Monday, February 14, 2011

My Sewing Day

Friday was a sewing day for me, thanks to my wonderful husband.  He asked me what I wanted for Valentines Day/ our anniversary (they are just a few days apart).  He offered suggestions such as a massage, pedicure, facial, etc.  What I really wanted was a day to sew and have a day off from being the mom.  When I suggested this, he told me he would give me two days!  I took my first sewing day on Friday (the hubs has every Friday off).  He let me sleep in until 9:30.  I headed down to sew and accomplished quite a bit.  I did help out with lunch and dinner and a few other things, but for the most part he watched the kiddos on his own all day.  It was really nice to be able to focus for a long amount of time on projects I've wanted to get done.

I worked on my swap projects to get them off my shelf.

First I quilted my quilt for the Doll Quilt Swap.  I just need to finish up the binding.

Here's my little photography helper.




I also worked on my project from the Urban Home Goods Swap.  I did the hand stitching and binding on Saturday and Sunday during naptime.  My swap partner has a small dining table.  I thought this would be a fun, unique table topper rather than the typical rectangle table runner.  I've wanted to try making a circle quilt for a while so this was a great opportunity.  I debated between backing this scrappy Dresden with natural linen or white.  I'm so glad I went with the linen.  I think the white would have been too bright on this project.



This was also my first try at decorative hand quilting.  I really like the effect.

Finally, I finished my project for the Spicing up the Kitchen Swap.

First up is a Kitchenaid mixer cover.  I was really excited to show my husband this project.  He then asked if I was going to make one for our kitchen as well.  I just might.


 I'm also sending a towel embellished with Bliss.

I'm almost done with my swaps.  It was fun, and I was able to make some projects I normally wouldn't have.  Although, I don't think I'll sign up again for a while.  There are too many other projects of my own that I'd like to devote my time to.

I think I'll use my second sewing day to work on my quilt for the Modern Quilt Guild Challenge.  I'm not sure the hubs is ready for another day in charge for a while, though.

I'm linking up to Sew Modern Monday over at Canoe Ridge Creations.  Head on over there and see the other great projects.

{Sew} Modern Monday at Canoe Ridge Creations

23 comments:

  1. What an awesome idea for a Valentine's Day gift! I'm making a mental note for my anniversary next month. :) I just love the hand-stitching on your UHG runner, it's just gorgeous! And the quilting on your DQS quilt is phenomenal. Your mixer cover is adorable! Is that piping I spy on it? Very cute indeed!

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  2. Great projects! I love the Kitchen aid cover - I need one of those.

    Glad you enjoyed your free day!

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  3. What a fantastic and productive sewing day you had! All your projects look amazing.

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  4. I love the Dresden circle! I really need a couple sewing days. This weekend I concentrated on cleaning my crzy house.

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  5. The Dresden circle is beautiful! Would you share the measurements for the mixer cover? It looks great!

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  6. Your Dresden circle is beautiful! I haven't tried that yet ,but hope to soon! All your sewing projects look wonderful!

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  7. Oh wonderful! I always love all your projects, but the scrappy dresden is amazing, and I've had one of those stand mixer covers on my list for a long time! I am always in awe of others decorative hand quilting, I am definitly intimidated by it, but yours looks awesome!

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  8. Both of your projects turned out amazing! You did a wonderful job!

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  9. love your kitchen mixer cover! The piping really makes it something special.

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  10. I too love your kitchen mixer cover - I didn't know you had twins - I had two boys and then twin girls - they are now aged between 9 and 13 but I remember those days when all I seemed to do was feed babies and change nappies (diapers) - I love having twins but they are hard work when they are small and every little job has to be done twice!

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  11. The hand quilting on your round quilt turned out very nice and all your other projects are fun to look at!
    ~Edith

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  12. Great projects! I love the quilting on your circle quilt. It's perfect! And you definitely need to make yourself a mixer cover!

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  13. The gift of time truely is the best gift! Beautiful projects!

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  14. Awww, so sweet of your hubs. Fabulous gift and fabulous projects.

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  15. I just love your UHGS runner (hope I'm your partner!) and I adore the mixer cover - shape and design are perfection!

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  16. I am sooooo jelly of your lovely V-day/Anniversary gift! You put it to very good use, too - everything looks fab, especially your hand stitching on the table topper.

    I hear you on being done with swaps for a while. I'm only in DQS10 but with Bees, it seems that the only sewing I am doing lately is for others!!

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  17. Wow, you've been busy! I love everything you've made. Those dresdens are awesome, and what a cute mixer cover!

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  18. Love everything you made! Lucky girl - that's a great gift! Do you have a door you can shut on your sewing room? My hubs usually can't keep my daughter away from me since I"m in the dining room.

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  19. Very productive sewing time! I really like the mixer cover, did you have a pattern you used for it?

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  20. Ohh! Isn't it nice to have some time to ourselves?? so theraputic! Great projects!

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  21. I love your Dresden table topper! I'm wanting to do similar decorative quilting on a project I'm almost finished piecing. What batt, thread, and needle did you use for that part? Was it difficult?

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  22. Adorable!! All of it! I have the same questions about the hand quilting as LynCC. Also did you use a pattern for the mixer cover. It rocks!

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  23. Gosh you were productive! So happy you were able to enjoy a little sewing time without interruptions! :) And I don't know where to start with these projects, they are all great. Thanks for linking up to {Sew} Modern Monday!

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