittyMorning cute! Can't wait to see your pics of the swap bag and how you changed it up.

I would love to see how that new Omnigrid works too. Maybe you could give me a demo since we will be getting together in just a couple of weeks.

Have a wonderful dinner with your son and his stepdaughter.

PamKittyMorning said...

So sorry about your friend situation. Those kinds opf things are sad.

LOVE How the bag turned out.. You're right, its ver pkm looking! I love that line of fabric.

Happy trip to San jose.xo

Elizabeth said...

Well, shoot. I was hoping I'd be able to see the bag BEFORE Pam did, but that never happens! So stinkin' cute!
I always loved that line of fabric, too.

Holly said...

Cute bag! Can't wait to see you in a few weeks.

ILY,
Holly

The Quilt Buddy said...

Hope that your friend issue gets resolved! Sorry!.........but I think that your retail therapy did help a little! I love the fabrics, especially that red/black one.

Your market bag is too cute! Who wouldn't love to have that one?

Hope you have a good week at work!

Darlene said...

Dang it - I hate 'friend blows' so I'm sorry you've had one. ((HUG))

The bag is adorable and the retail therapy is great.

Big Hugs, my dear friend.

Connie W said...

Terrific bag. Sometimes people aren't nice and that's unfortunate. Take care :)

Peddlecar Quilts said...

Whoa, I love those fabrics and what a cute bag! It is adorable! I just love shopping for fabric!
Diane

Libby said...

Glad you found solace in the retail therapy . . . every girl NEEDS to keep 'adorable' on hand - you just never know *s*

Thimbleanna said...

Sorry about the friend -- hope it gets worked out! Love that bag -- great fabric choices -- sooooo cute!!!

Colleen formerly of South Africa said...

Sorry about your friend...but the bag is wonderful.Thanks for sharing.

Colleen formerly of South Africa said...

Sorry about your friend...but the bag is wonderful.Thanks for sharing.

Yvonne said...

Sorry to hear about friend issue :(

Your bag is sweet and your therapy goodies are very nice. Hope you got lots of cheering up from your son. :)

Boopie said...

hey Marly ! what an adorable bag!!!

I think a fabric fix is the best thing to mend the heart . Keep at it till your all better ! sorry about your troubles !!

Mary Lou Weidman said...

I LOVE anything from Pam Kitty and so enjoyed your happy blog today. Lots of fun things to make one smile....I'll be back!
Mary Lou Weidman
would love to swap links

Red Geranium Cottage said...

I love your bag Mar. You did an awesome job. I've got that pattern and need to give it a try. Love your fabric choice.

Cheryl said...

Sorry about the friend stuff...why does it have to happen? Hate it!
Your bag is so cute and love the fabrics!

Andrea said...

That bag is gorgeous. As a very happy previous swapper of yours I think she will love this. Who wouldn't ?

neen said...

Considering how un-fun being blind-sided is, I hope things work out for you, on the "friends?" issue, Marlene.

Your bag is about the cutest one I've seen. Good work! (As usual!!)

neen

Rose said...

That bag is gorgeous!!!
Hugs xxx

Marcie said...

I need to ck out those Easy Thread Needles. I swear my eyes are older than the rest of me. Your bag is sooo cute! What fun! Cute fabric saves the day!

Mary said...

Cute bag! Retail Therapy is most fun with fabric....clothing?...not so much!

Bon said...

I'd say the Retail Therapy was a good thing to do. And the bag is so cute. "Friend" issues are really tough.

hugs

Solstitches said...

The bag is gorgeous. Love the fabrics you chose.

Margaret