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I finished the three ‘Christmas Shopping Bags’ this past week.  Amazingly, everything went together really well and there were no ‘oops’ moments if you don’t count the two times I sewed the lining bottoms completely closed and then had to unsew enough to allow for turning the bags right side out. In spite of that, I’m really quite pleased with the end result and I think they look pretty good. I was surprised by how much time they took to make.  Somehow, I had the idea that this would be a quick project.  Not so.  Here’s hoping the intended recipients like them and use them.

I spent all day Saturday cutting out the fabric and for DS and DDiL’s Christmas present.  I’ve learned that organization is the key to success with Pam Bono designs, so I was careful to tick off on the pattern each piece as I cut it, and to store them in labelled zip lock bags.  Today, I’m making the first of the strip sets. I’ve promised myself that the quilt top has to be completed by the end of October to allow the lady who does my long arm quilting lots of time and so that hopefully I will get the top back with enough time to sew on the binding before it’s time to get it into the mail.  Funny how when I think of it like that, there’s really not all that much time before Christmas.  And there’s still the placemats to do for DD and I’ve fallen way behind in my paper piecing from Silver Linings. I thought I had everything well in hand, but obviously, I don’t.  How does that happen?

I still have some Fall gardening to do.  I want to plant some garlic and I think this is the year to replace all the daffodil bulbs that believe it or not, winter killed about 4 years ago.  I didn’t think it was possible to kill off bulbs, but that particular winter killed all my irises, daffodils, wind flowers and all but a couple of my lilies.  That winter was followed by a particularly colourless spring and I think it’s time to replace some of my losses.  Gardening in Zone 4/5 can be a challenge.

And now for a public service announcement. Tomorrow, I go for my bi-annual mammogram.  Just a reminder to anyone over the age of 50 of the importance of this simple test.  We are very fortunate in BC to have the Screening Mammography Program that provides free mammograms every two years to all women aged 40 and over who have no first degree relative that has been diagnosed with breast cancer.  I fall into that group and I’ve been going every two years for the past 25 years.  Women with a family history of the disease are screened more frequently. Public service announcement now complete. 

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Comment by Rebecca Sundberg on September 23, 2014 at 6:23pm

Glad everyone accepted the PSA in the spirit it was intended.  Now if I could just get my DD (age 43) to listen.  As Barb/WI says "A mammogram is too important to postpone".  And I wish her DIL the very best outcome. 

Comment by Barbara Graham on September 23, 2014 at 5:23pm

I love the bags! And no, Pam Bono designs work but they're not quick. I used one of her patterns to make a quilt for my older son, years ago. I was swearing a blue streak but it turned out beautifully.

Mammogram up to date here. It's not my favorite event but why be stupid about it. A few seconds of discomfort and you're done.

Comment by Roxann on September 22, 2014 at 7:14pm

LOVE the bags! I'm sure they will love and cherish them, if they don't I will gladly send you my address! :) I pulled my potted plants a couple weeks ago. We had so much rain everything got root rot. I still have some landscape work to do, but thankfully it's minimal. Pretty soon I will be up to my elbows in leaves. 

Thank you for the PSA and wishing you a clean bill of health!

Comment by Barb/WI on September 22, 2014 at 6:07pm

I can not tell you enough just how much I love those bags!  Way to go!  I'm sure they will be used, and loved.  Thank you for the important mammogram reminder.  My DIL is on her second round of breast cancer in the past 3 years.  A mammogram is too important to postpone.

Comment by Donna Sykes on September 22, 2014 at 5:38pm

Beautiful Christmas bags! I can see that they were quite involved. Came out great.

Comment by Janet/MO on September 22, 2014 at 2:51pm

Those bags are absolutely adorable!  I get a mammogram every yr.  I don't have a family history of breast cancer, but I do have a family history of other types of female cancers so I would rather be safe than sorry.

Comment by Pam/NY on September 22, 2014 at 12:30pm

Those bags are so darn cute...I hope the people who get them realize how much work goes into them.

I took the girls to get our annual mammo last week. Need to keep up with all screening at this age!

Comment by Catherine/TX on September 22, 2014 at 10:23am

Oh how I love those bags!!!  And I love the wall hanging in the back too!

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on September 22, 2014 at 8:31am

Cute bags, REbecca.  They do look like a lot of work, though.  I've sometimes found that projects that I thought were going to be "quick and easy" were not, while other projects that I thought would be challenging went together no problem.  Isn't that the way it goes?

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