Move Aside Testosterone

 

SEW(something I don’t normally do) + Testosterone (my three boys, my husband AND even my dog) = Me sewing a bag.  Yes, you heard correctly, this “quilter” (non sewer) decided on a whim to try her hand at sewing a bag.  And here’s why: I discovered this wonderful pattern for the Sew Together Bag at Pennington Quiltworks.  If you haven’t stepped inside “Pennington Quiltworks” do yourself a favor and pay a visit to this store. In addition to coming across this darling pattern, I also felt the need to embrace the estrogen part of my world, every now and then I feel a little suffocated by all the maleness encompassing my four walls.

A fellow shopper in the store was kind enough to give me a heads up that the directions weren’t the absolute best, (thank goodness for the kindness of strangers) but if I googled the pattern I would find there is a blog sew along (no, not sing along, although I had so much fun I was singing while I sewed)   Click here  if you would like to have access to the blog.  I chose this bag since it was touted as a beginner bag.  Since I like easy peasy and being a non sewer I felt this pattern was right up my alley.  Much to my surprise after googling the pattern, I found that some individuals didn’t agree that this was a beginner bag.  Well, I am very competitive at heart, ask anyone who plays golf with me.  Therefore, I gazed upon this pattern as if it were in a golf course and thought, “Back away from this non sewer, these opinions aren’t going to deter me.”  FYI, lets not forget that I had also invested money in all the materials required to make this little bag so if you think I was about to waste my hard-earned cash Hell no!

 

 

Begrudgingly, I read through the directions.  I am a visual learner and I cannot stand reading directions, don’t even think about commenting that I sound like a typical man.  Anywho, I knew that in order to complete this little project I would actually need to follow the instructions step by step.  The struggle was REAL!

DAY ONE: I completed most of the interior.


 

I actually completed all 3 zippers, now for me that’s pretty darn impressive! Remember people I am NOT a sewer, I am a quilter.  A straight line I can sew, and occasionally a curved one but that’s really pushing it!

DAY TWO: I brought this project to a close, zippers and all!

Regardless of what the task is, new or old, I always learn something new.  As I looked at my finished project I realized I would have liked longer handles. But overall for my initial attempt I am very happy and satisfied with the results.  Lord help me if I stumble across some cool golf fabric, because then there will be many more of these in my future.

Please act surprised when you receive one of these from me during Christmas…LOL

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Now That We Are All Stuffed

 

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I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday.  My wishes for you were that delicious family recipes were eaten, a breath was taken to push work thoughts aside, and most importantly moments with those dear to you were shared.

But now it is the start of the HUGE buying weekend..images-17

Retail – my way of life for many years.  Black Friday – a ginormous day for any merchant planning on coming out of the red.  This meant I geared up for that crazy day when one would witness mass chaos beginning at 7 a.m.  Have you ever seen grown adults have temper tantrums? Have you observed mothers negotiating over a product and willing to pay 5 times the sale price in order to walk out of the store with that “item of the year”.  One would think the day would pass by quickly, on the contrary it felt as though Black Friday was a never-ending day.  Restocking shelves, advising customers, and keeping a smile across my face was more than difficult. When I chose to leave the retail industry, Black Friday was one aspect of this profession that didn’t have me shedding a tear.

Black Friday, what to do?img_6895 So many choices and knowing I have an extra day added to my weekend is priceless.  What should I do? Is it a movie day, a quilting day, or do I consider venturing out to the mall?  Ah, the mall idea is a no go.  There aren’t sales HUGE enough for me to consider stepping into the Black Friday madness.  But a cup of tea and my laptop might have me online shopping just a bit.

Speaking of online sales:  **Don’t forget to take a peek at my 15% Holiday Sale today through Monday!

 

Tell me what you do the day after Black Friday.images-22 Do I have any brave Black Friday Shoppers out there? Or maybe some of you take a day to relax? The decisions are overwhelming aren’t they?

#BFSBCMSale

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15% REPEAT..REPEAT 15% OFF THE ENTIRE SITE.  YES WE SAID ENTIRE SITE!

Don’t you hate it when you’ve been holiday shopping, after being five deep in line you finally drag yourself the register.  It’s painful, and frustrating but for our lovely quilters it doesn’t have to end in such a sad scenario.

We feel your pain so we are rolling into the upcoming BIG weekend with a sale to get you excited about spending money.  And why not start by treating yourself; there is nothing wrong with a “To: Me/From: Me” gift.  Perhaps there is a friend, boss, relative who could also reap the benefits of this sale.

Our “Black Friday/Small Business/Cyber Monday Sale” begins Friday the 25th  through Mondaythe 28th!  But I’ve been known to start early…. so check out the website!

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This little sample that Bethanne Nemesh made is quite stunning.  She used the ProPebbles rulers for all of those beautiful circle designs.  They as well as the rest of the Quilter’s Groove Line of rulers are 15% off.

The center is an exquisite example of her Nemeshing technique which is explained in her book.

Bethanne is also having a 15% off sale this weekend so make sure you stop by her site….  WhitearborQuilting.com .

  

Hop aboard the #BFSBCM train and take advantage of this amazing sale going on Friday through Monday November 28th, 2016.  Skip the Black Friday crowds, the Small Business chaos, and Cyber Monday traffic by shopping with Lisa and Bethanne.  You might just have time to quilt a thing or two before the holidays!

**Please note each business will be shipping their own products.  We cannot combine products and ship from one site. IQuilt products are sold independently and cannot be included in the 15% off sale.

SHOP, SAVE and SMILE!

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