Monday, August 31, 2020

Mission Accomplished

      The last purses for this month are finished!  I bought this fabric for a tote that never got made, and it's perfect for these purses. Now? Time to clean the studio and work on some quilts.  But I will leave the design wall the way it is for a few more days.  It's just too thought-provoking to think about some young adolescent girl in Zambia receiving one of the Sew Powerful purses - stocked with panties, reusable pads and soap - and her being uplifted by it all, especially by the encouragement notes we write and put into each purse.  Notes are up next...

Lined up along the bottom of the design wall below are six purses that were packed to go to Austin with me for QuiltCon and the Sew Powerful booth.  But then...the February wrist these six will be a part of the delivery well ahead of Sew Powerful Unboxing Day.

 It's been a good and productive month.   But now onto the notes.  

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Five Purple Sister/Purses

                                             Big graphic prints work well for the flaps of these cross-body bags.  And under each flap there's a surprise fabric,  And in each purse there's a surprise pocket.

The past of this process that slows me down are the notecards that go into each purse.  We purse makers hear that the girls treasure these cards as much as the purses and the contents.  That puts a special pressure on the notecards.

So I am working my way through, thanks to some fellow purse makers in the Sew Powerful Facebook page, creating some meaningful cards.  More on that later...


I included this last picture just to give an idea that these purses don't just spring up.  There are a lot of parts, most of which are interfaced.  These truly are a labor of love, and those who make them know their time is well-spent.

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

August 17 and right on my purse target!

 After months of limited sewing, it feels so good to be productive.  July for the past couple of years has been a purse a day.  But this year I needed to wait until August.  So far, so good.  The latest set of five features this whimsical yet motivational fabric “I can and I will.” 

                              And here's m progress so far.  I love my design wall as it fills up.  
                                                    Next up?  Purples and Rainbow colors.

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Finding my Purse Mojo


                          Purse Mojo is back.  But Blogger is weird.  hmmmm

Friday, August 7, 2020

August: A Purse a Day

I've finally gotten started with purses for Sew Powerful again. It's been 6 months since I have made any, and it feels good to look outward and get back into the swing of charitable sewing. It's going well except for calling the lovely giraffes on three of these purses. Covid brain? Whatever...

As I sew I think of the young ladies who will choose one of these purses - educated women are the hope of Zambia and Africa.  I also think of those in my life who are facing severe medical hardships.  After six months of focusing on my issues, it's a welcome change to focus on others.

Lots of parts for each purse.  Setting them out help me with the process.

This lovely quit square was meant to be on the outside. 

Here are my elephants - I mean giraffes...

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Changing Gears

 Rehabbing the broken humerus has allowed me to do some sewing and simple cutting.  This is my quarantine/rehab quilt.Lots of greys and low-volume prints from Cotton + Steel.  Each block has a 2.5” center, and each block is 6.5”.So this quilt will be 60” x72 - perfect size for hand quilting. Below is a quilt top from QuiltCon fabrics (Thanks Melissa, Holly, and Sarah.). It’s for grandson Brandon, and I think I will machine quilt this myself.

 My guild started a bee, and I’m having fun playing.  Each month one of us asks the others to make specific blocks.  To the left are blocks for Adamanadia.  ROYGBIV blocks with cool colors on one side and warm in the other.  below is one 12.5” 24.5 block for Debbie”s co,foul improve eith a slash.  For both of these projects I dipped into my beloved pile of shot cottons.  Both of thee were fun, and I’ll be interested in seeing how these blocks go into their quilt. Guildmate Bill is leading this charge - we even have a hashtag #ChiModBee.  My turn is t for a couple of months.  I’m thinking tuning forks.  

All quilts are lit away.  Shot cottons are back on the shelf. It’s time for purses!