Ready, Set, Sew at College of Idaho’s Summer Program

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Very peaceful at C of I’s campus today

It’s hard to believe that the 2014/2015 school year is finished.  As I strolled around the College of Idaho campus this afternoon, it was so calm and quiet now that the students have finished the school year.  The grounds are beautiful and it was a gorgeous day.

KAIC Building

KAIC Building

 

There is something exhilarating about being on campus.  As I neared the Kathryn Albertson International Center (KAIC) Building, I had a sense of excitement because today I was there to set up my classroom for this year’s quilting classes for C of I’s first Summer Program.

 

 

The light at the top of the stairs is coming from our classroom!

The light at the top of the stairs is coming from our classroom!

 

As I entered the building and began to ascend the stairs, I felt welcomed by the light that was streaming from the Shannon Lounge, which is also our classroom.

 

 

Our beautiful classroom, the Shannon Lounge

Our beautiful classroom, the Shannon Lounge

 

 

After meeting with Nicole Brown, the Summer Program Coordinator, and finalizing the room layout, I brought in classroom supplies.  Now everything is good to go when classes begin next Monday.

 

Nicole Brown and myself

Nicole Brown and myself

 

We also checked outlets to insure we had enough power strips and extension cords to provide power to the students’ machines.  It is so nice to have lots of windows that provide great light and a nice view.  Another feature is that each student will have her own design wall to work with when she is laying out her fabrics.  It really is a GREAT classroom environment!

 

Setting up the ironing boards and trying on my Summer Program t-shirt

Setting up the ironing boards and trying on my Summer Program t-shirt

 

 

 

Last, but not least, Nicole and I took a quick walk across campus to pick up the t-shirts for all the students and instructors.  Each student will receive a complementary purple Summer Program t-shirt on their first day of class.  Nicole asked me to model one so she could see how I liked it.  It’s a welcome addition to my summer wardrobe.

If you are interested in signing up for the quilting classes, there is still room available in the Beginner Strip Quilting Class  (3 sessions – from 6-9 p.m. on June 8, 22, and July 6th) and the Intermediate Spinning Windmill Paper Piecing Class (2 sessions on July 20 and August 3).   All these classes are held on Monday evenings from 6-9 p.m. in the Shannon Lounge at the College of Idaho campus.   You can register online by clicking on this link.  

More information is available in a previous blog on this summer’s classes.

Please note that there have been a couple date changes from the original class dates.

Campus Map - the

Campus Map – the

Parking is ample and free in the Special Events Parking lot (#26 on the map – on the south side of the campus).  From there, it is a quick walk to the KAIC Building (Building #6 on the map).  We will send campus maps to all registered students along with class supply lists and updates.  Cindy’s Quilt Shop in Caldwell has graciously offered to give our students a 10% discount on all supplies and fabric.  You simply need to show a copy of your registration paperwork.  Cindy has a lovely store and great fabric selection not far from the campus.

The arched covered walkway enroute to the NAIC Building

The arched covered walkway enroute to the NAIC Building

There is still time to enroll as registration is open until the first class session for each class.

I am so VERY excited about this fun opportunity and know it is going to be a very exciting summer.

Hope you are enjoying your summer too!

Happy Stitching!

Jane

 

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Ready for the Tooth Fairy’s Next Visit…

 

Tooth Fairy for Belen

Belen was delighted with her Tooth Fairy Pillow

This morning I received a text from Alecia that she thought Belen would need a tooth fairy pillow tonight.  Last week, B lost her first tooth and, apparently, today she has another one that is very loose.

Aqua Film is a stabilizer that literally washes away when sprayed or dipped in water

Aqua Film is a stabilizer that literally washes away when sprayed or dipped in water

I enjoy making Tooth Fairy pillows and told Alecia that I could sew up something for her.  After looking through some fabrics in my stash, I decided to use some polar fleece remnants.  Since polar fleece has a deep nap, I used a stabilizer product called Aqua Film and pinned it over the hooped polar fleece before I began to embroider.  This helps to keep the embroidery from sinking into the pile of the polar fleece and it is easy to remove by either spritzing or rinsing in water.

 

It's fun to see the stick designs stitch out - I use thread instead of color crayons...

