In a week or so I am going to visit my parents in Pittsburgh, and will also see a good friend of mine, Mary.  Her mother died this past week.  It has been a challenging time for my friend, dealing with a dying parent, family drama, and now trying to arrange the funeral details.  Mary is meticulous, and is trying so hard to honor her mother this week, despite  all the conflicts and challenges her family presents.  I decided to make Mary a gift.  She doesn’t even know I am coming to town, as I felt like that was one less thing for her to worry about.  I’ll let her know in a few days, but in the meantime, I’ve been making her a custom tote bag.

It’s based on a design from a book I have, but I am trying to customize it, put my own stamp on it.  So far, I have the lining, plus pocket (new design element) completed.  I was working on the exterior today, when I realized that the fabric I was planning to use for a part of the exterior was not enough.  Not big enough to do what I wanted.  I have another option picked out, but I haven’t decided yet if it is the right direction.  Although the colors fit the plan, the style is different – it doesn’t seem to fit.

When I buy fat quarters at the quilt store or at the fabric store, it seems like lots of fabric to experiment with. But then when I try to work with it and design something, it is not enough.  Too short, too narrow, too small.  I’m not sure yet what I will do about my tote bag fabric – a decision for tomorrow.