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Booooo ya

October 17th, 2011

I did it.  I not only climbed the Mt. Everest of sewing… I also swam the English Channel of sewing.  Everyone said the instructions were hard - so I didn’t read them (better living through ignorance).   Even though I had Flat Tim watching over me (and boy, he had doubts)…
Boooooo ya
… and even though my Weekender looks different than all the others… and even though I gave up on the piping… and even though I skipped all the fusing and intersomething stuff by quilting my pieces… I’m still very happy. Oh so happy.
Boooooo ya
And I’m ready to make another.  In 2024.

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79 Responses

  1. The fabulous Thimbleanna allegedly said:

    WOW! That’s Awesome! I can’t wait to see her in real life!!! I LOVE your fabric choice!

  2. The fabulous Kimberly allegedly said:

    …for me? You’re ready to make another for me.

    (I think you hit “post” before adding that part.


  3. The fabulous Kristyne allegedly said:

    Kudos, dude! Hey, I’ve made that bag too … twice. I also gave up on the piping. Correction - I didn’t even bother. Piping makes me crabby. Your Weekender looks fan-frikin-tastic - or should I say Happy … or Yummy! haha When are you taking your weekender out? And where? And can I come too? ;)

  4. The fabulous AJ allegedly said:

    Love it. The colors are so bright and cheerful. It makes me smile! :-)


  5. The fabulous amy dunn allegedly said:

    It’s fantastic!!! Im planning on trying it very soon. :)

  6. The fabulous Sarah allegedly said:

    I need flat Tim to come live here. Please? Pretty please? He needs to travel! (LOVE him.)

  7. The fabulous Jackie allegedly said:

    I guess you found your sherpa and damn that sherpa is a good one!!

  8. The fabulous Mary Ann allegedly said:

    Oh I think Kimberly misunderstood and you’re making one for ME! I’ll settle for what every fabric you choose BTW….lol!

  9. The fabulous Patti allegedly said:

    You go girl! Fabulous job. I LOVE that you skipped all that nasty intersomething. Do you rent out flat Tim, and does he have a passport??

  10. The fabulous LaVonne allegedly said:

    seriously Bitchin Bag!!


  11. The fabulous Polly allegedly said:

    I made one for myself too, this summer. And although it turned out nice and I use it every day for work, I’ll never make another one… NEVER!

  12. The fabulous duff allegedly said:

    Rock on Saucy Mama!! Your weekender is the height of rock stardom! Booooo-ya!!

  13. The fabulous Michelle Olsen allegedly said:

    Your Weekender bag looks awesome! I don’t think I’ll ever be brave enough to attempt it - complicated non-flat item patterns give me hives :) I seriously love your sewing machine deco - Flat Tim is totally going to help you ‘Make It Work’ and I laughed at the Flowmaster sticker, since that’s the type of dual exhaust we have on our F150.

  14. The fabulous Emily allegedly said:

    Good job, smarty pants! Love the quilting idea.

  15. The fabulous sparklesax allegedly said:

    Flat Tim!
    Flat Tim is awesome.
    You made it work, so psh to all those who say reading the directions!
    Flat Tim. I’m gonna have to get me one of those!

  16. The fabulous Megan allegedly said:

    Everyone needs a Flat Tim.

    And by everyone, I mean ME.

    You ROCK!!!

  17. The fabulous Tabitha O. allegedly said:

    Seriously if all the weekenders were alike the world would be a boring place……love it

  18. The fabulous AnnieO allegedly said:

    Booya indeed. Flat Tim looks dubious–glad you proved him wrong!

  19. The fabulous QBee allegedly said:

    Love it!! And my fears are fewer knowing I could skip the piping. . .

  20. The fabulous Wendy allegedly said:

    The bag looks great…. the pic of Flat Tim looking over your sewing….too funny.

  21. The fabulous daisy allegedly said:

    you go girl - it looks great - I might join you in 2024

  22. The fabulous Anne Heidi allegedly said:

    Your bag looks awesome- love the fabric!!!!

  23. The fabulous Starry allegedly said:

    I love it! I keep meaning to make one of my own but just havent bought the pattern yet.

    I have made a couple of Sophia Carry alls and though there is no way they would carry all my stuff I used each one to death. I linked straight to the post.

    I also had issues with the piping, it was very uneven but no one else seemed to notice.

  24. The fabulous Laura Jane allegedly said:

    Super fun happy time! Well done!

  25. The fabulous Nancy allegedly said:

    Super cute! I have been wanting to make one of these - it’s going on my to do list!

  26. The fabulous Sarah allegedly said:

    Gorgeous! I want one now…

  27. The fabulous cindy allegedly said:

    Oh, I love it. So Y.O.U. :) I dream of the day when we can sew together….or at least fondle fabric together. :)

  28. The fabulous Cindy allegedly said:

    MY HERO!!! Look at you sew! YOU GO GIRL!! I am SO proud of you!! I love everything about this bag. (yeah…and the fabric is amazing…who is the most talented designer of that, btw…*wink*) I don’t know that I have the courage to try this, but I’ll sit and admire yours! xoxo

  29. The fabulous blop allegedly said:

    See….told you sew!!! Adorable!

