Saturday, February 6, 2010

Baby gifts, pillowcases, and embroidered buttons!

I seem to be in an unfinished project zone right now- That shirt I mentioned the other day is still not fixed, but at least now I have a plan. This week I started a skirt that needs some fine tuning- some darts, finishing the hem and side slits... simple little things. So what did I work on tonight? A completely unrelated (but much more rewarding!) pair of projects.

My friend Julie has the sweetest little brand new twins- a boy and a girl. I hear that baby boy is quite the spitter, and Julie mentioned a favorite type of burp cloth. She showed me a picture and I took it from there- I made five in "boyish" flannel and two for the girly-babe.

I also pulled out a bunch of fabric to make pillowcases for the One Million Pillowcase Challenge sponsored by American Patchwork and Quilting. The pillowcases will be donated to children's hospitals, women's shelters, nursing homes- Anywhere a little something special might be needed. My local quilt shop is a drop-off location, so I won't even have to mail them! As I understand it, the participating shops donate the pillowcases locally, so I'm helping right here in my community! Love that.

Here's some of the fabric that I pulled from the stash for potential pillowcases:

And tonight I signed up for the Embroidered Button Swap at Feeling Stitchy. I haven't posted about embroidery here, but before I started sewing I was way into hand embroidery- It was really my gateway into sewing! I used to buy plain boring bags so I could embroider them, and I had to learn a bit about bag construction to take them apart enough to embroider. Then I decided I should just learn to make bags myself, and off I went! But I digress... The swap looks like a lot of fun and I can't wait to see who my swap partner is!


  1. Yay! You're doing the One Million Pillowcase challenge! This is coming up on my agenda soon as well. :)

  2. Thanks for the FS swap link - happy stitching x

  3. Thanks for the link. It's great to hear that your doing this. Sadly I am not in the country right now. I tried checking both my state back home and in MD *sigh* nothing near either places.

  4. Hello! We are partners in the embroidered button swap, and I am looking forward to getting to know you :-)

  5. Those burp clothes are the best! I had one similar many moons ago when my children were was not enough! I loved it and used it all of the time. Very nice, Leigh!


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