Wednesday, April 23, 2014

A Little Easter Sewing

Yep, I did the grammy thing and made a few things for my granddaughter.


I made her a bunny and matching dresses


on the hunt


ahhhhhhhh




doesn't quite have the technique down yet. 


The whole gang at church.....4 generations in one row

Hope your Easter was a blessed as mine!!

Monday, April 21, 2014

What's your Superpower?

Welcome to the Superpowers Revealed blog hop. Host by http://www.sewwequilt.com/2014/04/revealed-superpowers-on-our-last-day.html
See each individual link below!!!

Our cheerleader is Pauline! She is fab...trust me!

My superpower #1 is misjudging how long it takes me to do stuff. lol 

Superpower #2 is corset making....





Made one for a bunny too. LOL


What can I say, I love All Hallow's Eve and period clothing. 
This one would look better on a body since the dress form is a bit small for it.
This is the Dore pattern from Lafn Moon. 
I think I may need about a million more flowers, but it looks nice this way.
I am on my iPad so I can't make this post as good as I should, but follow the link above to get to all the other Super hoppers until I can add the links. ****Update***- Links added!!
What is your superpower?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Easter Bunny
Goes Steampunk

Steampunk Easter Blog Hop
see below for links





Welcome to:


Leslierahye's Hippity Hoppity 

Steampunk Spring

 Blog Hop 2014





This is my second year hopping and I hope you all like my newest creation.
I went all out this year....ALL  OUT!

Yes, I spent more time on it that I should have.

Yes, my granddaughter is too young to know what steampunk is, so my creation will get something more age appropriate and I will make a replacement for myself.

And here she is...........in all her steampunk glory........

Miss Agatha J. Bunny








The boots may be my favorite part. 



I used a pattern called Miss Maggie Rabbit  and then I improvised from there.
She has an gear trimmed chemise, houndstooth skirt, corset and boots. 
What good victorian lady doesn't have a cameo?
I really had far too much fun making her.
Now hop on over and check out the other artistes...I am sure you will love their creations.

Happy Steamy Easter!






Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Thursday, March 20, 2014

On the Cutting Table

First up, a little Easter bunny. She is going to be for an upcoming bloghop. 
She will not be all that traditional and I hope my granddaughter likes her.




Speaking of my little ray of sunshine.......my first little girl outfit in quite sometime.....A little tiered dress with a border fabric. 

After I make a cute little Easter dress out of cherry fabric, I will be practicing the new skill of sewing with knits. I will start with a nightgown or two then move up to leggings and maybe even a t-shirt. As long as it isn't super stretchy, I should be okay. A cover stitch machine will be my next purchase if I start sewing knits on a regular basis, but until then, twin needles and a rolled lettuce edge will be my friends. 


The little princess herself...............



Yep, I am sooooo making the gramma face!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Oh Feathers!

And I mostly mean that in a good way.

An online buddy of mine is a quilter extraordinaire..Teri Lucas

She has been trying to demystify machine quilting for those of us that find it a bit intimidating. I guess the biggest mystery is that, like any skill, it requires *gasp* practice. I know, I know, not a real mystery.

Well, here is one of her tips and some of my practice. FYI.....it ain't so pretty, just sayin....


First, you practice with pen and paper. Try to keep a continuous line and keep at it until it looks like you want. This is something that you should do with any new design. It helps your brain and hands know what to do. Muscle Memory, so to speak.







Then you get crackin......


my first feather. open toe foot on, bsr not connected. Who knew you could do that? Well, Teri did.  



I made the center line first then I feathered from the bottom up, then the top down. the feathers look a lot better from the bottom up.

Left is b to t...right is t to b



Changed to my regular darning foot, closed toe.
One feather is from the top down with the spine filled in
the other, bottom to top



All together.

What did I learn?
  • Practice does make a difference. I hate when an old adage is right. lol
  • Tips from a pro can make a difference if you use them
  • I do prefer an open toe foot
  • I do prefer controlling my machine instead of using the stitch regulator
  • If your tension isn't dead on perfect, you can really see when your threads do not match.
  • Yes, Bernina is great, but a sweet 16 handi quilter would so rock this
  • I still got a lot of practice to do.


What new technique are you trying to make an old habit?