Friday, November 30, 2012

So long November

November 2012

Those are my November makes. I have to say I spent a lot of November making that weekender bag, if you missed it, the post about making it is here.

I am going to take that Weekender some places - this week I purchased airline tickets. Marianne from The Quilting Edge and I are going to Texas in February - we have tickets to Quiltcon. And I have a ticket to the Fat Quarterly Retreat in London in July too - it is time to make the travel arrangements. That Weekender Bag is going to see the world.

Ohio Stars

Since the November makes are looking a bit thin, I wanted to show off my two other big projects this month. The Oakshott Lipari table runner is coming along. Those 3" Ohio star blocks are not a quick make but worth the fuss. Maybe I can get this one done this weekend, or at least over the next week.

Mod Pop - so far

And here is my Mod Pop so far. I am going large - it will be queen size - so I have 6 more blocks to make this weekend and the edge bits. Cindy from Fluffy Sheep Quilting has sponsored a give away of a Mermaid Splash fat quarter bundle in the Mod Pop Quilt Along for finishing the Mod Pop tops by the end of Sunday. Since everyone is quilting along with me,  I have to keep the pace myself. And I cannot wait to quilt this one so I am backing it with a nice sheet so I can go from top to quilting without delay.
Lily's Quilts

I am linking to Lynne at Lily's Quilts Fresh Sewing Day. Do head over there to see what all the wonderful bloggers have been doing this month.



Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Thursday Think Tank - Gifts for Tweens, Teens and Twenties

Thursday Think Tank Holiday Hop 

When Rebecca Lynne, from Making Rebecca Lynne asked me to host one of the Holiday Editions of the Thursday Think Tank she asked me what I could write about that had to do with the holidays. I said I was trying to think up gifts for the many young people on my list and so this topic was born. I am going to give you some of my ideas for the quilter/sewer who wants to give a gift that will be loved and appreciated, but wants to have fun sewing it, not shopping.


I have to say that all of the quilts I have given to people who are 11 - 29 have been received with great joy and continue to be well loved. And although is it not long until the holidays, there is actually time to make a quilt if you want to and don't yet have one on the go. Quick quilt ideas start with making a lap size quilt, not a full bed size. Then consider an easy pattern. A couple of my favourites is a pattern of simple stripes or large squares - or use a stack of bee blocks just sitting on your shelf waiting for you. You might want to make the Jelly Roll Race quilt - a great video for doing that is here:

Cases and covers

Laptop case, with Echino

It seems that all young people now have several electronic devices that they use and actually value sufficiently to want to take care of them. So cases and covers for cell phones, ipads, computers, small, portable game machines, kindles, hobos, other readers, netbooks, the list goes on and on.

A simple cover can be made from a front and inside fabric with some quilt batting/wadding sandwiched in between. You can can add hand or machine quilting, piece it, use an orphan quilt block and if you like, use flannel, polar fleece or felt for extra protection for the electronic item on the inside. Simple cases can close with a button, a zipper, velcro, snaps, ties, or whatever you like. There are many patterns and tutorials for such cases, check out the Sew Mama Sew blog over this last month if you are looking for start on excellent tutorials.

Zipper pouches and cases

Triple Zipper Scrappy Pouch

Zippered pouches of all kinds deserve special consideration as they are perfect for electronics and also for make up, trading cards, art supplies, school supplies, or collections of all kinds. Debbie at A Quilter's Table posted a tutorial for the triple zipper pouch here. It would be perfect for a game machine, games, charger cord, stylus and earbuds. If you were to use some Japanese style fabrics for a teenager or a tween I am pretty sure they would love it. There are many tutorials for other styles of zippered pouches available too.


Modern Shopping Bag - before washing

A tote bag of any sort will also be used by many (although not all, at least in my experience) tweens, teens and twenties. I think you need to gauge their taste carefully and consider what you put on the outside. It could be modern, but also consider applique of a favourite logo or character they love from a movie, game, video or book, or maybe more Japanese fabric. If you put another gift in the bag - a new electronic device, video game or movie, fantastic new running shoes or a cute new piece of clothing - you also can use the bag for a lesson in environmental stewardship. A tutorial for my bag is here, and there are hundreds of other excellent tutorials available.

