This is my favorite long weekend because the holiday part is the first day usually, followed by three days of dong whatever you want. This year was a little different but still very enjoyable. Well, we weren't having a big meal on Thanksgiving as the married kids are spending it with their other half's families. Jess and Jason came to our house Thanksgiving afternoon to spend the long weekend with us. Thursday was 1) read the ads for Black Friday. 2) plan for Black Friday shopping trip starting at 2am. 3) start making approximately 30 fabric wallets as gifts for friends. Click on Valori Wells to see the pattern and link to "Keep Me in Stitches" quilt shop where you can purchase the pattern and fabric. Jacqi shared the pattern with us last weekend at our Bjorklunden retreat last weekend. Thursday night we selected coordinating fabrics and cut them to the pattern size.
That evening sewing, turning and pressing was done
.Saturday was brunch with the family, grand kids and all. It was a wonderful morning together. Liz and Tracy picked out their favorite wallet from the assortment. They will get them as soon as we finish the closures. We thought they were an appropriate initiation gift to "Black Friday" shopping, their first time for this, where you just use your cash and cards, no time for big bulky purses. Its serious business, hunt and buy, no browsing. Get in and get out.
Later that day after more bargain shopping, a nap by one and a workout by the other, more work was done on the wallets, we opted for buttons and buttonholes. At the end of the day we had put together 37 (thirty-seven)!!!! Valori Wells wallets.
Are you one of the lucky ones on our Christmas list? To make your own wallet check out Jacqi's shop, "Keep Me In Stitches", Appleton, WI. She has great fabrics and buttons to finish these quick, cute gifts. Easy too, but 37 is a lot. Thank goodness, Jess and I worked well as a team. Thanks J!