Friday, May 17, 2013

Sewing Lesson #1 - Pillow

I guess her official start was a while back when I let her sew some lines on paper without thread.  She first sewed straight lines that I drew on a paper.
Then she sewed along curved lines and other shapes.

After some time, she showed some interest again.
She's nine now, and she asked me to teach her how to sew.
I was delighted, of course, to see her interested in something I find so much pleasure in.
I asked her to make a list of things she would like to sew.
Then I looked it over and chose what I thought would be the easiest to start with.

We started with a pillow.
She chose some fabric from my stash, and we got to work.
We talked about: cutting, right-sides-together, seam allowances,
turning right-side out, etc.

She did a fantastic job!
I'm so proud of her and she loves it.
I hope she continues to love it like I do.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Black, White and Blue All Over

It doesn't happen nearly often enough.
I have finished a quilt!!
 This one started as the block swap we did last year in PQA.
I chose the block pattern and the color scheme.
Then, each month someone else in the group would make me a block to add to the collection.
That gave me 12 and then I made 12 more so I could have a bigger quilt.
 It ended up measuring about 68 x 92.
Big enough for one of the kid's beds.

I'm a kinda sucker for secondary patterns and this one has some great patterns.
I quilted it myself with the new walking foot my husband gave me for my birthday.
(He's so great about knowing exactly what a girl needs - could have something to do with the running wish list I have....)  ;)

Happy Stitching!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Elephant Swoon #3

Here's number 3!!
I'm loving each one more and more.