Gifts for the apartment

  Oven mits and a pot holder

If you are luck enough to be gifting to twenties who have actually vacated your family home, remember that they are just beginning to fill their homes with lovely and useful items. A set of hot pads/oven mits might also ease your worries about their kitchen skills and are almost always needed. You could put them in a tote bag, along with useful kitchen dishes, interesting food or a recipe book. I don't have a pattern for this set, I just made them up as I went, but again, a quick google search or two will lead you to many tutorials and patterns.

As you start to think about holiday gifts, you will have many more inspired ideas. Feel free to share all your ideas at the Think Tank.

Thursday Think Tank Holiday Hop 
This post is part of the Holiday Edition of the Thursday Think Tank. You can link up a post about anything you have been thinking about, it does not have to be about the holidays or gifts. And you can link up more than once, as the blog hop continues, for a chance to win. Also, do follow the links to see what interesting thoughts are being shared.

You can find the Holiday Edition of the Thursday Think Tank here:

1. November 1 - Making Rebecca Lynne DIY Christmas Cards
2. November 8 - Piecemeal Quilts Thanksgiving Etiquette (when you are lucky enough to be a guest!)
3. November 15 - Canadian Abroad Holiday Decor
4. November 22 - Seriously...I Think it Needs Stitches & MRL free pillow cover pattern
5. November 29 - She Can Quilt Gifts for Tweens/Teens/Twenties
6. December 6 - Missy Mac Creations Christmas Gifts for Kids from Kids
7. December 13 - Rainbow Hare Quilts Wrapping it Up
8. December 20 - YOU!  DIY Christmas Party Link Up


  1. Link up any post from the past week that features some creative thinking going on in your creative world.   It can be anything, quilting, home improvement, fashion, crafting, DIY gifts, cooking...whatever you have recently thought "hmmm, you know what I should create" is perfectly appropriate for the Think Tank.  TTT is all about whatever you are currently brainstorming and would like feedback or encouragement on!
  2. Somewhere in your post, link back here to my blog. (Or grab the T.T.T. button for your sidebar.)
  3. Comment on at least a few of the other links—because what fun is a linky party without comments?



Monday, November 26, 2012

Monday, Monday

Bella baby blanket

Sometimes I just need to do something easy. This light weight baby blanket took no time, in fact I thought about it far longer than it took to make. It is about 36" square.

Bella baby blanket

I used two prints from Bella, by Lotta Jansdotter, and I backed it with flanel. Rather than cutting the flanel wrong (tonight I was truly having cutting issues so I was pretty sure I would mis-measure), I laid the flanel on the floor and smoothed the top on it just like when you baste a quilt only without the batting and with right sides together. Then I cut around the edge with my scissors. I sewed around the edge leaving a hole to turn it through.

Bella baby blanket

I did just enough stitching to keep it all nice after washing, which I will do tomorrow.

Bella baby blanket

It looks nice all folded, although the pictures are questionable, taken after dark and all. Time to get out the fancy lights for winter photos I think, thank you for bearing with me in the meantime.

This is destined, along with Whitewater, for a new family baby who is due very soon. I might have to make another of these light blankets tomorrow, they are fast and lovely.

Mod Pop

I cannot resist showing off Whitewater again, and in the summer sun too, I really love that little quilt.

Ohio Stars

Yesterday I did make more Ohio stars with my Oakshott Lipari fabrics. I took them out in the 10 minutes of sunny sunshine for a picture so you can see them glowing a little.

Ohio Stars

The sky was overcast by the time this much was done. It is hanging on my closet door now while I decide about borders. The star blocks and the plain linen squares are 3" finished so the runner/wall hanging is about 33" x 9" right now.

It is a week with blogging homework. On Thursday I am hosting the Thursday Think Tank for Making Rebecca Lynne. I will share my ideas for holiday presents for Tweens, Teens and Twenties. You can link up a post where you do some thinking, about anything at all.

Thursday Think Tank

Then on Monday December 3 is the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day. I have a set of Bella by Lotta Jansdotter fat quarters to give away, so you don't want to miss that either. Oh, and maybe you will plan a give away too?

And finally, you will be pleased to know that in this round, so far, the score is: Lurgy 0, Leanne 1.



Saturday, November 24, 2012

Making some stars

Trimming Ohio Stars

In the morning light, I trimmed.

Making Ohio Stars

The quarter square triangle units just glow. Oakshott Lipari shot cottons with Essex linen in light grey.

