23 February, 2016

Meet Kelsey!

Hello friends. Yes, I have officially entered into that "second childhood" folks speak of. While sewing clothing for granddaughter's AG doll, I wanted a doll of my own to try the clothing on. So, Joann's had a 50% off coupon and their Springfield® dolls are so cute. Pictured above is Kelsey, who is named Olivia by her company. 'Love her green eyes and auburn hair. Kelsey is wearing a darling retro-style dress made by a free pattern from Phoebe & Egg Company. Kelsey's white espadrilles were store-purchased for 50% off, also at Joann's. Springfield® also has a lot of great accessories for these dolls. Those adorable little brown glasses are definitely on the list. This doll company is a wonderful alternative for those of us who cannot afford American Girl® dolls. Kelsey is well made. Do you collect fashion dolls?

~Linking-up with Diane over at: Wednesday Wee Ones~

18 February, 2016

Dresses for 18" doll

This is something kinda new for me. My daughter has been asking me if any of the girls' dress patterns include a matching doll dress pattern. Many actually do, so pictured above are my first attempts. They match granddaughter's dresses, but she does not actually have any of the dresses yet, so this kinda gives away the surprise, lol. These dresses were very fun and quite simple to make. Another way to use up remnant fabrics also. From left to right, the patterns are: Simplicity 1379, Simplicity 1208, a traditional pillowcase, and The Scientific Seamstresses' Simply Sweet Dress. Granddaughter has an American Girl ® doll,so these should fit just fine. Have you ever tried your hand at making doll clothing? Prim blessings.

14 February, 2016

Valentine's Day Love quilt

Happy Valentine's Day to all. Pictured above is a cute little round quilt/mug rug that I made for my daughter. The round design is very cute, isn't it? Made of 100% cotton fabrics, that were actually already in my stash. How great is that? My daughter will love the hot pink in it. The quilting is allover meandering style. The letters are appliqued on with zig-zag machine stitching. There is a small loop on the back for hanging on the wall. The quilt is 14 1/2" diameter. It is from a free pattern found at: Samelia's Mum: Love Is All Around Quilt Tutorial. 'Want to see what I made for my granddaughter? Follow the link below my signature.

08 February, 2016

Birthday win from Victorian Motto Sampler

Oh my goodness. Somehow, I overlooked the post that listed me as the winner of Victorian Motto Sampler's Birthday Club for January. Due to some issues, I was offline a lot in January. After emailing Nancy, she sent my gift right along. Look how beautiful! Seventeen strands of her gorgeous hand-dyed floss! Now I can cross-stitch forever, lol. Nancy is always so generous and giving. She also has many pretty goodes in her Ebay store. Be sure to go check out Nancy's blog: Victorian Motto Sampler and Ebay store. Thank you so much Nancy!

06 February, 2016

Log Cabin Court House Steps quilt

Good morning to you all. Another UFO? Yes. What a long time this quilt was in-the-making. Finally, over a year and a half later, pictured above is a quilt that I made to use-up some fabric stash scraps. This pattern is the traditional Log Cabin, the Court House Steps version. It is a lap quilt, but ended up being quite large at 44"X44" after enlarging the pattern. This pattern was part of a QAL (Scraps N' Orphans) from Pam of: Heartspun Quilts Blog back in 2013. I love the mix of fabric colors and patterns. Do you like the Log Cabin quilt patterns? This quilt top was begun not long after I began learning to quilt. Machine quilting is meandering style. The binding is slate blue, and the backing is solid beige color cotton.

Here are two close-up views of the Log Cabin Court House Steps quilt. Wow, the choice of homespun for two of the borders was kinda difficult to sew, as it wanted to ravel so much. Still, 'happy with the outcome. This was also an attempt at making my own binding. 'Got it a bit too wide, but decided to just go with it anyway. Have you ever made a Court House Steps quilt, and/or made your own binding?