  30. The fabulous kate spain allegedly said:

    YUM YUM!! you are a sewing goddess. and don’t even tell me that thing has a zipper on it? jaw-dropping awe here. it’s a beauty! xxoo

  31. The fabulous Vickie allegedly said:

    lol! 2024??? Well, let me tell you - That bag rocks!! :)

  32. The fabulous SuzK allegedly said:

    Love the bag, but your last sentence pretty much sums up my feeling about making bags! thanks for the giggle

  33. The fabulous Jill Tanner allegedly said:

    I LOVE this and I LOVE your Flat Tim. So much cooler than Flat Stanley. Your weekender looks amazing and I can’t wait til I reach this level of sewing some day!

  34. The fabulous Jessica allegedly said:

    This post made me laugh out loud! I loved it! :)

  35. The fabulous karen allegedly said:

    Turned out awesome!

  36. The fabulous jenny b harris allegedly said:

    Awesome bag!!! I need a flat Tim, too. But even with his help I don’t think I could pull off that awesomeness! It’s super-awesome!

  37. The fabulous Lee allegedly said:

    As soon as I saw, “I climbed the Mt. Everest of sewing,” I thought, “She made the Weekender bag!” It looks great, I love it in Happy Mochi!

    Love Flat Tim.

  38. The fabulous Mary Ellen allegedly said:

    Congrats!!! It’s beautiful. and may I officially induct you into the “Yes, I followed a pattern….sort of…” club!!! It’s a skill, and may I say, You’ve got skills!!

  39. The fabulous Wrennette allegedly said:

    I am so impressed by your ‘capabilities’..you never cease to impress and amaze me. You know, you should be a ‘teacher’. You should open up a SCHOOL..and I should be one of your first students. You could teach an entire ‘class’ of students/admirers how to make one beautiful item after another..then one or two from your class could go out and do the same thing..and not only would there be many talented women circulating out there..they would be purchasing ‘fabric’ by huge quanities and SMILING at everyone….ah! such is happiness! All this because you hit another one out of the ball park!!! You are impressive!

  40. The fabulous Laurie allegedly said:

    Bags are always hard! Yours looks fantastic! Way to complete the “iron man” of sewing :)

  41. The fabulous cinzia allocca allegedly said:

    WOW! I love it! And I love your flat TIM! He talks to me too, when I’m struggling with a project. Whenever I’m ready to give up, I hear him say: “MAKE IT WORK!!!” and I do!!

  42. The fabulous Kelly allegedly said:

    Love the bag!!! Aren’t instructions meant to be interpreted????

  43. The fabulous Teresa allegedly said:

    It turned out great! Do you want to loan me the pattern and I’ll return it by 2024? I’m one of those crazy ladies who really wants to make it just so I can say I did it.

    Good work, lady, and your fabric choice is, of course, just fabulous.

  44. The fabulous Jenny allegedly said:

    LOVE your bag! I’m itching to make a smaller, less complicated tote bag with your Blue Floraburst print. And I LOVE that Tim Gunn “supervises” you as you Make It Work!

  45. The fabulous Pam allegedly said:

    Oh you zombie gal you! Special powers you did possess! Love the fabric…it looks tote ally cool! heehee…Now go someplace and use that bag!! Weekend trip to California perhaps?

  46. The fabulous Char allegedly said:

    WOW! Great job … still giggling that “flat” Tim watches you .. hehehehe. Ok, I think I need to jump on the band wagon and now make one too … for next years retreat, right? Congrats … looks great!

  47. The fabulous Sharrieboberry allegedly said:

    Congratulations on your finish! Wow! Tim is such an inspiration! I’m glad he was able to help you “get ‘er done.” Oh wait, that would be Larry. Maybe I’ll post Larry the Cable guy on my sewing machine.

    Naw, I think I’ll post a pic of Hugh Jackman instead.

  48. The fabulous kendascrafts allegedly said:

    love your Tim Gunn! I’ll have to get something like that for my machine. The bag looks great!

  49. The fabulous DianeP allegedly said:

    Congratulations Monica! Your weekender looks beautiful!!

    No one has to know about the missed and/or fuged stuff - only you and me and a million readers of your blog!!

    Love it, love it, love it - hope you enjoy it in good health!

  50. The fabulous Patti allegedly said:

    I have been wanting to try that bag for the LONGEST time!

  51. The fabulous mo allegedly said:

    No way!!! You are a rockstar!! It is gorgeous!!!

  52. The fabulous HeidiMonkey allegedly said:

    It’s gorgeous and congratulations! I just finished mine last weekend and I have the very same sense of accomplishment! I also want another one but there is no way I’m making one again until I forget how difficult this one was. You did a gorgeous fabulous job, here’s a pic of mine!!

  53. The fabulous Bridgette allegedly said:

    Seriously Zombie, you had doubts? You are a sewing goddess :) We bow to the likes of you!

