Monday, January 21, 2013

Sewing Day!

Sewing Day! was just as wonderful as I thought it would be.  This was my first all day sewing event and I have to admit I wondered if I was up for 14 hours of sewing, but it was totally awesome!  Of course I forgot my camera along with my extension cord, pins and baby toys but Penny, Melanie and the church's nursery came to the rescue!  But I don't have any pictures to share.

I cannot even begin to describe all of the wonderful projects people were working on.  There were:  low-volume quilts, pinwheels, foundation pieced sewing machines, weekender bags, feather totes, pot holders, squares in squares, floating shapes, Liberty patchwork, amazing applique, lots of cutting of beautiful fabric and so much more.  It was so fun and inspiring.

One thing I realized is that I have picked a very time intensive hobby.  I had always blamed kids and starting and stopping for how long projects took me, but having a large block of time all to myself with only Becca Babe made me realize how long sewing takes.  I worked on finishing up the borders for the Skill Builder Sampler quilts from 9 am to 4 pm.  Hello!  Yeah, I stopped to talk, feed the baby, eat and all, but really 7 hours to put on borders?!?  But I also saw that I was not alone.  Hours were spent quilting totes, making pinwheels and cutting out fabric.  Good thing we love it!  ;)

But by the time 4 o'clock came around I wanted to work on something that I could take home finished, so I took out the fabric I had just bought for new pillows.  When I showed my 12 year old the fabric and asked if she liked it she said, "I don't know, it is kind of light.  It might stain."  Very mature response I thought.  My husband said, "I didn't know we needed new cushion covers."  We might not have "needed" them, but after 8 years I sure did "want" to update them.  They crack me up.

So I made up two floral slip covers for the couch and a rectangular pillow for the chair in the living room.  Much faster and so nice to see every time I walk by!   I know some of you might be thinking, "Interesting color choice there, Leila" because I think that too!  I am not totally sold on the combo, but I wanted to bring in the colors from this stained glass panel into the room.

I think it totally pulls in the colors from the stained glass panel above the window and we will just have to trust the artistic judgement of the person who made the stained glass windows...or make a new cover later...

I hope you had a great weekend too!  I can't wait to go to Sewing Day again!


  1. Great recap of sewing day... you should post part of this on the dsmmqg blog to report about the sewing day (at least the first three paragraphs, well said!)

  2. Very Nice! I was thinking the exact same thing on the time it takes me to do things and then suddenly it will seem like I have a bunch of projects all done at once. Of course for me its because I am inching a long list of projects inch by inch that they all seem to finish together. Are you a multi-project person or do you like to go straight from start to finish on one project at a time?

  3. A whole day of sewing sounds delightful. Forgetting the camera sounds like something I would do. Love the stained glass. The pillows are a nice touch.