Wednesday, July 9, 2014


Making The Old New Again

My granddaughter Savannah has been staying with me for a few weeks while she heals from her surgery on her hand.  While she's been here she's been so excited to sew with me and create things with fabric.  She picked out an old pattern I had and some old knit (mint green with hearts) to make a nightgown for herself.  

 She was so excited when it was finished.
It's a little long but the sad thing about 6-year-olds is that they keep growing so it won't be too long for much longer!

I'm certainly going to miss her when she goes home.  While she's been here we've made multiple pages for the quiet book, among other things.  I love her so much and am so glad that she shares my love of creating with fabric.  The other bonus is that I'm finally using up old fabric and patterns that I bought when her mama was her size!

Thursday, June 19, 2014


Catching Up

Now that I can post again I thought I'd catch up on what I've been doing for the past 1-1/2 years!  The above quilts were made for my sewing room.  I kept waiting to afford some quilt hangers and never got them hung.  I saw a video on youtube that showed how to make self-leveling hangers using monkey hooks and decided that's how I wanted them hung.  I really like how they turned out and they truly are self-leveling!

This quilt has quotes from a general authority in our church, Elder Dieter Uchtdorf.  In this talk he spoke of his love of the forget-me-nots he would see growing in his home country of Germany.  I found a picture of a forget-me-not on the internet and made my own template for applique of the flower.  The quotes around the side are a continuation of the saying, "forget not" and are as follows.  "Forget be patient with yourself, ...the difference between a good sacrifice and a foolish sacrifice, be happy now, ...the 'why' of the gospel," and then the center is the final quote, "forget not that the Lord loves you."  I was going through a difficult time when I designed and made this quilt and found great comfort and hope in the words and the physical act of making this quilt. 
I love the bright colors of this quilt.  I'd made one similar to it for my friend's quilt shop display and loved it so much that I had to make one for me!  Orange is my favorite color and I love the fact that it's popular in fabrics right now without being Halloweenish!
My "Swoon" quilt that is currently at the quilters.  I love the bright fun colors.  It will go on the twin bed that's in my sewing room and will anchor all the colors I've used in the room.  

Hot pads for a "thank you" gift for a friend.  

Eventually I'll need to have a total knee done on my left knee (right one done a year ago) and I wanted some pockets for the side of my walker so I could carry a phone, book, remote control, etc. without endangering myself with carrying a grocery bag on the side like I did before.  I like how they turned out.  The back is the fabric of the heart and is what I'll see most while using my walker.  

Tuesday, June 10, 2014


From Grammy To Surgeon

Go here to see how Dr. Grammy saved the day!  I don't have time to repost it.

Thursday, February 14, 2013


The Empty Nest

Sigh, I miss my sewing machine....but soon, very soon, the nest will be emptying out again.

Thursday, December 20, 2012


December 21, 2012


The New House

I bought this pattern years ago when my own girls were little but had never made it because it had intimidated me!  I decided now that I had granddaughters the time had come to make it with their help, lol!

 Love the windows and the vinyl on them.
 The door with the mail slot and oversized flowers.
 I changed the flowers from the applique ones it called for.  These are more 3-dimensional and fun.
 Inside the dolls have their own little beds and pillows.  The other side has curtains on the windows but I neglected to take a picture of that.
 Behind the dolls is a pocket.  I found the perfect-sized tote to go in there...
 and here it is.
 It holds crayons and coloring books.
 I looked all over for a hard holder for the crayons so they wouldn't get broken and finally found this one at a local upscale kitchen store.  It holds a 24-pack perfectly.
 The pattern has patterns to make bears or bunnies but I found these Disney dolls that were the perfect size and couldn't resist.  I have three granddaughters who go to church with me so this worked out perfect!
 I keep the accessory pieces in a Ziploc inside the pocket.

 The pattern called for a tree and swing set on the back but I switched it out and made up a castle to go there since I have princesses inside!
 A close up of the castle.
 Here's my granddaughter on Sunday taking it to church.  It was an overcast day so I'll have to get a better picture later, plus she was freezing!  this bag is only to be played with at Sacrament meeting so it keeps the toys nice and new to them.  I'm excited about the way it turned out and more importantly my granddaughters love it!  The memories we made sewing it together are priceless.

Sunday, October 14, 2012


Bobbin Covers

I found the most wonderful way to keep my bobbins from unreeling and causing chaos in my bobbin holder at Sew Many Ways!
First you need a length of flexible tubing (found in the plumbing aisle of the hardware store), a Sharpie marker, and either an old sharp pair of scissors or a utility knife.

Measure the inside of your bobbin.  I did this by lining it up next to the tubing.

 Mark the inside.
 Then cut the tubing to the desired length.
 After it's the width you want then cut through the tube on one side so you can slip it over the bobbin.
Slip it over the bobbin and you're done!  I like these because they allow me to still see the color of the thread and they keep the threads all inside.  
My bobbin case has never looked better!

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