This beloved, long-awaited baby girl will be 3 years old in a few days! In celebration of the occasion I have made her a birthday confection of batiste, lace, embroidery, feather stitches, ribbon and entredeux. As her official church Nana, I embraced this privilege.
This child is pure joy for her family and our entire church congregation. We prayed so fervently for her safe delivery into the loving arms of her adoptive parents. With her sparkling brown eyes and bouncing curls, she is all girl while at the same rough and tumble.
Beatrice romps with her big dog and both of mine (weighing 100+ lbs). She is friendly with the three family goats
and fearless with huge horses when she visits the stables. shhh..but just between you and me, she is a little frightened by teeny tree frogs! Continue reading
Posted in antique textiles, girls, heirloom sewing, machine embroidery
Tagged birthday dress, Brother Dream Machine, Children's Corner Jodi, heirloom sewing, Imperial batiste, machine embroidery, Swiss embroidered insertion, Swiss embroidery trim
She finished her quilt! She was so proud. It looked a lot better after it was laundered and quilt baste was washed away. But we were too eager to get the photo to wait. She had to return home shortly after this image was taken.
Hello-0-0-0! If there are any readers left out there, I’m still here! Neither the virus nor lethargy has kept me quiet, just the hurry-up of life, even while in lockdown!
This is a fun little project that was done for precious little Beatrice, #1 fan of Winnie the Pooh.
The book pillow was also done for Brother’s Stitching Sewcial blog to celebrate Pooh’s birthday, hence the included book. Finding that little paperback required determination and skills worthy of Sherlock Holmes, but I was driven once I knew such a publication existed, though long out of print.
Book pillows have surged in popularity and not just for children. Who wouldn’t want to curl up with a good book and a soft pillow? With the recent stay at home call, this is a soothing antidote to what might be seen as isolation.
Why not make one today, for a child, for a friend, for a shut in, for yourself, for anyone! The instructions are for the Winnie the Pooh pillow shown, but any fabric, any embroidery design may be substituted.
NOTE: This pillow was made on my Brother Dream Machine. Some instructions are specific to that. Greater details can be found on Brother’s blog Stitching Sewcial here. Continue reading
Posted in accessories, Disney projects, machine embroidery
Tagged book pillow, Brother Disney embroidery, Brother Dream Machine, classic Pooh, free motion, honeycomb stitch, machine embroidery, quilting, Winnie the Pooh, Winnie the Pooh's birthday
Required disclosure:Â I am a paid Brother Ambassador.Â Not required:Â I absolutely love Brother Machines.
Several readers have written asking if they may participate in the Garments for Ghana project. Â Others asked how our project operated so they might do a similar event in their own community.Â When I mentioned in response to a comment on this topic that I might write this post, at least one promised that she (sweet Sandee) would not find these details boring.Â I hope she is not the only one because I am going ahead with this.
Before I began, I was given some direction from the mission team leaders.Â The request was for bright colors, since the landscape there is pretty bleak.Â We did that. Check.
Second, there must be no buttons or closuresÂ that might break or need replacement. Such replacement is not an option for mothers in these areas.Â Check.Â Elastic at the neckline was the only closure notion.Â I know elastic gives out after a couple of years, but I expect these garments will be worn out longÂ before the elastic is.
Third, in many African nations and apparently in Ghana, bare shoulders for girls and perhaps adult females, is taboo.Â So we needed some sort of sleeve.Â Check.Â I did notice early on that many photos of pillowcase dresses for Little Dresses for Africa showed the girls wearing aÂ tee shirt under their dresses.Â Now I see that the site offers a free pattern that has a sleeve, much like the pattern I used.
Fourth, each garment must be marked with its size.Â I had a bag of labels for sizes 1-5 and for the others I embroidered sizes on grosgrain ribbon in the hoop.Â Ladies who worked from home used a sharpie to write on ribbon, which like the others,Â was tucked into the elastic casing at the back. Continue reading
Posted in accessories, bags, boys, girls, Kids Sew, machine embroidery
Tagged 5berries Cecilia Peasant Dress pattern, boy cargo pants, Brother Dream Machine, Brother sewing machines, charity sewing, Fuddie Duddie Casey pattern, organize charity sewing, quick girl dresses
Christmas is just around the calendar corner and it’s rush, rush, rush for me and many of you.Â I’ve just finished this Swiss batiste dress for Baby Beatrice.
I’ve written in earlier posts about Baby Bea, our new granddaughter via our church. Neither of her parents’ mothers is living,Â so months before she was born they asked me to be her official Nana.Â That was a happy day!Â And, of course, she is a doll, just now 4 months old, which for me has been at least 120 more happy days.
Her daddy is an avid hunter, especially for deer. Bea’s little daydress is a reminder NOT to shoot Bambi or his antleredÂ father.
But back to the dress……the pattern is Old Fashioned Baby‘s Baby Daydress.
Like all of Jeannie B’s patterns, this one is a delight to sew and offers several design options.Â I love the Scriptures and embroidery designs she places in the blank space around the pattern pieces.
