Is life not a hundred times too short for us to stifle ourselves.
I am thinking that stifle is not a word that I would ever use in the same sentence with either of these girlies in their Valentine t shirts!
Monday, February 20, 2012
This spring jacket (if you live in Birmingham, Alabama) or fall jacket (if you live in Auckland, New Zealand) was fun and easy to do. I did the first one for little Mae, and will put it in the mail when I finish Issa's. I used Fabric Cafe's So Precious Sweatshirts, and started out with the Flowers and Bees jacket, but then found myself going in a different direction.
The first step was to remove the the waistband and sleeve bands from the sweatshirt. I cut as closely as I could to the seam so that I kept plenty of length. The rest of it was so easy I am mad that I didn't think of this myself!
Next I did the hem, fusing a piece of fusible woven interfacing around the length of the inside bottom . I chose brown and pink polka dots thinking of Mae Mae's flushed cheeks and pretty brown eyes. I cut a strip of fabric about an inch wide, folded down the top edge a 1/4 of an inch, matched the raw edges of the strip right side to the wrong side of the jacket, stitched and flipped it to the inside and pressed it well. Then I top stitched along the edge with my #10 foot. I didn't like the seam around the bottom so I used some large rick rack to cover the seam. This would have been the time to do it, but I wasn't thinking that far ahead .
Once again, I love my ruffler! Using a 1 1/2 inch strip this time, I folded my pink and white polka dot length wrong sides together and pressed it well. I did enough to go around the cuff and neckline. It was easy to lay the ruffle around the seam of the neck edge, and then just turn down the ribbing to cover the raw edges of the ruffle. Then, the ribbing is top stitched down.
The strip down the center front was done like the bottom strip, turning the edges under on the top and bottom. The buttonholes were a little bit of a pain...the bottom 4 went in like a charm with my automatic buttonhole foot, but it took several tries to get the top one. I finally went to the manual 6 step buttonhole on my machine and it worked fine.
I finished up with the Twirly monogram, the m in the pink polka dot and the brackets in the brown.
Issa and Katelyn have requested pink and green, so I will see how my mood strikes as I complete their little spring (or fall) jackets!
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Grandmas hold our tiny hands
for just a little while, but our hearts forever.
~ Author Unknown
Oh my goodness. I just got this picture today through email, and even though I have shown you this skirt before, I have to preserve this memory. When I discovered the little one inch spot that I had missed when stitching the seam lines of Issa's patchwork skirt last fall, I put 2 little hearts on the seam and told Issa that when she looked down at her lap and saw the hearts, to think about Bibi and Issa and how much I love her. So today, Issa is sitting on a park bench, somewhere in Aukland, New Zealand, pointing to our hearts. I think I am going to be just fine till they return!
Friday, February 10, 2012
|Sweet Issa in cooler Atlanta|
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Monday, February 6, 2012
Sunday, February 5, 2012
Peggy needed a housewarming gift for a young friend with her first home. She decided on kitchen towels.
Karen's housewarming gift is complete!
Saturday, February 4, 2012
I put the applique in my software first, and after I typed in the letters, I went to the curved ABC icon so that I could curve my lettering around the applique. Daddy has his Visa, and now we are all waiting to see when they will board the big jet for Issa and Mae's Great Adventure!
Friday, February 3, 2012
That is how New Zealand promotes itself, 100% Pure! Mandy and Jake have the opportunity to spend 10 months there while Jake completes an assignment for his company. It has been no small task, but the little family is all packed up and ready to head out. They will be sorely missed, but I could not be happier for them.
My girls needed a t-shirt to mark the occasion, and since there are almost as many as sheep in New Zealand as there are people, this sheep applique from Lynnie Pinnie was just the thing. I did the sheep's body in Warm and White batting, the face is linen and the eyes are white batiste. The lettering shows up a little better in person than it does in my photgraph, but it is in soft pink and says
New Zealand bound!