Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Purse Class Anxiety

Today I am off to purse class with Joyce.  We decided to pick the hardest bag design that Amy Butler offers (in my opinion).   It took me over three hours to get all the pattern pieces ready and then get all the pieces cut out.  Each piece required the exterior fabric, lining and interior fabric.  It's a LARGE bag.  It has multiple pockets and three zippered sections.  We came to the conclusion that if we can master this bag then we can make anything.

In reality I am freaking out.  If I didn't have Joyce to talk me off the proverbial sewing ledge I might have thrown in the towel.  I have been given strict orders that I am to leave all anxiety at the door, so I'm sharing my fears with you.  I get impatient when I sew.  I find quilting so much easier.  There's something about all the pattern pieces, markings and the three pages of microscopic directions let alone three zippers that's a bit overwhelming.  I thought about taking a Benadryl before I leave home, to calm my nerves, but am concerned I might fall asleep while sewing my sleeve to the outer flap.

If the Lord prompts you to think of me today, please send up a prayer for me to get a grip.  Aren't classes suppose to be fun?  Why are we so hard on ourselves?  I'm giving this bag to my daughter if I can actually make it.  What she doesn't know is that she will be using it, everyday, for the rest of her life.



  1. I'm sure you'll be fine! Relax and have fun; looking forward to seeing your finished bag.

  2. Good morning, Renee, I hope you have a great time today! You and Joyce are so creative. It's so neat that you can share this project together. BTW, your music selections are also beautiful. I like opening your blog to listen while I read other stuff with my morning coffee (after reading here first of course). :-) Amanda

  3. Good Morning Renee.
    Yes, I will certainly be praying for you today. You will do a great job and this will be such a fun experience for you!
    I look forward to seeing your finished product. :o)
    Sincerely ~ Tricia

  4. Purse prayers headed your way! I don't know why we're so hard on ourselves. Just enjoy the journey and may you have a blessed day!

  5. Will be looking forward to seeing your purse. You will do great on it so relax and enjoy.

  6. What a great bag. I'm sure your daughter will love it. You will be fine, but I did pray for your peace about it. Can't wait to see the finished purse.
    Loved the collection that your daughter picked for a quilt. I was at my quilt store today, but they didn't have it. Is it really new or been out awhile. The owner wasn't there (poor baby is stuck in Paris) so I couldn't ask if it had been ordered.
    Your platters are great too. I really liked the one with the flowers.
    Wow I had some catching up to do.

  7. You will do just fine..I know you can do it...I just adore that bag and AB is my hero..if only I could sew. Hugs...would love to see your bag when it is all one. xox

  8. Oh I can't wait to see this bag!! :)


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