Sunday, April 15, 2007

Coming Up For Air and Thinking Blogger Award

I had one long, mentally exhausting week this past week. 60 hours in 6 days! When I came home from work yesterday I nearly passed out on the couch waiting for DH to get home. I could hardly stay awake until 9 PM! That was tough because DH left this morning at 4 AM to fly to Shanghai. His first flight was from Boston to Chicago, then Chicago to Shanghai. The second flight is 15 hours! As I write this he is still in the air and has nearly 8 hours of flight time left!

So this morning I spent 4 hours working in my studio! I made myself this tote bag for carrying my redwork. The coffee cup was my first redwork piece. The coffee themed fabric has been hanging out in my stash waiting for the right project to come along and this is the perfect use for it.





I also made 6 coasters and cut some strips for a strip swap I'm in. After lunch and a nap I tried sewing the binding on some small gifts I'm making. After messing up two bindings I said enough was enough and stopped sewing for the day. The last couple hours I've been babysitting my 3 year old nephew and 8 month old niece. I offered to watch them so my BIL and SIL could have an "adult dinner". We've spent the time watching a Nickelodean cartoon DVD and Cars.

Darlene at Quilted Daze tagged a few days ago for a Thinking Blogger Award. I've been "thinking" about who I would like to tag and I have my list nearly complete. By tonight I am too tired to finish the list so I will tag some bloggers tomorrow. Thanks Darlene for mentioning me.

One last comment for tonight - have you heard about Leanne Beasley's 365 Challenge Quilt? This is a new project she showed on her blog and it's taken off with many bloggers. Be sure to check out the 365 Challenge tutorial on her blog. I think I'm going to take on the Challenge. Looks like a fun and unique way to record a year in my life.

The children have now left and it's getting late. We're in the middle of a Nor'easter. The rain and snow have been falling all day and the wind should starting kicking up shortly. It's going to be a long night and long day tomorrow since the storm will not end until late tomorrow. TTYL.

20 comments:

Patti said...

The bag is perfect! You will just love using it.

Carole said...

You bag looks lovely! What a great idea for your first redwork piece. take care!

deputyswife said...

That bag is wonderful! I love it!

Sounds like you need some much needed rest. Take care!!!

Kathy Wagner said...

I had neices and a nephew here this weekend too and I'm in need of a break!
Thanks for letting us know about Leanne's great idea. I hope to be able to join in too!

May Britt said...

The bag is so cute. I often use stitchery this way. I have seen Leannes challenge and are thinking about it. But one each day...OMG..do I have time for that.

Linda said...

Love your tote bag, and the fabric you chose for it is just perfect. A tech question, how did you get the photo on the top of your blog? It looks lovely.

Libby said...

You are going to enjoy your new bag - don't you love when you find the perfect piece of fabric right in your stash?

Nancy said...

Love the bag! And a perfect picture for your blog. :-)

I briefly considered the journal quilt thing then I came to my senses. It's a wonderful idea and I'd love to participate but I know myself well enough to know I wouldn't do it consistently so I'll just continue to let my blog be my journal.

swooze said...

Nice tote! I have been in a couple tote swaps and have gotten some great pieces! I made myself one but a pen leaked into it and I couldn't get it out! Dang! I have a new project in mind now!

Beth said...

I love the bag! I'm cutting one out with TONS of pocket in a pull out organizer....Wonder how long it will take for me to finish it?!? LOLOL

Mary said...

The bag is cute - I have some coffee fabrics that I haven't decided how to use - they'll end up as a lap quilt most likely.

Quilting Kim said...

I love your tote bag and the coffee-themed fabric is just perfect to frame your redwork piece. Great job - you have been one busy girl.

Cynthia said...

Your tote bag looks great with your Redwork block added to it. Love the fabrics.

Yes, i've read about the 365 Challenge and will be joining in. I can't wait to start.

Judy said...

Great tote bag! No 365 project here even tho it sounds like a fun one - I just updated my UFO list. Oh my.........

gwen said...

You made a very nice bag there and I love bags a lot. I have just bought some of the coffee fabrics as well for our local group challenge so I won´t join the 365 one. I got the siggi blocks from Cynthia today. Beautiful. Take care.

Nadine said...

Oh, what a cute "coffee" bag ! I just love it !

And..... yes, I confess I "fell" into the 365 days journal quilt project, as well. (couldn't resist)... So, we're going to sail on the same boat for a while ! What a nice new adventure !

Hugs & smiles,
NADINE

Nicole and Phil said...

this is a great bag, it turned out really well!

Pilar said...

If, I also have some loose blocks waiting for a project. It is a satisfaction when to the aim you obtain it. A greeting. Pilar from Spain

Clare said...

I loved that coffee material when I first saw it on Simonetta's blog. The bag is gorgeous. Will take a look at Leanne's blog, but don't think I've got the time to join in. Hope you are feeling more rested now.

Jeanne said...

I love your tote bag. The fabric and redwork look so nice together.