God Bless America

pillow made from hemstitched guest towel

pillow or wallhanging made from hemstitched guest towel.  I wish I had known  then how to rotate the “o” is God so it didn’t look like Gad.

 

I hope all you Americans are having a fabulous time celebrating our nation’s Independence Day.  We certainly are.

The pictured  pillow or wallhanging (I just can’t recall which) sums up my hopes for our country.  Made years ago for a Sewing at the Beach auction, the pillow features a bean stitch alphabet from a new digitizer in Britain.  I added the waving flag and flowers. Sadly, while moving my designs from one computer to another,  I have lost both the entire alphabet and the name of the designer.   If any of you have any information about this, I would love for you to share.

At the time this project was stitched, the largest embroidery frame on my Brother 2001 machine could not accommodate the entire design.  So more than one hooping was required.   I wish I still had the alphabet so I could make an identical pillow or wallhanging for my home.  It would be a breeze with the 9.5 x 14″ hoop on my The Dream Machine.

After driving all night, we arrived home at 6:30 a.m. today from spending a  week in the North Carolina mountains.  With  our two younger grandchildren, 2 yo Vivian Rose and 6 yo Alastair and  their parents it was delightful family time and a cool retreat from Florida’s summer heat.

We did see fireflies!  They certainly were not plentiful but Alastair counted more than 100 each night.  I wonder if he stopped counting them because that’s as high as he can go.

Vivian looked adorable in her firefly outfit with glow-in-the-dark bugs.

 

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Today, our son’s family joined us for more family fun.  But I am just too exhausted to download and post the photos of our trip and our delightful day.

For many years, when our children were still at home, we hosted a huge July 4th picnic and celebration  (scroll down to bottom of post) at our home.  In  comparison to that, this year’s our festivities were very low key.   Our home didn’t look quite like this, but it felt like this quilt by Marcia Layton.

 

Marcia Layton's quilt from her pattern Patriot's Corner

Marcia Layton’s quilt from her pattern Patriot’s Corner, on display at Lakeland, FL Quilt and Sewing Expo 15. See this post for more of Marcia’s quilts and a free machine embroidery yo-yo design.

 

As I write this post, I am praying that God will continue to bless America.  I pray that our precious children and grandchildren (yours and mine)  will live out their lives in freedom and liberty.  It was so hard won and is so costly to maintain.  Thanks to all who serve now and have died in the past for what we enjoy and treasure today.

 

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Our children and grandchildren are all off to the fireworks.  My exhausted dear husband and I are off to bed.  God bless America!

You might enjoy this beautiful video featuring the variety of beauty across our country.

 

Quick Tip ~ Thread Nest and Broken Needles

Do you keep a knife in your sewing room?  I do and it’s not for fear of bad guys bursting into my she-cave.  This is why.

Picture it, Glenwood, Florida, and me happily embroidering a sweet tee for Baby Girl.  The machine makes a horrible noise and the needle breaks.  The hoop cannot be moved and the shirt and its design are in jeopardy.  It doesn’t happen often, but when it does….groannnnn.  Though it is generally thought to be the result of operator error, I prefer to think it’s those pesky sewing gremlins.

The situation seems grim.  How can I save the shirt and release the hoop from the gremlins’ malice?

 

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With that 12″ serrated knife I keep at the ready, that’s how.  The blade must be long enough to reach under the hoop all the way to the thread nest.  It can usually, with care, cut through the threads without damaging the shirt–or whatever is being embroidered.

After cutting through the thread mess, applying a stabilizer patch over the hole, the broken needle has to be dealt with.  It’s not a good idea to throw it into my wastebasket where it can stick me when I take out the trash.  So at each machine I keep a container like this empty sugar-free gum bin into which I discard broken, dull or bent needles.  Before my dear husband kept me supplied with these gum jars, I used empty pill bottles.  Any firm, small canister will do.

These are my tips for thread nests and broken needle storage.  And that’s all I’m going to say about that.

Quick Tip ~ Thread Spools

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These are a few of my thread racks. Can you imagine the mess if each spool had a loose tail?

Like most sewists, I love threads–never met a spool or color I didn’t like.  My sewing room is stocked with every thread weight from 12 to 80, some 2 ply and some 3 ply.  There are thread fibers from cotton to silk to rayon, poly, linen and monofilament.  That’s a lot of thread.

