This afternoon the kids and I had an impromptu sew-in, making gifts for an upcoming birthday party. In a couple hours we each finished a project (though to be fair, I had a jump start!).
I'd already pieced this strip of 2" patchwork, created along the same lines as trip around the world blocks, but purposely mixed up. (Scrappy Trip Around the World became a quilting phenomena earlier this year because the patchwork goes together so. incredibly. fast.) Only problem is that the strip had come out too narrow for my journal cover tutorial. So mama put on her thinking cap...
Meanwhile Aria gleefully cut into this 1/2 yard of Brrr by Laurie Wisbrun from Sew Love Fabrics. She's entranced with the newly-released Sewing School 2, and has already made several projects, including this drawstring bag. The other day I suggested the bag would be a nice birthday gift for her friend, with a little something inside. Then Aria insisted a journal cover would be the best addition. Well then!
After Aria and I had been sewing for a bit, Liam wanted in. And you know, sometimes it really doesn't work out. Sometimes one table, two sewing machines and one iron combined with THREE sewists gets a little crazy. I like my space. But today the kids were so sweet. Aria coached Liam through his project with patience and enthusiasm, while I embroidered. I was so proud of each of them. Kids are really capable of so much if we'll teach them!
This is Liam's little project, a drawstring pouch from Sewing School (the original book).
And here's what I was embroidering. In case a journal is not on miss Emma's wish-list, I figured we'd put her name on it. Kids can't resist that! Now, if the patchwork hadn't been too small, I wouldn't have thought to add this bit. I've had that writing paper-ish fabric forever. So glad to put it to use! Happy accidents!
Check out Aria's drawstring bag.
We're ready for the party!
Ok, so now back to that Tilt-a-whirl quilt. My Briar Rose fabrics could arrive any day and then I'll be hopelessly distracted. Must finish! Pinky promise.