A Purse for Vanessa!

My granddaughter, Sarah, came over for the weekend. She wanted to do some sewing with me and to catch up on some TV watching with Grampa. We all had such a great time!

Sarah wanted to make a purse for Vanessa, her step-mom. I thought for sure I would be making a purse for her once Sarah lost interest. Well I certainly was proven wrong! Sarah sewed the whole purse, with just direction from me. She has grown so much..

Purse pattern

I had used this “Letty’s Bag” pattern a number of times and have received nothing but compliments on it. I thought it would be the perfect one for Sarah to try. We got right at it on Friday afternoon after work and before supper we had it pretty much together. All we were lacking were the grommets in order to put the straps on.

She was pretty excited and couldn’t wait to give it to Vanessa. We easily finished it up for her to take it home with her on Sunday afternoon.

Purse for VanessaPurse for Vanessa 2

The second picture just does not do it justice, there are so many neat pockets inside.

She even fitted in another project which I forgot to get pictures of. It was of an embroidery stuffed owl. I will have get her to send me a picture.


Sunflower Dress

I saw this dress in May/June 2013 issue of “Sew Beautiful” magazine. I have wanted to make it since then. I finally got a chance to start it last weekend.

Sunflower Dress 4

I had an Olabelhe pattern that I really liked and thought it would work out well for this dress. It was the pattern I used on “Addie’s Springtime Dress”. I used the pattern for the top and just added the two rows of gathering. Boy the serger is a great way to do your gathering for a job like this. I do need more practice with this though.

Well, all was going well until I tried to put it on my 7-8 manikin. It didn’t fit! I am not sure how it happen, but the top is only a size 5. I checked the pattern and I used the 7-8. I am not sure where I went wrong, but this the first time I have been disappointed in one of Olabelhe patterns. If I hadn’t made that exact top before I would say it was the pattern, but I am afraid it was operator error. That is OK I am sure I can find a little girl who would love this dress. I decided to only add two rows of gathering, as for the smaller size three would back it too long.

Sunflower Dress 1Sunflower Dress 2Sunflower Dress 3


Summer Outfit One and Two!

I made these yellow outfits for Sophie and Cassie last month, but never got to post them. This fabric caught my eye and I purchased it not really knowing what I wanted to do with it. I had these patterns from “Violette Field Threads” for a while and was just waiting for a chance to use them. The yellow fabric seemed like the perfect fit. The top Pattern is “Ginger” and the bottom is a modified version of “Lucy”. When I gave them the outfits, it was kind of funny. Sophie said she loved the outfit but next time could I please make the knee part smaller and could I make the pants go to her ankles. Cassie on the other hand thanked me for putting the elastic in the back so she could breathe.

  Sophie’s Outfit    

Summer Out fit Yellow Front

      Sophie’s Outfit back.

(It is hard to tell but there is three row of elastic in the back to of course allow them to breath.)

Summer Out fit Yellow back

         Cassie’s Outfit

Summer Out fit Yellow Cassie

Well, every time I saw them following getting the outfits that was what they were wearing. I had some other fabric that would work well with those patterns, so I decided to make them another outfit each. I took some of what Sophie asked into consideration by making the pants a little narrower at the knees. I just couldn’t see pants in this hot weather.

Sophie’s Outfit Two

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Cassie’s Outfit Two

Summer Outfits Two

   They came by this week and I managed to get a quick picture of them before they headed out with the outfits in hand. Jennifer says that now they have something to wear while one is in the wash. Kids are so funny!

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Doll House Table

I began to build this Doll House many years ago. It originally belong to my good friend Betty Weeks. She had collected so many thing through the years to build this. Unfortunately, for all of us, God called her home before she could get started. Charlie, Betty’s husband graciously gave everything to me.

I have so many fond memories of Betty. We spent many an afternoon having tea and talking about so many things. One of the many thing was of course her plans for the Doll House. I can only hope to finish this project worthy of Betty’s memory.

It was with very mixed emotions that I began this project many years ago, soon after Betty’s passing. After getting the first floor together, I  had to put it away. After many moves we are finally in a place where I have room to work on it again.

I am so excited as I have five grandchildren now, four girls who have been eyeing it every time they see it. I am so looking forward to working on it.

Michael, has built me a table to put it on. The best part of this table is that it is revolving. It will be so easy to work on it without having to lift it to turn it around. Here are a couple of shots of the table with the Doll House on it.


Doll House Table 1Doll House Table 2

As you can see the first floor is done. I had so much fun picking out the floors and wall paper. I also managed to reduce a picture of Betty and frame it to hang over the fireplace. I hope to begin the second floor soon.

Last week I let Jennifer’s two younger girls, Sophie and Cassie unpack all the furniture and things. They had so much fun placing everything in the Doll House. Sophie, came at one point and said “Nana, we need more rooms!”. So I look forward to finishing up the second floor and then moving on to the third. Here are pictures of what the finished house should look like.

Doll House

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Sarah’s Purse

I found this pattern for a purse, that I thought my granddaughter, Sarah would love. I decided to give it a try last weekend.

The pattern is from Whistlepig Creek Productions, and is called their “Flip Flap Bag”.

Sarah Purse Instructions

It was fun to pick out four coordinating fabrics, that I thought she might like. It is hard to decided what a 13 year old will like.

When I showed Michael the fabrics, he was a little skeptical about the finished product. He thought maybe too many prints. He did say in the end it looked way better than he had imagined. I have to admit I was beginning to question this as well but decided to go ahead with all the fabrics. I am glad I did.

Sarah Purse 1

This is the finished purse…

There are hidden pockets on this purse the first being under the first flap…

Sarah Purse 2

Then under the second flap….

Sarah Purse 3

And many more inside….

Sarah Purse 4

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Tyler Rose Parade Quilt (Installment 2)

This second block took some time for a number of reasons. First it called for you to use EZ Quilt Rec & Tri Tools. I didn’t have one and when I went to Hancock Fabrics and asked, they looked at me like I had two heads. This did not make me feel to good about this project I was undertaking as, this second block is repeated throughout the entire quilt.
I managed to find it on line and ordered it. It came in last week. Then came the second problem. My first attempt at using the tools to cut the angle pieces needed seem to work well, but when I tried to sew my pieces together they were too big. Next was to get on the internet and look for a tutorial for using these tools. Well, I found a great one and was able to see what I was doing wrong. There is this little notch on one side that needed to be cut and that showed you where to line up the angle pieces to sew. Once I did this, it was sooo much easier to do. Everything was the right size. YEA!!!
Here’s hoping that when you do it right the first time the pieces will work even better, somehow between sewing and taking out the seams twice, my pieces looked a little weathered.

Quilt Square 2

Installment One

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A Bathing Suit for George

I found this material last year and was going to make a bathing suit and cover up for George, but somehow never got to it. So I found time this weekend and am really pleased with how the bathing suit turned out.

Bathing Suit

I tried to get a picture of the inside so that you could see the detail. It has a lining, a pocket and a tie to tighten the suit. We wouldn’t want any accidental loss of suit in the water!

Bathing Suit 2

I also did a jacket cover up for my southern grandson. I thought when he makes it to the ocean up in NJ instead of the warm water of the south, he might be a little cold. I hope he likes it.

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