Thursday, January 8, 2009

Mrs. Quilt Dad's Coloring Totes

Tonight, we have a special guest blogger here at Quilt Dad! I'm turning the keyboard over to my beautiful, talented, brilliant and witty wife (heretofore known as "Mrs. Quilt Dad" -- we were going to use Quilt Mom but it seems that it's already taken) to talk about her handmade Christmas gifts! Besides, I thought you could all use a break from my ramblings ... ... ...

Hi, friends!

I've been following John's blog quietly since he first started his venture into the blogging community. As many of you know from his early posts, I was the original avid sewer in our house -- it was I who actually had to convince John to invest in our sewing machine and first became passionate about making homemade gifts (at that time, mostly diaper bags, purses, blankets and sock monkeys!)

Unfortunately, first with being a stay at home mom to three children (all under the age of 2 at one point, mind you) and, more recently, after my return to the workforce this past fall as an instructor at our local community college, many (all?!) of my hobbies got put on the back burner. Just like many of you, I suspect, it's difficult to balance work, hobbies, family time, household chores (and, oh yeah, I'm supposed to be working out, too!)

But after spending months eyeing all the beautiful fabrics John has purchased -- and all the fun, wonderful swaps he has participated in -- I finally got motivated to come back to my sewing machine. First, I had to kick John off the sewing machine (not an easy task -- do you guys know that he is 6'4" and built like a football player??) Then, I had to push aside all the quilting projects stacked on our ironing board (also not an easy task -- what have you guys lured him into??) And finally, I convinced John to do our regular runs to Target and various other Christmas errands with all three of the kids so I could have some peace and quiet to work. I'm heartless, right?!?

I've had this pattern for a coloring tote for a long, long time. I decided it was the perfect Christmas gift for the kids. Purple kitties for our Bevin, pink bunnies for Megan and puppy dogs for Sean, of course. Well, if the truth be known (because I know John would insert an editor's note here if I tried to claim otherwise), it had been so very long since I did any quilting that I asked him to do the initial quilting to save me some time and frustration. He's gotten so good at it (and so fast) that I needed him!

Here are pictures of the final products. They were very easy to make -- even for a rusty old sewer -- and the kids have enjoyed using them.....despite their initial reaction on Christmas Day to say "thank you" and then promptly throw them to the side. But, I'll just chalk that up to toddler Christmas excitement.

I'll keep you posted on future sewing adventures. I still have a quilt for my sister that I need to finish up (promised to her last year for her birthday). All that's left is the binding and I'm so rusty that the thought of it makes me want to bury my head in my students' papers! I'll have to get John to give me a refresher course.

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Isn't she the best?? : )

34 comments:

  1. It's very nice to meet you Mrs. Quilt Dad. Your coloring bags are really cute. I hope you stop by this space again sometime!

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  2. Very nice to meet you! You are very talented. Sewing is just like riding a bike, you just don't forget. The bags are great and I bet used quite a lot. Thanks, Quilt Dad for sharing Mrs. Quilt Dad and her talents.

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  3. Hi, Mrs. Quilt Dad...how FUN is this! All three coloring totes are adorable (such sweet fabrics) and it looks like your sewing skills are as fine as ever. What a treat it is to meet you:)
    Hi to you too, John, and thanks for a great post!

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  4. Those are absolutely adorable Mrs. Quilt Dad! Great work! Maybe you guys need two machines and two ironing boards? I'd love to see what you'd be making if you didn't have to fight John for a chance! :D

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  5. Well done Mrs Quilt Dad - these look fantastic. Well done too Quilt Dad for sharing the machine....you did play nicely...lol.

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  6. Those totes are adorable! I love the handles! They would be perfect for sticking around the driver/passenger seats to entertain little ones in the back of the car.

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  7. Great to meet you Mrs. Quilt Dad! 3 kids under the age of 2!? I'm amazed you still have your sanity..
    You are very talented, the coloring totes are fantastic :) Please come back soon!

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  8. The fabrics are so appropriate! Where did you get this pattern?

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  9. They are fab...just perfect to grab when you've got time waiting like at the doctor's office!

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  10. awesome awesome awesome - John was right about you being talented!

    All you need now are duelling machines and you can go tandem on every project.!!!

    Hope you come back soon and show what else you've been up to!

