Monday, September 29, 2014

Rush Hour - Going the Distance

Welcome to Rush Hour in the sticks.


This is my stop in the 
RUSH HOUR
blog hop.

Studio E Fabrics has a new line of fabric called "Rush Hour"
and have kindly sponsored this blog hop.

The projects in this hop are all

RED BLACK GREY or  WHITE 
and 
have something to do with the theme 

RUSH HOUR

Let me tell you about my Rush Hour in 4 words:


"On the road, again..."

One hour from home to work.
No way to make it faster.
(Trust me)
But always feeling rushed.
Nothing but highway for 2 hours per day.
That's me "Going the Distance"
I set the cruise and go.

Now what did I create to make this rush hour better?



Have you ever listened to books on CD in your car?
I DO!!
It sure makes the trip go faster, but when it's time to change to the next CD, 
those little papers the disks come in are about impossible to fumble with.

The answer:  A CD holder for my visor.


You can find the basic pattern for your own CD holder HERE.
I added the coffee cup paper pieced block.
If coffee is wrong, I don't want to be right.


Elastic on the back holds it right in place.




Now, when the book is at the climax and I have to change the CD
I won't have to fumble though the box and paper holders for the next one.

I'm sure the other drivers on the highway will appreciate that...


I'm always carrying multiple bags to work to carry my lap top, lunch, hand sewing (for breaks), and any thing else I might need.  I made one BIG bag to carry everything in ONE.

Do you see the windmills in the background?  

No one will be able to claim this bag but me.  :)

My car with me inside and appliqued on a BIG pocket for the front of the quilted bag.

Do you recognize me?
(blog header me)


Coffee and my bag and I'm off...
"Life is a Highway"
here in my car.
Going
 the distance,
going for speed
I can't drive 55!!


That's right, I drive one of those little boxy cars.  

I'm no "Mustang Sally".
You surely didn't think of me in a
 "Mercedes Benz" 
or a
 "Little Red Corvette"
or a
 "Little Deuce Coupe" 
or a
"Pink Cadillac"
did you?
(Wow, do you know how many songs are about cars?)

The following blogs are sharing Rush Hour today.

Please shower them like a "Car Wash" with comment love!

Monday, September 29
Coeur d'Alene (moved from the 26th)

(A lot of songs were butchered in this post)

Thank you, Madame Samm for this great sew and tell you have created, your encouragement, your gentle push to be better,
and
for my artwork inspiration.

Thank you, Carol for all the cheer leading and continually inspiring me to be a better quilter and blogger.


Away I go to share the highway with cattle trucks and cars in a RUSH to somewhere.
When I pull up beside them, they don't know what I'm listening to...wink.




63 comments:

Linda J said...

Very clever idea with the CD holder! And who would not love the bag to hold the bags? THX for sharing this Carla!

Judy B said...

OH MY, your travel bag just blew me away! Perfect, perfect perfect!!!! Thank you for sharing.

Anita said...

The CD holder is really smart; I listen to audio books in the car so this is a great idea. The big bag is stunning, it's sew much YOU!

Jane's Quilting said...

What a cute travel bag. I like how you put your car on it. I never listened to berks but my daughter-in-law does. She also has an hour drive to and from work. Thank you for aharing. I wonder if she would like a holder for her car.

Gmama Jane said...

Carla, You are just too cute!! That bag is great but Oh my that CD holder thingy is wonderful. Looks so well done!!
Great job
Gmama Jane

Heleen Groot said...

Loving the bag. It is just too cute. And so very practical! Just like the visor-CD-holder! Those two will keep you smiling while you sail through your commute! Thank you for sharing.

Thearica said...

Now that is THE sweetest bag I have ever seen! I love that to pieces! and the CD organizer is brilliant! I will be making one of those! Thank you for sharing!

charlotte said...

Wonderful projects. I love your custom cd holder. It looks great in those fabrics. Your bag is awesome. I love the custom picture of you on the front!

Elizabeth Coughlin said...

The CD holder is a fantastic idea, and I love your bag. lol you adorn the bag very well!

Shari said...

