Monthly Archives: April 2015

Kits, sewing and such….

I haven’t been posting lately because I had several days where I couldn’t get to my account to post.  Apparently the automatic updates messed me up.  So thankful that I have a computer guru (aka:  sweet hubby) that can fix all computer related things and keep me straight.  LOL!

The last couple weeks have been full of kit making for upcoming classes.  I have now completed 60+ kits and probably need to make many more – probably another 60+.  Yikes!  My least favorite part of teaching, but they need to get done.

I took a break from kit making and wanted to do some quick projects.  So, I’ve finished a few more gowns for Caleb Ministries.  I made a 3rd gown in a smaller size, but didn’t photograph that one.



I have also made several bonnets for the little girls from the older, out of print Children’s Corner pattern “Emily Ann”, which is very much like the Beaufort Bonnets that seem to be so popular.  I added monograms to the back of the bonnet and love the way that they turned out.

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By the time I had finished the pink/white bonnets and moved on to the blue/white bonnets, I was being a bit more lazy and chose to use rick rack rather than make my own piping.  I also went through my button stash rather than covering buttons and found suitable buttons.  The white ball-shaped buttons are cute and a bit more formal, but I really like the fun flower buttons and think that I’ll be trying to use buttons like that more in future bonnets.  I can’t wait to see how these look on the little girls!  I think that Livvy will be a fan since she’s always telling her mommy that she needs sunscreen on her eyes because it’s so bright outside!  Hahaha!!!!  Kids can be so funny!

I also completed a Wee Care gown with a pretty hem treatment that is easy to do.  Our SAGA chapter will be having a workshop on this magic madeira treatment next month, so I wanted to show it on a gown.  Barbara O’Brien, another chapter member, will be doing the workshop and showcasing it on tea towels.  Hopefully there will be lots of ideas springing from the different samples.

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I finished my gown with a pin-stitch.  No surprise there.  I love using the machine pin-stitch whenever I can.  It is such a pretty treatment!

So, that’s all I’ve got!  This week it will be back to work on my class preparations, but I do hope that there will be some sewing as well.

I hope you are able to keep on stitching as well!!!


Sewing, Salamanders and other Things!

Last week was an enjoyable week!  The first project that I finally finished was a Children’s Corner “Taylor” bubble for Liam and I adapted the pattern for a smocked insert.  I just loved the “Slithering Salamanders” smocking plate by Frances Messina Jones and knew that he needed this design.  This outfit was made to go with Livvy’s new smocked peasant top.

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The outfits look so much cuter on the kids than on a mannequin, though it is easier to see the details on the mannequin.  Those chubby little arms are just so busy!



I consider myself to be a rather experienced smocker, but I have to say that this smocking design nearly did me in!  LOL!  Perhaps it’s because I haven’t done as much picture smocking lately?  I don’t know.  I’m glad that I got it finished because I love it and it’s really so cute, but I won’t be smocking this on again soon.  Hahaha!!!

After finishing up Liam’s outfit, I moved on to some embroidery that has been waiting to be completed.  I had several things for the kids that needed something.  First up on the embroidery machine was Ella’s pillow sham.  It needed a monogram.  You’ll have to excuse the cell phone pictures for the next few – I was having technical “issues” with the camera (which isn’t an unusual situation for me to have!  LOL!).

The font is Elegant Monogram Font from Appliqué Corner.


Then next project was a simple dress for Ella – it was too simple and I also thought it would benefit from a monogram.  This is the Classical Monogram from Amazing Embroidery Designs.


Ella also needed a t-shirt with a fairy on it for her fairy themed birthday party on Saturday (which was a HUGE hit with all the little girls!).  The fairy design is from Bunnycup’s Fairy Love group.



Then I had a brother/sister outfit for Livvy and Liam.  My stellar (not!) cell phone picture makes the outfits look as if they aren’t the same color, but in person, they do match!


For Liam’s outfit I used the Race Track Alphabet from Planet Appliqué.  Livvy’s appliqué is from Bunnycup’s Sweet Thing Appliqué 

The next 3 outfits are just cute play clothes, but they were also too plain.  Both appliqués come from Bunnycup’s 2 Cute Critters appliqué design.



The owl design – unfortunately I have no idea where this came from.



After all the machine embroidery, I needed to do something more smocking/heirloom, so I finished up a sweet Wee Care gown.  I added a lace oval to the hem so that I could use this as a sample garment for the Working With Lace workshop that I’ll be doing for the Dogwood Chapter of the Smocking Arts Guild of America.  This was just what I needed for a little handwork.




The oval is secured with pin-stitching and a tiny flower embroidered in the center.  While poly/cotton isn’t ideal for pin-stitching, with enough stabilization I think that this turned out quite nice.



Now, after a week of some serious stitching, what will I be up to this week???  Well, it’s time to get down to business and get more kits ready for some upcoming workshops/retreats this summer, so I’ll be doing that.  Not nearly as much fun as sewing, but necessary.

What will you be stitching this week?

Easter Blessings and summer sewing…

“The Lord is risen indeed” – Luke 24:34.  What a joy to celebrate the truth of the risen Savior again this Easter as we worshiped yesterday.  After the church service, the kids and grandkids came over for dinner as well as to celebrate our 3 birthdays that are so close together.  What a delightful day it was.

After our meal, the little ones went down for a nap.  However, after nap time, they were so excited to get out in the sunshine and hunt for those colorful eggs – they could hardly stop long enough for a picture.  Aren’t they an adorable bunch!!!  All 3 of them are wearing my new dress pattern, Suzette, that I showed earlier.  They couldn’t be any cuter!!!  Of course, I’m not a biased grandma!  LOL!  Little Liam was napping, so he didn’t get in on the action or the picture, but he was just as sweet as the girls.


I’ve moved on to some summer sewing and have completed a couple more of the Perfectly Pretty tops, though my version of them.  It works out great that I can sew for the 3 little girls and do 3 different sizes.  It’s always nice to have wearable samples when I’m testing the fit.  LOL!  I made the little girls outfits and they all co-ordinate so that they can continue to look adorable when they are together.  For their tops, I used the Bonnie Blue “Haillie” pattern bloomers and added ruffles to the back side.  I can’t wait to get pictures of the 3 little girls in these outfits!  I’ve shown the back side of the bloomers, just because it is cuter than the front.  LOL!

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I smocked one of the tops with the same design that was included in the magazine (Sew Beautiful #149) so that it would match the big sister outfit. The other top was smocked with Ellen McCarn’s “Tulip Garden”, which I thought was a good design for the print.



I have also managed to squeeze in a simple machine embroidered monogram on one of Liam’s purchased outfits.  I can just see him with his red “fuzz” in this one!



Next up on the sewing front is a lime green check outfit for Liam – after all, he needs to “match” as well.


What is everyone else working on now that the Easter finery is finished?