Friday, January 31, 2014

Oh joy!

      As I sit sewing away in my sewing room amidst bolts of fabric, I sometimes wonder about who these items will go to.  It is my hope that the aprons, oven mitts and chef hats I make will bring some fun to kitchen chores, some delight in gift-giving, some measure of joy in people’s lives, and maybe some good will and love will get spread around in the process.

     Well, today I got a real treat when a mom kindly passed on to me a  photo of her wonderful young daughter who just received her Blue Star Vermont oven mitt and chef hat. She describes her little girl as “my little sous chef, who has pulled a chair up beside me in the kitchen pretty much since she could walk.”  In this photo, her joy rings out loud and clear! Makes it all worthwhile.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Quilting Time

     The 2013 holiday season meant burning the midnight oil through lots of long nights of sewing to fill everyone's holiday wishes. As a bit of a sewing vacation for me and my trusty sewing machine (which has never once failed me) I decided to take a break from sewing aprons, oven mitts and chef hats. I thought I would look at my own sewing wish list and started that overdue baby quilt for my precious nephew, Jay. I just finished it in the nick of time for his first birthday this week!
     Jay's mom requested greens and brown and I could add my favorite color blue. I thought all these bouncing balls of color would delight his young eyes. All those circles seemed like the right way to celebrate the wonderful circles and cycles of his life. Lots of love got sewn into this quilt
      I thought I would also share with you the quilt I made several years ago for Jay's brother, Max. Max and his mom had a challenging delivery because Max decided to come into the world face first. All went well for both of them, but after that delivery, Max wasn't able to open his eyes for his first day. So this wonderful, determined little boy met his family, not seeing, but listening. I wanted to make a quilt that matched his spirit. I began to imagine leaves in the wind for his quilt and spent quite a bit of time and some false starts experimenting with ways to make leaves. While struggling with this quilt, I learned I had to go inside myself, and like little Max on his first day, I had to listen. This quilt is what I heard.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Best wishes for a wonderful 2014!

     Here is one great batch of cookies that Blue Star Vermont had a hand in. Yes, those are our insulated  children's oven mitts, just right for these wonderful wee hands, our aprons and chef hats too. So glad we could be a part of all this baking fun.
      We have heard reports of lots of holiday cookies pulled out of the oven with our mitts and lots of Blue Star Vermont aprons opened under the Christmas tree.  We have loved being a part of holiday giving.
     Best wishes for a wonderful 2014!