Sunday, September 29, 2013

Angel Kisses

  • A boy is Truth with dirt on it's face,
  • Beauty with a cut on its finger,
  • Wisdom with bubble gum in its hair,
  • and the Hope of the future with a frog in its pocket
  • -Unknown
   Now Really.  LOOK AT  THIS FACE!  How precious is this little boy?  I can tell you that he is every bit as precious as he looks in this photograph.

  Tony's Gamma is a dear friend who moved to Texas, but thanks to texts and phones, we get to stay in touch.  She is closer to 2 of her 5 grandchildren this way, and enjoys sewing for them while she can.  Tony loves trains and comes from a football family, so this design was the perfect one for him.

  This design is from Applique Market; Kathy added his name above the football. She used cutaway stabilizer behind the stitching, and  Solvy on top.  I know Kathy uses cutaway whenever she can, and many times she uses two layers.  She comes out with a shirt with NO puckers every time.  Even after they are washed.

   I hope it won't be too awfully long before I get to see this
little freckled face again.  Don't you just want to pinch those little cheeks?

Saturday, September 21, 2013

A House Divided

October is not only a beautiful
month but it marks the precious 
yet fleeting overlap of hockey,   
baseball, basketball, and football.                                                  
                         ~Jason Love

Serendipity - a happy accident or
fortunate mistake.
Lynda and I made these dish towels for her daughters, graduates
of Georgia Tech and the University of Georgia.

As we trimmed the stabilizer from the Tech towel, we had a little issue, a cut in the fabric!  Oh no!  There was only one towel to be had; we loved the gold polka dots.  What to do? what to do?

In the Artista Software, there is a picture of a frog with a little bee
buzzing around his head.  Now, granted, he is not as menacing as Buzz, the Tech mascot, but he was the best I could do.  Thanks to to Marian and all of her classes, I was able to delete all of the image except for the bee.  I sent him to my machine, added a little piece of fabric to the back with a piece of cut away stabilizer and stitched right over the cut.  I like it, I really like it!  She has a cute navy bow to add the finishing touch.

  This towel is for the Bulldog Girl.  Jumbo Rick Rack on top of polka dot fabric.  I hope they are used for many tailgate parties to come!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Master Circle for Olivia

Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success. 
When you do a thing, do it with all your might. 
Put your whole soul into it.
 Stamp it with your own personality. 
Be active, be energetic, be enthusiastic and faithful, and you will accomplish your object. 
Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. 
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

     These gifts were made for a young woman who is on her way to a new beginning in her life.  My niece, Olivia, is a freshman at Furman, and she made it there with a unique combination of intelligence, hard work and enthusiasm.  Livvy seldom does what one would expect her to do, but her choices are spot on and wise. As I have watched her grow up, I have loved the determined spark in her that is complemented by her compassion and beauty.
     She needed a bath cover up because who wants to traipse around a suite in a towel tucked in close to your armpit?  She chose purple because it has been a favorite since 
she was tiny, and purple/white are Furman's colors.  I monogrammed these on my Bernina 780 and that machine is FAST!  Three mongramms done in no time.
   She wanted orange towels, and I hope this choice from Penny's is not too soft and corally for her.
   The font is one of my new favorites, Master Circle, and I hope Livvy likes the selection of colors.  I used 2 layers of a medium weight tear away and Solvy on top as I stitched.
   My wish for this new cheerleader is that she enjoys her days at Furman.  And here's hoping she will always know that this auntie is her number 1 cheerleader!


Monday, September 9, 2013

School Days for Katelyn, grade 3

“What a pity every child couldn't learn
 to read under a willow tree...”
        ~ Elizabeth George Speare,
           The Witch of Blackbird Pond

     The girls have been back to school for over 2 weeks now, so it is time to start the little skirts and t-shirts that they all enjoy wearing.  I may repeat this one for Miss Mae;  Katelyn seems to like it!  But I have learned that you never know what will strike their fancy.  They may like a fabric on the bolt, but that does not necessarily translate to a favorite garment to wear to school.

     When we got this fabric into the store I thought it would be a perfect back to school fabric.  I loved the shades of green and the alphabet print, and the green stripe is a nice companion fabric.  I did not use a pattern for the skirt, but measured from her waist to the desired length.  I would get tickled as I measured around what I thought was her waist, and she would grin and say,  "That's not how I wear it, Bibi!" and then slide it down a bit.  That's just one of the little chuckles you get sewing for grands!
      The font on the t-shirt is from Fancyfonts, and it is one of my older designs.  You can's see unless you zoom in really close, but it has dots running down the main part of the  K.  I did those in orange, the K in turquoise and her name across in green. The ruffled T-shirt is one of my favorites;  it is from Montag.

I won't have to announce the purchase of a new phone, you will know by the absence of the dark line across the corner of my photographs!  Now on to a skirt and t-shirt for Miss Mae, buton second thought, I have to do something in between because I don't just love doing the same thing over again.

I'm upstairs to my 780 soon!

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Sweet Molly Kathryn

Children are human beings to whom respect is due, superior to us by     
reason of their innocence and of the greater possibilities of their future. 
~Maria Montessori

     Molly Kathryn's Grandma is a dear friend, and made this sweet collection of burp cloths to take with her on their recent introduction.
     Grandma had some great ideas and I wanted to pass them along...I love the green polka dot and birth details; the lil sister Molly is probably a purchased design, but you could do it in the Artista Software, and her colors are fresh and current!
     I would guess that Molly has a future filled with fun appliques and monograms!