Monday, August 14, 2017

APPLE VALLEY SMOCKERS

                                       Small in number

Our group is pretty small right now.  Some didn't show for the meeting, which makes the group even smaller.
We were meeting in a quilt shop but sadly that store went out of business.  So now we meet in a beautiful church in the historic part of town.  Great lighting and with the group we are always inspired to create.

                      Smile for the camera

 We have lots and lots of discussions.

 What ever we do, we have fun.  I so enjoy my time with these gals and love meeting new members.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

ON TO A NEW PROJECT

                            Time to move on

My new project will be a smocked bonnet designed by my blogging friend  Kathy.  


Kathy is so talented.  she is selling the pattern on Etsy, not sure of the link but I think you can find it here.
She has made the pattern in those two different versions and in all sizes.

also do not forget to check my other blog.  you will find that one when you click here.   Be sure to sign up!!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

COMPLETE FAILURE

                              Never Before

I have never given up on a sewing project before.  Even the projects I thought I would like and ended up not likeing them, I would finish and give it away.
 This was the dress to be and that is the fabric.  So light that it wants to float away and several times it did!
It would stick to itself, so I tried spay starch, thought I was making some headway using the starch.  No!!!  that ended up not working.
Seams would pucker, no matter what I tried to do with them.

So, today I said my good byes in total frustration­čś× 
Now, on to something else, something that will make me happy.­čść

Friday, July 14, 2017

FRANNIE PART 2

                     some Frannies are getting done.

Kathy D, has finished her sew along dress.  She even added a doll dress.

 I love her sewing.  She always adds a designer touch, probably because she is a designer.  
Kathy also added a step by step of doing those trickie sleeves.  I was having so much trouble trying to figure out how to reach in a small space and turn right sides together, sew a complete circle and still have it all work.
I can not show you mine yet, although with Kathy's instructions I was able to do the chore.

I will get mine all done and then be brave enough to take a picture.

 
 This is karens dress so far.  It is going to be so pretty when finished.

I hope you are also doing the sew along, and will get your project done and share with us.

Friday, July 7, 2017

FRANNIE SEW ALONG

                                           Sew along with us


 We will be putting together the Lyn Weeks pattern, Frannie.
the instructions leave a lot to be desired in putting this sweet dress  together.

 I do not know if this pattern is still available, so you might want to check Ebay and see if there is one available.

 This is the fabric I have chosen for mine, not sure if it was a good idea, it is very light fabric.

follow along on Everythingsewing  http://everythingsewing.net/

You will see the button for the forum, sign up and find the sew along under the topic " on topic talk". 

Hope you will join us.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

FINALLY SOME SEWING

                                            Madi models her new clothes

Sewing long distance is hard.  I have always had the little ones close by and that has made sizing easy. 

 Her bee dress is a size two, so it will fit for awhile. I am just glad she had her model it.


                         Her pillowcase type dress.  This was fun
                         to make once I wrapped my head around
                         how to do it.  I did use the measurements
                         her mom sent. Probably good it is not
                          Shorter. 

 Madie models her sunsuit.  This one I think I got right.

Always fun to sew for little ones.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

WHO IS REALLY IN CONTROL?

                               NOT ME, THAT"S FOR SURE

I will start by asking for prayers for Mr.and Mrs Sweet. 
she, is also known as BJ, owner of the blog sweet nothings.
                          
So, here I am in an argument with of all people GOD! 
I was told to post asking for prayer, I said " I did already, I posted on noniesparadise."   This has been going on for a few days.  Of coarse over those days, I found I had no motivation, none!!   I delayed as best I could.  I read books, and all the time there was this voice saying "Post asking for prayer, BJ needs prayer".   
BJ, is the sweetest person, here is a couple of post from her blog.




Then I went over and read her blog and it came through loud and clear, please pray.  Bill is fighting cancer and is fighting hard.  I know you will hold them in your hearts.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

WHAT I AM UP TO NOW!!

                            Next Project

I am starting on Christmas presents.  I know it seem early, but it really isn't when you have a lot of families to sew for.  I like getting things made with love over anything from the store.   Well, there are acceptations to that!  when the grand-kids find something for me, then it becomes very special. 
As most of you know I love boating, and so do some members of our family.  They either love it and have a boat or they are total land lovers.

 So what does this have to do with Christmas sewing?
I did these stitch out yesterday.  right before my eye Dr. but that's another story. 

 Not well hooped, I just wanted to see how it stitched out.

 So, place mats, towels what ever will work.  
Have you started thinking about Christmas sewing?

Monday, June 5, 2017

PLACEMATS ARE DONE

                                               All done


 I used the quilt as you go, strip method.  They make up pretty fast and make great gifts.  if you are thinking Christmas presents these make great gifts.

Friday, June 2, 2017

ANOTHER PROJECT DONE!

                         Pillowcase dress

This is the first pillowcase type dress I have made that ties in the back.  The mom wanted it to tie on the shoulder but I have had enough experience with little ones to know they will pull on anything tied in the front or the ones that tie on the shoulders.  Older girls seem to leave them alone.
So with help from Angela who owns the blog justgivemeaneedle , I am now finished with this dress.  we will have to see if she likes it before I make more but it was fun. 



