Tuesday, November 18, 2014


This has been a crazy month, but I did finish three bags for my boys. 

I love how these show their personalities:  diggers for Monkey, Angry Birds for Panda, and a purple animal print for Cheetah.  What are they keeping in their bags?

Their own soccer balls.  (I love Monkey's tiny soccer ball!) 

This time I started with rectangles 18 x 21 inches and sewed the bag together completely.  Then I added the black casing for the ties.  This makes it so there is no raw edge rubbing against the ties. 

However, it adds extra bulk and the bag doesn't close as tightly. 

The idea for this casing came from the drawstring bag tutorial at A Quilting Life.  While I love having no raw edges, I'm not sure if I will do it again.  I do see lots more bags in my future.  They are great for organizing things.  I may make some for the boys winter mittens and hats. 

Plus I have started the quilt for my sister-in-law for Christmas. 

It's another twister quilt made my way.  I hope to finish this before Thanksgiving.  Then I will only have a table runner, two pillow cases, and a tree skirt left to make for Christmas.  It will be nice to do more sewing without deadlines. 

I have been so focused on getting ready for Christmas that I almost forgot that I started blogging in November 2013.  This has been a wonderful year for me, and I treasure the friendships I have made with other bloggers. 

So to say, "Thanks for making blogging worthwhile," I am going to have a giveaway.  :)  I actually bought two panels of Jeepers Creepers for a Halloween quilt and ended up using only one. 

So if you are interested in my other panel plus a yard of candy corn fabric, just leave me a comment telling me what your favorite holiday is.  This giveaway is open to anyone. I will keep it open through Friday and notify the winner through email. (So make sure I can reach you.)  I will then update this post. 

Update:  This giveaway is now closed.  Congratulations, Vicki!


P.S.  I am linking up with Lorna for Let's Bee Social.  (Link on sidebar). 


  1. Oddly, my favorite "holiday" is Groundhog Day (2/2). It was my grandpa's, brother's, and 2nd cousin's birthday. We always made a big deal of it when we were kids. Love the different personalities shown by the three bags. Cute!

  2. Congrats on your one year! The bags are really cute too!

  3. Any holiday where I get presents is a good one in my book! And what is the present that everyone knows is sure to delight me? Fabric!
    Thanks for your giveaway and for the great quilty inspiration. I am in awe of how much you manage to get done--but am grateful because then I get to see the pics!

  4. Congratulations!!!
    My favorite holiday is Christmas ( actually, I love the Christmas season, once all of the decorating is done)!

  5. Am very fond of Halloween but it has to be Christmas! congrats on the blogiversary!

  6. Congratulations Jasmine! You inspire me constantly with all your beautiful finishes. I am looking forward to seeing what you make in the next year. If you happen to draw my name, feel free to draw again. As you know I am trying to get fabric out of my stash but I couldn't go without sending you good wishes.

  7. First off, I love the bags . They are so fun! Halloween is just fun! Thanksgiving is special and calm. Christmas is magic. Hard to choose, they are all unique.

  8. Congratulations on your first blogiversary, Jasmine! The bags are really cute and would be great for so many things. Thanks for sharing your experiences with the casing. Nice job!

  9. Wow a whole year already, where does the time go-but you have accomplished a lot this year! Christmas is my favorite with Halloween my second favorite so the panel would be just perfect, hehe!

  10. Happy Blogiversary!! Love the colors on your twister! I've made several twister quilts. I too am looking forward to sewing w/o deadlines. =)

  11. Happy Blogiversary! Nice color choices for your twister quilt. The bags are very cute. I just made a bag for my daughter, but just for shoes, not cute soccer balls :) Though the shoes in question are neon green and neon yellow with a dash of pink, and she thinks they're cute...I just think they fit :)

  12. Okay, I like your way of making twister blocks! Clever!!! My favourite holiday is Christmas. :-)

  13. Fourth of July. Just found your blog and am enjoying reading it all.

  14. Happy Blogiversary! Love your cute bags for the boys. I think I may have to make some for my grandson!

  15. Happy blogiversary!!! (& Many More!) Looove your bags, and the quilt!!! Sooo cool!
    My Favorite Holiday is Christmas!!! Looooooooove it! :)

  16. I admit I love Halloween, imagination plus candy. I love Christmas decorations and color and the meaning of the season. Valentines day too, because I enjoy a heart and the color red. I agree on your twister tutorial, it's clever with the ruler but lots of waste and lots of cutting in awkward ways. The only reason I liked making one was the scraps my friends gave me when they were done!! LeeAnna at not afraid of color

  17. Congratulations on a year. I enjoy your posts and love your boys nicknames.
    As for my favorite holiday it has to be Christmas.
    Those bags are cute.

  18. Happy blogiversary!! Is it surreal that an entire year has passed?? Mine is coming up the end of next month and I just can't believe a year has passed! What a ride it has been huh? :D

    Love your boys bags! I bet they get tons of use and love :) And your SIL's quilt looks really good! Not colors I would normally pick but your fabric choices and placements have made this combo a winner (IMHO haha)!

  19. As usual, love all of your makes, Jasmine!!!


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