Friday, October 22, 2010

Switching gears...

Fall has definitely arrived and with it fall weather. With the changing from summer to fall I find myself switching gears. It's time to hang up the hiking poles and pull out the sewing machine. I have all kinds of sewing projects waiting for me that I put aside when spring arrived. Once the sun comes out and the air warms up I tend to be outside either in the yard or hiking somewhere. Though I do still plan on doing things outside this winter. I hope to do some snowshoeing up at Mt. Rainier and I am sure my hubby and I will do some snowboarding.

Yesterday I pulled out a couple little projects I had put on hold and I finished cutting out all the fabric pieces. They are both from Last Minute Patchwork & Quilted Gifts. I am making a bunch of the little bird ornaments you can see on the front cover. My Gramma gave me a bunch of fat quarter fabric a couple years ago for my birthday and I just couldn't figure out what to do with it. Then when I saw those little birds I knew exactly what I was going to do. The fabrics are different shades of greens and reds. Each one on it's own doesn't look Christmasy but when you put them all together they do. I am working on making a flock of these little birds and I will string them up on a garland when the holidays arrive. They look like a country Christmas. I will post pictures when they are done. I am also making something else out of this book but I can't post about it yet since it is a present for my little nephew Charlie and I don't want his mama to see it yet. :)

I bought this Schoolhouse Tunic pattern from Sew Liberated last spring. I am very excited to try it! I already have the fabric for it. I want to make one that is lined with flannel to make it more cozy for winter time. One of the reviews I read about it said that is also makes a perfect maternity shirt since it has an empire waist. No, I'm not pregnant but when the time comes these will make very cute and comfy maternity shirts. I ordered a big roll of tracing paper so I can trace out the pattern onto a different sheet that way I don't cut into the original pattern. Then I can use it over and over without having to buy a new one.

I also plan on making some more pants for Daniel. I will line them with flannel to make them nice and warm for winter. I am also going to buy thicker elastic for the waist band since the thin 1/2 inch elastic doesn't hold the pants up very well especially on a very energetic little boy who is on the verge of walking.

These are some pictures of Daniel before he was one. I forgot how straight his hair was. It's full of curls now! Time flies by so fast!


Karin Koontz said...

I think you should make me a Christmas bird for the tree in my family room!

Annie said...

I actually am Aunt Karin! The amount of fabric I have is going to make quite a flock of them so I was planning on sending one or two to you and Gramma! :) You will be receiving it before Christmas, of course. :)