It’s fun to see the stick designs stitch out – I use thread instead of color crayons…

Now it was time to create a design in my embroidery software.  It is almost like coloring, except I use thread instead of crayons.  It’s a lot of fun to determine what colors to use, the order of stitching for the various components of the design and then pushing the button and presto, it’s like magic to see your design come to life. For this pillow, I used several embroidery designs that I’ve had for several years from “Designs from Dawn” They are not only cute designs, but also stitch out very nice.  I also digitized a small pocket for the tooth/money exchange.

I stitched a strip of polar fleece over the seam allowance for the back of the pillow.

I stitched a strip of polar fleece over the seam allowance for the back of the pillow.

Since I was using remnants, I had to piece 2 pieces of polar fleece to create a large enough piece for the back.  This left an unsightly seam allowance, so I cut and stitched a strip of polar fleece over the seam allowance on the back side of the pillow.   This worked well to conceal the seam allowance and provide a clean finish.

 

The pillow is complete!

The pillow is complete!

 

Once I trimmed the embroidered top with a scalloped scissor, I centered it on the right side of the pieced polar fleece back.  Next, I stitched about 3/8″ on the inside edges of the embroidered front.  I left about 4″ unstitched at the bottom of the pillow (right below Belen’s name) and filled the pillow with stuffing.  Finally, I carefully pinned and stitched the open seam closed and the pillow was complete!

 

The finished pillow!

The finished pillow!

When Belen and Eloise finished gymnastics tonight, Alecia dropped by so I could give Belen her Tooth Fairy Pillow.  She was delighted as you can see from the first picture in this post, and that was the best reward of all!

If you would like more details on how I made this pillow, please let me know in the comments section and I will provide additional information.

Happy Stitching!

Jane

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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New C. of I. Name Badge Starts A New Chapter

It’s funny where life’s journey takes us…  As you know, I love to sew. It just seems second nature to me. I was introduced to a needle and thread at a very early age and I find it extremely comforting and satisfying to create something of my very own.  I wanted to pursue a home economics teaching career, but the major was dropped and no longer available.  I switched my focus to business instead, which led to a 30+ year career with Hewlett-Packard Company.  During those years, I married and together Marv and I raised two wonderful (and extremely busy) daughters.  Those were not only the busiest, but also some of the happiest years of my life.

Myself, Anna, Alecia and Marv @ Anna's Graduation

Myself, Anna, Alecia and Marv @ Anna’s Graduation

I still continued to sew and take classes and upon retirement from HP began to teach sewing, quilting, and machine classes, but I must admit, every now and then, I wondered “what if” I had followed my initial plans, where would it have taken me?

My C of I name badge

My C of I name badge

In some ways, I feel as though I’ll get a glimpse of an answer to that question, when I teach classes for College of Idaho’s Summer Program this year.  I was pleased to get my staff name badge last week and am really looking forward to teaching at this beautiful campus.  I love sharing the passion I have for sewing and quilting.

Kathryn Albertson International Center

Kathryn Albertson International Center

It will be exciting to teach three fun classes with students at the Kathryn Albertson International Center.  There is just something about being on campus that is invigorating!

Our inviting classroom is the perfect environment for students to come together to sew and create their own masterpiece!

I hope you’ll be able to join us as we get to get to experience this unique opportunity.  Of course, we’ll all have to wear our purple C. of I. Summer Program t-shirts (that are complementary with the class) for the final class photo. I’m looking forward to sharing a fun, rewarding summer!

Our class will be located in the lovely Shannon Lounge

Our class will be located in the lovely Shannon Lounge

What are your summer sewing plans?  If you are interested in joining us, please check out the details in a previous blog.  I’d be delighted to see you!

(Please note, the Log Cabin Wonder Class that was originally scheduled for June will now take place in July.  Click on the “previous blog” link above for more details.)

Happy Sewing,

Jane

 

 

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A Bouquet of Felt Daisies

Bouquet of Happy Faced Daisies

Bouquet of Happy Faced Daisies

It’s always nice to be able to personalize a gift.  Our granddaughter is a Girl Scout and last weekend they had a Mother/Daughter tea.  My daughter, Alecia, asked if I had any ideas for a small gift to exchange with 25 other girl scouts.  I suggested sewing some pencil toppers and since our granddaughter is in the “Daisy” group, came up with the idea to make a bouquet of felt daisies that she could exchange.

