Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The Swap

Over the weekend, I led a little sewing session at my church for a monthly event we have called "The Swap." Each month, someone leads those who show up in a session/workshop on something they are interested in or have a passion for. I obviously wanted to spread my love of sewing to any willing participants.

Besides teaching my new proteges and sewing together, one of my favorite parts of this weekend was buying loads of fat quarters I could have never justified just buying for myself! Look at how luscious it all is! I felt like Scrooge McDuck swimming around in his vault of gold coins, basking in the glow of all this yummy fabric before my eyes.

We made custom pillow covers and it was grand old time! Here are some pictures from Saturday. I wasn't able to get everyone's, but below are a few. In a world where many of our jobs require sitting at desks all day with results and work that is often un-quantifiable, it just feels good to make something with your own two hands and actually see and feel the fruits of your labor.

18 comments:

amylouwho said...

awesome!!! You are going to die when you hear what I have to tell you....

I work with the teenage girls at our church and we have activities every week. Well last week we started making pillows and this week we are going to finish them up!!

we really are twins aren't we?

Marta said...

All of your pupils made beautiful pillows. Well done, teacher!

Amy and Andrew said...

Thank you so much for this opportunity and for being patient with all my questions. It really IS such a good feeling to make something! I came away with not just a cool pillow, but with more confidence in myself. And for that, I am truly grateful to you, my sweet.

Jackie said...

The pillows are wonderful and the fabric is to die for! I think you've inspired many new sewers!

Anne said...

You are truly teaching the world one stitch at a time!!

The Lindahl News said...

Oh my! Anne was here at home this afternoon and apparently left the computer without signing off...the above comment is actually from me, but I'm sure she means it, too! Ha!

Kira said...

Aww, that looked like it was fun. I wanted to come, but didn't have a ride (and sort of forgot about it when it was actually happening). Oh well, maybe next time.

Noodles said...

Oooh! I was thinking of doing something similar at my church! Question: did you have people bring their own sewing machines? Or did you just bring yours and make do while people shared?

Jessica said...

That really looks like loads of fun! I have always thought of doing something like that at the local craft shop (when grad school is finished!) What a great idea!

affectioknit said...

Super cute pillows!

Sarah Pead said...

How wonderful! I love this "Swap" idea. We've been wanting to do something like this with our church, but couldn't figure out how to organize it. I just might steal this idea...

Always Inspire said...

Oh they are all so gorgeous! How fun!

hannahleman@gmail.com said...

i wish i would have been in town! i missed out big time!

Val said...

That fabric is eye candy - it took my breath away for a minute! Oh, how I ache for time to quilt again. It will happen someday! Great idea!

iknitipurl said...

That is so awesome...and the fabric? Oh the fabric. Gorgeous selection you chose!

RosaMarĂ­a said...

that looks so funny!!!! the fabric is just fantastic!!! i love your pillow!

Ann-Marie and David said...

How fun! The fabrics are so wonderful, and everyone's pillows turned out beautifully.

IrishChic83 said...

love love love anna marie horner fabric. :)