Did you ever see something new, and think, "Duh! Why didn't we think of this before??" That's what happened at our December meeting. Trisha and Gerry showed us carpenter tool aprons that they made, patterned after Home Depot aprons. Some of us, especially Trisha, have been wearing these for years at our show set-up days. Trisha carries wire cutters, screw drivers, cable ties, and various other tools she needs for the day's work.
Trisha and Gerry thought it would be fun to have better-looking, personalized tool belts, and they said, "well why not?! We know how to sew!" and this project was born. They both made some mock-ups and shared their two slightly different versions. A completed one was given away as a door prize.
These are going to be fun to wear on show set-up day! Plus, I am thinking they will make great gifts. Someone said what a great convenience it would have been to wear one when she taught elementary school. And who doesn't have a handy person in their family who would like a home-made one?? I just love this idea and hope to get busy making some right away.
If you want to find the directions, just go to our web site. Beth posted the directions there... off hand I can't remember where, but they should be pretty easy to find. I think they are linked in the blurb about what we did at the December meeting.
We did our annual Christmas block exchange. These are the blocks made with white background.
These are made with cream background.
This is our first (that I'm aware of) tea towel exchange.
We repeated a December tradition that had fallen by the wayside during recent years: we took a group photo of ourselves! A community center worker was kind enough to take the shots, and we all stood there looking gorgeous.
Before I got this whole message posted I managed to make myself a tool apron. And that was so much fun, I made another one to give as a gift. I already like having this apron as a quilting accessory. In the pockets I carry a seam ripper, a small magnifying glass, a measuring tape, a pencil, a straight edge, BandAids, a small pin cushion with a few pins, and my scissors fob is attached to the top.
Happy Holidays, everyone! See you again on January 8, 2008.