I hope to inspire and entertain you with a lot of sewing and a little of everything else!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Antique Boy's Suit & My Beautiful Ballerina

Today we did some photos of Rosie in her dance costumes from this year's recital. There were dozens of gorgeous shots of her in the 4 costumes, but we both especially liked this ballet photo.
We also did a few pictures of Andy in an antique button-on suit. I was surprised it fit so well, as he is tall for just-turned-4! The suit doesn't have a size label. It is one I bought a few years ago on vacation at Cape Cod. 
My favorite thing about this suit is the zig-zag lace on the front. There are triangular tabs that button to the other side. This would be cute on a dress front, too.  I hope use this idea in my sewing someday. 
I have been doing a lot of sewing, but I need to take some pictures. I made a slat bonnet for a Civil War event and I had a sewing school with a friend, so I hope to blog about those soon!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Thank You Veterans!

Well, it's not Veteran's Day, but a friend of ours is retiring from the Air Force tomorrow. We have been invited to the ceremony and a picnic afterwards, so it will be a fun day. I thought a personalized wall hanging would be a good gift. Here's what I came up with:
The embroidered center has patriotic components from Sew Weird's Vintage Military set. The border is 3" half-square triangles. Here's a close-up of the embroidery:
I really, really like this embroidery. I love the stripes on the flags. Can you tell I used metallic thread for the flagpoles? The eagle is really attractive, too. I just like the lightness of this design, rather than the usual "fill" designs. The lettering is Embird Alphabet 23. 
Everything I used for this was "stash"! I even got this embroidery set free for submitting a photo a long time ago. Many of the fabrics were from my Quilt Guild auctions or fat quarters I won. The backing was from a July 4 dress I made Rosie a LONG time ago!
I hope he likes it!!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Block Bonanza part 3: Funky Faces!

I have enjoyed sharing the Block Bonanza Quilts with you. Today I am featuring Ellen's Funky Faces Quilt! This was the most challenging block I made, but also the most fun.

This first block is just so awesome. The quilt had mostly women's faces (and 2 children), so the last person to make a block made a man. Isn't this block just perfect!!??

I love the curly hair, the mustache, the winking eye!

I'm sure you remember seeing the block I did: Andy's face. Unfortunately after I digitized this, all of my embroidery files disappeared. Poof! I had a back-up disk, but this was too recently done to have been backed up, so I lost it.

Here are all of the blocks together. What a fun wall-hanging this will be!!