Saturday, January 10, 2009

Sewing Day

My friend Rapunzel and I get together from time to time to work on sewing projects.  Now that Duchess has her own sewing machine, she thinks she should be a part of our sewing fun.  I told her as soon as I thought she was old enough to handle an entire day of sewing without getting bored, she could join us.

That day finally came for her right after Christmas.  She had been looking forward to joining us for months (maybe closer to a year).  All she could talk about was a sewing day at Mrs. Rapunzel's house.  Every time she saw or talked to Rapunzel on the phone, she would ask when we could have a sewing day.

I was getting ready to leave the house on our special day and Duchess was no where to be found. I was a little irritated especially since she was the one who couldn't wait for this day to come.  I finally found her.  Buckled up in the cold car with all her sewing supplies next to her on the seat.  (Yes, I felt like a horrible mother for being irritated.)  When we arrived at Rapunzel's, I didn't even have the keys out of the ignition before Duchess flew out of the car with all her supplies and was ringing the doorbell.

She wasted no time getting set up to sew.  I had not helped her with any of her packing, and she had not forgotten a single item.

We got to eat lots of Christmas goodies, and even got to drink pop--something that our littles don't get very often.

She had a productive day finishing the top of a doll quilt she's been working on.  She's becoming quite a self sufficient little sewer.

Rapunzel and I were chatting about Christmas and other small talk, when Duchess piped in, "Aren't we supposed to talk about sewing?"  I guess from a 6 year old's point of view if you have a sewing day, you should eat, drink, breathe, and talk sewing.

Rapunzel finished the binding on one of her quilts and started to bind another.

I couldn't sew until I had finished my Christmas cards.  Then I got to have some fun. I machine quilted this baby quilt for my newest niece.  It was a pretty full day and Duchess did get a little bored, but these two helped:

Their faithful old dog Bear....
and their new Christmas puppy, Nelli.  

Then I took Duchess out to eat.  Just the two of us.  I thought that was the best part of the day, one on one time chatting with her about our fun day together.

When I asked what the best part of the day had been for her, Duchess said it was when she got to watch Rapunzel's husband train Nelli when he came home from work.  After all those months of anticipating a sewing day, her most memorable moment was a puppy training session!

Note to self:  Puppies will always out rank special sewing days, drinking pop, and eating out alone with mom.


  1. Sounds like a wonderful day! Your baby quilt is beautiful! What a lovely little seamstress in the making as long as a puppy doesn't distract her:)

  2. She is a much better seamstress than I am! Way to go Duchess! What great life lessons you are teaching her too.

  3. That sounds like a very special time with your very special daughter. She's really talented. The quilt top looks adorable!


  4. Aren't these the days that make parenting worth all the ... well, the days that aren't like this?? What a special day, and she is doing a great job on her doll quilt!

  5. That is so sweet. I wish I lived close to you so I could take some sewing lessons from you.

    I really want to learn.

    Sounds like a fantastic day!!


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