This week was slow, but I knew that it would be…just like next week will be. 

This move preparation is killing me. It’s amazing how much stuff you have to get accomplished even when you have someone else coming to pack up your house for you. My time for sewing is extremely limited and will continue to be until we are all set in our new house.

So, what little thing did I accomplish this week? 

The laptop bag for my mom’s Christmas gift is finally complete! I had finished the bag part weeks ago but the strap proved to be extremely time consuming. It was turning it inside out after sewing it that took so long. With the fusible lining and the short width it was difficult to flip it through the entire thirty-six inch length. I managed to get it done though, with the help of my husband.

Hemming the ends and then attaching the clasps were equally frustrating and difficult. The lining made the strap thick so it wouldn’t fit through my sewing machine. I ended up having to cut out about an inch of the lining on the ends so that it wasn’t as thick when I folded it over. It wasn’t ideal, but it worked. The clasps don’t look as pretty as I had hoped they would, but I’m happy with them as a first try. I learned a lot from this experience and how I want to do things differently next time. And there will definitely be a next time. 

I’m so excited to give this bag to my mom. I know she’s going to love it. 

One of the many things I’ve learned this past year, and probably the most important, is that it’s more satisfying to work on a project when it’s for some one specific. 

I’ve enjoyed making everything that I have made since last September, but my two favorite projects have been the quilt for my mother-in-law and the bag for my mom. I completely understand why quilters make so many quilts. Does everyone feel this way or is it just me?