Thursday, October 25, 2012

Mendocino Weekender

Well, you've seen it all over blog land folks, the famous Amy Butler Weekender bag pattern.  There have been some AMAZING ones popping up.  Check out my weekender pinterest board, such eye candy!  So, after coming back from Sewing Summit, I was down.  I missed my new friends, I missed the amazing creative, collaborative, energized environment.  I was in a slump.  So, I needed a fix.  A sewing fix.  

So, like any (i)rrational person, I decided to start a weekender bag.  It was just the rush I needed.  I was contemplating using my precious mendocino fabric, but was worried because (1) I only have a little; (2) I paid a fortune for it; and (3) I have only made a few bags.  I went back and forth.  I even texted Jennifer from Knotted Thread at some unreasonable hour (forgetting about the time difference) to get her sage advice.  As you can see I decided to go for it.  I'm kinda a go big or go home kinda gal, all or nothing.  I live at the extremes baby.

So as soon as the weekend after Sewing Summit came, I got to work.  I decided to do the quilt as you go method from Oh, Fransson.  I spent Friday night doing laundry and cutting out all my batting and canvas pieces and pulling out my coordinating stash.  I did a check in on Instagram to see if I should do just pink and plums or add the gold/yellow.  Overwhelming response was add gold/yellow.  Don't you just love this collaborative community!  Then on Saturday I was a piecing, quilting machine (for me).  I shamelessly let my son watch his favorite DVD in the morning, and then he took a 3 hour nap, jackpot!  

Sadly, Sunday was back to family and work duties.  It's been a busy work week.  And the pieces are just sitting on my dining room table taunting me.  I hope to get to spend a lot of quality time with this Weekender in progress this weekend!  Wish me luck.


  1. Stunning!

    Do you know about the fabulous Heather Ross book?

    It is AMAZING, and it includes a CD-Rom which even gives you the right to set up and order your own reprint of Heather Ross Designs (on Spoonflower, for example). The mendocino prints are included, too.

    can't wait to see the finished bag,

  2. wooohooo!! it looks GORGEOUS! I've been eagerly awaiting more IG pictures! And for the record, any hour of the day text messages are fabulous, its so nice to have a friend to harass and talk about quilting with!! :)

  3. Sooo gorgeous! Can't wait to see it finished!

  4. Its beautiful.. I am that kinda gal too !! LOl, Go big or stay home..

  5. Lorelei, just a warning,.. my daughter is coming at you with colors. Ha ha and wow! I do love mermaids too, and fairies, (fairies wear boots - Black Sabbath song). No, I have many giggles in my mermaids folder (water girls),.. and fairies folder, etc. I love to do photoshop. Those you have there are great. I am wishing you a great enchanted morning........


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