Thursday, February 4, 2016

Doll Clothes

I'm a bit late with these new clothes for Isabelle.

Imagine our surprise when we found a Christmas present for her, mixed in with all the other gifts.   And inside the box was this sweet knitted sweater!  My oldest daughter had made it for her and it goes perfectly with her plaid, pleated skirt and her boots.

I made a velveteen jacket for her to wear with her bias plaid skirt.  Notice she's wearing black, Mary Jane shoes; these were a gift to her from my middle daughter.

This dress was for school.  I've always loved plaids; I guess you can tell.  Well, anyway, I've put the doll clothes patterns away for now, and have started piecing quilt blocks; I find it a lot less stressful!


Friday, January 29, 2016

Ready for the Cold Front

"They" say we'll be having a cold front move in on Monday night and next week will be a lot cooler.  I think we're prepared now since the girls have new flannel gowns.

Isabelle, in her extra soft, pink flannel gown, and 

my sweet Fannie Marie in her red flannel gown.

They both have quilts for their beds, and Isabelle's bed has flannel sheets and pillowcase.
We'll be all cozy and warm.


Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Hello Folks ~ ~ ~

The middle of January, already!  I guess the world hasn't slowed down yet!  I've been tucked away in the house doing things I love to do: sewing and working jigsaw puzzles.  Each year, around Thanksgiving and through Christmas, I get very nervous and my tendency to be agoraphobic takes over.  Sewing and the puzzles help calm me.

One of my daughters gave this puzzle to me a year or so ago, and when I saw the colors of the pieces, which seemed to be all the same in parts of it, I just put the lid back on the box; too difficult it seemed.  Something told me to try it this year; I wouldn't be outdone!  I do think it was the most difficult puzzle I've ever worked, but what a pretty one!  Now I'll leave it out a few days, then break it apart, put it back into the box and give it back to her, because, it's for sure I won't be working this one  again!

The sewing part involved Isabelle, so I'll save that for now.  I hope everyone is well and staying warm.


Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

A Thanksgiving Prayer ~ ~ ~

Oh, God, when I have food,
help me to remember the hungry;
When I have work, help me
to remember the jobless;
When I have a warm home,
help me to remember the homeless;
When I am without pain, 
help me to remember those who suffer;
And remembering, help me
to destroy my complacency
and bestir my compassion.
Make me concerned enough
to help, by word and deed
those who cry out
for what we take for granted.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, October 12, 2015

Mouse in the House

As quick as the blink of an eye
something seemed to fly by!
There's a mouse in the house!
I must set a trap!
And for sheer ease
I'll bait it with cheese;
but now I'm wondering,
which will he like better,
Velveeta or sharp cheddar?

So I put a small bit
on the paddle's tip
and set the spring in place.
Mouse has waited all day
to come out and play,
and when the lights go out
he runs round about,
right past the trap by the wall.

He passed the cheese.
He wants a treat;
something gooey, soft and sweet.
He didn't think I'd hear him
as he wriggled and chewed inside the sack.
But he didn't know I had quite a knack
for listening for little mouse smacks.

I grabbed the sack by its top
and he jumped and he jumped to no avail;
he couldn't escape from this cat food bag jail.
I'll take him to the barn where there are cats.
No more mouse in the house, and that will be that!


Sunday, September 13, 2015

More Flower Gardens ~ A Top and Blocks

One of the first quilts I made and quilted was a flower garden quilt.  It wasn't the best in the world, but not tacky either.  The top below is one that I made a few years back, using brown instead of the typical green.  If green was to represent grass, I suppose brown represents dirt?  Anyway, it's a huge top; will it even go on my frames without the outside border being removed?  Someday I'll try it.  I sew rows of hexagons on the machine, then put them into blocks by hand, so it isn't too difficult.  I find English paper piecing to be too time consuming for me.

I don't think early quilters had access to many solids and prints so as to pair them up into matching colors.  The blocks I remember came later when we saved solids to go with prints left from making clothing.  Now it seems the more mismatched colors and prints can be, the better, making the blocks look like vintage ones.

These 30 blocks were given to me by the farmer's great aunt.  She had started piecing them on the machine and some seams were barely 1/8" wide, too small to hold securely, so I took them apart and sewed them back together by hand.  The white/beige fabric is unbleached domestic (what we call today, unbleached muslin) and somewhat stiff to work with; I sorta dread quilting it by hand.  I hope to get the blocks set together into a top this winter.

The blocks are joined with a rose colored broadcloth

I'm beginning to think that pressing these blocks, after being packed into a box for years, will be the most difficult thing about making the top.  I always try to press my blocks as I make each seam; things fit better and make for a neater top to put on the frames.  I sincerely believe a neat top, stretched correctly on the frames, makes a finished quilt more pleasing to the eyes.