Ok. I think I can NOW say I am ready for 2016. I am not sure why, but I have been totally overwhelmed by this Cute as Sheep Office Bag. Maybe it’s because I have wanted to quilt and not make a bag. Maybe it’s because I wanted to make a different bag (like the Sew Together Bag by SewDemented). I don’t usually sew with deadlines or stick to a schedule; 2015 was the first year that I attempted it and I still need a lot of work. My hope is that in 2016 I will master the art of planning and laying out a steady workflow to keep my blog fresh and current. My little (hoarding) secret to you is that I buy agendas. Multiple times a year . . . Always in the hope that with this new agenda I will perfect my scheduling habits.
It is true, I didn’t achieve last year’s New Year’s Resolution, to sew through the whole “Bag Making Bible” by Lisa Lam, a book that had been on my shelf for years without making one pattern out of it (and I have many more books like it). Now I have made four of its patterns and with any luck I will finish the rest of the four patterns soon. That brings me to this year’s goal. I would like to complete five of my UFO’s (unfinished projects), use more of the patterns out of the books on my shelves (like a camera bag), sew down my stash to make room for more fabric, take two classes, and improve on free motion quilting.
The following is a recap of 2015
- Three patterns (Vines, Garden Star, The Golden Hen)
- One pattern for the Moda Bake Shop (Car Trash Bag)
- I introduced a line of fabric I designed and printed by spoonflower
- Three mini quilts (Bats, Garden Star, Banner Adventure)
- One paper pieced Mini Quilt (Feather)
- One quilt designed for Halloween
- Four bags designed for Halloween (More than a Bat Tote, Evening Bat Clutch, Cross Body Bag, Halloween Sewing Bag)
- Five quilts that I completed in 2015 (Rag Quilt, Wedding Quilt, Tractor Quilt #2, Take Flight, Moda Love)
- Three bags for The Bag Making Bible (Book Bag, Reversible Bag, Clutch)
- Two downloadable projects (Monogram Gift Tags and Mini Quilt Swap Labels)
- Lots of giveaways
AND, DUN. DUN. DUN.
This is a Cute as Sheep Office Bag. It’s such a cute bag. I love it. Its components are essential for this type of bag. Lam makes things like a zipper pouch, pen holder, pocket, and computer harness simple and easy to make. I think it was the amount of steps that overwhelmed me, but once I picked steps and completed them I started to make headway and then it all came together. I think the bags in the book will be getting larger and more complicated from here on, so please wish me luck because I am going to need it.
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