Saturday, May 20, 2017

MY OTHER (NEW) BLOG

                                  Started another blog!

I think I am a glutton for punishment, as I have started another blog.  I am inviting all of you to check it out, comment and join up.
I wanted a place I could play with decorating and food. Then still keep the sewing spot and do more tutorials on sewing.

Please give me a shout out:

 http://noniesparadise.blogspot.com/

                                         Love this, it was made by a local Indian.
 

Thursday, May 18, 2017

THE MESS CONTINUES

               Keeping up the mess

 You have gathered all sorts of prints. I am trying to keep purple/lavender in all my prints because the person getting the place mats likes purple.

 Cut your scraps into strips. I chose to do 2" strips but you can chose any width you want.  Tiny one inch would be interesting.

 Now, you have another pile, those are the strips you have cut.  They are ready to apply.

 I used a basting spray to hold the filling to the backing fabric.  You could use pins, I just like using the spray adhesive
Now, lay out your strips in a design that will work for you.  All place-mats do not need to match as far as lay out, just use the same strips in each.

We will sew them down next.

Monday, May 15, 2017

A MESS FOR RIGHT NOW

             A sewing mess

I think we all make messes as we sew.  This is a new project.
I think it will be fun, taking it from mess to something else.

 
 I think you can tell what it will be.








           Lots of colors, always fun 
              to work with lots of colors.


Don't forget to check back and see what I make with all those colors.

Monday, May 8, 2017

NOW MINE!!

                                   MY BUBBLE?ROMPER


For the challenge I chose the pattern, "Baby Leah".
It has variations that you can chose from and of coarse I choose to do the ruffle because I think little girls should be in ruffles as long as possible.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

SOME CHALLENGE ROMPERS!

        Challenge Rompers are getting done

 This bubble was made by Angela, the pattern she used is called Michie Mooney#12.
Angela, did such a great job of smocking on this darling romper.


The next one is from Jerry, who not only did one darling romper but, Four!!  Yes, four rompers.   She is the proud grandma of quads. So when she sews, she set's up a factory.

 This is the girl version.  She used the Children's Corner pattern 'Taylor'. doing two boy versions and two girl versions.  A sewing hero.


             Boy's Romper


Where is mine you ask?   Well mines not done yet.

Jerry is my hero, you will see more of her sewing coming up in future post's.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

A NEW CHALLENGE

                                                    The Romper/Bubble challenge

So, On Everythingsewing, I was challenged to sew a bubble/romper.  I am not sure if they are bubbles or rompers or even if it makes a difference.
I had a pattern on hand that I made many years ago, so decided to use that one again.

 Now, it is not without challenges, so it lives up to it's name.  I need bias tape, and, can not find my bias maker.  Was given instructions on how to make your own with out using a tool, but that didn't work out for me.  
If I figure it out I will share the method.  
So the going is slow, but I am back to sewing, and that's a good thing.

Monday, April 24, 2017

SPRING IN THE VALLEY

    I just love wild roses, these were from a very small start of roses growing wild along side of the road.  I wonder if they were planted in a yard someplace at one time.

 Water is a must in gardens, from a fountain to a full blown water fall.  The sound of water is pure music.
 This blossom will make a cherry, thanks to the work of the bee.  Plant flowers bees love and help protect our bee's.
 Our beautiful valley.  The flowers grow wild all over the hills and in the perfect colors of blue and gold.

Just a few pictures of our wonderful valley and why I call it paradise.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Rosie Romper

                      Rosie romper

 The outfit is done!!  I have become a very slow sewer.

There were things I would do different when using this pattern.  The fabric is thicker then it looks and doesn't work well as a fabric, plus a lining fabric.  For the next one, I will chose a lighter fabric for lining.
I also need to work on picture taking.



I do enjoy sewing with patterns by Genine.

          Felicity, finally has something made just for her.

I have used this pattern before making Sam the short version.

 Sam looks a little weak on her feet here.

 I will be making this again.  Sam will be getting her own Seahawk outfit out of different, design by Genine pattern.   I hope I am not to slow making that outfit.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

I AM STILL WORKING

                                  Still working on it

I am still working on Felicity's outfit.  What should have taken  me a few hours has now taken days.     To explain--working with tiny seams is difficult enough but when your iron dies and you can not press those seams, it shuts down the sewing room.


 AS you can see it is a rumpled mess.  Now, you  know why we love our irons, I think you sew more with an iron then a sewing machine.

So, it was a quick run to the store.   No time to research irons to see which one is the best.   This little beauty, just happened to be on sale.

 Boy, does it ever have a shot of steam.  Maybe my old iron just was not working right but this one really works good.

 I was good and read the directions--- can you believe I could not get the cord to recoil? had to ask huny to help me.

 She sure is shinny.


                                 Has lots of steam vents.

Now, I am back to sewing doll clothes.  Nothing to exciting but good when you have been away from the machine as long as I have.