More Dresses

June 14, 2009

I am working on a quilt for my niece and have it on the frame. I’m almost finished, thank God, then I can get back to my other quilts. I have several I am in the process of piecing. I haven’t put any new baby quilts on my site in quite a while so I need to get some fresh things on there. I’ll post when I have something to show on the quilt side.

I have been working on more dresses for Miss Elly. I’m trying out different patterns with the thought I might put some on my web-site for sale.  This is just a thought since right now between sewing for Miss Elly, quilting, and everyday life events, I don’t know when I would have time for anything else. But, we’ll see.

Here are some of the dresses I have made recently. I think I’ve done enough for summer although I still have so many patterns I want to try

but how many dresses can a little girl wear? I’m thinking I’ll start on fall outfits now.

So, here they are:

100_0519I have ironed this since the picture.I made the bows detachable so it can be worn as a sundress this summer.

100_0526Here it is with the little blouse I made to go with it. There are also panties in the lavender gingham to match.

100_0504100_0507I don’t know if you can tell, but the panties have ruffles on them also. I have taken the flower off the front until I decide if I want it there. I may wait and ask our daughter what she thinks. The bows are detachable for washing.

100_0544I’m not sure of this one. I think the skirt needs to be fuller so the next one I make I’ll put more fabric in the skirt.

That’s it for sewing for today. I did want to show some pictures of my finches on the porch. They are so fun to watch and such a vivid color. It amazes me that they lose all of their color in the winter. I know when spring is coming by the color change of the finches. I’m also putting a picture of my hummingbirds. I don’t know how many I have but it seems like hundreds. Can you tell I love watching birds?



100_0458This isn’t even close to how many gather on each one just before dark.

100_0042This little bugger has been flying against my window off and on for over 3 years. He’s here winter and summer so we wake to his beak hitting the window in the morning and it continues all day. We don’t know if he sees his reflection, if he can see through the house to the outside and want to go through, or if he is just a few bricks short of a full load. But, he can be both irritating and endearing.


Look at this face. The face of a demon and angel all wrapped into one.  He rules the roost here.

That’s it for today, happy sewing & quilting!


Sew, Mama, Sew Meme

June 4, 2009

I decided to join in on the fun at the Sew, Mama, Sew blog and answer some questions about my main  sewing machine. So here are the questions and my answers:

What brand and model do you have?

Husqvarna Designer 1 ESS

How long have you had it?

7 years

How much does that machine cost (approximately)?

$6000.00 when purchased

What types of things do you sew (i.e. quilting, clothing, handbags, home dec projects, etc.)?

clothing, quilts, home dec projects, anything and everything

How much do you sew?

Every day

How much wear and tear does the machine get?

Sometimes a lot of wear and tear with daily use and then it will sit while I use my Juki TL98Q while working on some quilts.

Do you like/love/hate your machine?

Love, love my machine.

Are you ambivalent? Passionate?

I’d say Passionate.

Does she have a name?

No name

What features does your machine have that work well for you?

I love not having to drop the presser foot, love the threader, love the thread cutter.

Is there anything that drives you nuts about your machine?

I’ve not found anything other than when I used to use the embroidery module, the hoops were a little too light weight for what I was wanting to do.

Do you have a great story to share about your machine (i.e., Found it under the Christmas tree? Dropped it on the kitchen floor? Sewed your fingernail to your zipper?, Got it from your Great Grandma?, etc.!)? We want to hear it!

No special stories about this machine. My original Husqvarna 1+ (the machine before this one) my Dad bought for me so I could embroider.

Would you recommend the machine to others? Why?

I would highly recommend any of the Husqvarna machines. They are very good machines. Heavily made and real work horses.

What factors do you think are important to consider when looking for a new machine?

Ease of use. Availability of accessories. Stability of company making the machine.  Good warranty. Good dealer support.  Good feel.

Do you have a dream machine?

I think I own my dream machine.

Happy Quilting & Sewing!

Another Long Absence

May 22, 2009

Well, here I am after a 2 month lapse in posting. I guess I can say there just isn’t enough hours in the day to get everything done.

I have been working on quilts but nothing worth showing. I have also been working on more dresses for Miss Elly. I have to admit, when I’m working on quilts, I can’t keep my mind off the dresses I want to get done. I’ve also been thinking about putting some dresses on my website with my quilts. I love making these and it would help offset the large amount of money I have been spending for patterns and fabric.

So, nothing else to report. I am showing some of the dresses I have made for Miss Elly recently.


And finally, Miss Elly after visiting the Easter Bunny in another dress by Granny.

