It’s been non-stop sewing around here…and there is still so much to do! I have at least come to accept the fact that at some point tonight I’m just going to have to put all of the sewing away. First, though, I need to get my Vintage Modern “Sugar Dish” quilt bound since it’s a Christmas gift.
I’ve seen a lot of really great double zipper bags on-line lately and have been wanting to try one. On Friday I tested out two patterns. The first pattern was a complete disappointment…I really didn’t think the pattern was very well-written; it had few diagrams and didn’t at all address ways to sew a bag with professional results. I was determined to get this right, so I tried another design and downloaded this amazing pattern, The Essential Wristlet, by Erin Erickson.
I can’t say enough good things about this pattern. The pattern offers two different sizes and also offers the additional zip pocket as an option. There are clear photographs for each step, and if you follow along you’ll be able to sew a bag with professional results. I love that my phone fits in either the outer zip pocket or the inner pocket. I think this will be a great little bag to take along when I don’t want to take my whole purse–and yet it’s roomy enough to take all the other essentials: keys, chap stick, money, etc. I will be adding a wrist strap to this bag after Christmas as well.
I also just had to sew these tumbler blocks together made with Tasha’s amazing collection The Simple Life. I’ll get back to this project after the holidays.
Finally, I’ve been spending quite a bit of time on these little house ornaments by Retro Mama. The other night I decided I wanted to give each of my children and a few friends a homemade ornament this year. So Saturday afternoon I began assembling these little homes!
All I have left is to stitch close the openings I used for stuffing. They have been a lot of fun and each have their own little personality. I’m only keeping one for me…it will be hard to decide which one I want!
Thanks so much for stopping by…I hope you are enjoying your weekend and hope you have the merriest of holidays!
I’ll be taking a break for a couple of days to enjoy Christmas with my family but will be back in a few days!
Merry Christmas Sherri! Love your tumblers…they're at the top of my list for 2013…love your zipper bag…oh if only I could get past being petrified of zippers. Your house ornaments are as cute as they can be! You've been a very busy girl!
You've been a busy little elf! Merry, merry Christmas!
Love your houses!! I made 5 of them this month… 4 for presents, 1 for myself & had a hard time picking which one to keep!
Bari Jo says
Thank you for the pattern recommendation and I can't wait to get Miss Rosie's ruler! Your projects all look wonderful! MERRY CHRISTMAS! :O)
Dana Lynne says
oh that top quilt is just yummy!
I love the pouch with the zippers! As those are on my 'to make' list for 2013, I'll give that pattern a go! Thank you!
Merry Christmas to you and yours!
Sure looks like a lot of adorable projects! Have a very Merry Christmas!
The little house ornaments are darling! How fun!
The little house ornaments are darling! How fun!
Everything looks great! I love those sweet little houses. They will be cherished for sure; homemade gifts are the most wonderful!
Melissa Corry says
The little house ornaments are so adorable!! Have a very Merry Christmas!!
Christine M says
Merry Christmas Sherri. I love all your little houses!
Merry Christmas Sherri.
Love the little houses.
I have been making another one of Erin Ericson's zip pouches and I have found her instrutions to be great too.
Jenny Hilton says
Simply it's looking so nice.
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Love your work as always. Merry Christmas to you and your family.
leesa jhon says
These are looking mind blowing thanks for all the effort which you did for us.
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Wishing you a very Merry Christmas.
Your little ornaments are cute.
What a sweet idea! Your quilt is beautiful.
Such a cute tumbler topper too.
Ps. Cute cute cute bag!
Melia Mae Quilting says
I love your house ornaments. Those turned out adorable!
Merry Christmas Sherri. Your house ornaments are so cute. I'm going to check out the little zipper bag pattern looks like a good one. Enjoy your Christmas celebration.
Laura G says
Merry Christmas Sherri. Thank you for your Christmas gifts of sharing your quilting creativity and inspiration.
Merry xmas to you and your family, Sherri. Wish you wonderful days. Hildy
Run Quilt Knit Write says
Happy Christmas Sherri and thank you for another enjoyable year of reading your inspirational blog posts!
Carrie P. says
Merry Christmas, Sherri!
Glenna @ Hollyhock Quilts says
Merry Christmas, Sherri! Enjoy your family.
Great ornaments! I love making, keeping and giving away homemade ornies every year. The recipients will adore these little houses.
And the second little bag you have shown looks to be just about the right size for a quickie hop in the car trip to the market. I truly like it.
Enjoy your stitching. But remember Santa is coming so be sure to be done before too late.
Delcia R. says
Your sewing talent and creativity are a source of sewing joy for me. I always enjoy your blog.
My Vintage Modern still sits untouched; it will for a while–too many projects yet unfinished.
Today and of late it's been organizing mode in my sewing/crafty room with the talents of our daughter unburdening my little brain with a place for everything. Very freeing!
But my real point is that no matter what we enjoy doing, it is the birth of our Savior from sin, death and the devil and the perfection that He has given us that we celebrate. The "peace on earth" that He gave is His very own Son that came to reconcile us to God–peace between God and man. The world talks of no more war, strife, etc., etc., "but in this world of sin, where meek souls will receive Him still, the dear Christ enters in."
Despite what we don't finish, stress about, and can just plain wallow in, God was reconciling the world to Himself through His holy Son. As Linus said, "That's what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown."
Enjoy your family and friends (and I'll look forward to your creative wonders when you're back blogging) and have a most blessed Christmas!
Sinta Renee says
Holiday fun! It looks like you are already having yourself a merry little Christmas! Now all you need it is the food and family! Merry Christmas Sherri. xxoo
Merry Christmas!!!! What a wonderful blog post…tons of inspiration.
Blessings on your Christmas ; )
Ineke van den Akker says
Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!
with love from Holland,
Mama Pea says
I left a comment on this earlier, but I don't see it. Wonder what happened. I love the ornaments, and I love the wristlet. I love Erin's patterns. She's just great! Hope you had a really happy Christmas and that your new year is going great!