23 August, 2017

Constellations QAL: July and August blocks!

So far behind! Finally here is my Constellations quilt block for July. July's color was blue, and the block is named Broken Star. My blocks are pictured already sewn into their row. The four smaller star blocks were sewn back in April. This QAL is following the annual Rainbow Scrap Challenge at:So Scrappy. It's not too late to join in. You can also still join in on the Constellations QAL at: The Academic Quilter. To see the August block, follow the link below my signature.

16 August, 2017

Knot Swing dress

Good morning friends. 'Hope you all are having a nice week. We have a lot of rain, lol. A few months ago, I made this dress for my granddaughter. The main fabric had been in my stash for quite some time. The pattern is designed by Jessica at: Me Sew Crazy. This dress is a simple design, with the fastener being the knot tie at the nape of the back neck. To see a close-up of the back detail, follow the link below my signature.

10 August, 2017

Tooth Fairy pillows!

Somethin' for the kiddos. Recently, my granddaughter lost her first tooth. Soon after, my great-nephew lost his first tooth. The idea of custom tooth fairy pillows seemed perfect for them both. Their pillows are pictured above. Those fabrics are actually a gift from my daughter, making these pillows even more special. Want to see the backs of each of these pillows? Follow the link below my signature.

~Linking-up with Kelly at: My Quilt Infatuation: Needle & Thread Thursday~

03 August, 2017

Heirloom restoration project: completed!

Finally, here it is: the completed doll crib! It now has two coats of satin white paint + a coat of matte clear finish. The bedding is a colorway of grey, pink and white. The dust ruffle is pink with white polka dots. The fitted sheet is grey and white houndstooth fabric, and the quilt is a grey ground with pink and white damask print. The backside of the quilt is solid pale pink. The quilting is machine meandering. A scrap of Warm N' Natural© worked perfectly for the quilt. To see a close-up of the bedding, follow the link below my signature.

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.