And while no one would ever accuse me of being a neat freak, I do like my threads to be in order.  With no loose tails.  So what are we to do with those mini king spools and others without a slot to secure the loose ends?

 

 

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My solution is an old Olfa art knife and a sharpie pen.  (In a future post, I will share the wonder and uses of my newer, sharp Olfa art knife.) When I get new thread, I carefully make a cut in the spool, noting the direction that it unwinds.  Then, to ease the strain on my “mature” eyes, I mark the slit with a sharpie pen.

It is so quick and easy to snap the thread tail into place and just as quick and easy to locate the cut because of the black mark.

If you have other solutions, please share. Inquiring minds want to know.

Quick Tip~Bobbins

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Do those thread tails hanging off your bobbins annoy you? They t drove me crazy.  Of course, there are those very nice plastic bobbin jails–bobbin buddies is one of their names.  But they are bulky and, for me, not convenient as my own solution.

 

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The reinforcement rings for notebook paper meet my need perfectly.  In a serendipity moment I spotted the school supply package in my stationary drawer.  Hmmm…right shape, right size, sticky, quick and cheap.  AHA!

I keep a sheet of these at each machine.  As remove a bobbin from the case, I secure the thread with a ring, taking care to apply it to the up side of the bobbin as it sits in the case. Then the bobbins are put in one of several clear  plastic divided bins.

When I pull a bobbin from the box, I remove the ring and stick it on the side of my machine. They usually are reusable 3-5 times before they loose their adhesiveness.  They rarely leave any sticky residue on the bobbin.  Any that remains is easily removed.

These little rings have kept my bobbins in order for many years.  A very long time ago, I was teaching for Mildred Turner at one of her Sewing in the Mountains schools.  Another teacher got a worrisome call from her husband at about 9:30 p.m.  Their daughter had just remembered a useful “invention” was due the next day for science class.  As Jimmy Buffet once said, there was “panic in the green room.”

I suggested the ring reinforcers for the bobbins and slam bam! She had an invention.  And got an A.  Maybe I should feel guilty, but desperate times call for desperate measures.

Give these little rings a try.  You will have no more thread tails hanging out of your bobbin box and a more tidy sewing room.

Fireflies and Summer Nights

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Do you all remember catching fireflies on young summer nights?  A glowing mason jar served as a torch in the early darkness at the end of a lazy day of sunshine.

A few summers ago our grandchildren experienced this delight at our cabin in the mountains of North Carolina.  It was especially exciting for them because lightning bugs are rarely seen in Florida, and never before seen by them. Continue reading

Nursery Closet Sale #11

Vivian Rose in coming home daygown.  Yes, she was jaundiced.

Two and and a half years ago…..Vivian Rose in her coming home daygown. Yes, she was jaundiced but pinked up in a few days.

Here we go again– eight more sweet baby garments needing a new home. Please help me ease the crowding in Nana’s nursery closet.

TO MAKE A PURCHASE: If there is something you would like to buy:

  • 1.  Specify the item number and leave your request as a comment at the end of this post.
  • 2.  Your e-mail will be visible to me but not to other readers.  I will correspond with you privately for payment information.
  • 3.  Payment may be made via Paypal or personal check.  Shipping will be added to all prices.  Insurance at buyer’s discretion. Just let me know at time of purchase.
  • 4.  If you have never before posted a comment, it will not visible until I have approved it. After the approval, all of your comments will be posted immediately.
  • 5. Or send an e-mail to me at NCcabin@aol.com with the specifics of your chosen purchase.

 

$22 + postage, size newborn - 3 months

SOLD  #111—$22 + postage, size newborn – 3 months. Easy-care broadcloth trimmed with embroidered edging, mother-of-pearl buttons.  More photos and details are posted here.

 

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#122---$11

#112--bubble only -$11, size 3-6 months.  Swiss pique trimmed with rick rack and applique’d flag cupcake.  For more photos and info click here.

 

$13 siz 18 months, red skirted bubble, Martha Pullen baby knit.

#113—$13,  size 18 months, red skirted bubble, Martha Pullen baby knit. New.

 

# ---$17 soft green Strasburg Children bubble, size 18 months.

SOLD  #114 —$17, size 24 months. Soft green Strasburg Children bubble, size 18 months, gently worn.

 

close up of Strashburg bubble

close up of Strashburg bubble

 

#12  ---$10 size 3 months soft, soft Martha Pullen baby knit.

