Sweet Dreams, Baby Girl

While spending the past weekend with our daughter and her family, we celebrated her birthday and her husband’s.  After running across this post, I decided to put it up again.  Daughters are wonderful!! (But so are sons.)

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Monogram is Dazzle from OESD. Tthe floral design is from Brother’s Holiday Card #77. This is a beautiful collection, with a pretty companion design for this one.

 

With a teary eye for the quick passage of time and a proud heart for the woman she has become, I celebrated my daughter’s birthday by making this pair of pillowcases for her.  With these and the wonderful life she has made for herself,  I expect she will have sweet dreams.

 

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The monogram is  Dazzle   from OESD.  It’s certainly convenient that she and her husband have the same initials.The floral design is from   Brother’s Holiday Card #77. This is a beautiful collection, with a pretty companion design for this one.

 

Luxurious bed linens have always been a priority for my girl.  As a freshman moving into a dorm at University of Florida, she asked me to custom make pima cotton sheets for the non-standard dorm bed, and, of course, matching pillowcases.    She confided that she was a bit like storybook character in the Princess and the Pea.  How could she get a decent night’s sleep on anything but pima cotton?  Oh dear, I thought.  Have I raised a “pima” donna?   But of course, two sets of fitted pima sheets were packed.

 

Sending off our French foregin exchange student days before Rebecca (in red) headed to University of Florida.

At  the airport, sending Claire, our French foreign exchange student,  home to France.  This was just a few days before Rebecca (in red) headed to University of Florida—along with her mama-made pima cotton bedding.

 

From the dormitory to the sorority house to her first college-girl apartment to her first little bachelorette house and now in her lovely marital home, she has always had pima cotton bedding.

I’m not very pleased with this pair of pillowcases, but time ran out so  this is what she got.  With two little ones, she doesn’t spend her time ironing.  So I used a polycotton gingham for the turn tube hem.  While pressing the pima, the iron rested a little too long on the gingham and shriveled a section, of course, in the center front!  FYI, that’s the top case with the covered hem.

The turn tube hem was done a little differently.  In an effort to segue from the elegant monogram and embroidery on the pima to the folksy gingham hem, I added a row of commercial entredeux between the two.  Then perle cotton was woven through the holes.  I’m not certain it was a successful transition, but it does offer a visual break.

Like mothers everywhere, I am astounded at how the time has passed.   The years since Rebecca’s birth have rushed by like train cars rolling down the tracks.

 

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Rebecca, one day old, 9 lbs. 1 oz. I thought she was the most beautiful baby in the world. Isn’t it wonderful how God makes every mother think that?

 

She came home in a crocheted granny square blanket and a knitted gown that I had made during the pregnancy, hoping and praying for a healthy little girl with every stitch.  I got the my girl but not a little one.  My bouncing baby girl arrived weighing 9 lbs. 1 oz.

 

Three generations smocking the evening away during our stay at historic El Tovar at the Grand Canyon. Rebecca was 5.

Three generations smocking the evening away during our stay at historic El Tovar at the Grand Canyon. My mother, 5 yo Rebecca and me.

 

She was just like a baby ordered from a catalogue–I got every feature I wanted.  Rebecca was smocking at 5, sewing at 6 and modeled for the cover of my Martha Pullen pattern, Rebecca’s Bow Dress.

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She loved her smocked and heirloom clothes for church.

 

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Rebecca wearing her peach Swiss batiste puffing heirloom Easter dress.

 

and for play.

 

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Caught playing in the dirt excavated for our swimming pool. Her pink broadcloth romper smocked with ice cream cones did come clean. So did she.

 

At 10 she won Best in Show for sewing, first at the Volusia County Fair and then at the Central Florida Fair for this dress.   That certainly made her sewing mother proud.

 

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She also made quilts, knitted, made porcelain dolls with her grandmother and did some heirloom sewing. An honor student, she was treasurer of her junior class and played on the volleyball team.

The summer  Rebecca was 15, she held week-long quilt camps (4 of them) for  girls–her brochure said students had to be younger than the teacher.  Twenty-four girls from 7-14 made their first quilts under Rebecca’s tutelage.

 

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Rebecca, on the right, supervises the tying of one girl’s quilt while another group was at work in the dining room.

 

Then it was off to U of F.  She she spent one summer in Paris studying at The Sorbonne. After earning a degree in computer science, she went on to graduate school at Florida.

All these events, it seems, occurred last week.  Now she is Sadie, Sadie, Married Lady (remember Barbra Streisand in Funny Girl?).

 

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Just like her mother, my daughter got the healthy children she hoped and prayed for.  Rebecca is an amazing, devoted mother to Alastair and Vivian Rose,  a wonderful wife for Harvey and the best daughter her parents could ever ask for.  Happy birthday,  Baby Girl.  May all your sweet dreams come true.

