A week ago I was lucky enough to get a chance to go to a day of the Creative Connection here in St. Paul.  I jumped at the chance.  It’s a great place to meet new friends and be inspired.  While there, I was fortunate enough to take some sewing classes with Patty Young of ModKids.  Yup!  I was so excited!

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Patty was teaching classes for her sun and surf tote and also her french window pillow cover.  I signed up for both.  They were so much fun!  Patty was so nice!

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In the morning class, (which consisted of four of us) – we tackled the sun and surf tote.  This is such a cute tote!  So simple.  No one actually finished that morning, but later in the afternoon, I managed to finish it up.

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All of the fabric we used that day had been generously donated by Michael Miller fabrics and were from Patty’s Sanctuary fabric line.

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The afternoon class tackled the French Window Pillow.  This was an easy project to finish in the time allowed.  I also got to meet Jana of Izzy and Ivy designs and Char of Crap I’ve Made.  Both ladies were super nice and made the class really fun!

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Here’s the final pillow front. . .

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The back has a simple envelope closure.  I’ve never actually sewn a closure for a pillow like this before, I’ve always just used an invisible zipper.

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I love the details.

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My husband was totally surprised when I came home and had a finished bag and pillow.  I think he was impressed with what I could do without the kids around or housework to distract me do.

Aside from some great freebies – including an olfa circle cutter and a new cutting mat, I did come home with a couple purchases from the marketplace.

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Needless to say, it was a fun day!

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