Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Family Sew-In 2014

We had our annual Holiday Sew-In at my parents house on Sunday. We've been having these sew-ins for about 5 or 6 years when my sister is home for the holidays.

My sister Sharon worked on some puff pillows. She made some as gifts and now wants some for her house! She does quite a bit of sewing and is fast!

We had some new sewers join us...they wanted to learn how to make T-shirt quilts. My niece Jessie got all of her shirts prepped and cut and ready to sew together.
My niece, Ashley, got a good start on hers too, and she didn't look up long enough for me to get a good picture! She got lots done too...that's her helper in the background.
My daughter, Wendy joined the T-shirt quilt group and got all of hers prepped and ready to put together too.
Everyone was working hard and chatting too! We know how to multi-task!

My sister, Nancy, is here from Canada for the holidays. She only sews when she is home, so we kidded her a lot about her 5 year quilt...but it's coming along. Here she is cutting out sashings.
Half of her blocks laid out.
Sharon finished two pillow tops...they just needed stuffing. She sews the puffs together and then slits the backs and stuffs later. It makes it easier to put together.

Mom cooked up some chili for all of us and helped when needed. We always call Dad the supervisor...he does whatever we ask him to do.
I spent a lot of the day helping the newbies with their projects, but I did get the border cut and sewn on this chevron quilt that I made awhile back for a demo on a special ruler. I'm going to give it to my newest great-nephew, Robert. I want to get the back sewn today and get it loaded on the quilt frame tomorrow. I made the binding Sunday too, just no pic!

Wendy's T-shirt blocks. We forgot to get pictures of the other girls' blocks before they left.

Nancy has half of her quilt center finished! She laid it out with her border fabrics. That floral border print is what she loved and chose her other fabrics to coordinate with it.
We had such a good time chatting and sewing...my sister, Deb, usually joins us, but she was sick so couldn't come. She needs to tie her 5 year quilt (*smile*) and finish by binding. Maybe we'll have another sewing day soon so she can get hers finished!
Sharon's pillows stuffed and beautiful!

I want to sew the binding on the Honeycomb quilt today and get the Chevron quilt and backing ready for the quilt machine. I am also teaching a sampler group tonight, so a full day of sewing! Happy Tuesday...hope you're sewing!


Terri said...

We are not sewing... we are reading and looking at the lovely pictures from your quilting day. What a wonderful tradition. Love your sister's flowers quilt. Like a strait seamed Drunkard's Path or a half snowball block. Seems like it would be easy enough to make if I would just apply myself.

Love the t-shirt quilts, too. How nice - a 4 generation event... gotta count the "helper".
You put a big smile on these old lips. Thanks for sharing your event.

Chris H said...

What fun!
I hope your sister does get her quilt FINALLY finished!
Or it might have to wait till next Christmas Sew-In.

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

Wow! What a fun day!! And how cool that you are raising new quilters!

Maggi said...

How lovely to be able share your passion with other members of the family and great to see the youngsters joining in too.