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Artful Thursdays – Tote Bag, Part I

January 21, 2010


I was eager for today, had been waiting to work on a special “for me” project, woke up early, had a few hours to myself, and opened the package that I had been storing for years, to work on my tote bag.  (Oh, that quilt I mentioned last week?  Well… I can always hang that on the wall, but this bag used winter fabrics – I just had to start this first…)

There were directions?   I needed to cut more fabric?  I needed freezer paper?
Maybe this wasn’t going to be a one-day project…. I pulled out a box of cottons I had been using for the quilt (soon to be called “the project that shall-not-be-named”).    I began cutting.  Reading directions.  Looking for iron-on interfacing because I was certainly not going to go out and buy anything else.  Before I knew it, I had to go to work and my kitchen counter looked like this:the tote has begun
I left for the afternoon, planning to complete the project before midnight.  This is as far as I got:tote center motif
My not-so-perfect whip-stitched tree motif for the center of the bag.

I am VERY happy that I got this far, debating whether I should leave it for next Thursday to finish, or work on it when I get free time this weekend – we’ll see. 
Determined to post this before midnight!  How late would you stay up to finish a project?


  1. That tree is lovely! And I regularly stay up until midnight even though my day job is also demanding! Can't wait to see how the bag turns out!

  2. Love what you are creating, this is fun.. we can get tips from all our Blog friends, I love how people think. Thanks to Julie... hugs and looking forward to your next Thursday post!-Lilia

  3. Hey there - I feel you on this one. I personally would stay up until I had trouble keeping my eyes open. Great start on the bag...I have a bag to do as well. The directions and the fabrics pre-cut and just waiting to start it...Im with you on these fun thursday gaunts...let's get creating...xo

  4. I can't wait to see the finished project. I hope to join in some week...too much going on right now!

    Thanks for sharing, I look forward to next week, too!

    I have stayed up til 3am to finish a project.

  5. I can't even count how many nights I've stayed up way past midnight. When you get in creative nirvana sometimes you just have to keep going. I can't wait to see the final product.

  6. oh i can tell by the photo on your counter this bag is going to be incredible. the tree shape is perfect, can't wait to see all you add to it.

    yummy, yummy wool scraps....

  7. good luck with the project!


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