Wednesday, December 16, 2020


 Well I can't believe my granddaughter is pregnant again and already 4 1/2 months pregnant.  She is due May 23 and baby Quan will be one on May 30.  This means next year that these two children will be the same age for a week or two and not be twins!  She is really going to have her hands full because baby Quan is a very loving baby and not happy if  mama isn't holding him!  Poor little fella is going to be in for a rude awakening when the new baby comes along!! LOL   She finds out this week what she is having already.  

I made Quan a baby snow suit.  My granddaughter and I could not find any really cute material for a boy online or at JoAnn fabrics.  Then I was in Wal-Mart and saw this really cute blanket and I thought I could make it out of this blanket.    It is a very dark navy blue and I would say it is a velour material with a Sherpa lining.  Well after I got it home I realized that there was a top velour and then a bottom Sherpa but they were not connected.  When I saw the grooves in the material I assumed the two materials were attached.  So I had to do some quilting first to attach the two materials together.  I just did the center of the three lines, but on the hat and gloves, I  sewed all three lines for more definition.  Now the pictures really don't do it justice.

This was definitely some difficult sewing because this was some very thick and luxurious material.  I could not make any mistakes because I sewed with a 5.0 stitch which was the largest stitch on my machine and I still would have never been able to pick anything out if I sewed a seam incorrectly. 

I sewed the snow suit and she wanted a tassel on top of the hat but when I tried to make one out of the material, it just ripped apart.  I found some yarn that matched and made a pom pom out of that.  She hasn’t seen the suit yet, so if she doesn’t like this, I can just quickly remove it.  The first problem I had was the Sherpa just scattered everywhere when I cut it.  So I cut each pattern piece out as I needed it and took it right to the serger and serged the edges around the entire piece before I sewed it to the suit.  I could not mark any of the special markings added to the pattern because nothing would show up on the material, I had to get out thread and a needle and sew in each notation so I could have my markings.  I had the most trouble with the zipper.   I had to purchase a 28” coat zipper and then you trim it to size.  After I had it sewn in place, it had some ruff edges and I did not want it to scratch or be uncomfortable for the baby. I then sewed some extra material over the edges so you could not feel the ruff edge.  It took a lot longer to make with all the extra steps but it it sure came out cute.  I even had enough material left over for a blanket that she can carry so she can cover his face when she  is

out in the cold.  She is going to love it!!  Let me know what you think, please!!

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Monday, November 16, 2020


 My hubby is retired but works part time at Home Depot a couple of days a week.  They gave him a  sweatshirt  with a Home Depot  logo on it  and he said "I would  never wear  this."  He hates pull over the head sweatshirts.  So he tossed  it at me and  said, here you  can have this.  So I said ok,  but I am not going to  wear it  with a Home  Depot  logo on it.   Hope I am  not offending anyone here.  Nothing wrong with Home Depot, just  something I would not wear.  Actually, Home Depot is very good to my husband!!  So anyway,  I thought maybe I could pick out the stitches of the logo, but they were very dense, so that would not work.  The design is not very big about a 1 inch square!

So I cut it carefully out of the front of the sweatshirt.

  Now, the front of the sweatshirt has a double pocket that you can put your hands in from both sides like most heavy sweatshirts.  I cut the exact square out of the inside of this sweatshirt pocket.  Then I took this little square of sweatshirt material and sewed it by hand into the hole that was left on the sweatshirt. On the back of that hole I ironed some iron on stabilizer. I then went to my scrap of fabrics and found a piece of gray fleece to closely match and cut out another square of the fleece and hand sewed that back into the inside pocket to close up the hole that I cut out of the pocket.

 Does this make sense?  It's like robbing Peter to pay Paul!

Picture of the inside of the pocket!

Now I have my holes filled and I need to try and find a design to cover up as much of the square as possible with a cute design where the original logo was and this I did!

Now I can wear my new sweatshirt for camping and no one will ever be able to tell.   Sometimes we just have to think outside of the box!!

Thursday, October 29, 2020


 I have been working on a new top, but it has dragged out for the whole month.  We have been busy with our last camping trip of the season.  Also we had our 30th anniversary!  I can't believe it has been that long.
I purchased these wonder clips by Clover that are so popular now.  I could not believe the price of these.  Everything for sewing is just so expensive any more.  They are nothing but mini clothes pins and they were $35.00 for 100.  I did some research and they had much cheaper ones online for like $9.00, but everyone said they break pretty easy.  So I did break down and purchased the ones for $35.00.  I am hoping they last forever.  I used them on my new top and I did really like them.  They have 1/4 and 1/2 inch markings on the clips so when you use them you can get your hems even.  I am sure I will get much use out of them with sewing and quilting.

The top actually looks better on me than the model, which usually is not the case.  I really like the sleeves because they are three-quarter length sleeves.  The sleeves are a little puffy and the cuff fits tight right past the elbow.  It was a little big in the hips and flared out at the side seams and I did not care for that.  This material is pretty heavy and warm so it made the sides flare out and look huge.  Now if it had been a thinner more drappy material it probably would have been all right.  I did go ahead and remove the angle on the side seams and just brought the side seam down straight and I just cut the angle off.  This made a hugh difference between looking as big as a barn and looking slim in it.  I wasn't sure I was going to like it but I do.  Now, on the front seam, I did that with my serger.  I picked a color of thread that I wanted and serged down the seam.  I should have turned off the knife but I was not sure at the time what I was going to do.  Next, I did put the knife down and serged over the seam two more times and it gave it sort of a decorative edge.  I wasn't sure if I liked that either, but once made, I do.  I think it would be really cute with some leggings but I don't wear those because my legs are too skinny.  I will just wear  it with jeans. It was a very easy pattern and I bought it off of Etsy.  I think it might have been discontinued.   It is a Nancy Zeiman pattern.  It went together very easily.  The material was something that I had lying around.  I bought it at JoAnn fabrics last year along with some scuba fabric.