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  11. Cute kids gifts! Sounds like you both could make plenty use of two sewing machines in your household. :)

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  12. Terrific bags! Welcome back to the crazy sewing world :)

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  13. Hey Quilt Mama...wonderful work!! Its good to finally *meet* you!!

    Dee
    x

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  14. what great bags! I made a few for Christmas too but your's are much cuter! I like the longer handle on it.

    Awesome and nice to "meet" you!

    Jen

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  15. Good job, Mrs. QD.....Happy 2009!

    Don't let binding stress you, get QD to give you a refresher. It should be the most fun of all since once you finish, the quilt is DONE.......*S*

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  16. Welcome, Mrs. Quilt Dad! I couldn't imagine if I had to fight my hubby for machine time...we'd probably have to get two machines.

    I love, love, love those bags! What a great idea!

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  17. WOW how nice Mrs. QD. They would also make nice Church bags. Love your blog Mr/Mrs QD.

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  18. Hi Mrs. Quilt Dad,
    What great bags. What a terrific post. When should we look for your blog - you need your own!

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  19. Gorgeous work woman! I really love the whole idea, and I just might have to borrow it for my little munchkins! My hubby is also a sewer, so I too have to wrestle the man away from "my" machine - lol! John - you're 6'4"? I love it.. this huge man sewing the most beautiful, womanly stuff. Keep up the great work you two!

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  20. Love those totes. Don't stop now! :-)

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  21. Adorable, love the covered button. Yah Mrs. Quilt Dad!

    PS My husband is 6'4" and built like a football player, too -- but he doesn't sew. I wouldn't share my machine anyway!

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  22. Love them love them what a great gift idea for little ones

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  23. You do nice work Mrs. QuiltDad (I'm sorry to have used the name quiltmom on you- my son used to say to me " what are you going to do- quiltmom ?- hence the name :D))
    The coloring totes are a great idea and you do lovely work as does John!
    What a fun thing to share your passion for fabrics together.
    My spouse is an avid amateur astronomer so our interests diverge but that works too.
    Wishing you and John a very Happy New Year,
    Regards,
    Anna

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  24. I just find the whole idea of you two fighting over the sewing machine hilarious! I am so impressed that you both enjoy creating such lovely things. Nice work Mrs Quilt Dad!

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  25. Lucky kids having both parents be fabric artists!

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  26. Both of you are amazing! And I do love this pretty & well-made & practical colouring tote. I'm making one at the moment & I hope it will be well-received too.

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  27. Hello John, WOW! I come to visit your blog and find there are two talented people in your family. Love all these recent projects. How on earth do you share the sewing machine? Nice to meet you both.

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  28. Lovely to meet you and I am going to make one of those little bags for my grand daugther Sophie, I am sure she will love it.
    I enjoy reading your blog very much, my dad used to be the one using the sewing machine in our house too.

    Happy stitching to both of you
    Christine

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  29. I really enjoyed this post- so cute and funny. I would not want to have to share my quilting stuff with my hubby. I am lucky- he hunts so I don't have to worry about him finding out HOW MUCH I paid for a YARD of WHAT? (He's 6'2 so he's a big guy too.) He did attempt to make a quilt for our older son when I was pregnant with him, but that didn't go so well, and I had to finish it. He picked the fabric/layout and cut it out, anyway. (It's camo and blaze orange.Go figure.)

    Cute blog! You should each have one!

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  30. awwwwww I love how you both love to sew!!!

    and 2 under 2...I have 3 under 3 (includes twins) and thats enough for me......

    Corrie:)

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  31. How cute, these are adorable. I'm not to far from you. I'm in Boone, NC. I love your blogspot.

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  32. All your quilts are wonderful! I have to say this post just cracked me up. LOL! It just struck me so funny. "and the kids have enjoyed using them.....despite their initial reaction on Christmas Day to say "thank you" and then promptly throw them to the side." LOL! I can so see that happening. LOL! After all the work you put into it. I'm sorry it has just struck me so funny I am still laughing. LOL! This is exactly something that would happen in my house and has. LOL! These totes are great, I think I might make one for my 3 year old soon to be 4. I hope you do not take my laughing wrong. I have such a vivid imagination sometimes that something's just crack me up because of the picture I have in my head. LOL! Anyway you probably think I am nut now. LOL!

    Lisa (flickr lmdesign7)

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