Many of you have had the joy of receiving one of those great bags that my BFF Joan makes. I want to share my story of Joan's bags with you.
It was almost a year ago on one of our Friday night stitching nights, that Joan brought out a few of these bags that she had just made. I immediately fell in love with one that had pumpkins on it. Which was very weird as I have been scarred by pumpkins. You see my birthday is in October so growing up my mother always got a cake that was a pumpkin. I hated it! I felt cheated as I never had a real birthday cake. Oh well, there was this pumpkin bag of Joan's. I had to have it. I told Joan I wanted it and she too was surprised. I bought it.
The next morning I woke up, still loving this pumpkin bag, and decided that I would use this bag for small projects to work on during my breaks at work. It quickly dawned on me that I would really only be able to use this during October. Oh no, did I buy the wrong bag? Should I have bought a more generic bag? One with a stitching theme maybe? No, I really liked these pumpkins. There was only one answer, I needed one for each month.
Since I am an early riser, I had to wait until I thought that Joan would be up. I called and asked her if she would be up for making me one of these for each month, themed for that particular month. Of course, she said she would and because she lives in "Joan's House of Everything", she knew she already had fabric for November and some of the other months. And she did. And the others we picked up as we could find them.
So here are pictures of my monthly bags. Be sure to zoom in on these so you can see all the details of these fabrics. They are all so cool!
This first picture is October, November, December and January. The themes for these months are pretty self explanatory.
Here are February, March, April and May. May is for Mother's Day.
And, June (Father's Day), July, August and September. August is the only month that doesn't have any holidays or special days in it. However, I think we hit it pretty good with the "family reunion" fabric.
Joan also makes larger bags. Unfortunately I do not have one of these for every month. I do have this one for winter.
You may have read a previous post here about our annual stitching retreat. 2 years ago, we decided to have a theme for them. Last year was flip-flops and this year was Patriotic. Joan made these bags which I received at our retreats.
I just received my last one (September) on Friday night. I love all of them and am excited to be starting over with them again come October.