Monday, August 21, 2017

One more SewPowerful Purse and a Tudor Tote

Here's one more purse for Sew Powerful in Zambia.  It will join the other five and be mailed for the fall deadline.  The next deadline is in early February - we'll see what life's rhythm allows for that deadline.    And I got this Tudor tote out of my system.    I love the size and security of this pattern - outer zippered pocket and a top zipper.  These fabrics are from QuiltCon 2016, I think.  There are four more in the works, but now?  I'm ready to go back to Natalie's quilt!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

An Evolving Quilt

There is still another round of a darker grey and a darker lilac to add before making any further decisions.  I love that Natalie trusts me to do what I want.  But sometimes it takes a while to decide what direction I want to take a quilt in.  And while I'm thinking, maybe I could turn one of the following piles into a tote bag.

Aren't some of the above terrific combinations?And I know the tote pattern I want to use - Sara Lawson's Tudor Bag.  While I was thinking last week, I made these little zip pouches.  Each one has tight little pockets on one side, perfect for a license or a credit card.

Originally for Natalie's quilt, I envisioned a quadrant being just plain fabric.  While I think that might have worked, I like the direction what's on the design wall is taking...  Just needs more time to percolate.

Monday, August 7, 2017

The Sew Powerful Initiative

How I have grown in my understanding and support of the Sew Powerful Initiative.  And Sew Powerful is expanding its efforts, too.  "Teach a person to fish" is the philosophy behind Sew Powerful.  There is a farming initiative, there is a sewing cooperative for school uniforms and menstrual pads, there is menstrual hygiene eduation, and soon there will be a soap cooperative.  In the latest visit to Zambia by Jason and Cinnamon Miles, Sew Powerful's founders, they discovered that the soap supplied in the purses along with the reusable pads was just enough for one month.  And through serendipity - or more more probable the hand of God - there is the beginning of a soap initiative that will provide work as well as soap.

The first time I sent purses - there were 11 in early 2016 - I remember ratch-a-fratching about the requested $5 per purse to cover shipping costs from Washington State to Zambia.  And of course that didn't include what I paid for shipping from Chicago to Washington.  But then, as I read more about the Sew Powerful Initiative, I began to understand why helping to cover these costs is so important.

In June/July/early August of 2016, I sent off 24 purses.  Check the blog index under SewPowerful purses for the various entries of these purses in process.

By January 2017 there were another set of purses to ship - this time 13 - to Washington State.  This was the point at which I needed to sponsor Sew Powerful financially as well.  Through Paypay I make an automatic monthly contribution.

This summer I have made the above five purses.  There may be more for the October deadline, but not until I pay some attention to the house and do a quilt for granddaughter Natalie.  While some purses makers are cranking out over 50 purses for this deadline, some of us are doing way fewer.  We each need to be reassured that we do what we can when we can.

Meanwhile, I am happy to be alive.  I am happy that my POEM procedure was successful, and I am very happy that the nerve burning from my shingle episode is quieting down.  I loved baking my grandson a coconut layer cake for his birthday.  I am looking forward to baking bread and a couple of lambs for a farewell party for Julie who is moving out of state.

I want to make a couple of big money decisions about how to further support Sew Powerful.  My buddy Carol has told me about a rock-solid woman in Oak Lawn who is selflessly working on an initiative for the homeless and those in need.  I'd post a link but I'm still investigating.  My point?  So many are in need, and how fortunate are so many of us to be able to help financially.  Happy Monday!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Busy Performing Miracles

Last week I posted this picture as one of the piles I needed to sort through and put away
These scraps are now 4 SewPowerful purse kits, and I know have enough to kit maybe 5 or 6 more.  If you are thinking this isn't much of a miracle, each purse has 11 pattern pieces, all of which are interfaced.  So even though these are not yet purses, the miracle has indeed been worked.  Stay tuned for progress next week!

My second miracle involves the "going away" quilt for daughter Julie who is moving to Atlanta.  Not only did I get this quilt finished, I just picked it up yesterday from my favorite long-armer Frank Karls AND just finished binding it.
This quilt is 95" x 114" - large enough to think it has five sides while binding.  And large enough that I can't get a good picture of the whole thing.
These fabrics are Zen Chic's Modern Background Luster.  I bought two jelly rolls and love how these fabrics play with one another.  Can you see the detail of Frank's "BasketWeave" pantograph quilting?  It's beautiful.  The back is a pure white.  
Just one more detail shot because this quilt is so beautiful.  We are telling ourselves that Julie is only a plan-ride away, but it's going to be incredibly difficult, especially for her father, to say goodby to her.  And her quilt!  At least we'll be able to sleep under it when we visit.