Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Drawcord Elastic

 With it being time to start the Christmas sewing, I am again sharing the draw cord elastic, that I use so much of.  

  Make your next pair of pj’s and shorts with Drawcord Elastic—1-1/4” wide elastic with a drawcord that’s knit in the middle.  This elastic retains it’s shape because the drawcord can be tightened AFTER the elastic has been applied.
1.  Mark the casing allowance on the pattern the exact width of the elastic. (Drawcord elastic is usually 1-1/4” wide, therefore the measurement above the casing should be 1-1/4” wide.)
2. Cut the elastic 2” SMALLER then the waist measurements
3. Sew elastic in a circle with 1/2” seam allowance
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4. finger press seam open. Sew a rectangle through seam allowances and elastic to hold drawcords securely in place.  this seam will become the center back of the elastic.
5. Sew garment to forum waistline.
6. For Exposed drawcord ( drawcord on the outside of the garment), sew the bottom of a buttonhole next to the center front seam 2” from the cut edge.
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Pin elastic to the cut edge of the waistline matching pins.  The seam in the elastic matches the center back of the garment.  Serge or zig-zag the elastic to the garment around the cut edge.
2010_1123november0010 Fold elastic to the inside, encasing elastic. Stitch 1/4” from the lower edge of the elastic, keeping elastic very taunt.   find the buttonhole and pull the cording through.  Cut drawcords and knot the end.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Pure Elegance 

Since the Christening gown was shown in the last post I wanted to re-post the original story of the gown.   



Ole McLaughlin, is a member of the Apple Valley smockers and does the most amazing Brazilian embroidery. I hope she will let me show more of her work in the future.
Some Christening gowns have stories connected with them before they are created, with others the stories are created by the babies who wore the gown or the creator of the gown. This gown shares a little of both.
Ole, fashioned this elegant gown from silk brought back from China by her father a member of the Flying Tigers in WW2.  His soon to be bride used some of the silk to make a blouse for her wedding, the rest of the silk was stored away with orders for it to be used for Christening gowns when Ole’s boys became fathers.
Ole choose2010_1007applevalleyone0004 a pattern from AS&E issue #60, called Heaven Blessed.Ole said,” The only changes made, I didn’t put the bows on the front yoke and didn’t do the lower skirt embroidery. Instead I added the lace insertion. The fabric wasn’t long enough and I felt the silk was busy enough without adding embroidery.”
I hope I have been able to capture the beauty of this gown.

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2010_1007applevalleyone0010  I hope you have enjoyed this gown. I know it is hard for a camera to capture the true beauty.


Tuesday, October 8, 2019


Christmas past
I thought I would share some of past
Christmas sewing.
It is time to start again, sewing for this
year.  I have actually gotten a few things done, but can 
not show them yet.
Teens are probably the hardest to sew for
Last year, the teens wanted 
A. Something Grandma made and
B. Something warm and soft
So,for warm and soft,
What could be softer the minkie?
She modeled for me!
Reading pillows and a good book
Of coarse the Christmas quilt
warm, soft and something Grandma made!
To me, Christmas sewing is a challenge
at the same time, it is fun.

Monday, September 30, 2019


So much has changed
I wanted to take a trip back to memory
A visit to the Apple Valley Smockers and
our booth at the quilt show.

This booth was at the Town Toyota Center
in Wenatchee, Wash.
If I remember it was our first or second year
of the quilt show being held there.
  This post has a lot of pictures.

Fun to re-share the memories.

Thursday, September 5, 2019


One thing I love about
computers and blogging is 
being able to 'meet' people,
I would never other wise have been
able to meet and call a friend.

One of those friends is Kathy Dykstra.
Kathy, is a designer, teacher, artist and blogger.

is full of inspiration.
Design by Kathy

Just a sample of the beauty/talent you
will find on her blog.

Kathy, has been a huge influence on my sewing and smocking.  I used many, many of her designs
when they were published in AS&E.
A magazine no longer published and missed so much.

Kathy also designs for wee babies
and for wee care.

She offers many tutorials on her blog.
Her patterns are available through
her  Etsy


Tuesday, September 3, 2019


Your  sewing machine has
a shank.
Your pressure foot attaches to
that shank.

The shanks are either high or low. I
would guess most of them are low.

so what is it?

See that white piece of plastic?
That is the shank, the piece holding my
pressure foot.
You might also notice I have a snap
on pressure foot,vs a screw on.
 My machine is the Viking sapphire
760 quilt machine. Mine is considered a low shank.