One of my favorite embroidery design companies for children is GG Designs.  They make a lot of cute designs, including various pencil topper designs.  I went through my design files and came across one that I had purchased a few years ago (I think it was from GG Designs, although it is not in their design collection currently).

Working with Designer Plus 7 software, I arranged 14 daisies in a jumbo hoop lay out

Working with Designer Plus 7 software, I arranged 14 daisies in a jumbo hoop lay out

I brought the daisy design into my Designer Plus software and modified it a bit in order to fit 14 daisies in a jumbo hoop layout as shown.

Next, I chose thread colors for the various components of the daisy and hooped my first layer of white felt.

 

 

Stitching out the daisy pencil toppers

Stitching out the daisy pencil toppers

 

Then it was time for my Bernina 830 to do its magic.  I still get a kick out of watching it stitch out the various thread colors.  It’s fun to see the final designs come to life.

 

 

 

Embroidered Daisies

Embroidered Daisies

Once the first set of pencil toppers were stitched out, I reloaded my jumbo hoop so I could begin the second set of toppers.

While the machine was stitching the second group of daisies, I was busy trimming the first set of toppers and slipping the daisies on top of a variety of multi-colored pencils.

When the second set of toppers was complete, I repeated the trimming process and added the completed pencils with daisy toppers to a small glass vase.

 

A trio of completed toppers

A trio of completed toppers

Bouquet of Happy Faced Daisies

Bouquet of Happy Faced Daisies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Belen was very pleased with her exchange gifts and after the tea, was anxious to tell me that they were a hit at her Mother/Daughter tea.

Pencil toppers are a fast and easy gift idea if you have an embroidery machine.  There are so many cute designs available and its fun to use your software to personalize them.

Happy Stitching!

Jane

 

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College of Idaho Summer Program Quilting Classes

This year College of Idaho is offering their first Summer Program.  Included in their class offerings are three quilting classes that I’m exited to share,  I will be teaching.

The quilting classes will be held in the Shannon lounge in the International Studies Building.  It is a former library and a lovely room, with large dome windows providing lots of light.

Our class will be located in the lovely Shannon Lounge

Our class will be located in the lovely Shannon Lounge

Classes will be held in June and July and course descriptions are below.  I would love to have you join us, as I think these workshops are going to be educational and a lot of fun.   To register for a class, simply go to the College of Idaho Summer Program Registration site.  Supply lists and additional quilting class information will be emailed to students upon completed registration.

An added bonus is all registered students will also receive a purple t-shirt with the College of Idaho Summer Program sunshine logo.

Here’s a brief summary of the classes I will be teaching:

Log Cabin Wonder Class

Scrappy log cabin block

Scrappy log cabin block

Using only 3 colors of banks

Using only 3 colors of banks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The log cabin quilt is steeped in tradition, but has unlimited possibilities.  We will be  using the traditional log cabin block as the foundation for this quilt.  With a twist and turn of your finished blocks, you can transform your finished quilt top.

Light and Shadow log cabin block in batiks

Light and Shadow log cabin block in batiks

Couple that with a myriad of color variations to create a true work of art – only limited by your imagination.   Students will have the option to use Electric Quilt software for design and layout of their quilt.  Upon conclusion of the class, students’ completed quilt tops will be displayed for a private showing for friends and families.

Skill level:  This workshop is designed for experienced quilters who have a fundamental understanding of color and quilting techniques.  Supply list and additional class information will be emailed upon registration.

4 Sessions – 2 hours each                               Cost:  $100

  Note:  This class is no longer available as of 6/1/15.

Dates:  Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m. on July 8, July 15, July 22 and July 29th  (Note – these classes were originally scheduled for June, 2015, and will now be in July.)   

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Beginner Strip Quilt Class

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This is a fun, interactive class for beginning quilters who want to learn or expand their quilt making skills.  Student will learn how to make a strip quilt in either twin (59″ x 77″) or baby quilt (39″ x 49″) size.  I will share fundamentals for rotary cutting, piecing, and general quilt construction, along with suggestions for the final steps to quilt and bind their masterpiece.  I’ll also provide instructions and demo how to make a matching pillow case.

Skill Level:  Student knows how to operate their sewing machine.  Supply list and additional class information will be emailed upon registration.