Making Ohio Stars

So shiny.

Making Ohio Stars

One more picture while the sun was up.


Later I finished sewing. These Ohio stars finish at 3" square.

Ohio Stars

I need more green ones, but it is late now. I will put them in the sun in the morning and take more pictures. And make more green ones, and then make them into something nice.

I worked hard this week and the lurgy is lurking again so I am taking it easy in the hopes of fighting it off. There were naps and healthy food in between star making. And tea.

I hope you are enjoying your weekend.



Tuesday, November 20, 2012

It's Wednesday, what is the work in progress?

3" Ohio Stars

It has been weeks since I posted on Wednesday about my work in progress or any kind of plan for the next week, but today I am doing that. I was able to get back to working with the shiny, beautiful Oakshott Liparis and some grey Essex linen Tuesday night - sorry about the very dark picture. I have several more 3" Ohio stars in progress. These are going to be  something for the holidays - a runner or a wall hanging I think.

Mod Pop in progress

Monday night I sewed, pressed and trimmed the curved units for enough more blocks on my Mod Pop quilt to make two more 4 block chains. I will be piecing those this week. We are trying to complete the quilt tops by December 2 in the Mod Pop QAL and I need to set the pace (people are quilting along with me after all) so I am working hard.

EPP Hexagons for Travellin' Pic Stitch Blog Hop

On Sunday I worked on some more hexies for the improv hexie blob. I also got more pillow inserts so I am hopeful the hexie pillow will be done soon. Don't forget that the Travellin' Pic Stitch Blog Hop link up is November 30.

Liberty Squares

I also am hopeful that this weekend I will be able to clear some floor space and get this Liberty quilt basted. It is my plan to use all those solid squares to practice different free motion quilting motifs but I can't start that until it is backed and basted.

I have a couple sets of bee blocks to get done this weekend. And the last thing on this week's list - let's be clear this is not the last thing by far on my entire WIP list, just all I can possibly imagine getting done this week - is to get to work on my last secret swap in progress - the Bee a {modern} Swapper holiday wrap up swap. I have a really good mini quilt plan for the swap, I just need to get started.

I am going to link up with Lee at Freshly Pieced's WIP Wednesday and also with the Canadians at the Needle and Thread Network's WIP Wednesday - the buttons are over on the right side bar of this blog. You will find inspiration and beautiful work on display in both of those groups, I hope you will visit them and link too up your work in progress too.

If you are having Thanksgiving this week, I wish you a lovely holiday.



Sunday, November 18, 2012

Sometimes I even work on a quilt

Mod Pop in progress

There is my large Mod Pop so far. I have at least two more chains of the aqua to make. The question I am contemplating is: do I also add one more block to the bottom of each chain, for a full queen size quilt.

Mod Pop - waiting to become curved units

This weekend I did some cutting. I cannot stand to cut all the pieces for a whole quilt at once, so I cut some, sew some.

Mod Pop - some curves sewn

I chain pieced the curved units. It took just about one hour to sew enough curved units for 7 blocks.

Mod Pop - curves all pressed and trimmed

Here are the units, pressed and trimmed.

Mod Pop in progress

There it is right side up. I am very excited at how this crazy colour scheme is coming together. I have one more block done and tonight I have to do more cutting before I can piece more blocks.

We are going to have another prize in the Mod Pop QAL for one of the people who get their the tops done for December 2. Despite the leisurely pace of the QAL, some people want to give their quilt as a holiday present so I am stepping up the pace some. Since my quilt is for me, I am just hoping to be done in time for holiday moving watching.

I hope you enjoyed your weekend. I am happy to be working a quilt for a change, it has been a long while, what with bags and EPP and swaps and bees and such.



Friday, November 16, 2012

An instance of happiness - Friday Felicities

The whole package for me

My internet friend Felicity, at Felicity Quilts has this thing she does called Friday Felicities. I have been trying to figure out what I could ever write about to join in. The internet dictionaries say that felicity means something that causes happiness or an instance of happiness.

Today I have one of those. Look at that package that came to me in the Fab Little Pincushion Swap from Leslie at Can't Stop Quilting.

Pincushion for me!

I often wonder if I have a quilting/sewing style. Then, when something like this arrives, I see that maybe I do. This is just so perfect. It is an improv triangle. It has shot cottons and Liberty tana lawn and linen and text. It is blue and green and purple and red.

