|My daughter resumes sewing
after a twenty-year hiatus.
|This is a proud moment
in tablecloth history.
|It's good to have quilting friends
come for a visit.
|Finished quilts are a cause
Once the holiday decorations are put away, it's a great time to start sewing for your home. Like a coat of fresh paint, some throw pillows, curtains, or a table runner will really refresh a room.
My older daughter got a head start on this when she realized that her kitchen table really needed a tablecloth and she couldn't find one in the right size or in a color she liked. So when she was visiting me one weekend, we headed to a quilt shop and she enjoyed the luxury of the multitude of fabric choices. After a few review lessons on the sewing maching (and the serger!) she was on her way. By the end of the afternoon, the tablecloth was completed–mitered corners and all.
When the new year starts, I also enjoy reflecting on some sewing highlights from the past year. This tablecloth made the cut. Here are some of my favorite sewing moments from 2012.
1. My daughter makes a tablecloth. Although both my daughters learned to sew at a young age, my older daughter dropped it at around age 10. But this fall, she hankered for a tablecloth and asked me to help her make one. And she did!
2. A friend visits with her stitching. It was a delight to have a dear friend visit this October to enjoy the beauty of New England. We walked the Freedom Trail in Boston, hiked along the coast of Maine, and toured Louisa May Alcott's home. And as an added bonus, we had time to quilt and talk for hours every evening.
3. A batik-lover finishes her quilt. A group of my friends get together once a year for Craft Day–an entire day devoted to quilting, knitting, and enjoying the luxury of non-stop stitching. Almost two years ago, the quilt pictured here was started on Craft Day. When I was home for Christmas, I saw it completely finished. Stunning!
The stitchers that I know–of all ages, skills, and specialties–form a community that enriches my life daily. I am grateful to be a part of it and am inspired every day by the people around me.
To start making memories for 2013, the Spring issue of Stitch has a fun section on projects for your porch and garden. Start now to refresh your home for the warmer weather.
And please share with us your favorite sewing highlights from 2012. We love hearing your stories.