Another thing that can be confusing 
is-this piece is also called an ankle.

When purchasing new feet
the choices are, a choice between
high shank and low shank.

 I hope this helps clear up
any confusion, when you see the term
high shank or low shank.  

Thursday, August 29, 2019


Always my first love

Garment sewing, especially for the little ones, will always be my first love in the sewing world.

Since I do have a great granddaughter. 
Who happens to love things I sew her.
My heart is full!

These dress's were from a Bonnie Blue pattern.
Named Kimberly.

Keeps me very busy.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019


Time for a change

Our smocking group has been named.
Apple Valley Smockers
since it was formed. 
I saw it as a time to change. Not, just the name but what we do as people that love to sew and create.
Apple Valley, is used for everything--the word smockers, said we smocked things.  What every that is supposed to be.

So, along with another member that shared my thought process.  We changed the name!!
I had some banners made and although I am not
excited about this display at our local quilt show.
I am excited about the possibilities. 

Like I said Change is good.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

It has been slow

Slow in the sewing room
Still sewing is happening and what I love to do.

Update on the quilt tops, they are off
to the long arm lady Patti and she will
work her magic and they will be quilts.

I let Zoe have  a say in her quilt. She met with Patti
and discussed the quilting plan.
This was all new to Zoe and I am so glad
I was able to share this with her. 
Quilt top lay out.
I will finish the quilt and wrap it for Christmas.

Sunday, May 12, 2019


Collecting all the tools

The last of the fabric came Saturday.
The Kona cotton skinny strips were on
back order.

So now!

Time to get started.

The secret so I am told is this tool.
It is made by Creative Grids and when I saw
it demonstrated I just had to try it.

If all goes well.  This will be a quilt for Zoe. 
It is small, but I am sure she will be able to use
it as a cuddle quilt, while I get busy and make her
graduation quilt.
Thank goodness, I have a year to get that done!

Friday, May 10, 2019


Not much to add

This is my next project 

I am excited to get started on this one.

I have not finished the last one I started.

Thursday, May 9, 2019


Super boring

I know, the discussion of fabric choices is
not the most interesting topic.
Do you all just know what fabrics and
what colors you want for a quilt?

This quilt was a mystery quilt.
The fabric choices were made
by the ladies at the quilt shop

My next project was a class on
making this table runner.

Choosing fabric--helped by the ladies
at the quilt shop.
They even put numbers on the pieces.

This project, I just plain copied

So it goes, one project after another.

How do you put your designs together?
Do you stay close to the pattern choices?
Do you have favorite colors, you always use?



Tuesday, May 7, 2019


What do I choose?

Choosing fabric for a project was never an issue for me.
I was and basically still am a garment sewer. 
I know what fabric will work for what garment.
I know my basic children's fabric, for play and everyday wear. 
I know the specialty fabrics.
I also know where to order the best and just where it is located in the fabric stores.

That has all changed!
I started quilting. 
Oh you say, that's easy just pick
quilting cotton.  Not so fast.
Even if I stick with 'quilting cotton' we have color
to deal with.  we have prints, big prints, little prints.
What will a print look like when it is cut into
a two inch square?  what is the quilt to be used for?

Right now, I am pretty much sticking to kits.
I know, cowered, that I am.
I also am staying pretty close to

Jenny, even has a you tube Chanel. 

I commented myself!  
Not like it sounds--I commented myself
to making two quilts and a table runner
as gifts for this Christmas. 

You quilt people, see no problem with that!
for me, it is huge.

Sunday, May 5, 2019


What is your favorite?

Do you have a favorite holiday you like to sew for?
I love all the holidays.  If I were to pick a favorite I like to
sew for, it would be any patriot day.

The fourth of July will always be my favorite.

Love red, white and blue

Cousins need matching dresses.

Nothing better then a quilt in red, white and blue.

Saturday, May 4, 2019


The Gift from a friend.

I just love this. It is a place to carry
all your sewing supplies, so they are
always right where you need them to be.

My friend Cathy, made this  one.  when she shared
a picture I knew I had to have one so,
I set about trying to make one.
 I didn't do a very  good a job.  
Cathy,even sent me the instructions, still
mine did not turn out.  Main reason
was, I had the wrong placemat.
You really need one squared off and mine
had the rounded corners.

This goes every where with me.
Isn't it pretty?

There are two large zip bags and
four small zip bags.
They hold absolutely everything.
Easy to carry with you.
Nothing falls out and gets lost.

Thank you so much Cathy