Wednesday, October 30, 2019


Haven't posted a lot
but have been busy.  Getting things ready for Christmas.

I love making the gifts!

These are place mats, for a country kitchen.

I will finish these doing
what is called the 'flip' method.
No binding, so they are quick and easy.

Also I am doing stitch out's
practicing how a design will
stitch out, before I move on to the
main project.

I have a certain project in mind for this design!

Have a few other things in stages, so for 
now, not a lot ready to wrap.

coasters.  So fun to make, these are
a add on gift.

I will try to keep you posted as to what is going on in the sewing room.   Really could use a elf to help out.

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.