3 Sessions – 3 hours each                                Cost:  $60

Dates:  Mondays from 6-9 p.m. on June 8, June 22 and July 6th

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Spinning Windmill Paper Piecing Class

Spinning Pinwheel with Pink Border - Compressed

Spinning Pinwheel with Pink Border - Compressed

This class is designed for students with previous sewing experience who want to learn paper piecing.  Students will learn how to paper piece, along with color fundamentals and quilting ideas and choose whether to make a lap quilt or table runner with their finished blocks.

Students can use a coordinated collection of fabric or their own stash fabrics.  It’s exciting to see this project come together in so many unique looks from the same basic pattern.  Quilt pattern also includes instructions for a whimsical table runner.

Skill Level:  Student knows how to operate a sewing machine and has worked with rotary cutting set.  Supply list and additional class information will be emailed upon registration.

2 Sessions – 3 hours each                                     Cost:  $60

Dates:  Mondays, 6-9 p.m. on July 20 and August 3rd

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Since this is the first year for the Summer Program at College of Idaho, they are using one instructor for all the quilting classes.  Our hope is that this is just the beginning and we will be able to expand upon course offerings in the future.

If you have any questions or would like additional details, please feel free to contact me by leaving a comment below.

I’m so excited about this teaching opportunity at the College of Idaho.  The facility is amazing and I am looking forward to three very fun, interactive classes and seeing both new and familiar faces.

I hope you can join us – it’s going to be a very fun time!

Happy Sewing!

Kind regards,

Jane
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It Takes A Kindergarten Class to Build A Teepee

I feel very fortunate to have our grandchildren living here in Boise.  It enables us to see them often and to be a part of their lives.  Now that Belen is in kindergarten, we also get the opportunity to volunteer in her classroom and on field trips.

Belen's K Class

Belen’s K Class

Every year Belen’s school has an annual Spring Fling fundraiser to help fund the school’s art program, along with purchase computers and misc. equipment for the school.  Each grade school class works on a project that is auctioned at the Spring Fling event.  This year I was asked by our daughter, Alecia, who is a room mother, if I could help on Belen’s class project.  I agreed and met with two of the other room mother’s, Kate and Amber, to brainstorm ideas for the project.

The book used to create the teepee pattern from

The book used to create the teepee pattern from

We thought it would be fun to make a teepee and have the children build stars to decorate the teepee.  We  decided to use a pattern that I found in the book, Growing Up Sew Liberated.

Drafting the teepee pattern

Drafting the teepee pattern

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first step was to actually draw up the pattern which I drafted on newsprint paper.  Next, Kate and I met at Home Fabrics and purchased the fabric and trim for the teepee.

Cutting the trim fabric

Cutting the trim fabric

Trim for the front door panels

Trim for the front door panels

While I was cutting out the pieces for the teepee and trim, Kate and Amber led an art class with the kids and helped them cut out their star points and centers.  These were then appliquéd to three sides of the teepee by Amber’s aunt, Trische Robertson.  In the meantime, I cut the trim pieces for the door panels and prepared the front of the teepee.  Everything was really coming together like clockwork!

We decided it would be fun to have the children write their names on the teepee, so I cut strips of fabric for them to write on.  We accomplished this in another art period with the class.

Aligning the name strips

Aligning the name strips

The children were so anxious to add their names to the teepee.  Since the fabric was a little difficult to write on, the adults helped hold the fabric still while each student wrote his/her name.  They were pretty excited to see the teepee coming together as you can see in the following photos.

The children practicing their names

The children practicing their names

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keakua' writing his name

Keakua’ writing his name

Amber helping James

Amber helping AJ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kate and her son, AJ

Kate and her son, James

Amber and her daughter, AJ

Amber and her daughter, AJ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I'm helping Belen

I’m helping Belen

Proud to contribute!

Proud to contribute!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The class was happy to pose for the group photo shown at the start of this blog post.

 

Helping in Belen's classroom

Helping in Belen’s classroom

Once we had the signatures, I gathered up all the pieces and returned to my sewing studio.

Next step was to add the class information to an extra star and then appliqué it to the front of the teepee.  I used my embroidery machine to personalize the front star.  (Note:  the blur in the photo of the machine is intentional to maintain anonymity.)

