Tuesday, March 26, 2019


New to me

I know smocking has been around for many years. 
I have smocked many dresses

As with anything, there is always variations.  new ways for things to be done.

This is vertical smocking
Where the smocking is done vertically instead of horizontal.

It takes a bit to get the concept.

I enjoy the possibilities

Saturday, March 23, 2019


This inspired me

This will be a quilt for Christmas.
I am collecting the fabrics.

 Not a huge quilt but I think it will be fun!

Wednesday, March 20, 2019


How do you get inspired?

For me, sometimes the inspiration comes from a request.
which is what happened at Christmas.
I always ask the grand kids what do you want For Christmas and it has always been something on their list.
Until this year!

When I asked Seth, he said "anything you make me"! 

When I asked Zoe, she said, "something warm, and, soft.

Something warm, and, soft!

I know, Christmas was a long time ago!
My goal is to make something for everyone for the upcoming Christmas. 

so, I am inspired!

Monday, January 28, 2019

The sewing room

Back to the sewing room

I have not been feeling my best, so not a lot has gotten done.

I am back, to the sewing room!
I will try something new this year, and have joined a block of the month quilting, with Leah Day.

This will take me in a new direction of quilting.  I have not been quilting a long time, but having someone finish the quilts for me, is something I would like to change.
I will always use a quilter for some quilts. 
I will never invest in a long arm, and some quilts need to be quilted by an expert.
I would how ever love to know how to do free motion quilting, and finish small lap quilts and table runners.

So, my adventure begins.

Saturday, November 17, 2018


Wee care gowns
Our smocking group makes wee care gowns and donates them to the local hospital. 
Here are a few I have made.
 I will be making many more.
Sad that they are needed.
Blessed to be able to make them.
When my granddaughter was little
and saw the dresses. I explained
why they were so small.
she called them the dresses for
the hospital babies.

We still call them dresses
for the hospital

Tuesday, November 13, 2018


Keep it simple

You have made the quilt or place mats and time has come to do the binding.
The binding is never to difficult until it comes time to join that binding.
Usually, that involves a bump, where you have joined, since binding on the bias seems all but impossible.

You long for a smooth, invisible join
 Well, it is very easy to do.

Your first step will be to over lap the binding, the same amount as the width of your binding.

Mine is two inches.  so I cut the binding at two inches past the beginning end of the binding.

Your next step is to sew the two together.
think of this step as if you are joining binding 
that is not sewn on to something.

I say this, because this was the step that was confusing me.
Some instruction had me turning and twisting
yet, it is just a simple sew together of the ends.

Just be sure to leave enough length of your binding when starting out so you have the space to work.  

Friday, November 9, 2018


So many shops are closing

I must admit, I do enjoy shopping from home, on my computer.    So I am part of the problem the shop owners are facing, I get that.  At the same time , I miss the personal friendship from the little shops.

So much inspiration came from the shop.

Inspiration table

Right when you walked in the door.  The table was always filled with everything you wanted to make.  Things you didn't know you wanted to make.

I spotted this!!  I had to have it!! so I signed up for class.

They helped me pick my fabrics.
Step by step my project came to life.

So sad the shops are closing.  Yes, we can buy on line, but we can never get the friendship back.