Oh ya! Love love love you! You in your blog header LOL Fantastic job. I used to love stories or sermons, always the perfect length for the commute...some days I miss my commute. Shh! Think I'm gonna make a cd holder anyway. Oh and I absolutely love that you have flashers on your side mirrors. Great design, that designer should receive a nobel peace prize for averting road rage as people try to change lanes. Perfect post, pictures and projects my friend! Accolades!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

ohhhh too cute Carla!!! I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw you in the car,,,,, just adorable!!! love you projects too!!!!

Mdm Samm said...

yep that is so you in a gingham hat to boot...at first I thought your bag was 4 x 6 feet....great angle....and lovely work....2 hours per day you say...that would find me learning languages that is a lot of driving....
love your cd case..brilliant

The Slow Quilter said...

Love the CD holder and the bag is great with you in the drivers sit.

krislovesfabric said...

Love seeing that bag, excellent :) Pink Cadillac...love that...you really did a great job with your projects today, these are real beauties!

Jeanie said...

What a fun post! And I love both the cd holder and the tote bag. It's so YOU and full of personality. Hope your projects make that long commute a bit more fun. Drive safe!

Linda said...

Love, love, love your bag and CD holder!! How perfect for those long commutes!

Patty Howe said...

SO CREATIVE!!!I love your bag, and have never thought to listen to books on CD. Great Idea.

Carol said...

That bag is just the best...now I think I need to make one with my car and logo! Cute, cute, cute! You look fab in that boxy car! Sweet cd holder, too!

Vicki H said...

Love the car on your commuting bag. Too cute.

Needled Mom said...

Fabulous Rush Hour items!!! Love the bag and I also think that CD holder is a great idea.

evelyn said...

I love your CD holder, just brilliant! Great bag too. I don't envy you the commute.

Vickie said...

Girl....NOTHING can beat this ! You are just SEW smart ! What a GREAT post ! I am most IMPRESSED !

Vickie said...

P.S. You must have had to lay down in the bar ditch to take that first picture !

Dorian said...

Fantastic projects! You did a really good job on them.

Lana said...

What a WONDERFUL set of IDEAS!!!! That little bag is PERFECT! At first I thought it was a quilt!!!! I love the idea and that you have that cute little cheerleader face to use on it!
I need one of those book cd holders myself! GREAT GREAT JOB!

Joan Kawano said...

Oh Ms Carla, you never fail to delight. I love love love love love love love it all!! I don't wanna be right, if coffee is wrong either! And I wanna have all these cool toys for my car too! ;-)

sew.darn.quilt said...

Great idea with the visor cd holder and your bag is fabulous.

Farm Quilter said...

Awesome CD holder!!! And your bag is too cute with you and your car in a starring roll on the pocket!!! Love it!!

Nancy said...

Carla, I am just over the Moon with smiles on this Post!! I Love, really Love both your Projects, and I will be making a CD Holder too. Love my CD's. Your Bag is absolutely incredible!! The Artwork and details are just stunning!! You are sew inspiring, and it really helps me. Thanks so much for sharing these Beautiful pieces with us!!
Huggs, Nancy

Deonn said...

Carla, you're so clever! I love it, and I'm singing along with you. Thanks for the link to the CD holder, my family will love them for their cars. And that bag, perfectly adorable!

Mary Ann said...

Great projects and all the better since they are useful and will make your commute more enjoyable.

Glinda ♥ said...

Fabby creations! Am surprised you have any spare time at the moment - didn't know you had 2 hours driving each day - ugh, not nice! But well done you for optimising and having fun :)

Doris Rice said...

Oh Carla, WOWZERS is all I've got! You shine like a diamond again! You are just sooo creative! I love the CD holder and the Bag. It is so you!

Kim said...

Looks like you are ready for rush hour 😉 beautiful bags and love the cd holder. I was thinking of making one but haven't gotten around to it.

Lane Hill House said...

Cruising down the highway with everything near at hand ~ I like your personalization on your bag! Your CD holder would be a great fabric case for in the house too. Great ideas on this Rush Hour Blog Hop! Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

Julie in WA said...

