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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.


  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.

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

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

  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.....

  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?

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

  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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