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Monday, April 28, 2014

A tote and a half -- and phasing in retirement

 
I need to make a totebag as a gift for the outgoing chair of a committee on which I serve. I have dozens of totebag patterns already, but it was a pattern in a current magazine (Quilter's World, Spring 2014*) that caught my eye.  It takes me longer to pull fabric than it does to sew, especially for projects like this.  Voila, all finished -- and MUCH smaller than what I wanted.  It's more of a purse and what I need is a totebag. 
 
Back to the cutting table! Here's the work in progress.   
 
(Small tote is about 12 x 13. Large tote will be about 18 x 13 when the sides are sewn.)

You note that neither of these totebags is a t-shirt quilt.  And THAT is what I really need to work on.








But meanwhile: this is my last official week at the library! The public open house is Thursday, which is the 39th anniversary of my first day as a library administrator.  I will come back in on Friday morning to host a meeting, then head to St. Charles for the AAUW-Illinois convention.  I need to clean out my office -- that will have to wait until Sunday.




See what other quiltmakers are working on at Judy's  Patchwork Times.


7 comments:

  1. Oh, great! More time to sew! I know you will miss the library, though, and they will miss your annual ornaments. Best wishes on your retirement.

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  2. Love the colors of your tote. You're retiring? What will you do with your time!?

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  3. Very cute bag. Enjoy your last week at the library. That is going to be quite a change! Congratulations on your retirement.

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  4. nice job on the little bag, and congrats on retirement. My parents retired a year ago and it was an adjustment but they love it! I hope you do too.....

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  5. so nann, now that you are retiring, will you have more time to sew or just more time for your many outside interests....LOL...seriously, are you looking forward to this or not or a little of both?

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  6. Congratulations on your retirement! 39 years is a long time!! I see lots of tote bags in your future. :)

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  7. I love pulling fabrics for a new project - and it takes me quite a while too :) But I'm usually happy with the end result. Your bag is a perfect example of that - it's lovely! And congratulations on retirement - you'll love it!!!!

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