Fabulous projects! I had to see where you live where you can set cruise for rush hour traffic! I guess in Kansas there is no traffic? LOL

Lori said...

your projects are wonderful. Such a fabulous job. and very creative for what is needed. thanks for sharing and for inspiring.

Kathy H said...

Great idea for the cd holder, I have never seen anyone make one. And your bag with the car. I love it.

carla said...

Hi!!! Wow!!! I love your bag!!!! I was kind of seeing you in a jeep!!!! Ha ha!!! Well!!! In the sticks!!!! Great projects and so much fun!!!! Thank You

Mary Pat Callihan said...

Hi Carla! You are crazy good! Your bag bag is fabulous! I can't even imagine how you did it. Congratulations on a terrific optical illusion and a great looking bag!

Createology said...

Oh My Goodness you are brilliant with your Rush Hour projects and coordinating songs!!! Thank you sew very much for sharing and hopping. Creative Rush Hour Bliss...
You look adorable in your little Rush Hour mobile!

Julia Plunkett said...

Absolutely fabulous projects!! Your amazing talent really shows through your tote bag. Thanks for sharing.

tink's mom said...

Very cool assortment of projects. Great idea about hte book holder. I have had the fight with the holder from the library. My favorite is opening it up backward and taking the discs in the reverse order. The bag is stunning. Love the applique.

Patty D from NC said...

Just love your post and that CD holder is a great idea!

Theresa said...

I love your projects! Your bag is just too cute! A cd holder is a great idea.

StitchinByTheLake said...

Carla I knew you'd have something wonderful made and there you are! I'm totally in love with the cd holder and yes, I listen to books all the time! And the bag is so perfect. I love that you put yourself on it! blessings, marlene

Kwilt Krazy said...

OMG I LOVE that bag too cute!

Janarama said...

When I saw the first picture I thought "Holy Carp, what is she going to put in that huge tote?". LOL Well Carla, you really thought outside of the box with your projects. The tote is out-of-this-world Fabulous! I mean like WOW! Very creative idea for the cd holder too!

Mary said...

Carla, you outdid yourself. I love that tote, and the cd holder is fantastic. Congratulations on being in the top today. What a great job you did. You go girl.

LJ said...

Those are 2 of the cutest projects! I do listen to books on tape though when I'm in the car I usually just bring a couple of discs. Your disc holder is perfect for your long commutes. The applique of you and your car is totally marvelous; you did a bang up job!

Kathy @ Kwilty Pleasures said...

The CD case is awesome. I used to have one but not a pretty as yours. All your projects rocked!

madebymeinred said...

Leave it to a person in rush hour to know what's needed. That's just too cool. Great gift idea. I like the paper pieced block too.

Teatime Creations said...

What creative projects. Love the car driving lady. The CD holder jut made my list of must do's . Thank you for the idea.

Amy said...

Oh My Carla, that tote of yours is cute as a button. No one can mistake it for theirs. Sew cute, and stylish! Love the CD cases as well. I can always expect something fun when stopping by. ;)

MoeWest said...

I absolutely love the applique on your tote bag! You did a great job! The CD holder is a handy car accessory too.

Carla said...

Cute post Carla. Love the bag!

BarbCarol said...

Great post. Great projects. Especially love the bag.

Erin @ Sew at Home Mummy said...

Oh my goodness, I *love* your CD holder! Fantastic! And your bag is too cute, I love it, you did such a wonderful job!

Joanne said...

I love your creations! These are so very creative and wonderfully pieced. I have to agree with you about the coffee. If drinking coffee was against the law, I know I'd be a felon! Congratulations on such wonderful projects and thanks for sharing them with us.

Karen Thurn said...

CD visor holder. Very clever!! I loved your bag too. I used to have rush hour and now I don't. It's called "early retirement" but I can say there are times I do miss all the rushing around with the kids and all. Enjoy it as it's all over too soon.

Rose Marie Andreozzi said...

Love your CD holder and your bag. Show us the inside please...yessewingisfun@yahoo.com

apple blossom said...

I love your bag. nice job bags have been a hit

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

I am playing rush hour blog hop catch up and your projects are very cute as is your post.