#115 —$10, size 3 months soft, soft Martha Pullen baby knit. Ready for embroidery or sweet as is.  New.

 

#12   --- size 24 months, Nursery Rhyme  with embroidered collar and matching bloomers.

 

Nursery Rhyme tio

Nursery Rhyme top

 

Nursery Rhyme bloomers

Nursery Rhyme bloomers

 

#12  ---$11 size 3-6 months.  Butter soft Martha Pullen knit ready for embroidery.

#117 —$11, size 3-6 months. Butter-soft Martha Pullen knit ready for embroidery. Mitten cuffs on sleeves.

 

#119---$50, size newborn.  This has been one of my dearest treasures, ordered 20 years ago from a student in one of my classes in Ohio, I think.  It is  tatted with fine thread.  Never worn, as it turned up in a storage bin from when a hurricane destroyed half of our house  and things were just thrown in bins.  Never worn.  It came with no ties.  I have added antique silk grosgrain ribbon ties with an embroidered rosette.  This seems small to me, but our babies all had heads that were off the charts.  So I'm not a good judge.  Still, it looks to be newborn.

SOLD #118—$50, size newborn. This has been one of my dearest treasures, ordered more than 25 years ago from a student in one of my classes somewhere in Ohio.  I put aside for my grandmother’s hope chest.  It isdelicately tatted with fine thread and was never worn.  It was recently discovered in a storage bin put away from when a hurricane destroyed half of our house and things were hastily thrown in bins. It came with no ties so I added antique 3/8″ silk grosgrain ribbon ties with an embroidered rosette. This seems small to me, but our 8-10 lb. grandbabies babies all had heads that were off the charts. So I’m not a good judge. Still, it looks to be newborn.

 

Thanks for taking a look. There are still unsold items at Nursery Closet Sale #9, and #10.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Nana Fun

If you have an extra minute and could use a laugh,  you might enjoy my Rebecca’s account of a conversation with her son, Alastair, 6 yo.

After Spanish camp, we came home and had snack at the little table. It was just the two of us because V was asleep. He had a chocolate granola bar and a glass of milk, then asked for a second. He ate both with such pleasure that I couldn’t help but remark as I watched him. ‘You really love that granola bar, don’t you?’

‘Yes, mmmmm, Yes.’

‘When you grow up, do you think you’d want to marry a giant granola bar, if you love it so much?’

Alastair, dead practical ‘No, eventually she’d just turn into poop.’

Ready-to-Smock ~ Smockables for Sale

More Martha Pullen Smockables turned up when I did my major sewing room clean up.  If you are interested  or have any questions about these, send an e-mail to NCcabin@aol.com or post your request as a comment at the end of this post.

 

1-pink gingham bishop bubble 12 mo

$25 + postage, insurance at buyer’s discretion. Size 6 months, ready-to-smock, snaps in crotch.

 

1-white insert bubble g 12 mon

(2) available. Girl’s white bubble with insert, snaps in crotch, 18 months for $25.  The price was $30 when they were available from Martha Pullen Company.

 

$25 + postage, insurance at buyer's discretion.  Pink  12 months button front bishop.

$25 + postage, insurance at buyer’s discretion. Pink 12 months button front bishop,  This is a pale pink, but not as washed out as the photo shows.  Ready-to-smock.

 

$25 + postage, insurance at buyer's discretion.  Size 12 months blue button front bishop, ready to smock.  Two available.

$25 + postage, insurance at buyer’s discretion. Size 12 months blue button front bishop, ready to smock. Two available.

$30 + postage, insurance at buyer's discretion.  Available (2) 6 months, one 12 months, one 18 months.  Snaps at crotch.

$30 + postage, insurance at buyer’s discretion. Available (2) 6 months, one 12 months, one 18 months. Snaps at crotch.  $40 when they were available from Martha Pullen Company.

 

$30 + postage, insurance at buyer's discretion. Two Martha Pullen Smockable rompers, one 6 months, one 18 months.  Priced at $40 when they were available.

$30 + postage, insurance at buyer’s discretion. Two Martha Pullen Smockable rompers, one 6 months,((SOLD one 18 months). Priced at $40 when they were available.

 

$30 + postage, insurance optional, size 3T. Another Martha Pullen ready-to-smock classic navy romper.

Can you use any of these items?  They need a home away from my sewing room, where they will be smocked and worn.

