loving this fabric!

My friend Sheri wanted me to make her a purse and a matching insulated lunch bag which is ironic because her sewing adventures several years ago greatly impacted my willingness to start sewing seriously.

She chose fabric I bought a couple years ago for MYSELF, specifically for a purse! I offered it up to her because I figured if I hadn’t done anything with it in that long, it was time to go to someone else. I didn’t mind one bit. Until I started sewing the purse she wanted! Then I was sad that I hadn’t made a purse for myself because it looks EXACTLY how I thought it would. Which is to say GREAT!

I tried a few new things with this purse…elastic cased pockets and water bottle holder

and funky flower pins to add some detail to the bag.

The lunch bag is channel quilted…my new favorite! I just love how this looks!

Enjoy, Sheri, enjoy!

What can I make from the scraps?


Pretzels, Purses and Mushroom Trees

I made these fabulous homemade baked pretzels last weekend, and they will be making a repeat performance this weekend again. Yes, they were that easy and that good!


I found the recipe over at The Fresh Loaf blog. The recipe is from Alton Brown and thus in metric measurements, but The Fresh Loaf converted it to American conversions. The only change I would make is creating 10 good-sized pretzels from the dough instead of 8 gigantic pretzels. All of us loved these!

I also made my first true quilting project. I made it up so it is pretty simple. I wanted a table runner, but it turned out to be pretty gigantic for a table runner. I’m not sure what I’m going to do now. I purchased a back material for it and will finish it this weekend.


I just love the mushroom trees and the I promise to keep the trees fabric (both purchased at JoAnn‘s).

Jack was also busy sewing a little purse for his crush. It turned out great! Again, we made it up as we went along.