Friday, October 10, 2014

Finally Friday

For some reason I have been a day off all week long.  It is strange how that can happen and I have no idea why.  Oh well.  The weekend is almost upon us. 

October is a crazy month of birthdays in our family.  As well as two very dear friends, we have six grandchildren, our daughter, my SIL and myself.  It is a month of celebrating. 

One thing I love to do is to make pillowcases to wrap their birthday gifts.  I try to think of something that the children will enjoy.  Recently, Sue has been making pillowcases and had a giveaway for some Alexander Henry baseball fabric that she was using.  I was lucky enough to have been chosen as one of the recipients of some of it and she added some red baseball fabric to go with it.  It made the perfect wrapping for one of our grandsons.

There was enough left over for a couple more pillowcases so I also did one in blue for another grandson.  Soccer is another sport for an October grandson's birthday gift.  These are so much fun to make.  Check over at Sue’s and see her pretty ones.

A little Halloween sewing has also been in the works this week.  Our son requested a fire hydrant costume for their 2 year old.  This was a challenge!  I hope to get a picture of it being worn as I am sure it will look better than a picture. 


They dress up as a family for their local city street party.  Mom and Dad are going as dog catchers and the other two children are going as dogs.  I embroidered the shirts for the dog catchers.


One last completion this week was the binding on the memory quilts.  Now they are ready to go to their new home.


I received two really nice batiks from Beth as her winner in her See You in September giveaway.  These are so pretty and will go well in my continuing NY Beauty blocks.  Thanks, Beth.


We have a fairly quiet weekend ahead.  Last weekend was crazy with soccer games, horse show, and an open house so it will be a welcomed change.   


  1. Hi Mary!
    I see that great minds think alike! All pillowcases are is a big bag, so why not use them for gifts! Love the black cuff on the one..wish I had more fabric left so I could do one like that!

    Can't wait to see your little fire hydrant! I can see a pattern...dogs, dog catchers and the much needed hydrant! That is cute!

    Can't wait to hear how the children like their memory quilts...such a great thing you did!

    You deserve a quiet weekend but I am guessing, it probably will fill up anyway...

  2. I think using pillowcases to wrap gifts is a perfect idea. What fun costumes! Hope you have a quiet and restful weekend.

  3. You are able to get so much done! I'm so envious!

  4. I love making pillowcases! Yours turned out so cute - is it okay to cute for boy pillowcases ;o)

  5. Oh I hope you can get a photo of the little hydrant for us! What a cute idea! Great job on the pillowcases too. Have a happy weekend!

  6. No wonder why you do not know what day it is! You have been so very busy. I love the idea of pillowcase gift wrap.
    The fire hydrant costume is so cute. I would love to see a picture. Enjoy your weekend.

  7. You had a very successful week. Love the pillowcases, but the costume really made me smile. Would love to see a picture of it being worn!

  8. I love making pillowcases too! It's hard to resist all the cute novelty fabrics out there! Love the hydrant costume, what a funny idea. Hope we get a family photo later. Have a fabulous weekend!

  9. Cute, cute pillowcases! I need to go look for sports fabric, because I love those. The fire hydrant looks great and is a seriously funny family costume idea!

  10. Oh my gosh you are so clever. Love the fire hydrant and your family must have a blast at Halloween. LOVE the dog catcher/dog family affair. October is my favorite month -- great one for birthdays!

  11. Yay for October birthdays! One of my granddaughter's is October 31! Cute pillowcases -- good idea! :)

  12. Well if you've been off a day all week, I've been off for a few weeks, Mary! I blame it all on being retired! The pillowcases are a terrific idea and I just can't wait to see that little, live fire hydrant!

  13. The family halloween costumes are great. I can't wait to see the little fire hydrant. Your pillow cases are cute.

  14. The pillowcases you made for your grandsons are such fun! And I can't wait to see the the fire hydrant being worn as well as they rest of the family in costumes. I do miss making Halloween costumes for our kids.

  15. I love that pillow case would be so cute for a boy

  16. A Very Happy Birthday to you all!! Lovely, lovely finishes, Mary! The fire hydrant costume is super cute :)


  17. Wow, you were so productive! Great job.

  18. Hello Mary. Managing a catchup but do not have my computer right now (being repaired) and not so easy commenting on every post on I-pad. However loving your quilts as usual and what a great memory quilt idea.
    You seem to have nearl as many cousins as Grandchildren. What a blessing your family must be.
    Followed your travels as well. I have a distant cousin that has a vineyard in Nappa Valley.
    Looks like you had a great time in Hawaii.
    Enjoy all those October celebrations.

  19. love the costumes, the pillow cases your top quilt...oh my I msised quite a bit lol