How do you make time for sewing with a busy schedule?

by Nicole

Hello dear reader,

Things have been quiet around here, which can only mean one thing: work has  been kicking my butt!

I’ve been thinking a lot about how to make some changes so that I can get more stitching done. I’m not sure what I need to change. I may have to do like Nike and “Just do it!”

I have managed to do some sewing, mainly small projects. Let me tell you about a project I made last month that makes me especially proud. I took my husband’s old shirt and cut it up!

I’ve always loved this shirt because of the pink and orange stripes. But it has seen better days and it was time to let it go.  But instead of tossing it in the trash, I upcycled it and gave it a new life for my little girl!

I used the Oliver + S Roller Skate pattern to make a little tunic for her. I even reused one of the buttons from the original shirt.

This is one of my favorite O + S patterns. And I like the finished top even more since the fabric originated from hubby’s shirt.

In addition to making a few garments, I’ve also been visiting quilt guilds, teaching workshops and giving lectures to spread my love of modern quilting. It has been a lot of fun! I’ll be back soon to share more about that.

In the meantime, how do you make time for sewing with a busy schedule? I’m all ears!

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8 comments

Paige @ Quilted Blooms May 27, 2018 - 6:51 pm

How special! Win, win all the way around!

Nicole May 29, 2018 - 7:39 pm

Yes, indeed! I get to hang onto the shirt a little bit longer! Thanks, Paige!

Mary Van Kleeck May 27, 2018 - 7:30 pm

What a cute top for your daughter. You are so talented 😊

Nicole May 29, 2018 - 7:39 pm

Thanks, Mary! I’m thrilled with how it turned out!

Sue May 27, 2018 - 8:59 pm

Nicole,
Wow! This post really touched my heart. Such a super project. The up-cycling is awesome. Love your blog.

Nicole May 29, 2018 - 7:40 pm

Thanks, Sue! It was a great project to work on. Practical and cute!

Rosemary B May 28, 2018 - 12:24 pm

I know how you feel.
My daughters are both married and having babies right and left. So I have three baby girls to play with now, and another on the way.
Of course, my daughters are pooped, I am pooped too./ I take care of my 93 year old daddy every day too,and of course those messy hubbies.
Well, we have to be grateful, if we lived in the days of olden, we would probably be decrepit or near dead from exhaustion.
I have a vivid memory of my mom washing clothes in the bath tub when we lived in France (dad was St Dept auditor) There was a ringer washer in the basement, but … spiders too…. My mom had four kids and God only gave her one hand.
Still she did everything and more. Hand made outfits for all of us.
We have to decide whether to sew or clean. Sew or cook,
I love Stouffers and Papa Johns lol and just about anything else that can be cooked and frozen into servings.
Cleaning? I still have to do that.

Your daughter looks wonderful in this blouse. Your beautiful daughters are getting so big. This girl looks taller

Nicole May 29, 2018 - 7:43 pm

Thanks, Rosemary! I don’t know how we all do it. So many responsibilities, so little time. It’s a bit overwhelming at times. But, yet it all seems to work out in the end. Thanks for stopping by, Rosemary! And yes, she is getting taller. She just turned 7. Where are the years going? She wasn’t even 1 when I started this blog!

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