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Happy Quilting and Sewing!

Wow, It’s Been a Long Time

March 16, 2009

Wow, I hadn’ t realized it had been so long since I had posted. Time is passing too fast and I don’t seem to be getting as much done as I would like.

I have been doing some quilting, mostly special orders. Here are a few  I have done.




I’ve also been sewing some dresses for Miss Elly although I forgot to take pictures of the last ones I made. It is so fun to make dresses for her but it sure makes it hard for me to get back to quilting. Here are a couple I have done recently.


She is growing so fast. It’s hard to believe she is already 8 month old. She is finally getting some hair but now she looks like she has a mohawk….hair in a line down the middle of her head. It won’t be long though and she’ll have a full head of hair. She’s crawling all over the place and will probably be walking by Easter. Such a sweetheart!

Well, that’s it for today. I’ll try to post more often.

Happy quilting!

A Little Quilting and a Lot of Sewing

January 26, 2009

I have been pretty busy lately working on some ordered baby quilts and making Miss Elly some dresses. The quilts were nothing special, but the dresses turned out pretty cute. I’m having a hard time making myself quilt when I’d rather be making dresses for Miss Elly. My dh keeps asking me just how many dresses does one little girl need and I keep telling him as many as I can make.  I’ve already ordered fabric for her Easter dress and can’t wait for it to arrive. I have the design of the dress in mind and am anxious to get started.

Here are a few of the latest dresses. I didn’t take pictures of the last batch I sent. I just wish I could go up and spend a few days cuddling but with the weather issues (pond chopping duties) I can’t get away. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get up there in the next couple of weeks.


Here is the latest quilt I worked on. I have another to put on the frame tomorrow but it’s a panel quilt so it will go fast. Then I can get back to my dresses.


That’s it for tonight. The weather is really bad. We’ve had freezing rain off and on since this afternoon and they are calling for 1″ to 3″ tomorrow. It should be fun chopping ponds in the morning. If we lose power, I have a dress I’m smocking on to keep me occupied until I can get back to my machine. I can use the machine with the generator but really don’t like to do it.  I was told I could use the Fun Quilter with the generator but I don’t think I want to take that chance. So, I’ll just smock away if we lose power.

Stay warm and cozy and Happy Quilting!

Baby Toot

January 11, 2009

I lost my oldest furbaby last night, Baby Toot. I’ve watched her go downhill for months now but last night I knew it was the last.  She was my flood victim, saved from the 1993 flood in Kansas City and had been attached to me for almost 16 years.  She was a toot, her own purrson, touch me not unless I want you to, etc. but I’ll really miss her. Until the last year, she would get up on the bed each night and massage my back after having her ears scratched, then she would lie next to me and go to sleep. It became hard for her to get on the bed so that finally came to an end. But, she would lie next to the bed until I went into the sewing room each morning. There she would lie under the table next to me and if I left the room, she would wait patiently until I returned,  and ask for her ears to be scratched before she resettled into her spot.

Because I knew the end was near, we were able to spend a lot of time together last night. When I got up this morning, she was gone.  She was buried next to our other furbabies and will be waiting on the rainbow bridge for me.


Baby Toot – June 1993 – January 2009

It’s Good To Be Back

January 10, 2009

I can’t believe it has been so long since I posted.  There just wasn’t enough time to get everything done I wanted to do before Christmas, including posting to my blog.  Our family continues to grow which means more things to get done or go bankrupt at Christmas.  This year, I made as many gifts as I could after getting all my ordered quilts finished.  I always make things but with the economy the way it is, I tried to do more this year.

I have also been doing some smocking for Miss Elly and have arranged my schedule so I have time to work on little outfits for her. I  quit my quilting before dinner and spend the evenings working on things for her. Sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesn’t. But I am getting some things done.

I have also been working on ordered quilts and it seems when I get one done, I get another order so things have continued on.  I don’t have any pictures of any new quilts  but hopefully, things are slowing down enough for me to get back into the grove.

I can’t leave without showing a picture of Miss Elly in one of her new dresses. This was  her Thanksgiving dress. It kind of makes her look like a little pumpkin. The skirt was a little large for such a little baby. I’ve made a note of that for future use.


That’s it for today. Happy Quilting!

Wow, What a Month!

November 3, 2008

I hadn’t realized it had been so long since I had blogged. I guess my month was pretty full leaving little time for blogging.

