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This week's lineup.

I still make stuff. I do.

Work is busy this week.  Taking me away from things I like to do when it's not busy, like posting to my blog and visiting my friends.  Job security, however, is a good thing these days, so I'm not going to complain.  Too much.  Grrrr.  Ok, now I'm done.

My new faves.

So.  Last weekend I went to the lake and made some stuff.  Mostly I did some instruction (which is pretty funny considering how far from an expert I am on anything), but I was able to whip up this pair of pj bottoms from Simplicity 9505.  I shortened the length at the top (because I didn't want them clear up to my boobs like the last pair I made) and at the bottom (because I wanted to use the top of the vintage sheet for the hem). 

used the top of the sheet as hem.

I used elastic for the waistand, but went ahead and added a tie as well, just because I like them better that way.   And behold, it was done. 

PJ Bottoms from vintage sheet

And, since Fidget reminds me every day to work on it and I have been a slacker instead, I started piecing her quilt, which will have five embroidered girls sandwiched in there, somewhere, when it's complete.  The fabric color choices are all taken from the floss I used in the embroidery.  Now that I see it, I still like it, but I'm not sure if I'm going to love it. 

progress on Fidget's quilt top

I do think I am going to add a bright pink binding to it, since there is no other pink in the top and there is quite a bit in the embroidered pieces... and maybe that will push this one into the love+goodness category.  Right now I'm all meh about it. 

So.  Back to work.  Thanks for letting me vent about work and prance around with my new projects today.  I hope your have-to's are balanced by your want-to's as well...  xoxo

(And yes, I did see Batman: The Dark Knight last night.  Interesting.  HL is just as good as they've said he would be as the Joker.  It was sad and surreal and, well, something to see.  That said, I still liked Batman Begins better, as I am sucker for a backstory... but I'll take either, as Christian Bale is just yummy.)

Don't forget!  Flashback Fridays is in full swing.  Post your most special (read: embarassing) photos there today! :) Here's a link to mine.  (Sis, don't hate me for this one... )



okay love the pants. outa sheets? gotta be crazy comfy. and the quilt seems to be coming along quite nicely. have the kids on my own so only G rated films ae on my list for the weekend. sigh.

Mary Smith

That quilt looks so beautiful, Chris! I don't know how much blogging I'll get done when I go back to teaching this Sept. I hope you had fun on your girls' weekend and have another good one!


Cute pj's! Great re-use project. They look sew comfy. I could see them topped with a little cami. The quilt is going to be so lovely when complete! Chris, thanks for sharing your projects!!


I thought about you today as I was picking up a few sheets to add to my stash. One of these days I'll get around to making some PJ pants. I've got to do SOMETHING with all those linens!!


The pajama bottoms look comfy. And the quilt is just going to be amazing. I can't wait to see it!


Love the pants!


Love your lounge pants...still have to make a pair for myself. Also love the colors on your quilt.

amy h

Those are some great PJ bottoms! I like how the quilt is going, too. Pink would be nice with it.

My husband saw the Batman movie today (his department at work took a field trip). He said it was really really dark. I'll have to see it on DVD I think.

Joanne (The Simple Wife)

Oooh, I LOVE these pj pants! Where do you find such great sheets? I must not be going to the right thrift shops...



Yummy - very yummy... and I don't just mean CB. Those jammy pants look wonderful. My mom thinks HL will be nominated for an Oscar. I'll have to go see for my self. On a happy note, Granmda came through surgery just fine. While she was waking up she asked my mom what time it was - in French :)

Jen b

the pj's are adorable. the quilt is amazing and christan bale is scrumptious.

Amy Harper

I just had to tell you how much I enjoy reading your blog. I love the way you put your photos up and I really enjoyed learning how to make my own pillowcase dress! Thanks.
Amy in Provo


Gorgeous pajamas and quilt! Love the fabrics you chose. Of course! :)


Those PJ's turned out so cute :-)


omg, you killing me with your sewing! so cute!

Lil' d

It all looks so great (I'm very jealous of your weekend trip). What is that gorgeous fabric on the bottom left corner of the quilt?

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