  54. The fabulous nanette allegedly said:

    Amazing. Because for years I’ve wanted to make this but you named all the reasons I didn’t. IT looks great. Be careful. I might want to steal it. Esp with your fabric made in it.

  55. The fabulous Kristin J allegedly said:

    Awesome! The Weekender is legendary! There’s a funny post on the hip stitch albuquerque website/blog. Suzanne has said she will never make another and then, she does. . . ha ha. I am struggling to make the Amy honey bun poof - I feel like calling her and saying, “REALLY?” but I love her stuff.

  56. The fabulous Johanna allegedly said:

    Love it! I’m so jealous right now!

  57. The fabulous Stephanie allegedly said:

    Holy crap, that was quick! Looks great! 2024 is about 100 years earlier than I will make another one. Kudos to you!

  58. The fabulous Sally allegedly said:

    It is fantabulous. I love and adore it.

    I was ready to place my order until I read this:

    And I’m ready to make another. In 2024.

    I guess it was a little harder than the apples and mini treat bags . . .

  59. The fabulous ina allegedly said:

    Remember, we suffer for our art. WE SUFFER! Hey, that bag is so worth it! If you decide to make another one in 2024, can I watch? ;0

  60. The fabulous Krista - Poppyprint allegedly said:

    Ha! Way to go!!!!

  61. The fabulous debbie allegedly said:

    absolutley stunning…I LOVE IT!!!

  62. The fabulous miranda allegedly said:

    It looks great! You’ll probably end up making another one, just to punish yourself. Us crafters like to do that once in a while :)

  63. The fabulous Karin allegedly said:

    I see you channeled your inner Tim and made it work! It’s adorable. Will it be going to market with you? :)

  64. The fabulous DianeP allegedly said:

    Congratulations again - just looked at the pictures of your Weekender and stopped drooling a bit now.

    Not being familiar with the pattern, did you have to laminate the fabric first? Saw that you shared some laminated fabric with Pam Kitty and wanted to ask you.

    I agree with Wrennette about starting a school! Would you ever consider doing a class with one of your Happy Zombie patterns for your Zombiettes to attend? Please?

  65. The fabulous Letty allegedly said:

    No wonder you’re happy - it is just fab!!!

  66. The fabulous Mary Anne Drury allegedly said:

    Well didn’t you just “make it work” !!! Love your weekender ! (Now send Flat Tim to me ….. wait, no …. better not … he’d just throw his hands up in despair! )

  67. The fabulous nicke allegedly said:

    i really really really need a flat Tim for my sewing room! lovely bag.

  68. The fabulous nicke allegedly said:

    i really really really need a flat Tim for my sewing room! lovely bag.

  69. The fabulous Jill C allegedly said:

    I totally love it! And I’ll be right there with ya in 2024 to make another one… ;)

  70. The fabulous Ann in NC allegedly said:

    OMG!!! TOOOO funny! Love the idea of Flat Tim! Make it work, Monica! Oh, and your bag looks great too! My Weekender pattern is still part of my Virgin Pattern Collection… Love checking your blog for a good laugh! Thanks!!!

  71. The fabulous Kay allegedly said:

    You are soooooo brave. I have been sewing along time and I have been reading the posts about this bag but not sure I could manage it. But maybe I will follow your lead…it turned out so cute!!!!Well Done :-)

  72. The fabulous Natalie allegedly said:

    Make it work!!!

    I need one of those pictures on my machine lol…or maybe a life-size cardboard cutout of him looming over me…

  73. The fabulous pam allegedly said:


  74. The fabulous Ronnie allegedly said:

    I was going to say a sewing retreat to the beach would be nice, but I’m afraid I wouldn’t get any sewing done! I live near a beautiful lake, a retreat in a cozy lake cottage would be great! (but only during the winter) I LOVE your FABRIC!

  75. The fabulous raesha allegedly said:

    Holy crap girl that turned out AWESOME!!! I love it!! And I want a Flat Tim….he was here in Albuquerque a few weeks ago but you had to spend $100 at the Lucky Brand Jeans store to meet him and get a picture with him. Unfortunately since they are stupid and do not carry sizes for REAL women that was a no go for me but my friend met him and said he was darling!!! I love my sexy silver haired fox. And girl - you totally made it work!!!!

  76. The fabulous Violet Craft allegedly said:

    Bwahahaaa! In 2024. teeheehee. It looks fantastic!

  77. The fabulous Karen allegedly said:

    First I think your bag turned out great. I just found your blog today and am enjoying reading your posts.

    Second, how may I obtain a “Flat Tim” to put on my machine and question my abilities as a seamstress with a mere look? ;o)


  78. The fabulous Bevy in CA.. allegedly said:

    Verry Snazy! and Cute…..I’m so jealous! I guess I have to step up to the plate and order this pattern from You, and make one for myself cause none of my Quilty Buds are is going to make me one!…Mahalo

  79. The fabulous Pat Sloan allegedly said:

    what a BRAVE soul you are….

    I’m behind and playing catchup with all my girlies… looking for you on twitter too.. wink!

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