December Block for Twelve Square
The waiting chain

getting back on the horse

back into it.

It's been several months since I made something that wasn't a gift or a block for Twelve Square, and I'm missing it.  Part of the reason was that I was soooo very tired that any spare time I did have was spent napping. 

We also swapped the playroom and my sewing room, so things were topsy turvy for a while, too.  The new playroom is getting there, but I sure do miss the old one.  It was in the basement and we just weren't down there enough for her to enjoy it.  Now she has all of her things on the main floor, which makes dinnertime easier.  At nearly 3 (in just a few weeks), she's starting to enjoy some solo pretend play and is delving into her pretend world of babies and picnics and doctor visits.  It's so heartwarming to hear her take care of her Baby 'Carson' doll.  Man, she loves that baby. 

Anyway, my sewing room feels different now, and I'm still getting into the groove down there.  My folks got me a drop-leaf cutting table for Christmas and it is a life and back saver; I can't believe I've waiting this long to really use it.  Thanks, mom and dad.  It is working out just great.

So this morning, instead of sneaking in a little nap before my California office comes online, I got out good old pattern Butterick See & Sew 5119 and started a little shirt for Fidget using some Heather Ross horsie fabric that has been waiting patiently in my stash.   You've seen this pattern before, here and here.  I figured I ought to start slow with a quick and easy project.   I love this top.  It's got 3 pieces, comes together so quickly, and wears well.  I am making it a bit longer again with fairly short sleeves that she can wear a long sleeved tee underneath... I hope it's as cute as I imagine it will be.

Funny, it occurred to me this morning that the two horses in this print look very much like the ones we pass every morning on the way to school.  I wonder if she'll notice.  Of course she will.  She notices everything.

Have a happy weekend, friends. xo



I loved sewing for Molly and Kellie (especially Molly - I made a lot of dresses and things for her.)I miss it sometimes. Now all I ever make are simple skirts for Kellie or sleep bottoms for the kids. It gets a little boring.


Oh yea! Back in the swing. Feels good, eh?


I live vicariously through you, how wonderful to have a sewing room all to yourself! Someday...soon I hope! =-)


Just think of how lucky you are to have a sewing room! I just hope it doesn't flood!


ah, my favorite. i am going to get this pattern the next time I am out! thanks for the link!


They really do notice everything, don't they?

P.S. Pics of the tree are forthcoming. I had to get it decorated still! LOL


That's such a cute pattern, I should try to pick it up next time Butterick patterns go on sale. Of course, I should check my pattern stash first because I may have it already. My mind is mush.


The shirt is going to be adorable on your adorable little girl.

I have always loved your play room. If I remember correctly, I asked to live in it. :-) I'm sure it will be beautiful as your new studio.


i think i am going to have to buy that pattern for my little one. it's adorable!!!

rachel | buttons magee

Nice to hear your energy is picking up again!


I can't wait to see what comes out of the pattern this time. The white tunic with the green pattern was what first made me stop at your blog and read further. Still here, still reading, and loving everything you make! :)


Glad to hear you are back at it, and can't wait to see your new creation. Have a great day!


Hi Chris - I left a little something for you on my blog - go check it out! :)


just had to pop over and tell you i picked up this pattern today! love it!


I'm going to have to try to make that shirt for Nissa....I remember loving it in that green print you used before. I made her some pajama pants out of that horse fabric. I love her fabrics because they wash so well.

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