Monday, January 25, 2010

Dresden Dreaming...

I love, love, love dresden quilts! I have always yearned to make one, but was just to dang scared. It looks difficult and very time consuming, both categories I do not have much patience with. Sometime ago, I ordered an easy dresden tool and promptly forgot about it. It finally arrived in the mail today and I thought I would give it a try! Oh me, oh me, oh my! My poor scrap box is in trouble!

I present to you my very first Dresden plate. Let's call her....uhmmm, Spring Sunrise! Or, Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me, or (oh, this is so fitting) Rhapsody in Redneck! Ha!

Isn't it FABULOUS!!! (Don't let the untrimmed threads allow you to think otherwise, they will be gone in a snapola! err, or a snipola!) I am on a roll tonight, aren't I???

And, just in case you didn't "get" the fabulousness of this plate, one more looky!

See ya! I am off to "fix some more dresden plates"!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Saturday at my LQS and more dresses.

My Mother-in-law and staff at my LQS, Kelley's Pins and Needles. We had a fabulous time at the quilt shop where we found two future quilters sewing away on some gorgeous bags! After finishing our visit at Kelley's, we had lunch at Cracker Barrel. It was soooo good. I had hamburger steak and she got ( of all things) chicken livers and had enough left over to bring home a doggy plate. My son, Bailey was home working on the fence, so we ordered him a "to go" plate of hamburger steak, turnip greans and potato casserole. We put both his to go order and her left-overs in the same bag. When we got home with them, he grabbed the bag and tore into a plate of food. I noticed he had a yucky, funny look on his face and discovered that he had Mother-in-Laws chicken livers. When I told him what they were he turned white as a sheet and was unable to eat his order. Funny, funny, funny! I wouldn't touch a chicken liver with a ten foot pole and he insisted that they had no place " in his house"! Poor boy!

Future quilters:Below is my new little peasant top and pants, the pattern will be ready next week.

The next two pictures ( not so good pictures) are photos of another one of my new designs, The Elizabeth Play Suit.

Another photo of the peasant play suit. I will be teaching both of these outfits and the Sherri dress this Spring. The peasant outfit was designed to feature the use of the serger in making children's garments. It was a ton of fun to make.

This wonderful Carpenter Star, made by Laura Hensleigh, is creatively made using bright and cheerful Batiks set against Kona black. I love it!

Mom and I both were exhausted after our day and happy to get back home for a nap!

Oh, and here is my "hunka chunka" of burning love, my baby boy, Bailey.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

The Sherri Dress

I have been itching to do a little dress making. So, I designed a little pattern for a little girl, I am gonna call this pattern The Sherri Dress. It is a size 4 and is for sale in my Etsy shop, SewGlenda.
The fabric is a beautiful floral fabric with an aqua background and large flowers in gold, lavender, olive and chocolate. The lined bodice is trimmed in chocolate ric-rac and a gorgeous fabric flower in coordinating fabric. The inside waist seam is bound with tiny chocolate polka dot fabric reminiscient of dotted swiss and the hem is bound in same sweet dotted chocolate and finished by hand. The back of this dress has a loop button closure with a custom covered button and a lovely sash that ties in back. All seams are finished on the garment either by French Seams or binding. There are no raw seams on this garment.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year and First Finishes!

This post has been edited to answer inquiries from friends.

This baby quilt is for Baby Paislee. God bless this precious baby with health, love and long life. The tumblers were so much fun to make!
This is one of my "creations". I wanted to learn some new techniques, so this is my practice run! I think this is the best binding I have ever done! Helen, yes, it is machine appliqued (I promise I didn't have a clue what I was doing)! This pattern was loosely inspired by a pillow I saw on Cluck Cluck Sew's sight.
I quilted this on my Janome 6500. And yes, Reenie, the quilting was quite intensive. I learned sooo much doing this little wall hanging. My biggest problem when doing machine quilting is that I get in a hurry and don't rest when I get tired, resulting in sloppy work.
Thanks for looking!