Monday, August 01, 2011

Weekend Projects

The boys went to the lake Friday night and anytime I have a chance to let my cooking and cleaning slip a bit, I sew!  It is kind of nice to just leave my stuff out at night and come back to in the morning without getting into anyone's way.

I started out Friday evening with some projects for my niece and nephews.  Adriel's brother Paul is getting married at the end of the month so his sister and youngest brother are coming up for the wedding.  They both have sweet little kids who never get gifts from us because we never see them.  The kids aren't coming, but I figured this would be a good opportunity to send a little something back with their parents.  I used material from my father-in-law's shirts; the same shirts I used to make David's quilt.  Can you tell the blue plaid is one of my favorites?

The collection of hair clips is for our niece Maya.

These are bean bags for the boys.  I think they ended up pretty cute.

Next, I worked on a project for myself.  We went from this:

To this:

Adriel's kakis always seem to fray around the edges after awhile, rendering them unacceptable for executive meetings, but the bulk of the fabric is fine.  A little clipping and a little stitching later I have a  skirt perfect for all kinds of pretty blouses and sweaters. 

While I was doing all of my sewing the girls worked on projects of their own.  Abigail worked on an apron for her doll and Miriam practiced putting buttons on fabric, including threading the needle herself.

I have been working on some patterns for 18" dolls and this is one I cut out Sunday night. It is a basic A-line and still a work in progress, but a good first try with the new pattern.  I really like the details on this one.

~ Christina 

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