  The scuba fabrics seem to be out of style already. I don’t see much of it this year.  It is really cute so maybe I will make a bag or something out of that.  We’ll let me know what you think; I will be waiting for your comments.

Monday, September 28, 2020


 I have had this hat for a couple of years now and only wore it once.  It just looks quite ridiculous on me for some reason.  I think the brim is too big.  I have it in our camper and just thought I should start wearing hats because, on this arthritis medication, I am not supposed to be in the sun.  That is kind of hard to do when you are camping!  We do a lot of hiking and going to the beaches, so I am in the sun everyday we are there.

I thought I would try to cut down the brim of the hat and make it smaller.  After looking closely, I do think I can cut it down without it falling apart and then just sewing another seam.  It is just turned under on the edge and sewn.

I cut off about an inch around the hat and now I will turn under about 1/2 inch to the inside of the hat and sew another edge.

Each row of the sewing stitches on the actual hat had a little lip on it, you can see it sticking out on the very edge.  This made for easy sewing and having a perfectly round seam.  I could not pin it as I sewed, I just had to flip the seam to the inside and hold it about an inch in front of my sewing foot and then sew.  The straw fiber was kind of stiff so I had to flip and sew and flip and sew slowly as I went around the hat.

It really didn't take long at all and it was all finished and looked better on me. Now when I first trimmed the hat it had a piece of thin hard plastic sewn into the edge of the hat which I removed before I trimmed it.  I didn't think I would need this but actually, I did.  When I put the hat on after sewing, the brim kind of flipped up and all you could really see was the inside of the brim instead of the outside.  So after I sewed the first round of stitching on the hat I did another round and I zig-zagged the round piece of plastic back onto the edge of the hat.  I don't know if you can see this in the picture below where I have sewn the plastic round hoop back on.  You can see the plastic laying on the black chair in the picture above.  This curved the edge of the hat down and fixed the problem!

 Here is my finished hat now and I like it much better, but we went camping and I forgot to take it with me!  Now that didn't do me much good, did it!  We have one more small trip planned, so I will be sure and take it next time.


Sunday, September 20, 2020


As we get a little older, it gets a little harder to thread our sewing machine needle. I have an automatic needle threader on my machine, but it does not work properly.  That is my only complaint on my machine.  I wish it had a better needle threader.  Anyway, I have a little tip to help you out if you have to do it by hand.  I have always tried looking for a piece of white paper to hold behind the presser foot holder every time I have to thread my needle.  Well no more and this does a great job.

I added a tiny piece of white tape to the presser foot holder.  What I actually used was a tiny piece of white electrical tape. I purchased a whole pack of different colors at Harbor Freight.  I just checked and I don't see it listed on their site anymore, but there were many other stores available who carry it.  It looks like this.

Now I just cut a tiny square the size of my presser foot holder and placed it on the very tip of the holder.  It holds great and is an amazing help if you need it. 

Now put your presser foot holder back on your sewing machine and see what a difference it makes.  I would think you could also add a little bit of paint to the top of this foot and I bet that would work also.  

It just opens up the light so much going through the hole of the needle and makes this job so much easier.  Give it a try!

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Back To School Skirt - Setting Pleats

 Mt granddaughter goes to private school and every year for the past 9 years I have altered her skirts.

Most girls don't iron anymore like I had to in my school days, so the pleats just do not hold in the skirt. If you have this problem or if you iron skirts this might help you.  I take the pleats on the inside and on the outside of the skirt and sew them about 1/4" from the edge.  You can only go so high until you can sew no more and that is where I stop.

  1. This helps to set the pleats and it will hang better.  They use to do this for us years ago when you purchased a school skirt, but not anymore.    It must be a costly extra step because now it is left off.  If you want this finishing touch, you must do it yourself.  Just make sure you do it for the pleated edge on the righttside of the skirt and then turn your skirt inside out and do all the pleats on the wrong side of the skirt also.  Now if you just wash the heck out of this skirt like she does, it will hang at those pleat marks.  Also if you would iron this skirt it is so quick and easy because you do not have to try and figure out exactly where the pleats should be because it lays so nice when you lay it down and it falls into exactly where the pleat goes.  Two minutes of ironing would do the job!  Ironing What The Heck Is That!!  LOL    -  Does anyone still iron??

Friday, August 28, 2020

How I Embroider A Quilt Label - Part 2

 This was sent to me by one of the Janome Educators on a Janome Life post.  She made a darling quilt label which I do love, but I wanted you to see the difference in what the spray starch can do for your embroidery.  Also, make sure your fabric is tight in your hoop.  You can see the puckers in the stitch out and I think the spray starch tip would have pulled a lot of this out.  I do love the quilt label made with her own handwriting.  I wish I would have seen this before I made mine, I would have tried this wonderful technique out.  I think your own handwriting would make your label even more sentimental and precious for the family and friends who you make the quilt for.  See "How I Embroider A Quilt Label - Part 1"