 

 

26 responses to “Sweet Dreams, Baby Girl

  1. Beautiful tribute and pillowcases. She will always treasure them even if you think they are not perfect.

  2. Thanks, Sue. Looking back at memories of a daughter can be both joyful and painful. I’m missing and thinking of you.

  3. Teresa Moffitt

    Your pillowcases are so beautiful and going to a very beautiful daughter. Thank you for sharing both of your “creations!!” She is a lucky girl to have you for a mother, because obviously you spent a great deal of time passing down to her all of your skills and creating delightful things for her and her children. Bless you!

  4. Teresa, Rebecca is one of my two best creations, her brother being the other. She was in her stroller when I went to the county fair office with my the blanket and knitted gown she is wearing in the photo. I joked with the clerk that since this baby was the best thing I made all year, why couldn’t she be entered? Thank you for reading and appreciating my tender thoughts

  5. What lovely memories of your beautiful daughter! Thank you for sharing her with us. I feel the same way about my ‘baby’ who will be twenty next month. Twenty! However did that happen?! The pillowcases are really lovely.

  6. from SewForum–“Beautiful, I am sure she will “love” them, great job.”

  7. from SewForum–“Very Nice. Perfect font. Where is that from ? My baby is 42 i wonder the same thing how did that happen. ”

    FYI, The font is Dazzle from OESD.

  8. from SewForum–“Stunning work. Loved all the old photos on your website, too.”

  9. from Heirloom Sewing and Smocking: “Beautiful but please tell me about the lace tablecloth in the background!”

    FYI: Judi, I just love antique textiles. This tablecloth was purchased at one of the many estate sales I have attended. It is crocheted with very fine cotton and is in perfect condition. What a lucky find it was!

  10. What a lovely tribute to your daughter. My daughter is perfect in my eyes but she has no desire to sew. Cooking and crafting are her passions. She’s currently in grad school studying for a Masters of Divinity degree to go into the ministry of the Methodist Church. She wants to open a school for orphans in Russia.

  11. from Heirloom Sewing and Smocking facebook group: “Wow, as usual these are gorgeous! They are an Inspiration. I think I will do a set for my step daughter and her husband …beautiful!”

  12. from Heirloom Sewing and Smocking facebook group: “I read a bit of your blog…what a wonderful tribute to your daughter. Obviously someone gets the credit for what she is today. ”

    Thank you, Debi. We are so proud of her.

  13. Thank you, Marty. You must be so proud of your daughter with her huge accomplishments, her big dreams and wonderful plans. My Rebecca seems to have lost interest in sewing and even gave back the machine I thought she would need for mending. But she saves it up for when I visit. Oh, well, our daughters are still perfect.

  14. Yes, our daughters are perfect! I so enjoy seeing your beautiful creations. Thankyou for sharing your trip down memory lane. Your daughter is beautiful.

  15. Doreen, I’m so glad you enjoyed my stroll down Memory Lane. I have a full and happy life to look back on, and even more to look forward to. Thanks, also, for your compliment about my beautiful daughter. The best thing about her is her inner beauty, which shines all the time. I’m sure yours is just as wonderful. Thanks for your sweet comment.

  16. from Martha Pullen forum: Those are truly lovely! What a wonderful gift full of love.

  17. from Martha Pullen forum: To pretty to use!

  18. from SewForum: Very nice. nice choice of initials ……RC . They are mine also or my husbands is C.nice to see how they would look using ours . Where are the R and C designs from ?

  19. The monogram is Dazzle from OESD. I use it often as it is light and elegant. So your initials are the same as my daughter’s and son-in-law’s. Well, that makes us practically related! Now you know how your monogram would look.

  20. from Martha Pullen forum: Enjoyed seeing your blog! I sometimes spend time revisiting things I made instead of doing something new. Did you stitch the designs before you made the pillow case?

  21. from Martha Pullen forum: Thanks for all your kind comments. I did the embroidery before making the pillowcase. I always add a few extra inches to the bottom so I can hoop it. Then I cut that away when I add the hem. Sometimes I just hoop stabilizer and then baste the fabric to it. But this design –not the monogram–was very stitch intensive so I wanted the fabric hooped properly.

  22. from Martha Pullen forum: Oh my! These are some of the prettiest pillowcases I’ve ever seen. What a beautiful combination of embroidery and fabric…and such a lovely gift. Thanks for sharing the eye candy : ).

  23. from Martha Pullen forum: Absolutely lovely!

  24. Good morning! I cannot find your post about the sweet bunnies on the Callie dress so I guess I will comment here. 🙂 I would love to have the design. How nice of you to share! Thank you!

  25. Laurie, the designs have been sent, along with a link to the bunny dress post. Thanks for looking around the blog.

  26. Janice, Those *are* beautiful pillow cases. (When I grow up, I want to be like you!) 🙂 I loved reading the tribute to your daughter. Those are beautiful memories. You should be one proud modern nanna! It is fun hear of her interest in smocking, quilting, and then computer science. And then motherhood. I hope she enjoys the season. It’s a very good one.

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