Adding name strips to the base of teepee

Adding name strips to the base of teepee

Adding class info. to star (blurred for anonymity)

Adding class info. to star (blurred for anonymity)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then I sewed the name strips to the base of three sides of the teepee.  Now it was time to sew the sides together.  I was so excited to see the teepee gradually come together!

Sewing sides together

Sewing sides together

Rounding the corners

Rounding the corners

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After I rounded each corner of the teepee’s side seams, I pressed and sewed a hem around the base of the teepee.  Next, I added trim to the top edge of the teepee to finish this upper edge.  Finally, I pressed the trim and pinned it over each side seam to create a sleeve for the poles of the teepee.

Hemming the base

Hemming the base

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Sewing on pole sleeves

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The book suggested bamboo for the poles, but I’ve found PVC pipe a good, durable  alternative.  Kate delivered four 5′ lengths of 3/4″ PVC pipe and Marv drilled holes in the top of the PVC pipe.  Once we put the pipes in the sleeves of the teepee, we tied the poles together by lacing a cording through the drilled holes in each pole.  To finish the bottom of the poles as well as to keep the tent from easily sliding off the poles, I purchased 4 PVC caps for the bottom of each pole.   It also provided a clean finish for the opening at the bottom of each pole.

I was so excited to have finished the teepee and I took it over to show Alecia and the girls.

Belen and Eloise inside the teepee

Belen and Eloise inside the teepee

Belen pointing out her name on the teepee

Belen pointing out her name on the teepee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I think they were as excited as I was and Belen was quick to point out to Eloise some of the features of the teepee, including her signature at the base of the tent.  They had a great time “test driving” the finished teepee and it really did look cute with all the stars and trim.

 

Eloise checking it out

Eloise checking it out

A side with stars

A side with stars

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Belen checking out the other side...

Belen checking out the other side…

 Auction

Now it was time to deliver the finished project to the school.  The next time we would see it would be the night of the Spring Fling Fundraiser at the Stueckle Sky Center, which was held on Friday night, 5/13.   It was a fun evening to share with my daughter, Alecia.

The teepee and matching pillow on center stage

The teepee and matching pillow on center stage

Fun evening with Alecia

Fun evening with Alecia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We were pleased to see the teepee on the left side of the center stage for the main auction items.  There were also a variety of silent auction items that we bid on and it was fun to see whether we had the winning bid.   I was able to procure some tickets for next summer’s Shakespeare festival and Alecia purchased a nice painting (shown below).

A striking quilt from 3rd graders

A striking quilt from 3rd graders

A silent auction item that Alecia purchased - love it!

A silent auction item that Alecia purchased – love it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After the closing of the silent auction, dinner was served and then the main auction began.  In no time at all, we saw the teepee on the overhead monitors, indicating it was the current item up for bid.

Bidding taking place on the teepee

Bidding taking place on the teepee

Teepee on overhead monitor (name whited out for anonymity)

Teepee on overhead monitor (name whited out for anonymity)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I had a price point set for the teepee and it exceeded my price point after the second bid and then continued to climb until the final bid of $850.  It was fun to see the various parents bidding back and forth for the teepee and we were pleased with the final bid.

The teepee and matching pillow on center stage

The teepee and matching pillow on center stage

 

I would like to thank all those people who made this project a success.  Thanks first to the children for their amazing artwork, second, to the room mothers, Kate and Amber, and Trische Robertson for all their work and contributions towards the teepee, and last, but not least, a special thanks to a special Kindergarten teacher.  You are all the VERY best!

Happy Sewing!

Jane

 

 

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The Princess and the Pea for Eloise

 

Eloise's Princess and the Pea Quilt

Eloise’s Princess and the Pea Quilt

I’m very pleased to share that last night I gave Eloise her quilt and she was delighted and could not wait to put it on her bed.  The first thing she wanted to do, of course, was to find the pea!

Eloise with her Princess and the Pea quilt

Eloise with her Princess and the Pea quilt

Eloise pointing out the pea

Eloise pointing out the pea

For the last several weeks, whenever we were together, she would ask about the status of her quilt.

