Saturday, May 14, 2011

Granddaughter Had A Bad Bicycle Accident

My granddaughter is O.K.  She ended up having one broken bone and two fractures.  We took her down to the Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.  They set us up with a Children's specialist and she did not have to have surgery.  She will be in a cast for some time, but we are very thankful for the results.  Thank you to everyone who responded with well wishes and prayers.  We feel they have been answered and very much appreciated!  Now I am ready to get back to sewing!!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Granddaughter Had A Bad Bicycle Accident

My 10 year old granddaughter, Allura, and her mother, April, were visiting with friends and my granddaughter had a bad accident on a bicycle.  She has fractured her hand in several places.  My daughter took her to the emergency room last evening and they said there is no one in our town to fix these fractures.  We need a chidrens specialist.  It is her right hand, she is in good spirits, but I am sure she does not realize yet how this will effect her,  especially at the beginning of summer.  I will probably be busy for the next few days trying to help out with babysitting and we will have to find a specialist either in Cleveland, OH or Columbus, OH.  If anyone knows of one, please let me know!  I would really appreciate it!  It is hard to turn a loved one over to someone you do not know and know nothing about.  We always want the best for our children.  I will keep you posted on how things are going.  All prayers would also be appreciated!!  Thank you everyone!


Friday, May 6, 2011

Serger Pillow Easy and Quick Sewing Directions

Serger Pillow Easy and Quick Sewing Directions Part 1 and Part 2


For Video Instructions visit:   Part 1

For Video Instructions visit:   Part 2

18" Pillow

1 - 18" Square for Pillow Front
1 - 18" X 10" and 1 - 18" X 15" panels for Pillow Back
4 yds X 5"  Panel for Ruffle
2  1/4 yds Cording
2  1/4 yds X 2" for Cording Material

12" Pillow

1 - 12" Square for Pillow front
1 - 12" X 9" and 1 - 12" X 7" panels for Pillow Back
2 yds and 24" Panel for Ruffle
1 1/2 yds for Cording
1 1/2 yds  X 2"for Cording Material

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Passed Down Sewing Basket Is Like A Treasure Chest!

A friend of my husband's grandmother passed away.  He knew that I sewed, so he asked if I would like to have her sewing basket.  Would I??  YES! YES! YES!  Little did he know what a treasure chest this is to someone who sews.  I found very old scissors, seam rippers, thread, buttons, patches with a tube of glue and my favorite find was this "Crazy Daisy Winder".  I looked it over and had no idea what it was for.  Off to the internet I went and what did I find, but a very old book on Ebay for the Crazy Daisy Winder.  It was copyrighted in 1948 and had a 35 cent price tag on the book.  I just had to have it!!!!  I could not wait for it to arrive and get started.  You wrap your crochet thread from one post to the other back and forth and then do a weaving stitch to hold it all together.  When you are finished, you turn the knob on top of the winder and it pulls in the posts sticking out that you wrap the thread around and it releases your daisy.  Soooo Cute!!  I have been playing and here are a few pictures.  I made one with crochet thread, another with plastic craft lace and one with velour yarn.  They are all so cute and I am thinking of many ways to use them.  I also included a picture from the book.  You can see that they made a purse which I really think I must have, and her beret and blouse which they called a "Vestee".  I can only crochet basic stitches, so I am going to have to brush up on some of these techniques.  The daisy is suppose to make crocheting a garment much faster because you just attach the daisys together with crochet stitches inbetween.  All I can say is "thank you Grandma Duncan for sharing your treasures"!!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Sewing Travel Case - Pretty and Functional!!!

I made a new sewing caddy.  It is unbelieveable how many sewing notions I could get into it.  This is a great little carry all to take with you when you travel or go to the doctors office or a ball game.  It is very compact and I love it!  Here are some pictures and I also put on the pattern in case anyone wants to get one.  I purchased mine at a quilting shop a couple of years ago, but I would think you could do a search and find one.  Isn't it cute!!!!!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

New Top Finished!

Well I finished up my new top yesterday.  It was hard to sew the ruffled material.  Trying to keep every ruffle in the right direction for every seam was a pain.  It did turn out pretty cute!    I have enough material left over to make another top.  I am thinking of running this one with the ruffle on a diagonal.  I just don't know if I want two tops out of the same material.  Let me know what you think!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Changing The Pattern For My New Top!

Well I am just starting on my new top and I decided to change the pattern.  The more I looked at that pattern, the more I didn't like it.  I don't think it will look good with the material that I bought. I picked out a new pattern.  I am going to make it sleeveless and trim the neck edge and sleeve edge with a black trim. My plan is to also add a ruffle to the neck edge.  It should end up just being a nice cool top for summer.  Here is a picture of the new pattern and also one of the muslin that I made up.  As you can see, it is two big in front and I darted that out.  The finished top will not have those darts, I will just cut that out of the pattern and round out the neckline with my french curve.