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The Thing About Hobbies


The thing about a good hobby is it can be whatever you need it to be. Relaxing, engaging, social, anti-social, meditative, challenging- a great hobby will cover the entire spectrum. Sewing is this way for me. When I need calm, I can pick up my hand-stitching and just be quiet with my thoughts for a while. When I need some social interaction, I get together with my quilty friends and talk late into the night while we stitch. When I need to just get away from my own thoughts for a while, I can try out something devilishly hard which only leaves room for thoughts like, "Four zippers! Seriously, why did I pick a project with four zippers. " This week I definitely needed that sort of distracting project.






Pattern: Sew Together Bag by SewDemented
I could not have done it without the excellent photos and instructions posted in the Quilt Barn's Sew-A-Long. Thanks, Heather!
My two regrets- that I didn't go with an orange binding instead of the gray and that I let my kids see the finished product. Now they all want it.

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