I was committed to finishing this quilt as it was made especially for her and had some unique features.  First of all, her mommy, Alecia, had asked me to make the quilt using fabric with the 1930’s vintage look.  I also had to incorporate Eloise’s favorite color, purple and began collecting fabrics and rummaged through my stash to come up with a good collection for her quilt.  I also used rickrack for the vine that twists around the border of the quilt.  I love the bit of whimsy that this added to the quilt.  I found a darling background print with little purple flowers that served as the perfect backdrop for the princess’ bed.  It was so much fun to see this quilt come together and watch as the anticipation built from Eloise.

She was particularly tickled when I added the crown with her name on it and she loved to search for the little pea under the bottom mattress when the quilt was on my design wall.

The crown for Miss Eloise

The crown for Miss Eloise

The pea peeking out under the bottom mattress

The pea peeking out under the bottom mattress

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once the top was finished, I had it quilted by Yvette Ebaugh, who did an incredible job on my original Princess and the Pea quilt.  Once again, she did a beautiful job as you can see in the following pictures…

The beautiful quilting truly highlighted the quilt

The beautiful quilting truly highlighted the quilt

Love how the woodgrain was quilted on the bedposts

Love how the woodgrain was quilted on the bedposts

 

 

 

 

 

 

Each mattress was quilted different

Each mattress was quilted different

 

 

 

I love how the quilting highlighted the pea

I love how the quilting highlighted the pea

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, I made the label for Eloise’s quilt.  I always consider this the finishing touch for a quilt because it tells a bit of a story of the quilt, as in who it was made for and when, etc.

Sweet Eloise's quilt label

Sweet Eloise’s quilt label

I’m so pleased to have this quilt finished and tickled that Eloise loves it.  That’s what really makes it all worthwhile.

What quilt projects have you been working on?  I would love to hear about them.

Happy Sewing!

Jane

Note:  If you would like to make your own Princess and the Pea quilt, it is available as a pattern that can be purchased locally at the Quilt Crossing or online at Craftsy.

 

 

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Welcome Wyatt

Our niece, Mandy, is expecting and recently found out that she is having a baby boy.  As you can imagine, everyone is anxious to welcome a new bouncing baby boy to the family.

Last Sunday, her mother, Romy, gave her a baby shower and it was fun to make a few baby boy items, as I usually am sewing for our two granddaughters.  I found out the baby’s name is going to be Wyatt and the nursery has a “Whale” theme.  I was in a time crunch to make a baby quilt, so thought instead I would purchase a cozy blanket and add a whale appliqué with my embroidery machine.  Below is the baby blanket I prepared for our new nephew.

The Appliquéd Whale Baby Blanket I Prepared for Wyatt

The appliquéd whale baby blanket I prepared for Wyatt

To make this blanket, I was so fortunate to first find an adorable chevron patterned plush baby blanket in the exact colors I wanted to use.  In addition to that, there was a really cute whale bib that I determined, with a few minor adjustments, would make an adorable appliqué for the blanket.  After purchasing the bib, I carefully cut away the long blue straps and pinned the body of the whale to the blanket.

Baby blanket I purchased

Baby blanket I purchased

Adorable Whale Bib

Adorable Whale Bib

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then I sewed an edge stitch around the appliqué to attach the whale to the blanket and was pleased with the end result.

Sewing the whale to the blanket

Sewing the whale to the blanket

Next, I focused on a few more items for Wyatt.  While shopping, I found a set of cute onesies that had a nautical theme and one of them even had a print with tiny whales.

Set of nautical onesies for Wyatt

Set of nautical onesies for Wyatt

Custom onesie for Wyatt

Custom onesie for Wyatt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s always fun to personalize a few items for a baby shower, so I embroidered another Onesie with Wyatt’s name.

Customizing Oshkosh T-Shirt

Customizing Oshkosh T-Shirt

Something for Daddy too

Something for Daddy too

 

 

 

 

 

 

Since there are usually a lot of baby items that include a comment about Mommy, I thought it would be fun to personalize a little shirt that Daddy would like too.  I added “Daddy’s Helper, Wyatt” to a cute little Oshkosh T-Shirt that I had purchased – it was fun to choose the designs to complement this cute little shirt.

Adorable Whale Cake

Adorable Whale Cake

The shower was a lot of fun and Romy did a great job with the “whale” theme, including an adorable whale cake.

