June 7, 2010

My Productive Monday...

Monday began with me deciding to make the heirloom
garment bag to protect Liam's christening ensemble.

I began with the pocket detail on the back of the garment bag.
It will be used to hold the photo and information about
me, Liam, and all the future babies to wear this ensemble.
This is the front of the garment bag.
I've added a special acorn charm to the zipper pull...
and, the pocket is on the back of the finished piece.

The only thing left is to write my letter to Liam
and my descendants to place in the pocket.
I need to put some thought to that, and if
you'd like, I'll share it with you when it's written.

Then, the entire ensemble will be ready to travel
with me to Wisconsin this month.

But that wasn't all I did on Monday.
I also sewed this project...
On Wednesday, I'm going to Sarasota to meet my friend, Marion.
She and I met online through Ravelry a couple of years ago and
really hit it off because we have a lot in common.

She's a lover of all things outdoors; hunts and fishes like me;
and this gal also has her own motorcycle! She's another
creative soul, making the most beautiful glass beads, too!

She's in Sarasota for her niece's graduation now, and we're
going to spend the day together on Wednesday. We've spent
time getting acquainted online and on the telephone, and now
I'm so tickled that we will finally meet one another face-to-face.

Because I don't want to meet her empty-handed,
I decided to make one of my Sweet Treat bags for her.
These make up quickly and are so useful.
It could come in handy for her knitting,
sewing or jewelry projects-in-progress.

I chose a fabric that I hope will remind her of her trip to FL (she
lives in Michigan, so we have the Midwest in common, too),
and I'll be tucking a few surprises inside the bag to fill it out.
I had such fun choosing the sweet, little fish button to adorn it.
Think she'll like it?
Last, but not least, I want to show you the fabrics for my next project.
It's time to make the Williamsburg Consort fund raiser quilt to take
to Virginia in September. I need to finish it with plenty of time for
the long-arm quilt artist to do her magic after I do all the piecing.

Hope you'll follow along on this project, too.
Handsome is going to be in Pennsylvania for ten days
(he was invited to attend Allegheny College School of Adult Music),
so my plan is to make up this quilt and have it ready for the
long-arm by the time he returns. Think I can do it?

11 friends clicked here to leave a note for me:

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Donna, amazing doesn't even begin to describe you! Beautiful garment bag. I for one would so love to read your letter to be included to document this one of a kind heirloom!

Big TX Hugs,
Angelic Accents

Michelle May said...

The garment bag is gorgeous and the perfect finishing piece. Sounds like you will be busy when Handsome is away. There is no doubt in my mind that you'll have the quilt ready by the time he gets back. ;)
Have a fun day!

Anonymous said...

I really like the way you do things. You take the time and care women did in days gone by. Style.
I love making things by hand, too.

Jane said...

I only wish I could get as much done as you do!! Your attention to detail is amazing. Not only did you create the beautiful heirloom christening gown but also a garment bag complete with pockets for photos and letters. I am our family's genealogist so I really love the idea of adding all of the information about all of the babies that wear the ensemble.
I am in awe!

icandy... said...

oh, donna!
you have been busy! that garment bag is so beautiful...wait, everything that you create is beautiful!!! i just love to visit!
lots of love and have a gorgeous day!

The Rustic Victorian said...

My goodness Donna! Where do you get all the energy! What beautiful bags and what a thoughtfull nature you have. I can attest to that first hand.

DeeDee said...

Love the bag...and such loving thoughts that go with this package..I couldn't imagine being on the recieveing end of a gift like that...lovely work Donna...

so glad you get to meet abd spend the day with a friend...always a blessing

and yes I do think you can easily finish a quilt to be quilted in 10 days...lol...cannot wait to see it.

Beedeebabee said...

OMG, have you ever been a busy bee! As usual Donna, your projects are just exquisite, and I love how you just switch gears and go from vintage inspired to fun and chic all in half a breath!...Your blog looks stunning, I love your new header and all your categories...it's so organized and beautiful! ... I'd love to see the note you're going to tuck into the pocket of that beautiful bag! I'm sure you'll find the perfect words.... and your heart pillows are just the best! xoxo Paulette ;)

Faerie Moon Creations said...

I love the garment bag,Donna! You did such a wonderful job with it. I hope you have a great time meeting with your Ravelry friend. I'm sure she will love the sweet little goodie bag you're making for her. Have fun! Theresa

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

Donna, that heirloom garment bag is gorgeous! But now you need to make another bag to protect the garment bag! LOL!!! And knowing you, you'll probably whip one out tonight! ;-)


Twyla and Lindsey said...

Wow, that garment bag is amazing! Twyla


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