My Mother was fussing at me the other day for not visiting with her and just out of curiosity, I decided to check and see how many quilts I had made since the 1st of August to give her an idea of why I had not had time to visit. As of the 15th of October, I had made and shipped over 20 baby quilts and one extra large full size quilt for, you guessed it, my Mother.  In addition to making quilts, through the end of October, I have made 3 trips to Kansas City to see Miss Elly, had my brother visit for a week twice, my nephew visit for for 2 weekends, spent 3 days driving my sister and my mother to doctor appointments, and then there is the every day activities and shopping trips that are necessary. So… say the least, I have been busy. I’ve also made and shipped 6 more quilts since the 15th and have 2 more baby quilts and a king and a queen to do as soon as I can get them made.

Unfortunately, when checking my pictures, I failed to get a picture of one of the quilts I wanted to show. Oh well, that happens when you are rushing to get things in the mail.  There’s no way to duplicate that one that’s for sure. I wasn’t really going to duplicate it though since the fabric is difficult to find even though it is really cute fabric.

Here is a quilt that went to Japan…I’m international now.

I will close though with a couple of recent pictures of Miss Elly. I’m also working on smocking some little dresses for her and have several to make that will not be smocked. I’ve decided to quilt during the day and in the evening, I’m working on things for Miss Elly. I made the blue dress and red pinafore to see about sizing. She had spit up a little but who cares and had lost her big red bow that was on the head band. Now I can get to work on all the fabric I’ve purchased for her.

Happy quilting!

Another Quilt Finished and Out the Door

October 1, 2008

One of our nieces requested a quilt for her sister-in-law. The sister-in-law chose a nursery set with a giraffe’s on it in pretty dull colors. Alisha wanted something a little brighter with giraffe’s so this is what I came up with.

I thought it turned out pretty cute. I just love the Moda Essential Dots. I wish I had room to order bolts of this fabric but my sewing room is about to explode as it is.

I tried using monofilament on this quilt but the spool ended up in a mess and I finally had to give up. I don’t know what happened but I think I’m going to send it back to Superior to see if they can figure out what happened. It was pooling and then you couldn’t find the end of the thread. I use a lot of Madeira embroidery thread so I think I’m going to try using their monofilament. I’ve seen a lot of good things about it. I have been concerned about using it on baby quilts since I had seen a lot of discussion that you should not use it on baby quilts but I guess I’ll see what I think as time goes on. There are times when monofilament would look so much better than having to use a contrasting thread for stitch in the ditch on multi colored quilts.

Last week, I got the borders done for a friend that was a real booger. She had done a quilt as you go king and it was cut ready for binding. I had to add strips to it to get it on the leaders and had several tucks because she had used a sheet for the backing and part of the strips. It was so heavy I don’t know how anyone will ever be able to sleep under it but it is done. Now, I guess I get to do the binding…but it will have to wait until I get more of my orders done.

The economy is really getting scary but I continue to get orders. I have received an order from Japan from a shop there which is a thrill. That makes the 7th quilt order I have received in the last week so I’m frantically trying to get my Mother’s Harvest Spice quilt finished and off the frame. I have one made and am waiting for backing fabric, another in the works, fabric for another, and 2 more including the one for Japan to get started. This is fun but when they pile up, I start getting a little frantic. I try to get them made and shipped within 2 weeks but this is going to be a 3 weeker I think.

Well, better get my shower and get to work.

Happy quilting!

Working on Quilts

September 22, 2008

The Christening went beautifully. Miss Elly only got upset a couple of times and got over it very quickly.  Our daughter had a get together afterward and Miss Elly was handled by more people than she had seen her whole life and handled it like a trooper. Here are a few pictures, first with her Christening outfit on and then with her after dress Granny Wolf bought for her.

I have been doing some quilting.  Most of the quilts I’ve done are ordered quilts that I’ve made before. This one is a new one and I have another on the frame which should be finished this afternoon.

Then hopefully, I can get caught up on the ones that have been sitting in waiting. I have a friends quilt to do borders on, my Mothers Harvest Spice quilt (which was for her Mothers day present….a little late I know), and then I have another quilt to make for my niece. My husband came home yesterday with an order from one of the guys at work for a queen size quilt from scratch with no real ideas for style or pattern, I have a lady in California wanting 4 baby quilts made and she’s not helping much on design. Then, I need to get started on Christmas. So…no time to waste. Oh, and did I mention I’m trying to quit smoking? So far, so good and it’s probably a good thing I’ve got a lot to keep me busy. And, in between the quilts, I’m learning to smock and have some outfits I want to get Miss Elly made between now and Christmas.

So that’s it for today. I need to get away from the computer before I reach for a cigarette….the computer could be my downfall.

Happy Quilting!