Wednesday, February 24, 2016


The editor from Cheap East & Thrifty Crafts [has been incorporated into Seams And Scissors] contacted me to see if I could get her a pattern for an oven mitt quickly for a fund raiser Prime Publishing was helping to sponsor. She needed it in just a few days but I said sure-how hard would that be? I didn't want to submit just any old, plain oven mitt-then the one hanging on my oven door came to mind that my sister, Jackie, had made for me at Christmas so I called her to see if I could use her idea and ask her about materials she had used, she said sure.

That would take care of that and I could draft the pattern and get it in quickly-then the phone rang. My sister-in-law, Alma, was in the hospital and not doing well. Then my newborn great, grandson was readmitted into hospital with jaundice and I needed to take care of the other baby for a couple of days. So much for getting anything done. 

I don't know how I accomplished anything when my own four were growing up but as I am reminded quite often, it seems, of how old I am-ok, I'm 76 years old, taking care of an infant who isn't walking yet and there was no drafting of pattern, no instructions written, no sewing-nada-to be done around bottles, feeding, diapering, bathing, peek-a-boo and just trying to get up out of my chair while holding her. Three days, two nights of this, deadline coming up, must go see sister-in-law. 

As soon as I was relieved of my charge, rulers, pencils, drawing pad came out. Then fabrics, batting, thermal fabric cut and sewn-sample photographed and HALLELUJAH! the pattern with tutorial was uploaded before the deadline.  

Here is the fund raiser information:     

Starting now, we’re calling on sewists like you to help us out by making an oven mitt or potholder for the cause! We’ve provided two easy, FREE patterns just for you – check them out by clicking the images below!

Free Oven Mitt Pattern

Free Potholder Pattern

How would you describe Love INC’s mission and what inspires you about it?
Our mission is to mobilize local churches to transform lives and communities in the Name of Christ. I love this mission because we are all about empowering the church to do what it does best – love and serve our community! We provide a structure for the churches to serve so they don’t have to recreate the wheel on their own. We also verify the needs of those calling in for help to be sure we are serving in a meaningful way.

A commitment, an emergency, another emergency, a deadline met, getting to see Alma in time. My sister, Shirley, was taking me and since she couldn't make it for another day it gave me the time to get the article in. This is the way things go around here and it is never dull.

May the joy of crafting be upon you
Carolyn Wainscott