Thursday, July 26, 2018


How lucky am I to have a block of time that I can devote to charity sewing? My goal was 20 for July, and I did 21 SewPowerful purses to add to the 7 that I did during the winter. These purses are for a menstrual hygiene education program in Zambia, one that is connected with a spiritual, educational, and agricultural mission.  Without whining, I must point out that each one of these purses has 11 pattern pieces, all of which are interfaced because I use quilting cottons. A group of 4 purses in the same colorway takes me almost three days. What really slows me down at the end is the notecard that goes into each purse, a card of encouragement/exhortation. The girls treasure these notecards, so they must be done with care and thoughtfulness. I'm thinking about continuing to sew purses and asking the AAUW group to whom I'm speaking about Sew Powerful in October to help me with these cards. My new goal is to have 50 by then.
I've been working on a couple of purses, one for me and one for quilty Eileen.   I love this new pattern, A Zippy Bag by Jen Fox Studios, for its size and design.   Thanks to all the Sew Powerful purses, I have become the queen of gussets - the long vertical piece that connects the front of the bag to the back of it.  These fabrics - one from Holly, one from South Bend, and one from my stash - are ones that I love.  But look below at Eileen's bag - she provided the fabrics, and her bag is lovely.
On the back of my back I mimicked the design of the front with some quilting.

The front of Eileen's bag
On the back of her purse I added a simple pocket.  I wish I had done that to mine, too.  
Both bags have a top zipper.  

So, next up: more Sew Powerful purses, a Sloan travel bag, binding the quilt for Molly, organizing some hand projects, and some quilt tops. As my friend Bill Stearman often says, Life is Good.

1 comment:

raebethriv said...

Organization is the key to productivity! (I lack that gene!) You are awesome! The Energizer Bunny of sewing!