Sunday, January 11, 2009

An Old Hobby Made Anew

Getting the machine all threaded and ready
Pinning squares together
Kayla taking her first shot at sewing
Tanner is a professional. I mean, this kid is seriously a lean mean sewing machine haha
And Wyatt man(Everett ran away before I caught him to get a pic)
What we completed today, so far!

Sewing was a hobby I had in late gradeschool. I was really into it and self taught myself everything I know about machines, sewing etc through lots of trial and error. As a teen, I reignited my passion, sewing tons of baby blankets for Kayla(as I was pregnant at the time), sewing couch pillows, curtains and other neat things for Nate and I's first home we would be moving to when he joined the military. I have sewed on and off through our marriage, but my machine has been collecting a lot of dust lately. I decided around Christmas to start collecting fabrics from thrift shops along with lace, ribbons, thread and other crafty things so I could start sewing again. I was enticed to pull it out this afternoon after church. I had no idea what to make, but the kids quickly came to my side to see what all the fuss was about. Before I knew it, we were all taking turns stitching squares we cut out into a blanket for baby Maddy. We are going to keep working on it until its all done and wash it and set it aside for her when she arrives. Its so sweet that Madelynn will have a quilt made with so much love by so many hands just for her. It wont be perfect to the craftmans eye I am certain as everyone is learning and I am kind of relearning again myself, but I can assure you that it will be just PERFECT to us! I can't wait to see the finished product. We are even planning on going down to Joannes and grabbing some silk ribbon edge to put on it when its final because all my kids have always loved silk on their blankie edges to rub and they thought Maddy might like that too. How thoughtful! I love my kids and my life and I wouldnt trade it for a billion bucks!


Cyndi said...

Never run it through the dryer and it will last a long long time! So cool!

Veronica said...

Sew girl SEW!! I also love sewing but I wish I had more time for it. I never though to maybe include my kids in the projects I do, rather get mad at them for being in the way. Great idea!

Also, I think it's awesome that the blanket won't be perfect. Thats will make it all more special!

Stacey said...

Would you mind posting each step as you progress through the assembly of the quilt? I'm interested in sewing a simple quilt but I'm not sure what to do.

Oh and I love reading about your family and the adventures you have. You all seem very close and happy.

What is this talk of a move? Did I miss a blog post somewhere?


lilpeasinmypodfrom~God said...

Stacey, no I havent posted about it yet, but yes, we are moving and I am really excited about having an acre! As for the project, well, I am completely self taught so my best advise if you want the "right way" is just google it lol! We cut 4.5 inch squares and just started sewing the together obviously pinning first the pretty side facing the pretty sides:0) Pretty simple!

Stacey said...

That's so awesome you'll have an acre! Your kids must be so excited :-)
I'm born and raised in SoCal, but moved to Nebraska in 2006. You must live somewhere awesome that you've found an acre of land that isn't occupied by housing :-)

Thanks for the advice on the quilt. I've googled but gotten so confused :-/

Haley said...

What a sweet post, what a very special blanket it will be. That is so lovely that your children are involved in such a project. Please post a photo of it when it is finished.

Sankat said...

That is so neat! I wish I really knew how to sew, so that I could teach my kids. What a wonderful skill for them to learn!

FLO said...

It's really wonderful when you re-ignite a passion and share it with your kids. I've done the same with sewing and I love seeing them enjoy fabric the same way I do. And how special that this is a quilt for the new baby!