 

Nursery Closet Sale #10

#   ----$25, infant size.  Antique lace bonnet ruched and with antique silk grosgrain ribbon ties. Double ruffle.  One of my favorites, never worn.

SOLD #101—$25, infant size. Antique lace bonnet ruched with silk ribbon and tied with antique silk grosgrain.   Double ruffle and never worn. One of my favorites but I’ve run out of babies.

Here are more items that need a new home.  How do you make a purchase?

  • 1.  Specify the item number and leave your request as a comment at the end of this post.
  • 2.  Your e-mail will be visible to me but not to other readers.  I will correspond with you privately for payment information.
  • 3.  Payment may be made via Paypal or personal check.  Shipping will be added to all prices.  Insurance at buyer’s discretion. Just let me know at time of purchase.
  • 4.  If you have never before posted a comment, it will not visible until I have approved it. After the approval, all of your comments will be posted immediately.
  • 5.  Or send an e-mail to NCcabin@aol.com with the specifics of your chosen purchase.

 

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inside of antique lace bonnet.  More pictures and details are posted here.

Inside of antique lace bonnet. Silk grosgrain is embellished with silk ribbon machine featherstitching.  This ribbon covers the ruching stitches.  More pictures and details are posted here.

 

#96---$10 sleeper 0-3 mo.  Soft as butter Martha Pullen baby knit ready-to-embroider or as is.

SOLD #102—$11 sleeper 0-3 mo. Soft as butter Martha Pullen baby knit ready-to-embroider or as is. New, just removed from plastic bag.

 

 

$10 Martha Pullen soft-as-butter knit baby sleeper. size 18 months.  Pre-washed but not worn.  Ready for embroidery. Or not.

#103–$10      Martha Pullen soft-as-butter knit baby sleeper. size 18 months. Pre-washed but not worn. Ready for embroidery. Or not.

#65. Red Plaid Flannel Overalls, $10. Size 3, long sleeved shirt.  New, never worn.

# 104 —–$10, size 3 red plaid flannel shortall with long sleeved shirt. New, never worn because it fit at the wrong time of year.

 

 

#10 ---$20 gingham bishop bubble, size 9-12 months.  Tatted edging on sleeves, ruffle butt.  To read more about this click here.

SOLD #105 —$20, 9-12 months, gingham bishop bubble.. Tatted edging on sleeves, ruffle butt. To read more about this click here.

 

bubble back

bubble back

#  ----$22 size 3 Christmas suit.  Burgundy cotton velveteen shorts, linen embroidered shirt trimmed in lace tape.  More photos and details posted here.

SOLD #106—$22 size 3 Christmas suit. Burgundy cotton velveteen shorts, linen embroidered shirt trimmed in lace tape. More photos and details are posted here.

 

close up of collar embroidery

close up of collar embroidery

 

#10  ---$15.  This was named "troublesome diaper shirt.  Read about it here.

SOLD  #107 —$15, size infant. This was named “troublesome diaper shirt for good reason.  Read about it here.

 

smocking on troublesome diaper shirt

smocking on troublesome diaper shirt.  I crocheted a tiny edge using 30 wt. cotton thread.

 

1-pink bubble bullions. 24 mo.15XX

SOLD #108—$15 size 12 months. Strasburg Children smocked bubble. Bullions galore, throughout smocking, on collar, on bodice and on each sleeve binding.

 

 

#109---$18 daygown, Imperial batiste trimmed with Swiss embroidery.  Extra long.  Fit my granddaughter until she was 9 months old.

SOLD  #109—$18 infant daygown, Imperial batiste trimmed with Swiss embroidery. Extra long. Fit my granddaughter until she was 9 months old.

 

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Nursery Closet Sale #9

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It’s that time again–time to sort out and send out closet items that need to move on.  They are never worn or outgrown with a lot of  life left in them.  Most are in pristine condition.  Flaws, stains, etc. are all pointed out.

Please help me make room in the nursery closet.

TO MAKE A PURCHASE: If there is something you would like to buy:

  • 1.  Specify the item number and leave your request as a comment at the end of this post.
  • 2.  Your e-mail will be visible to me but not to other readers.  I will correspond with you privately for payment information.
  • 3.  Payment may be made via Paypal or personal check.  Shipping will be added to all prices.  Insurance at buyer’s discretion. Just let me know at time of purchase.
  • 4.  If you have never before posted a comment, it will not visible until I have approved it. After the approval, all of your comments will be posted immediately.
  • 5. Or send an e-mail to me at NCcabin@aol.com with the specifics of your chosen purchase.

