Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Side by Side

On Thursday nights, about the time when my kids head off to bed, Heather parks her car in the meadow and lets herself in.  Our night begins with yoga, followed by hours of conversation, something chocolatey and sometimes sewing.  This weekly ritual has knit our hearts together in friendship as only time and secrets can.  If I wake up groggy on Friday morning from an especially late tete-a-tete, I never regret it.

In February Heather fell pregnant with her first child.  The news was wonderful, though simultaneously difficult given that Brandon and I were also trying.  Eventually I came to accept that our stories would be different and time made my joy for her grow.  Now at 7 weeks pregnant myself, I am beginning to feel inside that I've really joined her, that I really do get to be a part of this pregnancy fun from the inside out.

to make.. nesting cubes

This project is a symbol of that shared joy.  We started it in June, when I began feeling pregnant, even if that was just a precarious hope at the time.  We are each making a set of six stackable, nesting cubes from Anna Maria Horner's book Handmade Beginnings.

Nesting Cubes in progress

Each Thursday night after-yoga-sewing session is about 1.5 hours long, with lots of chatting and water breaks.  When you break up a project into these short, specific bits it's easy to notice how long handmades take.  The first night we mainly just cut fabrics - 60 squares each to be exact.  I pulled random happy fabrics from my stash (above), while Heather is using a gentle organic collection from Cloud 9 (below).

Nesting Cubes in progress

On our second sew, I cut the fusible interfacing into tidy piles, we did some easy sewing steps and then pulled out ribbon.  Alice of Fresh Modern Fabric sent me ribbon trimmings leftover from making her pretty ribbon bundles.  I love these neutral striped ribbons!  They're a nice contrast to all the satiny ribbons available in big box stores.  

Nesting Cubes in progress

These ribbons are pinned to what will be come the top of each nesting box.  They'll stick out to entice little fingers... and little mouths too. 

Nesting Cubes in progress

It's fun to see the two versions of the same project emerge side by side.

Mmm... I do think side by side sewing is the best of any kind.

27 comments:

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  2. Rachel, I love to hear about your happiness! J.

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  3. Congrats! That's all....Congrats! :-)

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  4. How nice that you have a wonderful friend to share these joys.

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  5. Congratulations!!! I am so happy for you. :-)

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  6. I love what you both are making but even more I love that you are sharing your wonderful pregnancy. Much Love Patti xxx

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  7. So happy for you - and US, we get to travel the road with you. Happiness and blessing to you and yours.

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  8. Rachel, I'm so happy for you and you family :-) Babies are always a cause for joy! Also, I think you and I will have babies very closely together, I'm also 7 1/2 weeks pregnant

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  9. Ah, I can't wait to see all the projects you sew for this baby!!! These blocks are definitely cute. My mom sewed a cubed pillow with ribbons for my son, and while it wasn't a big hit as a baby, he's loved learning how to toss and catch with it as a toddler. I might have to check out this pattern so our next little one can have something new.

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  10. Side by side sewing......my favorite too! What a gift to have a friend to share lifes moments with.

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  11. How great that you have someone nearby who's interests are similar. A treasure.

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  12. I love that you have such a special friend to share pregnancy, sewing and special time with each week. It will be fun to see how both sets of blocks turn out!

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  13. Congratulations - such wonderful news !!

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  14. I'm happy for both of you. I know it is always nice to work side by side while sharing thoughts about anything with a friend.
    Groetjes
    Annemieke

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  15. It's so much better to sew with a friend, especially when working on the same project. These will be so cute!

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  16. Congratulation Rachel, these are wonderfull news. I am looking forward to see all of your beautiful creatures for you baby. I am so happy for you!!!

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  17. Congratulations! Sewing is always better with a friend.

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  18. Hi Rachel! What a wonderful project! What is the cloud 9 line your friend is using? Thanks!

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    1. I don't remember the collection name as it's years and years old. It has a sandpiper print...

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  19. Cute project for you and your friend! Canton Village sent me here, so glad they did, love your blog.

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  20. Rosemary B here:
    I my, how come it took me so long to find your blog! I just subbed to you.
    Amazing and so lovely.
    Thanks to Jackie for sending me here!!

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  21. Congratulations! It has been a busy six weeks, and I haven't had a lot of time to read my usual blogs, but I'm happy I read yours today, and this fabulous news!

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  22. Aww this makes me long for a local sewing pal. Maybe at my next locale : ) Enjoy your friendship and your project, Rachel!

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  23. Sweet post, so happy for you both ;)

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