Look, there is the tiniest piping!! And hand embroidery stitching. Oh, and this pincushion has a comforting weight to it too, it is not going to blow away or be knocked over, as there are plastic pellets inside.

Perfect. An instance of happiness - just for me.

A mug rug too!

If that were not enough, Leslie also sent me this beautiful mug rug. And she washed it to give it the texture I love. If you look back at the first picture you can see that she also sent me some squares of Liberty tana lawn - which you know is my favourite. She nailed me, better than I could have myself.

Thank you Leslie, this was truly a felicity, you made my day and my week.

Let's go to Felicity's blog and see what other instances of happiness have been happening.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

This and that, let's think a bit

For Hurricane Sandy Help Quilts - two blocks

On October 29, 2012 Hurricane Sandy - the largest Atlantic hurricane on record, hit land in New Jersey, and proceded to bring destruction to a highly populated areas of the USA. This hurricane's progress mesmerized me, friends and family in the eastern part of Canada were in its path, although it was expected to do less damage by the time it hit Canada.

A quilter - Jennifer from Knotted Thread - put out a call for quilt blocks and set up a flickr group - she had family and friends who were seriously affected and wanted to bring them a quilt. Well, the response - from around the world - was overwhelming and fast, check out discussions in the flickr group. Those are the blocks I sent. Today Jennifer posted some finished quilt tops. The generosity of quilters the world wide is amazing.

There are loads of ways to help more families affected by Hurricane Sandy. I think the fastest way to connect is to read Victoria at Bumblebeans's post here and look around her blog a bit, she has posted a number of other organizations who will get quilts to families in need.

Diamond Ripples - for Toni, Modern Blocks Bee

This is going to be a post of a bunch of somewhat random thoughts. That block above is called Diamond Ripples, from the Modern Blocks book, page 46 designed by Lara Finlayson and Toni asked for it in the Modern Blocks Bee. So I was wondering how that bit in the bottom corner was going to work in a quilt.

Diamond Ripples in a mosaic

Well, one can make a mosaic with your one block and see. I used the mosaic maker at Blue Huge Labs and set the space between the images to zero. Clearly Toni will have a wonderful quilt, one I was just not able to picture in my head at all.

Modern Baby Quilt block for Marci - Always Bee Learning

That block is for Marci in the Always Bee Learning Bee, it was designed by Malka Dubrawsky and is in her Fresh Quilts book. It is all Y seams, that was the learning part. Y seams are not hard at all, I think quilters need to totally stop worrying about them. If you want to see a tutorial about how to sew Y seams, Katie at From the Blue Chair just posted one today here, and she has a clever idea about how to mark the starting point too - she was sewing hexagons but a Y seam is a Y seam in the end and the technique is the same on any one of them.

Triple Zipper Pouch

Before I ramble on about blogging, that is my first triple zipper pouch, made with Debbie from A Quilter's Table's tutorial here. I am going to make another tonight for my Scrappy Swap partner, this one has a few things I would like to do better. But seriously, 3 working zippers and pockets in one pouch. Christmas is coming, gifts are needed, just saying. I will show you some more pictures as I go.

Do you get a lot of anonymous comments on your blog, and then a lot of emails about those comments? They are annoying and often try to sell me pharmaceuticals. In Blogger I went to the Design page, then to Settings, to Posts and Comments and then under the topic "who can comment" I changed it from "anyone" to "registered users". I believe that still lets most or all of the real people comment, but if you no longer can email me at shecanquilt [at] (use the @ symbol). The anonymous comments are gone, totally gone. I highly recommend this change, it was actually Susan's suggestion and it works.

Triple Zipper Pouch back

And while you are there, in Settings, go to Other, and at the top you should see blog tools. Export a copy of your blog to your computer or a usb stick or drive. Then you will have a blog back up. Lately folks have made mistakes, had computer issues, etc. It takes a few seconds and then you are set. I am going to try to do it every month, as I do my monthly recap, and you should too.

Partner, would you like a pouch with three pockets?

Today my friend Susan at Canadian Abroad is hosting the Thursday Think Tank which is Rebecca's regular link at Making Rebecca Lynne. If you have been doing some thinking, on any thing - it does not have to be about the holidays - you can link that post, and then visit some others too. To visit the others, at least right now on Susan's blog, you need to click the "trouble linking up, try here" button and you will then see and can follow links of the folks who have linked. It would be fun if a lot of folks were to link a thinking post at Susan's and visit the others, pretty much every post has some thinking in it, especially if you are quilting.

