Marvelous Inspiration

In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.

Aristotle

Most of these past two weeks have been spent in my sewing room, as I am busy making fabric pouches to use as gift bags. I have managed to squeeze in real life stuff on some days, but I wanted to make today special.
The year is quickly coming to an end, and I am reflecting at what I have done. It is also time to start thinking about what I want to do. My friends and I took an opportunity to enjoy this beautiful, crisp winter day by going for a walk at the San Antonio Botanical Garden. It has been a while since I visited this peaceful place. The four of us were the only ones there early this morning. We enjoyed the sounds and sights. It was quite inspirational. Even in the winter, the Gardens are a sight to see. We were able to see many birds, including a Blue Heron, a Red Hawk, and many wrens. The cardinals were absolutely gorgeous. The colors, natural designs, and textures that surrounded us led to great discussions. Two of our non-quilting friends have decided to try making their first quilt. We plan to choose the same design or pattern, but use the color palette of our choice. This is one activity on my 2020 To-Do List. There are so many things I would like to try in 2020, so I will continue looking for inspiration to help me design a plan. I hope to hear from all of you and see what you are thinking of doing. In the meantime, I will post a few photos from today’s marvelous walk.

Two Weeks

With only two weeks until Christmas, I am busy making zippered pouches as gift bags. The pattern for these pouches is from Marcela’s Purse. There are a couple of more pouches on this site that I plan to try out. Marcela posts great tutorials.

I had purchased some OdiCoat gel coating to make the fabric water proof. I decided not to use it for these pouches. The process of coating would add time that I do not have to get these pouches completed. I will try the gel coating on some other bags at a later date.
For now, I am busy making personalized bags. My brother has two adorable and very spoiled dogs, Atticus and Humphrey. I used some paw print fabric to make a doggie treat bag and some scarves for the two furry characters.

I have a few more pouches to make before I can start filling them. Busy, but happy times.

 

Meemaw Christmas Adventure

On Thursday, my Meemaw friends and I packed into the clown car and headed out for our Christmas Adventure. This is the first time we took a trip without a set agenda. We just knew we wanted to participate in the small town Texas Christmas celebrations…and do a little shopping.
Our trip began with a visit to the Pottery Ranch, followed by lunch and pie at the Bluebonnet Cafe. Our destination was the Stagecoach Inn in Salado, Texas. This historic inn is in the process of renovation. In fact, downtown Salado is also being renovated. On the first night, we attended the night parade. It was such a treat to see the children dressed in lights and wavy Merry Christmas from their parade vehicles. We visited Round Rock the next day. The city was in preparation for their family night, which we did not attend.
We spent the rest of the day shopping in Salado. We visited with a group of very interesting women. They belong to the outside adventure group, the Sisters on the Fly. Their trailers were decorated for Christmas. The women were so friendly, and invited people to join them in their trailers as they shared information about their group. My Meemaw friends would love to do this, but it would be a disaster if we had to pull our own trailer. Besides, we like the comfort of a hotel while traveling. Membership does not require a trailer, however. It seems like a fun group of women.
Then, that night, we participated in the Salado Christmas Stroll. The shops provided entertainment and food as we strolled down the main street. One of my sons had told me about the Strawberry Patch . The store has all types of excellent coffee served in the store; and sold either as beans or ground beans.
The real hit for me was the parade and Market Day in Georgetown. I lived in Georgetown back in the ’70’s and it holds a special spot in my heart. I love parades, big or small. I found myself marching along with the bands. So much fun! Of course, an excursion to these small towns includes a visit to the Dairy Queen for a Blizzard. Our diets will resume on Monday.
The clown car was packed with our shopping goodies, and the trip home was a bit more crowded. We ended up doing more on this trip with no set itinerary.
Here is a little video of our trip:

Now, it is time to get back to exercising, eating healthy, and working on projects.

Oh, what fun!

Have you ever been pulled into the vortex of YouTube tutorials? How about Pinterest? There is a wealth of information and ideas at our finger tips. Time well spent.
Recently, I found this tutorial for making a tiny zipper pouch that can be used as a key chain or attached to a purse. So Sew Easy provides an excellent tutorial for making this small coin purse. I made mine a half inch longer and wider than the dimensions listed in the tutorial. It was so much fun to make. The pouch is the perfect addition to the crossbody bag I made.

Scrappy Day

Yesterday I was able to finish hand quilting a snowman table runner.  I chose this project in order to practice hand quilting. This was a fun learning process. I find, as Mariss of Fabrications says, that hand quilting can be addictive.

I folded the top so you could see the cute snowman fabric used on the backing.
After I finished binding the table runner, I went to store my remaining scraps in my Christmas fabric suitcase. While rummaging through the suitcase, I found the scraps from the Christmas quilt that I made for me. The fabric was too cute to discard, I had no idea what I could do with it. I thought of mug rugs, but that didn’t sound exciting.
So, I went to YouTube to look for inspiration. I found a tutorial by Yoan Sewing Studio, and immediately got to work on making a patchwork crossbody bag. In the tutorial, only three different colors are used for the patchwork. I cut all the remaining Christmas fabric I had for the patchwork. I had to find three fabrics for the lining, the backing, and the lining pockets. For the candy cane strap, I had to piece the fabric to have enough. I had the D-rings for the strap. Tomorrow, I will have to purchase the lobster clasps and the slider to attach the strap. This was a fun way to spend an afternoon. I am so happy that none of this cute fabric went to waste.
The front has a zippered pocket.
The back has a double pocket.
The lining also has a double pocket.
I hope your Monday was a fun day.