Today is the first day of the December Blog A Day challenge. This is a blog challenge for sewing/quilting professionals to keep us mindful of blogging during the busiest time of the year. This is a great time for a glimpse behind the scenes of the goings-on at the cabin during the holidays.

Many of you already know that I wear several hats in the sewing and quilting industry. Aside from my design work and running Cabin in the Woods Quilters, I am also a traveling teacher and lecturer with an active travel schedule. In addition to being a pattern partner with many fabric companies, I am also a salesman for Michael Miller Fabrics in Virginia, North Carolina, and West Virginia.

At the close of month of November, I completed my final program and teaching assignments for the 2019 year. Yay me. That leaves me a little time to design new projects, write upcoming blogs, record new videos for the website, and write some classes for the new year. I spent the week before the Thanksgiving week in Asheville, NC visiting shops in Hendersonville, Weaverville, Fletcher, and Burnsville, NC. I love meeting the shop owners and showing all the fabulous new fabrics for Michael Miller.

Thanksgiving week was spent doing some much-needed household cleaning for our upcoming company. My college boys returned home and share a space with my 3rd-floor studio. Filming stopped for the week. My mother came for a visit. We did our best to get some sewing done together while she was here and failed miserably. We spent more time making all the amazing food for the family and attempting to keep the kitchen sink empty. We also had a family birthday to celebrate while we were gathered.

I did manage to start and nearly finish a project that I have been meaning to make for about 6 years. Check it out.

Sew Together Bag by Sew Demented Designs

I found the pattern for the Sew Together Bag by Sew Demented several years ago. I fell in love with the design and have pulled the pattern out many times to make it. I have even purchased all the zippers multiple times. Every time I teach a class there is at least one of my students who brings their Sew Together Bag to class. I fall in love all over again and vow to make it. This week… I finally cut out all of the parts and stabilizers and gathered the zippers. I read through the pattern again and found this awesome video on YouTube… cause with everyone in the house I wanted something easy to follow since I knew I would be interrupted many times during the making. (This is how I prevent unsewing when I am using another person’s pattern.)

I wish I could show you everything complete… but I didn’t make it. I still have to install the final zipper and the binding. That’s OK though… because you are getting a blog post every day this month so I’m bound to finish it right?

I will check in with you again tomorrow. For now, it’s back to the studio where I am working diligently on the My Scrappy Gift Monthly Challenge. Read more about it by following the link. Time to get that video complete so you can get working on this month’s challenge.

Until tomorrow… Happy Quilting.