Mandy holding her new whale blanket

Mandy holding her new whale blanket

Best of all, Mandy received so many wonderful gifts and seemed to really enjoy herself.  I was tickled that she also enjoyed the items I had made for her and Wyatt.

Have you made any shower gifts lately?  If so, I would love to see them.  It seems with Spring around the corner, there will be more shower invitations for bridal or baby.  Such a fun time of year.

Happy sewing!

Jane

 

 

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Belen’s First Quilt

Last Friday, I had the pleasure of watching our grandchildren, Belén and Eloise after school.  We spent some time outside playing on the swings we have for the girls and when the temperature dropped, it was time to move inside.

Both girls have project totes at Nana’s house and in no time they busied themselves drawing pictures and coloring.  Belén was very focused and was coloring, then cutting paper, and asked if she could use some scotch tape.  She continued to work on her project for quite awhile and then proudly announced, ” Nana, I made you a quilt”!  And, as you can see, she sure did!

Belén's First Quilt - Made from Paper

Belén’s First Quilt – Made from Paper

She was so very proud and I was touched by her beautiful quilt.  I think next time she can make one with fabric.  It will be exciting to see what she comes up with!

I hope you are having a wonderful day!

Jane

 

 

 

 

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Cuddly Corduroy Dresses

Since Thanksgiving was so late this year, the month of December seemed very short and Christmas Eve arrived in no time at all.   I usually make our granddaughters some of their gifts and this year I decided to make dresses that they could wear during the school year, instead of just for the holidays.

My two sweet models, Eloise and Belen

My two sweet models, Eloise and Belen

After discovering some incredibly soft small wale corduroy fabric, I went in search of patterns that would be suitable for corduroy.

Dress Pattern for Belen

Dress Pattern for Belen

I found an adorable Laura Ashley pattern from McCall’s for Belen and for Eloise, I found a Cynthia Rowley design.  The pattern originally had short sleeves; however, I modified it and made long sleeves instead.  It will make the dress a lot warmer for Eloise to wear.   I used the sleeve pattern from another Simplicity pattern and eased it to fit the ruffled dress pattern.

This was originally for a summer dress, but I added long sleeves for warmth

a This was originally for a summer dress, but I added long sleeves for warmth

I decided to make the ruffles for Eloise’s dress out of coordinating corduroy fabric.  I thought this would be a fun way add some interest to her dress.

Coordinating fabric for dress ruffles

Coordinating fabric for dress ruffles

Her pattern had 4 sets of ruffles that encircled the skirt and bodice of her dress so to save time and labor, I used my handy dandy ruffler attachment foot #86 for my Bernina machine.  It made it so much easier to create the ruffles.

The ruffler attachment #86 from Bernina

The ruffler attachment #86 from Bernina

Here’s a picture of foot #86 in action, ruffling the chevron fabric.  It’s fun to watch it work its magic!

Creating ruffles with the ruffler foot

Creating ruffles with the ruffler foot

Once the ruffles were in attached to the dress, I added the sleeves and Eloise’s dress was complete!

Next, I turned my attention to Belen’s dress and followed the pattern instructions to join the body of the dress to the yoke.  I liked how it was coming together, but felt it needed a little punch!

B's original dress

B’s original dress

I trimmed away some of the bottom edge fabric around the skirt of the dress and sewed on a pink corduroy border at the hemline, which is one option on the pattern.

Dress with pink trim along hemline

Dress with pink trim along hemline

I thought it would also be fun to add an embroidery design to the pink yoke of the dress, so after scouring my embroidery folders for just the right design, I stitched a design to the front of the yoke of the dress as shown below.  I like how it added a bit of interest to the dress yoke.

Close-up of the embroidery design on B's dress.

Close-up of the embroidery design on B’s dress.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now both dresses were complete!  Best of all, the girls were thrilled with their dresses and pleased to model them for me.  Of course, they will wear them with cute little tights, and won’t be barefoot as they are in the following pics.  They were having a good time posing for these pics as you can see.

The back of the dresses

The back of the dresses

The girls in their dresses

The girls in their dresses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Silly girls...

Silly girls…

Eloise in her ruffled dress

Eloise in her ruffled dress

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In addition to the dresses, I also made some covers for tablets and will share those in a future blog along with a new scalloped placemat pattern.

I hope you had a wonderful holiday as well!

Happy Sewing!

Jane

 

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