Tuesday, August 13, 2013

for Emma

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!).

my project

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...

Aria's project

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!

Sew-in

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!

Liam's project!

This is Liam's little project, a drawstring pouch from Sewing School (the original book).

happy accidents

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!

Aria's bag from Sewing School 2

Check out Aria's drawstring bag.

ready to party

We're ready for the party!

for Emma

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.

18 comments:

  1. I love your black and white drapes. Where did you buy them or the fabric?

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    1. Oh, thanks! That's an Ikea fabric from 2005, I think...

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  2. Sweet gift and so happy you had a good time. I totally get that feeling of overwhelmness (is that even a word?) in the sewing room. I have told my girls that they may sew with me but one at a time from now on. Glad it could work out for you!

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    1. Well, it sometimes works! When I was making those tilt-a-whirl blocks I was using the entire table top and had to turn Aria down a few times.

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  3. Emma will be so pleased & great job on those drawstring bags! I love seeing little ones sewing . . . keep this tradition alive. :)

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  4. you guys are such a wonderfully creative bunch. I'm sure Emma will love her presents, very sweet, and so thoughtful.

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  5. Aria did such a great job! The embroidery is the perfect touch too. Where did you find the ruled writing paper fabric?

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    1. Thanks, Jenelle! Not sure where that fabric came from, but the selvedge says "The Pixie Pops" for Timeless Treasures.

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  6. What little (or big) girl WOULDN'T want that awesome journal. Handmade gifts are the best :)

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  7. Thanks for sharing your sewing day with the kids. I really enjoyed this post. And who wouldn't appreciate a handmade gift? Those projects are both beautiful! Great job, Aria! And Mom!

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  8. The start of a stitching dynasty!?

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    1. hahahahahahahahaha. Thanks, I needed that this morning!

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  9. How lovely to have your children sewing with you and their projects turned out so cute!

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  10. So, so fabulous. I have quilting projects for my kids to make and hopefully we can get started on them today.

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  11. The journal cover looks great. What a great way to sew the squares together.
    The picture of the kids crafting is wonderful. I hope that someday I can do so here with my little ones, too. We'll see.

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