Friday, July 7, 2017

I purchased fabric for these pillowcase dresses quite some time ago, anticipating Sonja and Julia getting old enough to wear dresses (walking not crawling), so they will get them when they come later this month. The larger blue one is for Iris who is 8. It has a “design element” at the top ribbon casing, since I had miscalculated and cut the main fabric too short. It’s probably just as well, because I barely had enough of the blue to make the ruffle for the smaller dress. Imagine my thrill at being able to find ribbon with ladybugs on it!


Sunday, July 2, 2017


Emelie and Matthias celebrate their third wedding anniversary this month. This is the anniversary card I just finished for them. The hydrangea is from Amanda Gregory. She offered it in two colorways (pink and mauve), but of course, I wanted green, because Emelie had a green hydrangea wedding bouquet. I think my change in colors was successful.


I just got Gloria’s quilt wrapped up this morning. I found this tutorial on line for the paper flower:





and I used my Clover pom pom maker for the flower center.



And here’s the cross stitch card, a design by Lois Winston.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

This quilt is a gift for a friend's mother who is turning 90 years old on July 5th. She doesn't seem to want any special celebration, but I just wanted to make her a quilt. I purchased the print fabrics from the flat fold table at Pacific Fabrics. I wasn't sure what I would be doing with them at the time, but I was glad I had them when the opportunity presented itself. I also had the background fabric in my stash. I don't remember where or why I purchased it. I did have to go back to the flat fold table for the backing and binding.

The pattern is Falling Charms from the Missouri Star Quilt Company. The blocks finish at 7", arranged 7x9, so the quilt size is approximately 42x63. I quilted it with a simple wavy-line machine stitch.

Friday, June 16, 2017

I made this mermaid doll and accessories for Iris last year. She's not much into dolls, so wanted to leave it here. I thought I'd keep it at the lake and maybe Sonja and Julia would like to play with it. So today I made this bag to keep it all in.



I followed this free Craftsy tutorial for the bag:



Tuesday, June 13, 2017

I recently made this "Susie Pouch" that finally turned out pretty cute after a rough beginning (mis-cutting directional fabric), middle (accidentally ironed over elastic ribbon that proceeded to melt), and end (had trouble sewing the final seams around the bag where it meets the zipper ... ripped it all out to do the zipper a different way). A learning experience!

(A video tutorial for this bag can be found here:

Saturday, June 10, 2017

For Karen

This cross stitch chart, Flip Flop Summer is by Barbara Ana and provided by Cyberstitchers.

I made a mug rug with it and tacked it to a card front for a friend's birthday. She can remove it from the card and use it as a mug rug.