Sunday, January 1, 2012


Happy New year, my friends!  May this year be filled with hope, good health and laughter! I think there are times when a fresh start is needed.  2012 is going to be a FRESH START for me.

My lonely unused sewing machine
Some of you may know that I used to sew...a lot!  I loved to make baby quilts with hand appliques.  Hand applique was my favorite part of making those little labors of love.  As my fabric stash grew and grew, I was sewing less and less.  The  arthritis in my hands was making it hard to hold that little needle and sew those tiny stitches. One day, after painfully trying to hand stitch a little wall hanging, I threw my hands in the air and decided I wasn't going to sew any more.  It was just too frustrating.  I gave/sold a lot of fabric but kept more than I planned.  Maybe there was something in the back of my mind that said I would use it...someday.

Fast forward to a few days ago.  I decided to stop feeling sorry for myself.  Just because I can't hand stitch doesn't mean I can't run that lonely sewing machine again.  So I decided to make a quick apron..easy pattern, no hand sewing, nothing fancy or complicated, about an hour of time...maybe I could do this.  Guess what...that apron was a piece of cake!  It went together so fast and easy that I decided to make another one, then another and another.  Yes, four...count 'em, four aprons in three days.  And I took down the tree, did laundry and visited my mom...all within that time.  Ready for the best part?  My hands didn't hurt! 

My sewing machine is now happily humming along, I have a few new aprons for work and one for my daughter-in-law and I'm ready to try a few more things.  Of course this could be a dangerous thing...I may need to start adding to my fabric stash again...just saying!

This is my favorite. 

This is for Mondays when I need a coffee jolt!

A reversible apron...for when one side gets really dirty!
And this is what awaits my FRESH START!

You know that old saying...when one door closed, another one opens.   I found that open door.


  1. Oh no, look who is back and stitching. WHat will you be making for US to wear to CHA... hmmmm.... just asking. Those are stinking cute aprons

  2. Thank you, my friend. Just decided to get over the hand thing and use the machine. Of course if I need a button sewn on, I'm calling you!!

  3. wowee...those are really nice! love the design and fabrics. you go girl!