The shadow work fawn is from Joy Welsh’s Applique for Kids.Â It stitches just beautifully with her instructions.Â The greenery beneath the fawn was extracted from another design which I cannot recall right now.
The holly at the neckline is another design whose origin I cannot recall.Â I need to keep better records of what I embroider.
Posted in heirloom sewing, Holiday Projects, infant clothing, machine embroidery, shadow work by machine
Tagged antique lace, Applique for Kids, baby dress, Brother Dream Machine, christmas dress, fawn, Feather stitching, heirloom sewing, hemstitching, machine embroidery, shadow embroidery by machine, shadow work by machine
This project and a detailed tutorial are posted here at Brother’s blog, Stitching Sewcial.
I loved embroidering this elegant set of table linens for Brother’s blog, Stitching Sewcial.Â Aside from the sewing details in the tutorial postedÂ there,Â many “back stories” go with it that I just have to share with you.
First, I have loved these designs since I first saw them on my Dream Machine.
Like the design used on the quilted bed footwarmer, I was so eager to find the perfect project for them.Â Then….I did! Continue reading
No one likes cold feet–not at a wedding nor in bed.
There are many ways to keep your toes warm, like this.Â Who wouldn’t love that?Â But you need a lot of puppies.
Or you could do this:
There are risks with this method. Mildred “Mimi” Turner almost burned down our hotel (and her feet) when we were teaching in Australia’s cold Blue Mountains.
This quilted foot warmer is risk free, readily available, pretty, and fun to make.Â It is also my latest project for Brother’s blog, Stitching Sewcial, for which I am a paid sewing specialist (this is a required disclosure).Â The blog post includes a FREE download link for the quilting design used for the spaghetti bias Celtic knot in the center of each square.Â But more about the special use of that later.
The design measures 7.76 x 7.87″.
Posted in free patterns and designs, home dec, machine embroidery, quilts, Tutorials
Tagged bias tube, Brother Dream Machine, free quilting design, loop turner, spaghetti bias, Stitching Sewcial, tiger eye
Mickey Roadster bubble
Minnie Roadster bubble
What fun I had stitching these bubbles with the new Brother iBroidery.com Mickey Roadster designs!Â The digitizing is just excellent, with so much detail and such appealing, bright colors.Â Children will love these. Continue reading
Posted in Disney, Disney projects, infant clothing, machine embroidery
Tagged Brother Dream Machine, Brother Quattro applique, brother sister bubbles, Disney embroidery, Dream Machine applique', iBroidery.com, Mickey Roadster, Minnie Roadster, Simplicity 8098
During my lengthy absence from this blog, I did get some sewing done.Â This cot sheet is a fun little project.Â It can be plain or fancy, utilitarian or heavily embroidered as is this one.
First, I have to be up front with you all–my name is Janice andÂ I am a textile snob.Â My linen closet has nothing but pima cotton sheets.Â My master, guest and children’s beds have always been made up with silky pima cotton.
Many years ago, there was a brief and almost sleepless few days when my 8 yo son slept on stiff and scratchy Garfield sheets.Â They were a gift for which he had begged his grandmother.Â After a week, he wanted his old sheets back.Â “They just don’t feel good, Mama.”Â From the mouths of babes–raised on pima.
Before she even moved into her freshman dorm at University of Florida, my daughter begged me to custom make two sets of pima cotton sheets for the odd sized mattress.Â She was like the Princess and the Pea.Â “Mama, I won’t be able to sleep on anything else!”
So what does this have to do with Disney’s Jungle Book themed cot sheet shown above? Continue reading
Posted in accessories, machine embroidery, school accessories
Tagged Brother Dream Machine, Brother Stitching Sewcial, cot sheet, Disney Jungle Book, fundraiser, Jungle Book, machine embroidery, preschool sheet, scrap project
It has been a wild ride in the time I’ve been out of the loop. After 5 days of Hurricane Matthew preparation, hunkering down with no internet, tv, cell or landline service and then clean up, we headed to Mayo Clinic.Â My husband underwent a minor cardiac procedure, as if ANY cardiac procedure can be minor.Â He’s just fine, we’re back home and now I’m back to blogging and sewing.
First, I want to share this cute, quick and easy Halloween faux-pieced wallhanging that I really enjoyed making just before Matthew made his unwelcome visit.Â A complete photo tutorial is posted here at Brother’s new blog, Stitching Sewcial.Â The designs are from the new Disney Halloween Collection at ibroidery.com
There is still time to whip up this kid-pleaser for the increasingly popular Halloween season. Unlike corn stalks or hay bales, this decoration can be packed away for next year and more years to come.
Children love this, especially when they see Goofy’s skeleton glow in the dark.
Goofy by day
Goofy by night
I especially like the yo-yo pumpkins that dangle from each side. Continue reading
Posted in Disney, Disney projects, Holiday Projects, machine embroidery, quilts, techniques, Tutorials
Tagged Brother Dream Machine, Disney Halloween, faux quilt, Halloween, hurricane Matthew damage, machine embroidery, quilting technique