Do back up your blog, and give some thought to backing up your computer too. 



Monday, November 12, 2012

The Long Weekend Blog Hop - my thoughts on the Weekender Bag

Weekender Bag

Imagine my Weekender Bag, off on a ski weekend getaway. I have spent that last three weeks planning and making a Weekender Bag, which is a pattern by Amy Butler. I have wanted one of these bags for a long time and when I was invited to participate in the Long Weekend Blog Hop, it was the push I needed. My assignment was to make the bag and today is my day to write about the experience.

Weekender Bag

This is a large bag, it could easily hold enough stuff for a weekend away, including the extra shoes and hairdryer. It uses a lot of fabric and interfacing and can be quite pricy to make. I decided to see if I could use fat quarters and fabric on hand and only purchase the zipper and interfacing.

And I had these beautiful Juggling Summer fat quarters from Zen Chic - Brigitte Heitland, that were begging me to use them. In fact this might be one of my new favourite fabric lines, just look at it.

Weekender Bag

To make the fat quarters stretch, I used some Kona Coal for inside the pockets. I measured about 1.5" down from where the pocket would cross the side of the fronts and sides and then seamed in the solid. I also had to seam the side pieces at the top where you would normally have cut them on the fold. If you do that, remember to add a seam allowance when you cut.

Weekender Bag

I took advice from the tips shared by Elizabeth Hartman at Oh, Fransson! to quilt my panels. I layered a piece of heavy weight woven non-fusible interfacing, then a layer of quilt batting/wadding trimmed a generous 1/2" smaller than the pattern piece and then the outside fabric. I used the heavy weight woven interfacing as I don't know what she means by "cotton duck", and it worked fine.

Weekender Bag

I made my handles differently from the pattern, in part because I read Debbie from A Quilter's Table's cautions about the handles in her post here. To make stronger and more comfortable handles, I cut a 6" piece of Essex Linen that was about 50"long - as that was the longest piece I had on hand. I am happy to report that it just fits over my shoulder should I want to carry the bag that way. I folded the linen just like a quilt binding - in half and then both sides to the middle and I also put one layer of quilt batting into the folds. Then I quilted them shut.

The handles are 1.5" wide and have a softness which should help in holding the heavy bag. I  sewed them down a lot, 4 lines across and also I traced the quilting lines up and down the handles so they are seriously secure now - the bag will break before these handles pop off.

Weekender Bag - stitching in the piping

Another challenge I had was that my sewing machine is not very happy to work with its zipper foot for this kind of application. It does not manage the layers of fabric, batting, interfacing well with its oddly shaped zipper foot. And that foot does not snug in nicely to the piping either.

So I though, the walking foot is for thick fabric and my machine is a dual feed with the walking foot built in for easy use. Well, much to my surprise, it works wonderfully.  In this picture you can see it sitting on top of the piping (my piping is 1/4" thick). It sewed along, moving the fabrics evenly on top and bottom. I moved slowly and it sounded odd but the stitches are strong and it looks fine.

Weekender Bag - stitching the pieces with piping in place

The thickness problem is compounded when one is sewing those layered pieces together with the piping in between. The walking foot worked excellently. Here you can see the left side of the foot is on the piping so that the needle can fall just to the right of it. I used the walking foot for almost every part of this bag.

Weekender Bag - stitching the zipper

Even the zipper - who knew that a walking foot would chug happily along with half of it on the zipper. Remember that this piece is thick, it has fabric, batting, interfacing, and then those are all folded over (if I had read carefully I could have cut my batting smaller here as this seam allowance is larger but I did not so the batting was folded in too). Those of you with the pattern will also note I sewed this upside down,  with the zipper on top, so I could see what it was doing and so that the zipper did not have to move along the feed dogs of the sewing machine.

Weekender Bag - before lining

No one shows this part. After I stitched the bag together, I went back and stitched closer to the piping on those bits where it needed it. Yes, some parts needed it, it is really hard to stitch close to piping. My stitching was wobbly too. And I did a whole extra round of stitching inside the seam allowance after I was done, just to reinforce the bag - remember I am a bag stuffer and my bag will be heavy.  It looks a fright. Do not sweat the mess, it will hide in the lining.

