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Sunday, May 26, 2019

Sewing for Ellie!

 The majority of my sewing this last couple of months has been for our sweet great-granddaughter, Ellie. (My previous post is also things for her.)
 Her mama asked me to make a summer outfit for her to wear in a local pageant - and I couldn't say no!

 We went shopping and found this lemon print fabric at Hobby Lobby along with the yellow gingham. The small pink dot was from Joann's Fabric.
 The pattern is from Violette Field Threads Patterns called the Isobel. The diaper cover is also from there called Ruby. I love the diaper cover. This is my 2nd time to use it. I wasn't crazy about the Isobel - putting it together. I grew up sewing with tissue paper patterns, and directions that seemed easier to follow IMO.  Anyway, it fit good and looked cute on her. I made some modifications with the sash. 

Ellie didn't win, but oh well, you never know with pageants! She is a precious baby girl, and brings us all so much joy.

Friday, April 26, 2019

Catching Up!

 Really, does anyone ever catch up? I know I don't! It's been a busy spring so far. Plus we've had a lot of storms in our area. We've managed to get bypassed by a major tornado so we're very blessed. 

 In between having to shut down the computer, I've embroidered a few shirts and made a romper for our sweet Ellie. She just turned 2 on the 18th along with my granddaughter, Shelby, turning 12. Shelby is just a remarkable kid who wants to be involved in everything! Her school play will be May 2nd, and she has the main lead.  Her teacher asked if I would make 3 more angel gowns like I made at Christmas so I agreed. Plus I have to make Ellie an outfit for a local pageant in May. I'm getting a little stressed along with everything else that is happening. 

 I'll post the pics of the shirts and Ellie. I hope you enjoy. 

 Shelby and Ellie at Ellie's party.

The funny thing is that Ellie's mama put her romper on backwards. It's supposed to button in the back. LOL Oh well, live and learn! 
 I hope all of you have been safe from those awful storms! Come back and visit again!

Monday, March 25, 2019

All About Strings!

 Today (March 26) is my day in the blog hop "All About Strings" sponsored by Carla Henton of Creatin' In The Sticks
 I'm sure there will be some beautiful and big projects! I know I will enjoy seeing them all. 
 When I was a young girl, my mom taught me how to paper piece quilt blocks. About all we had was newspaper and scraps that her friends would give her. I can say that she never wasted anything! I wish I knew how many quilt tops and quilts she made in her lifetime. Many were pretty simple and were made mostly for warmth. We lived in a cold house so we'd pile on the quilts in wintertime. 
 I pieced one string quilt top when I was in the 8th grade, and I won 1st place in the 4-H craft show.  My mom sold it and many others to buy me school clothes. My dad was a truck farmer so the winter months were pretty tight money wise. 
 Anyway, I've been looking at all of the rag rugs being made so I decided to try a little experiment. I didn't have the jelly roll batting so I used some really thick yarn I had in my stash. Well, it worked ok, but not as good as I'd have liked. It wanted to curl up in places. I started working ironing and laying it flat, and it is much better. I just wanted something by my bed as we have wood floors, and they get pretty cold. 
 My bedroom is sort of shabby chic so these colors work just fine. These are pics of my progress. Of course, it started with a scrap pile!

 Here is the finished rug! I didn't waste anything but time as this was a partial jelly roll I got in a yard sale. 

My other project was to do some paper piecing for a string quilt. I really enjoy this! I used some old Birds and Blooms magazines, and they worked just fine. No rhyme or reason to the piecing - just whatever piece I want to use. I chose to do 6 1/2" blocks as I have a ruler that size which really helps.

 I only have 6 blocks made because I had to stop and do some other projects for a gift. 
 I love these because you can twist and turn them all sorts of ways to get a totally different effect!

 Thanks for coming to visit! 

This is the schedule for the rest of the blog hop! I hope you have time to visit them all!

Tuesday, March 26th

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Wednesday, March 27th

Thursday, February 28, 2019

A Work in Progress!

I belong to a sewing forum called Everything Sewing. At the first of the year, we decided to work on a block a month of our choice. Not everyone on the forums quilts, but they all sew. I decided to search and find blocks with printable templates. It's not easy these days since so many use nothing but half-square triangle. 

 I won the quilting software EQ8, but I just recently had time to work with it. I finally figured out how to print templates from the Block Library in the software so that worked perfect for me! Plus I found some others online. 

 I started with some pretty fat quarters I won a while back, and I just love the way they look. I want to use all prints - small, large, dark, and light. I think it will work out! These are all 12 inch blocks.

Every time I make a block, I love it more than the last! It's hard for me to work on different projects because I'm one that likes to finish what I start, but I'm coping. 
 I'm not sure how many I'll make right now. I will just see how it goes! 


Sunday, February 10, 2019

All About Strings!

 There's a new Blog Hop coming! All About Strings! March 25-28!!


Sunday, January 13, 2019

Christmas Sewing Update!

 I feel bad for not posting more often. It seems my time just gets away from me. I spend a lot of time reading blogs so I need to do better.
 I worked really hard through November and December making stuff for my great granddaughter, and a few odds and ends. So after Christmas I decided to do a few things for myself. I've started on a rag rug, and a new quilt. Of course, there will always be interruptions with other projects. 
 The first things are some Christmas shirts for Ellie, and the bottom pic is shirts for her and her cousin, Trent. They are so cute together.  Since Ellie didn't need more toys, these were part of her Christmas presents from us.

 I also did her a cute little outfit. I didn't make it, but I had to alter it to fit. I just love the elf legs. 


 I bought the ruffle shirts, pjs, and this buffalo print dress from ARB Blanks. All I did on the dress was put a simple outline of a deer. I think it's so cute! I did make the red/white striped leggings so she'd have something to wear with her shirts.

 For all of the girls in the family - including adults - I made some ornaments. The designs are from Applique Market except for the snowman. He's from Golden Needle Designs, and he holds candy. He was for Ellie, the great grand.
 At nearly the last minute, I got a request to make my granddaughter, Shelby, a purple minky blanket. She'd seen the fabric at Hobby Lobby, and even sent me pics. She is such a trip for an 11 yr old. 
 So I bought the fabric and decided to make a fleece blanket for the 2 grandsons (the younger ones). I did one in Star Wars theme for Eric and one in Marvel Comics because Cayden collects those. 
They all loved them, but Shelby was the most thrilled.

I love making the grands happy, and I love they they still love for me to make them things.
  So now on to other things. I hope everyone has a Happy New Year and can enjoy lots of sewing. 
 Sewing is my therapy!