Thursday, January 15, 2015

Christmas Present

There was only one thing I asked for for Christmas this year and that was a pair of gaiters.

I really enjoy getting out for a quick cross country ski last winter, but I usually end up blazing my own trail which means I am sometimes in up to knee-deep snow. Last year that made for some very wet pant bottoms.

This year my problems are solved. I went out for my first ski of the year and my pants stayed nice and dry! (My face did get nice and cold though.)

I did have to look up how to wear them, because I didn't know. I realized halfway through my ski that the hook on the bottom was probably to hook over my laces (so I had them on backwards). So, next time they will be even better!

Friday, January 9, 2015

Christmas Sewing

I wasn’t planning on doing any Christmas sewing this year, but then I saw the Have Yourself a Quilty Little Christmas Instagram Sew Along that Lori Holt at Bee in My Bonnet was hosting. In particular I saw the gingerbread man from the Instagram Sew Along that Lori Hold at Bee in My Bonnet was hosting. Some of the patterns that she was using were from her book (that neither I nor my local library have) and some she was posting on Instagram. Luckily for me, the gingerbread man was one she posted on Instagram. I dug into my stash, pulled out some brown and some white and started quilting. I started with one to see if it was even feasible/going to work well - and, much to my delight, it did. So I sewed another two, and then sewed them in a row.


Next I was faced with the problem of finding little buttons for my lovely little men. It took me 4 different stores (and lots of patience amongst all the Christmas shoppers), but eventually I found some - not until after considering ripping them off a piece of clothing of mine (or someone I passed on the street). I picked out ones that I thought would work nicely and got to work sewing them on (we are now on Dec. 23 and I was going to be on my way home the next day - so needed to be done).

I found a Christmasy fabric for the backing, and a nice tan and red plaid for the binding, and went to town quilting it. I machine quilted it - and that was a big huge step for me.

(Side note: I recently participated in a large number of the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day contests, and some of them asked a quilting/sewing goal for next (now this) year. I had written that I wanted to learn how to machine quilt. I am a born and raised hand quilter. My gramma has done some machine quilting, but my mom and I have always stuck to hand quilting. I had fiddled around on a scrap sandwich before and had done one tiny mug-rug type thing, but that was only after reading a couple of things online, and only doing stitch in the ditch.)

 I did some loop-de-loops in the border, and some pebbles in between the gingerbread men. I didn’t take note of the tension at first, so the border is not so great on the back, but I fixed it for the pebbles and it seemed to be better. I couldn’t really see where I was going with the pebbles between the foot and the white thread on a white background, but it turned out pretty well.

Not so great stitching on the back

 I whipped up a binding and got it stitched on and mostly bound that night. I only had to finish up a little bit in the morning (I thought I was going to have to hide in a room at my parents house and work on it since it was a present for my mom - but I managed to get it done in time).

Overall I am very happy with how it turned out and how quickly it came together. I would enjoy trying more of Lori Holt’s patterns.