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.


Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Encouraging to learn picture smocking.

Hope to encourage 

I haven't been able to make it to some of the smocking meetings.  I have been able to meet with Mary Jane and get her started on teaching picture smocking.

I thought I would share one of the plates that Mary Jane will encourage the students to make.

The crayons is a great way to learn stacking

The Santa's,  have more color changes but easy for a beginner.

The candy canes go pretty quick.

I hope by showing you some pictures it helps you get an idea of the picture smocking.