Saturday, July 20, 2013

Long time, No post!

Well, it has certainly been an interesting couple of months! I was all excited that my kids were coming to visit the first of June. They did come but I decided on a different kind of vacation. Would you believe a four day stay in the hospital with cellulitis in my left leg. Of course, I should have gone to the doctor sooner but I kept telling myself that I would get better soon. My son didn't listen to me and dragged me to the ER. I knew they would keep me once I was there so I missed being home with the kids but it had to be. Anyway, after 4 days in the hospital and 3 weeks of antibiotics I was much better but still a bit ragged around the edges. I didn't sew for over a month...a record for me but the leg bothered me too much to sit at the machine. I am now almost back to normal....whatever normal is!

Since the kids are leaving for Russia for a year, I decided that my daughter-in-law needed a new big purse for the trip. I found  Michelle's messenger bag  and off I went! I love the pattern and it is so easy to make because her directions are so clear.
Believe it or not, the circles didn't get to me!

Once I had the bag made, I decided she needed accessories to go with it so again, I went to Michelle's and found this really cute pleated pouch. I saw her adaptation with the strap hook so I copied that!
The red straps match the lining for both bags.

Key Fob and little clutch

Put them all together and here is the complete ensemble
Once I finished Mom's purse, I decided I had to make one for my granddaughter also. I used the same pattern from Michelle but the small size.
I also made her a mini pleated pouch. Since I didn't have enough of the pink and green striped fabric, I used some cute candy fabric. What better for a little girl?
Everything is finished and now ready to send off on Monday! If you love these bags like I do, you must visit Michelle's Patterns and check out all of her patterns! You won't be sorry when you do!!


  1. I'm glad you are getting better! Four days in the hospital is serious business.

    You are a very sweet mom and grandmother. These are such nice gifts and will come in handy while they are traveling. I love the black and white polka dots (of course), and the red lining and accents.

    Thanks so much for sharing what you made with the patterns. I appreciate the mention. :0]


  2. Cellulitis is scary stuff... I had it in my right knee a few years ago and was surprised at how painful it was. I went to the ER right away because I'd had a blood clot there the year before and some of the symptoms were quite similar.

    Glad that you are back to the machine!

  3. No wonder you haven't been visible in the quilt world. Take care of yourself! Cellulitis is nothing to sneeze about! Nice to know you are feeling better after a rough couple of months!

  4. Sue, can't tell you how much I love this purse! It's perfect in every way--it's so cute--looks great with everything, perfect size, love the interior pockets and secure latch (pickpocket proof!). I think of you every day when I use it. It's going to be a bit worn by the time we get back....! You are so thoughtful and talented. I am so blessed to have you as my Mother-in-Law. I hope Maddie has your sewing talents. You certainly inspire her. Love, M