aprons. huzzah!

I made aprons for gifts this year. And, like many of my recent sewing endeavors (knock on hard, unforgiving wood), they turned out pretty great. (My photos aren’t that great, however, but I was sewing these puppies after work with waning light and it was really effing cold outside. Also, several were gifted before documented but here, at least, is a smattering)

The best part? I used scrap fabric and embellishments. The not-best part? I thought I’d be able to whip them out in no time but, well, they took a bit longer than no time cause I became all obsessed with perfect little details but my mom says that is what makes a good seamstress so maybe I am getting closer? Ma?

The template is so simple with the finished apron being a rectangle measuring 26″ x 21″ (w x h) ish depending on the gift recipient. But, I think the 21 x 26 size fits most. And, they are all double thickness so they are sturdy and can stand up to thick gravies and spilled martinis and such. This is important.

I find that I really really love to be in my studio and sew away while my house is asleep. Surrounded by Andy’s paintings and good music. The see saw rhythm of my grandma’s old machine. It is a really solid and satisfying experience.

In other sewing news, the quilt is coming right along…both sides are finished and the batting preshrunk and I just have to combine it all and bind it. I have been dragging my feet and I think it is because I am afraid it won’t turn out. I have spent a lot of time on this daddy and I’ll just twitch if it doesn’t turn out. Here’s a peak.

12 Responses to aprons. huzzah!

  1. Katie says:

    Nici~they are fantastic! I particularly love the western ones. Good job!

  2. Susy says:

    Love them (especially the little ball fringe). I made reusable shopping bags for my family members this year for Christmas. I also spent many moons because of all the details stitching I wanted to add and all the different colors of threads I used.

  3. jen says:

    love the aprons … especially the one modeled by the (apparently) martini-drinking-and-gravy-stirring tree.
    and quilting. ah. don’t you just love when four corners come together so perfectly? (do you think i have enough time to make a quilt before school starts on monday? because i miss it. quilting. not work.)

  4. LeLo says:

    Don’t you love sewing ric-rac and pom-pom fringe? It’s those little differences that make them so special.

    Okay, and what’s with huzzah? I just used that in a post too. Huzzah! (wiggle spirit fingers here)

  5. TRB Holt says:

    THE aprons, I saw them up close and personal; I am the proud recipient of the first on the line. AND I am here to tell you they are yet another display of Nici’s talent. Everything she does always shows a splash of her own creativity. I have not worn mine yet because I have it hanging over my pizza peel on the wall…it is after all, in my eyes, a piece of art.

    Yes sweetie you are absolutely getting closer!

    I love you, Mom

  6. Judybusy says:

    As always, you’re doing fun, creative stuff! I cook nearly every day and would love to have an apron like one of these—although the one I have is from Brazil, with the national colors and all…

  7. lurky mommy says:

    Love the aprons! My fav is the cowboys on blue. Don’t fear the quilt! The worst that could happen is that your seam ripper gets a work out. I started an easy quilt right after T-giving and finished it Christmas Eve afternoon because gross flu knocked my family for a loop and I lost a lot of time, but it turned out just like I wanted it to and the receiver loves it. I find it so satisfying to quilt! I love the cutting and piecing and just caressing the fabrics and imagining them all coming together into something warm to wrap up in for generations to come! I spent a couple of years collecting beautiful batik scraps for my dream quilt-it’s a japanese pattern that I love-and now I can’t remember the “safe place” I hid them in so my then-toddlers would not scatter them. I am actively cleaning every little bin and cranny of my house trying to find them so I can get started!

  8. FinnyKnits says:

    Ok, that is a LOT of aprons. WOW. And they’re all so cute and unique! Good on you – I’m totally impressed. And I bet your giftees were really excited to go make something messy.

    About that quilt…it really looks good from here. Granted, I’ve never made a quilt, so all I can judge on is the color combo and the fact that all the pieces are sewn together in a nice looking way, but still – good from here!!

  9. Kelly says:

    I love the fabric you use! They are all so beautiful and made with so much love! That’s gotta make the food taste better too right?

  10. Heather says:

    LOVE the pom pom fringe extra much. All of them are lovely and squeak worthy!!!!

  11. aunt deb says:

    Nici, I LOVE my apron and feel very proud to be a recipient of one. I am an apron wearer and have worn yours already. It is great for wiping my hands on and protecting clothes! I like the fringe too- interesting touch. Thanks for the great gift. Love, Aunt Deb

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