Christmas has now come and gone. The tree is still up but the presents have all been exchanged, the paper torn off and discarded in a pile. The bows have been stashed for re-use the next year. The pressure to finish all the projects RIGHT NOW RIGHT NOW is gone. I still haven't managed to … Continue reading Homemade Gift Exchange, take 2
Usually my group of friends and I try to arrange an evening during the holiday season where we all gather together and swap our holiday gifts at once. It's an evening generally filled with a lot of laughing (leaving me hoarse by the time I get home) and snacking on this and that and playing … Continue reading Homemade Gift Exchange, take one
Hey there, stranger. How's it going? I know, I know...it's been a while since we've seen each other. What can I say? The holiday season has arrived and brought with it a bucketload of "busy." This past week saw the end of my internship downtown, two hella-crazy days at the coffee shop, a caroling outing … Continue reading Here We Come a-Wassailing!
I popped over to Burdastyle.com the other day. I've been trying to check it more often. Their site has undergone a couple of changes recently and it seems to be a little easier to navigate everything. Since my success with the pdf pattern from Bettsy Kingston I've been much more willing and eager to play … Continue reading Christmas contests and sewing machines
I finished the last little bit on Joey's quilt tonight. I decided just to wrap a little of the backing up around the front to finish it rather than sewing on additional binding. It added a thin border of unbleached muslin around the edge of the quilt that I think helps define the black borders … Continue reading Purple Quilt – Check!
A couple months ago I dragged my nephew out to JoAnn's with me. I was running an errand and I figured he would do well to get out of the house. He likes making crafts and stuff when we have little kits but he's not all that keen on wandering around the fabric store. (I'm … Continue reading Fields of purple and gold
The past couple years I've tried to incorporate one or two handmade gifts into the cache I give out to friends and family. Last year I managed to do three...that I remember. My father got a wall quilt (my folks have a spot to hang one in their room and it's located on my father's … Continue reading Making Christmas