This year Madeline wanted to learn to sew for 4-H. Which is cool. I learned how to sew for 4-H, from my mom and grandma. It’s a handy skill to have in life.

“What do you want to sew?” I asked.

“A skirt, because I always have to safety pin my skirts to get them to stay on, and I want a skirt that actually fits me without having to safety pin it.”

Sounded reasonable to me. She is rather a stickgirl.

So we picked out a pattern, and some material, and have been working at it here and there. She wants to have it done by Saturday, which is her band solo contest. I don’t know if we’ll make that goal. She has a big science project due this week, too. But we’ll give it a try.

I haven’t sewn anything in a really long time, and now she’s got me itching to make something. Maybe after taxes are done, and before seed-starting begins.

I’m worrying about the animals tonight. The temperatures are supposed to drop to 25 below, with wind chills up to 40 below. I wish I could bring them all into my garage.

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3 Responses to Sewing

  1. Caroline says:

    Wow, I think your cold is going to beat our cold. We’re only supposed to get down to single-digit negative numbers this week (before windchills, of course). All of our critters will be locked into the barn at night, whether they like it or not (should have done it last night, too).Can’t wait to see the new skirt!

  2. Lynne says:

    It was -10 here in the suburbs of Chicago this morning when I got up… I can’t even imagine what the cold must feel like out your way. I hope that the animals are okay! My big contribution to nature in the suburbs is just keeping the bird feeders full…Glad to see that there’s a blooming seamstress at your house! Learning how to sew was one of the best things that I ever did — and I think I started when I was about her age. My best friend, who learned how to sew through her 4-H activities, is now a professional dressmaker — so you never know where those skills will take you! Good luck on the skirt — hope it gets done — and that you post pictures of it when it is! 🙂

  3. Kelli,I’m waiting for the post about your presentation from the INCA conference. I saw you there, but never had a chance to even say hi! Hi! As people were leaving I overheard someone who attended your workshop say “the pork workshop rocked!”In case you didn’t get my e-mail the high hopes gardens blog has moved to\blog after the hijacking (I see the link on your site still references the old site)

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