18 July, 2017

Cards for women's shelter

Over at Carole's blog, From My Carolina Home, there is a handmade card event happening. The cards are for her local Safelight women's shelter & intervention center. Pictured above are two of the ones that I made and sent. This was my first go at card making. The deadline for the cards is August 1st, so please consider making a card or a few to help this worthy cause. There will also be two prizes awarded, with winners to be chosen from those who make and send a card or donate funding for the event. To see the other two cards, and a photo of the inside of them, follow the link below my signature.

14 July, 2017

Yankee Diary QAL: June block

Finally, here is my June block for the Yankee Diary QAL over at: Civil War Quilts Blog. This historical block is titled Heart & Hand, and is appliqued. So, we are now half way through this monthly QAL. If you haven't already, be sure to read Civil War Quilts Blog for this and much more historical + fun information from Barbara. Oh, sending thank you to Barbara for including my block in her recent post.

*If you design & sell patterns, please read the following*

On another note, if you search the internet for "free primitive sewing patterns", most results will be via pinning forums. 'Nothing against pinning boards or search engines at all. Herein lies the trouble, though. Many are listed as "free", when they are in fact patterns that are available for purchase. That's correct, not free at all. People are obviously scanning the patterns and then posting them online. Where they post them to is not at fault. It is the fault of the persons who upload the patterns. This is piracy, and is not legal. If you design patterns for sale, you should really check online to see if your patterns are being offered for free downloads. Many of the results I see are linked to sites that are not even related to sewing. Regardless of where they are linked to, the uploaders obviously have done so without the designer(s)' permission. Just because someone purchases a pattern, that does not give them the right to give or sell it to other people. The designers still maintain the copyrights. Prim blessings.

09 July, 2017

Heirloom restoration project: part 2

Here it is again: the restored doll crib project. The two doll beds are now one. At this point, it has been sanded and painted with two coats of satin white. A matte clear coat has also been added. All four finials are atop the four posters, and the side spindles are completed (which was by far the most difficult part!). The new mattress platform was temporarily removed to avoid paint splatter. Whoo, this project is time-consuming but so far so good, lol. Hoping the remaining work goes as smoothly. Stay tuned to see more on this project.

05 July, 2017

Persimmon dress

This is a darling dress pattern that I have had for a while now. Granddaughter's 6th birthday was the perfect time to sew one up. The fabrics are all 100% cottons. Hot pink is her favorite color, so that was incorporated.This pattern is designed by: Mouse House Creations. There are shoulder ties, so no buttons or other fasteners. There are also a lot of ruffles and pleats to construct, which the pattern provides great instructions for. This pattern will get a pattern difficulty rating of:

29 June, 2017

Heirloom restoration project

Here it is: a forty-something year old restoration project for my granddaughter. This doll crib was mine many years ago. Originally it was two stacking doll beds. I have refashioned it into one and am adding fancy finials to the corner posters. A ton of sanding + new coats of satin white paint and matte clear coat finish are needed. There will also be a new platform with foam mattress, as well as new bedding. This was my first go at constructing spindles, which went very slowly. Wishing that this doll furniture would have been found years ago. It was stored in mother's utility shed, to our surprise. Who would have known? Using the word "heirloom" might be a bit presuming, lol. Let's see if it even looks good when completed. Stay tuned for future progress. Have you ever restored any of your old toys for your grandchildren?

Sending happiest birthday wishes to my lovely daughter, Amanda

25 June, 2017

Rin QAL: nearly completed quilt!

Here is my nearly completed quilt for the Rin QAL. The four blocks and the borders are now sewn. This event was hosted by: Hyacinth Quilt Designs and: Meadow Mist Designs. The Rin pattern designer is: Carolyn Friedlander. How much fun it was! My first go at hand-turned appliqueing has been successful. Stay tuned to see future progress. All four blocks appliqued qualifies it for my One Monthly Goal Finish for June. What an incredible month! Here are the quilt's stats:

finished size (thus far): 39 1/2" X 48 1/2"

fabrics: 100% cottons by Waverly® Inspirations

~Linking-up with: Elm Street Quilts' One Monthly Goal Finish: June~

21 June, 2017

Yankee Diary QAL: May block

Still behind on the Yankee Diary QAL hosted by: Civil War Quilts Blog. Finally, here is my May block A Union Basket. The fabrics are all from my stash. My appliqued letters are a bit smaller than the instruction's, but thankfully still readable. This QAL is educational and fun. If possible, why not join in on it? The Summer solstice for the Northern Hemisphere has also arrived. It's good to be looking forward to warmer days.

Sending happiest birthday wishes to my adorable granddaughter, Macey