Come visit me at my new blog!

I have started my new blog, which is not specific to bags, crafts, and tutorials. Now you can find me at So Sheri, where I’ll be writing about a broader range of topics, including photography, art, sewing, pets, gardening, and life in general. It’s still a work in progress, and there’s not content yet, but I’m looking forward to seeing some of you over there. Stop by for a visit!

The Status of This Blog

Due to my enormously busy life, I no longer update this blog. However, I’ll be leaving it up indefinitely so you can grab a tutorial every now and then. I’m also closing comments at this time because I won’t be stopping by that often. My thanks to all of you who still visit! I’ll be starting another blog shortly, but it will be a bit more general, to accommodate more of the things I’m interested in. I’ll post here as soon as that site is available.

Free Handbag Patterns!

If you’re looking for a comprehensive, well-organized list of free handbag patterns, Annette of Craft Stew has put together a great list of what started out as 32 patterns, but has grown to 58.  Now there’s no excuse for not finding inspiration for those last-minute gifts, or finding a bag for yourself!  While you’re at it, be sure to check out some of Annette’s other posts, and add her to your favorites list, because you’ll want to visit often.  She has tutorials, tips, and pattern lists for just about any craft category you can think of.  Thanks, Annette!

Update & Giveaway

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Wow, I didn’t realize I had been away from this blog for so long!  I really believed that I could continue to have a life while going to graduate school.  Keeping up with 2 blogs would be a piece of cake, or so I thought. What was I thinking?  Every day is filled to capacity with school and my usual daily chores.

 I did manage to get some sewing done over the weekend, including 2 dog beds and curtains for a solitary window.  But the rest of the weekend was consumed by software upgrades and reading assignments.  I’m afraid I have no new bags to show you at this time.  However, I need to make some gifts soon, and that means at least one new bag.

 Oh, and this grad school thing? It was an idea hatched in my husband’s somewhat sadistic brain.  And the dog bed project? Another idea from Daniel. What will he think of next?

 Since I have no projects to show you right now, I’d like to send you over to the Sewing Business Blog for a giveaway. Denise and Sarah are giving away a pair of 8” Gingher Designer “Sarah” Series Dressmaker Shears. These collectible shears have been discontinued by Gingher, and can be quite expensive if you manage to find them.  To enter, go to their blog post and leave a comment about a favorite fall or holiday project. The entry deadline is Saturday, November 28th.

Quilted Log Cabin Pillow

No tutorial for you today, just a shot of the quilted log cabin pillow cover I finished up yesterday.  At the moment I’m trying to brighten up a colorless rental house, and all those small bits and pieces of fabric I’ve collected are finding a purpose here.

For this project I constructed 4 easy log cabin quilt blocks. Sewn together, they finished to a 12″ top.  I simply quilted the top to a piece of Warm & Natural batting (no backing here), using straight lines.  I added a back, and inserted a 12″ pillow form.  The cover is removable for washing.

Next up on the sewing machine – perhaps another pillow cover using just large squares, or maybe a pieced pillow case.  Then I may be ready for a new bag.