New Little Sewing Enthusiast and Free ME Design

aurel encouraged Alyssa. The girls sewed in their pajamas until long past bedtime.

Laurel encouraged Alyssa. The girls sewed in their pajamas until long past bedtime.


What a fabulous weekend we had!   Two grandchildren are a bundle of fun, but including a third child added so much to the equation.

Additionally,  I had that pleasure of introducing that child to the wonders of sewing!

When my granddaughter learned that her good friend Alyssa had been asking  for sewing lessons,  Laurel asked if she could invite her to spend the weekend with us. We all had a grand  time.


A N finished emb

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We started with embroidery because she had a specific project in mind for her pastor father.  He recently answered a call to another church and she wanted to embroider one of his favorite Scripture verses to hang in the new office.

Psalm 19:14 was not in my now very extensive collection of Bible verse designs—thank you Designs by JuJu and Sew Bird’s Stitches–so I worked up the text quickly and easily with my Brother PE-Design.   It certainly is appropriate for a preacher.

If you would like the 5 x 7 design (without the Embroidery Library frame), please post your request as a comment and it will be sent to you.  The pretty frame from Embroidery Library was added.

Kids  today are so quick with any computer equipment!  In no time at all, Alyssa was threading my Brother Quattro and regularly checking the camera feature for a close up of the needle penetration point.  She thought that was so cool.

She wanted this picture of her threading the machine because she knew her parents would be so proud of her.


A threads


Laurel had business to tend to.  In addition to monogramming tote bags for Girl Scout and homeschool friends, her “company” offers the service of sewing Girl Scout patches onto uniform vests.  This weekend, she had 17 patches to do while Alyssa was busy embroidering.   So she ran back and forth from her machine to Alyssa’s in order to offer encouragement and support.

But the life of a working girl has its  rewards.   Because of her hard work, she just purchased Cecile, another American Girl Doll, with some of her earnings.  With all the hours the girls spent at the machines, it looked a lot like a kiddie sweat shop here in my sewing room.

Later, Alyssa helped me stuff a Matryouska doll I had started for Operation Christmas Child and was so curious about how it went together that she stitched one for her 2 year old sister.  Then she embroidered a dish towel for her mother.  “Dish towels?!?  You can embroider dish towels???”  After witnessing her absolute delight when she saw an in-the-hoop heart shaped change purse,  I decided not to introduce her to any other possible projects.  The child was in overload!  Her enthusiasm was just adorable.

I didn’t get a picture of either of the other two projects because we were so busy doing other fun things.

Granddad took them for an outing in the golf cart, after which they took themselves on an imaginary wild ride.



They fed our 3 cats, who were previously feral but are now lovingly domesticated.  This feline family has  taken up residence in our abandoned goat barn, a safe refuge from our cat-hating dogs.




They swam with Granddad .  They roasted marshmallows at the bonfire and made s’mores.  Lots of s’mores.




They had a pillow fight.

pillow fight


Alyssa told a few Bible stories and Robert read to the girls before being banished (in his opinion) to the guest room.



bedtime reading


Sunday before church, Alyssa and Laurel played duets on the piano.


piano girls


Later, Alyssa observed Laurel serve as acolyte at church, something Alyssa would very much like to do.  She hopes her father incorporates acolytes into the worship service at the new church.




AnL narthex


It was such a delightful weekend for all of us.  Sewing fun and 3 precious children.  Can it get any better than that?


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