 

$17~Liberty of London bubble trimmed in baby tatting

SOLD  #91—$20 size 0-3 months. Liberty of London Old Fashioned Baby bubble trimmed in baby tatting. Crotch was extended to accommodate cloth diapers or a longer body.

bubble back with tatted edging on ruffles

SOLD  #91 Liberty bubble back with yards and yards of tatted edging on ruffles

 

#92---$10 Independence Day top 6-9 months.  Pique with machine embroidery.  More info and details are posted here.

#92—$10, size 6-9 months. Independence Day top, pique with rick rack and machine embroidery.

 

#92 Made in USA back with flag embroidery and gold star button.

#92 Made in USA back with flag embroidery and gold star button.

 

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# 93 —- $22, size 12 months. Worn once, button-on suit.  Ready-to-smock from Martha Pullen Company. Decorative stitching added to shirt cuffs and collar.

 

#94 --$10 new. Soft as butter knit from Martha Pullen.  Skirted bubble, 2T ready for embroidery or as is.

SOLD  #94 —-$10,  size 2T. New skirted bubble ready for embroidery or as is. Soft as butter knit from Martha Pullen.

 

#95--$25 infant Swiss Organdy Zig Zag Bonnet, $25. Lined with tiny floral print lawn, edged with hemstitched heirloom lace, machine embroidery on brim. Made for class sample. More about this bonnet is posted here Zig Zag Bonnet II.

SOLD #95—-$25, size infant. Swiss Organdy zig zag bonnet, lined with tiny floral print lawn. Edged with hemstitched heirloom lace, machine embroidery on brim. Made for class sample and never worn.  More about this bonnet is posted here Zig Zag Bonnet II.

#95 zig zag bonnet close up

SOLD #95 zig zag bonnet close up

 

#97---$13, size 6-12 mo. Linen with hand embroidery, purchased in Puerto Rico but remade with addition of tatting.  Read more about it here.

SOLD #96—$15, size 6-12 mo. Linen with hand embroidery, purchased in Puerto Rico but remade with the addition of tatting. Worn a few  times. Read more about it here.

 

SOLD #97 –$10, size 18 months.   White skirted knit bubble, new, soft as butter baby knit from Martha Pullen’s Ready-to-Embroider collection.

 

#98---$15, size 0-3 mo.  Swiss pique shirt, pima cotton bloomers.  Worn twice.

#98—$15, size 0-3 mo. Swiss pique shirt, pima cotton bloomers. Worn twice.

 

#99----$12 Orient Express size 24 months, seersucker.

#99—-$12 Orient Express size 24 months, seersucker.

 

Nursery Closet Sale #10 coming soon.  It will probably be posted the middle of next week as we are bringing 2 yo tornado Vivian Rose home from the beach with us.  It will take me a day or two to recover after that.  This next sale will include one or two daygowns,  antique baby laundry bag, more MP Ready-to-Embroider, Swiss flannel baby boy coming home set (daygown, cap and blanket), antique lace baby bonnet and more.

Sail Away, Baby Girl

beach baby outfit for 2 yo Vivian Rose.

beach baby outfit for 2 yo Vivian Rose.  The jumbo rick rack is really bright pink, almost the same color as the pink on the sails.  Oops–just noticed that unstitched section of the neck casing.  Thank goodness it’s an easy fix.

 

Summertime is beach time.  Our daughter and her family are 30 minutes from our home, staying at a friend’s oceanfront condo.  This little outfit was made for 2 yo granddaughter Vivian Rose to wear if her mother can ever get her out of her bathing suit and swimmies.

I’m generally happy with the finished product but it is not as I planned it.  Do you carefully plan your projects in great detail?  I just can’t get the hang of doing it like that.

My original plan was to make a quick beachwear set using this sweet Michael Miller fabric, Sail Away.  For the top I chose Children’s Corner Jane.  This is a favorite of mine because it is quick, easy to make, comfortable and cool for summer.

It did not go as planned.   As I changed my mind about one thing and another, but turned out to be not very quick and also offered some challenges.

 

 

Can you see the soft grey seagulls in the sky?

Can you see the soft grey seagulls in the sky?  And that rick  rack is NOT red!  It’s bright pink.

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