Thursday, March 8, 2012

Thursday Think Tank

I'm going on a four-day quilting retreat!  Whoo Hoo!  Ok, it isn't for a couple months, but I so rarely get away, this is a huge deal & I'm soooooo ready to go right now!  :)

Except I have nothing to pack.  Last year, after I packed the kiddos to stay with relatives, there were no bags left for me.  (obviously, big family trips don't happen much over here.  I wasn't aware of the shortage until the day before leaving)

This year, I've vowed to be traveling in handmade-style :)

The book is Easy to Make Totes with Zippers by Cindy Taylor Oates.  The fabric is DS picnic & fairgrounds.  I know I have more of it around here somewhere...

My plan  is to make the large duffle (shown in yellow floral), the small red duffle next to it, and the red floral hand bag, in the DS fabrics.

I'd also like to make a pillowcase laundry bag & one of these drawstring bags.

I may add some other stuff to the list.  Then again, maybe I'll get caught up in some other sewing projects, scrap the list, and buy some bags.  I'm a bit non-commital lately, sewing whatever I feel like at the moment.  I'm not interested in trying to hold myself to any big goals.  This spring is already shaping up to be stressful and busy, and my sewing is supposed to be my escape, not more stress.  Sometimes, I end up giving myself more stress by having too many expectations of  myself to produce more stuff faster.  So the only commitment I'm making is a commitment not to commit.

Now that I've got that off my chest, I'm going to go cut up some of my Meadowsweet now.  :)

Thursday Think Tank


Amy said...

I do that to myself sometimes too - stress out about things that should be fun.
Have fun with Meadowsweet.

Ellen said...

I love that you're consciously choosing to not add stress! I feel like I'm always either agreeing to do too much for others or setting ridiculously unreachable goals on my own and then I'm all tense and cranky. That's just no good for anybody. I just may follow your example! That looks like a great set of patterns, whether you make them now or some other time!

Cherie said...

I like to make a list of the things I want to make then going through it in no particular order. Depends on how I feel at the time and whether I'm leaning towards machine or hand sewing.
Those bags look great I love the little handbag to the left =D

Paige said...

Good for you! I have some trouble with zippers but I have a goal to work that out soon so maybe some cute bags will be in my future too!