WIP Wednesday

Lots going on these days, I am on a deadline for a few projects, updating the blog, working "behind the scenes" with Sandy from Quilting for the Rest of Us on some Banned Books Week fun, and trying to take some time to just play.

I have purchased at least 12 Craftsy classes, and watched bits-and-pieces from most of them. Recently, I bought Tara's class: Quilt-As-You-Go Patchwork Bags, and really liked the look of the main project, the Tinker Tote. It also helped when I saw Rita's recently completed totes on Instagram and her blog - so nice!

So in between other things, I've been watching the class and piecing my tote. Here's an early pic of one of the tote panels:


The QAYG method is very simple, and Tara's instruction in the class is straight-forward and easy to understand - she is a natural teacher!

Be warned though - you may end up with a sewing room floor that looks like this after you raid the stash:

 Holy Scrap!

I also put together a lined drawstring bag for the MQG bag swap, which is due August 31st....so I'm not late thank goodness! But it's funny about a swap - if you receive yours in the mail before you've had a chance to make and send your item...you start to feel guilty. Even if the deadline hasn't passed, LOL. At least I do! This is why I limit my participation in swaps...does a mom really need any more irrational guilt in her life?

Luckily this is a 1-time swap, and the bag is easy to make. I've already made a few as knitting bags, so I knew I could knock this one out for a partner in about an hour. We had to put together "style/color collages" to give our partner a sense of our likes in fabric choices. My partner loves flowers, so it was an easy pick as I have some nice florals on hand. I used some Dear Stella fabric for her bag.

Hope she likes it! Now just to remember to swing by the post office and actually get it mailed out by 8/31...it's been sitting on my passenger seat for 5 days now. Anyone else do that, LOL?

What are you working on?


Linking up with:

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced


  1. Don't you just love Craftsy? I would love to make a bag but so nervous. Yours is really cute.

  2. I'm working on one of those totes too, but am struggling with fabric selection. Your selections look fantastic!

  3. What a cute bag. I need to find the craftsy class for that tote looks great!

  4. Lovely pouch! Your Tinker Tote has some awesome fabrics on it! It makes me to take the class to! I fell in love with Rita's Mini one! Did you mail your swap package? You have just a day to mail! Don't forget. This is your reminder!


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