Monday, October 27, 2008

Off to Houston!

The house is clean, the boys are organized, my bags are packed.

Tomorrow morning I'm off to the International Quilt Festival in Houston for the rest of the week. I'm taking quite a few classes and can't wait to see all the quilt inspiration.

Because I need to take supplies to each class and may want to stroll through the exhibits and stalls in between, I needed something that would work as both a purse and a supply tote.

I bought this cute bag. Everything fits in there except the 12"x18" cutting mat.

I'm not about to carry the mat loose, and I want my hands free to touch and feel goodies, so I came up with this solution.

It just ties onto the purse handle with ribbons and can be easily removed. I can still sling the bag over my shoulder very comfortably.
I'll let you know how it works out.

Have a great week everyone!


  1. Ingenious idea for your cutting mat! And it looks so cute too! :) Have a great time.... hopefully, I'll see you there!

  2. I can't believe I live in Houston and have never been to the Quilt festival! I WILL go this year. :) Have a great trip!

  3. I love that idea! I'm taking my first quilting class in a couple of weeks and have been trying to come up with a way to tote my cutting mat with me. This would fit perfectly with my tools bag...

    Have fun in Houston!

  4. Gee, I wish I could go with you. Any room in the bag for a passenger? I really like your bag and how useful it will be.

    Have fun..learn lots...and pray that you come home to a clean house. As clean as how you left it at least.
    I always had problems with that...wonder why?? My family and I we're not in sinc when I went out of town. Especially the teens. It was "Mom's gone, it's PARTY TIME!" O well I survived it and now it's there turn.


  5. travel safely.'re definitely looking chic!

  6. Have fun!!! Love your solution for the cutting board.

  7. Have fun...awesome bag for the mat by the way!

  8. what a genius idea! and cute to boot!

    have a great time...I'm so excited for you.

  9. Cute bag...and equally cute and smart mat tote!!

    Have fun...

    Blessings and have a safe trip...

  10. Have an absolute fantastic time!! Can't wait to see what you have done in your classes and the purchases you made.

  11. What a lovely idea!

    I hope you have a wonderful crafty time.

    The mother in your previous post didn't even mention her daughter, only the sons. Like you said she probably had something very wrong in her life. I knit but I try to keep a balance- I sew too. LOL