Tuesday, December 30, 2008

This is my first attempt at a 40's style Pinwheel doll quilt. The finished quilt measured 16.5" X 20.5", the finished block size was 4" X 4". I turned one of the blocks into a pretty pillow using coordinating Christmas fabrics. I stuffed a mattress and tied the center in 6 places. I included a little eyelet nightie with the bed, to fit an 18" doll. The entire bed was raffled off at St. Mark's church Christmas bazaar this year. We sold over 200 chances for it, which made me happy since it all goes to the church. The woman who won it was a friend of my grandmothers. That sealed the deal for me!

Christmas 2008 bazaar crafts

So this year I decided to get more involved with my church's Christmas bazaar. I have been, as of recently, a member of our Episcopal Church Women's group and since they are directly responsible for the bazaar my mother and I decided to operate the ornament table with my grandmother on my fathers side. The projects that I think I enjoyed the most were the Angels. We made the muslin bodies and then used reproduced vintage hankies for the dresses and adorned the heads with ribbons and made faces. Each angel came out different and they all sort of took on their own personality. We made 6 in all. My favorite was the sewing angel!

Monday, December 29, 2008

It's a warm December day on Long Island. The grass is very green from all the rain we have been having and I'm enjoying the sun filtering into the front room of my house. The Christmas tree is still twinkling and my 4 year old daughter, Autumn, is enjoying a cup of cocoa after a brief swing outside. I've decided to start putting away the Christmas decorations a little at a time to take away some of that 'Christmas clutter' that likes to come around this time each year. There are no sewing projects on my table today, so I will end with a list of books we are currently reading that I recommend to those mothers like me who enjoy reading to their little girls!


The Mary Frances Sewing Book or Adventures among the Sewing People
by Jane Eayre Fryer

Little House on the Prairie
by Laure Ingalls Wilder

Stranger in the Woods, a photographic fantasy
by Carl R. Sams II & Jean Stoick

Happy Reading!.