One thing, I did not clip the curves. The pattern did not suggest it and I assumed that was to make sure that the bag has the most strength with the seam allowances intact. When it was turned it looks fine, especially given all the bulk but if your corners are oddly shaped, a clip or two to release the curve a little will likely help.

My lining fabric

I chose this lovely dobby dot woven fabric which is Etchings by Three Sisters for the lining. It is a thicker fabric with actual dobby dots, which is a weaving technique seen far less often now. This bag, its size and shape remind me of my grandmother, who had proper luggage, as a lady did. Her suitcases had beautiful linings, like this and so I wanted my bag to remind me of her. Also, the thicker fabric worked well without any additional interfacing.

Weekender Bag - stitching the lining

A lot of folks found stitching the lining in by hand to be a chore. First, I tacked it in the bottom corners. Then I sewed up the side seams catching the edge of the seam allowance from the lining to the seam allowance from the side seam - sorry I did not take a picture of that but you can see how the lining sits at the seam in that picture above. Then I folded the lining and pinned it in place along the zipper and stitched as you see above. I used large stitches, there will be little wear on this part so the key is to keep it from catching in the zipper.

Weekender Bag - Lining

No one mentions that you will have folds at the corners but this is necessary to make that thinner layer of fabric only fit around the full corner on the inside. Just fold it as required.

Weekender Bag - lining

See, it looks nice when it is done. It took about a couple of hours to stitch the lining in, but I did it while I was making dinner and waiting on things to happen, so I did not pay that much attention to the time. The most important thing is work where there is good light, the bag gets in way and it is difficult to see what you are doing.

Weekender Bag - Lining

And here is my lining, all stitched in. I still need to make a false bottom, I just don't have any plastic on hand. Given its size, this bag will pooch down from the bottom when it is full, especially since I did not use Peltex, and a bit of plastic or something sitting on the bottom will help with that.

Weekender Bag

This picture shows this classic bag design off. The wide opening makes it easy to pack it full. Also, you can see how I did not match the pockets that well. I am good with that but if it is the kind of thing bothers you it would be important to watch the placement and pin carefully as you sew together the outside pieces.

Overall, this is a challenging bag to make. In the "real world" this kind of luggage is produced on industrial strength machines, not on home quilting sewing machines. It would have been easier without the piping, but the piping makes the bag - it is part of the classic design - so there is no way I would leave it off.

My Weekender Bag

The pattern is written in the same format as standard garment pattern. If you are not familiar with the approach of such patterns it will seem difficult to read and understand. As with all garment patterns, it is important to read and re-read the whole pattern - I am sure I read it all at least 20 times. And take your time with the pieces and the steps, think them through. One of the reasons garment makers make a "muslin" (trial piece) is to work out the kinks of construction, so if you just dive in to the real thing, it is important not to rush through.

I did most of the actual cutting and sewing the bag over this last weekend, and that was not a great idea. It would have been better spaced over a week or two, with time for things to sink in and for me to have a break from it as I went. There might have been less colourful language that way too.

My Weekender Bag

Imagine it, packed and ready to go, just waiting on the bed. The Long Weekend Blog Hop is underway and you can visit all the bloggers for more hints and insights into making this bag. I have to tell you that  they have all made the best bags too, well worth a look.

Here is the list of blog hop stops:

October 15: Lori Hartman at Lori H. Designs and Heidi Staples at Fabric Mutt
October 22: Debbie Jeske at A Quilter's Table
October 29: Beth at Plum and June
October 5: Jenelle at Echinops and Aster
November 9: Jennifer at Ellision Lane Quilts
November 10: Courtney at Mon Petit Lyons
November 11: Sarah at Blueprint Textiles
November 12: Leanne at She Can Quilt - you are here, that's me.
November 13: Lori at Lori H. Designs
November 14: Heidi at Fabric Mutt
November 15: Taryn at Pixels to Patchwork

Then, on November 16 - 18 you can link up your own Weekender Bag at Lori H. Designs to share in the prizes from our wonderful sponsors! There will also be some encouragement to show "What's in your Weekender?" at that time - hmm, I wonder what my grandmother would have said about that?

You can see more Weekender Bags on Flickr here. There is also a Threadbias group here.

And we have a long weekend here, the day off in honour of Remembrance Day, so it truly is the Long Weekend for me.