Sunday, April 22, 2018

It's Gonna Be May blog tour

Welcome to my stop on the It's Gonna Be May blog hop by Petite Stitchery and Co and sponsored by www.southernbellefabrics.com.  Thank you to petite Stitchery for providing the patterns to us.

Today, I am sharing a raglan top that I have made.  I love making these raglans. Yes, i know it is almost May and I know it is warming up, but long sleeve raglan still come in handy, in that the grandkids these were made for, the families love to go into the mountains.


These are so easy to whip up. I am making more of these.   Especially in blue, as the little guy wearing this one, has requested more in blue.




 When I first gave this to him, he did not want to take it off. In fact  he tried to argue the point with his mommy that it was so soft it could be pajamas. Mommy told him that he could wear it the next day, if he  could get pajamas on. Now, the little guy wore it for like 3 days straight. How? The first day he put it on the right way, the next day, hmmm, this side is dirty, so I just turn it around, and then, I just turn it wrong side out.


 This is the  one for babies, and it can be turned into a onesie. I need to make more of these as this little girl is definitely outgrowing  this.

You can buy both of these patterns here, https://petitestitchery.com/?promo_rep=43

This grandma is pleased that the grandkids love the things I make for them. 

I am hoping in the next few days to share with you another make from Petite Stitchery.




Please be sure to visit all the other bloggers on this tour. There are some fun projects. April 22nd: Sewjourns Kathy's Kwilts Naadjesendraadjes Diskordia's Curvy Sewing Sewing Adventures in the Attick Sewing Southern Belle April 23rd: Margarita on the Ross Our Play Palace The Scatty Sewer Rebel and Malice My Heart Will Sew On Sewing With D April 24th: Sea of Estrogen Seams Like Style That's Sew Amy Mahlica Designs Leslie J's Sewing Shack Miss Marah Sewn April 25th: Liviality Lime Leaves My Sewing Roots Tales From a Southern Mom Jot Designs USA Seams Sew Lo The Needle and The Belle April 26th: Candi Couture Designs Momma Sew Savvy Blooming Skies  and make sure to enter the giveaway. 

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Spring Fling Island Batik Ambassador Alumni

Hi!!!! Thanks for joining me on the spring fling Island Batik Ambassador Alumni challenge.  Our theme is use it up. I have a few pieces of batiks to use up.

As I got looking through things, I found that I had some projects started.  So, I am going to share those.

First is this one, where I had been learning paper piecing. I designed the pattern myself. It is supposed to represent kites, but I had forgotten to get some ribbon to use for the tail. And just as I am sitting right here, writing this post, I realized I could have made a tail. Oh well, I will do that after work.


This next one is made based on the squiggles quilt by Christa Watson. I laid it out a bit differently.  I have not had time to get this one quilted.  I hope to quilt it this weekend.



I hope you have been enjoying this blog hop.

Check with the other Alumni to see what they did to use up their scraps.  

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Spring into spring with Pickle Toes Patterns - A Mini capsule wardrobe

Today I am excited to be joining Pickle Toes Patterns for their spring into spring tour.  My original plan was to do a mini capsule wardrobe,  but my ideas are sometimes bigger than the time I have. Also I have had some health issues and have not had the energy to sew. However, all is not lost. I just adjusted my plans.


Welcome to Sew into Spring with Pickle Toes Patterns. Join us for 5 days of sewing our patterns as we prep for the transition from winter to spring. We were lucky enough to have 10 bloggers join us sewing up lovely creations and to have Evelyn at Seweird Fabric sponsor our bloggers and offer us a store credit for one of our lovely readers. You can find Evelyn on Facebook here. At the end of the tour join us for a rafflecopter giveaway featuring a $20 credit from Seweird and a $20 shop credit from us.

I am going to share some of my favorite Sews from Pickle Toes Patterns.

First up is this cute dress called Pickled Tink.  I love it. I made this one for my youngest granddaughter.   This dress is so cute and versatile. It can be worn with or without a bolero. I have seen a double ruffle on the bottom and a sash around it.



Next is the Taylor Tee.  Another pattern with options. It can be color blocked,  or done plain. I like it plain because it Sews together fast. I like fast. Even color blocking it goes fast.   This pattern is available for Men, Women, husky size, children and babies. Yes, you need this one for those family reunions to keep track of your family. And those wonderful family pictures. This pattern makes it great for matching the whole group.



Next up are the Grasshoppers.   These are so cute for girls. They have an elastic waist, different lengths, shorts, Bermuda  (knee), capri and pants. They are a great year round pattern. You can have a little slit on the bottom at the sides and do a cute bow.



Next up are the polliwogs leggings for children then you have the tadpoles for babies. I need to buy the tadpoles patterns.



My granddaughter loves these polliwogs leggings.  I don't always know what fabrics I use, as I sometimes buy them as flat folds from one of my local stores, but I know these back ones are made from dbp, double brushed polyester, and they are soft. My granddaughter loves them.



I love these Pickle Toes Patterns,  and they have lots more. Some of which I am currently working on. If you purchase any of these patterns, I would love it, if you would use my affiliate link. There is no extra charge, but I do earn a small commission. www.pickletoespatterns.com?aff=71

 To see what the other bloggers have done this week, please go to the pickle toes patterns blog https://pickletoespatterns.com/blogs/ptp-  updates and be sure to enter the contest.


As a thank you for joining us for our Sew into Spring with PTP, make sure to enter the Giveaway

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Quilt Qwazy Queens bloghop

Welcome to my day on the Quilt Qwazy Queens blog tour. It was suggested we share some UFO's.  Well, I can definitely do that. I have a bunch of UFO's. One of these days I will be so organized I won't have this issue.


I appreciate Marian at www.seamstobesew.com for putting this blog hop together  and finding the sponsors to offer these great prizes. A special thank you to all the sponsors.



So, I am just going to share a couple of the quilts I am working on.

This one is one that I started when I did a book review for Christa Watson.  You can read that review here..  This is her squiggles quilt pattern. I am using some batiks from Island Batik for this quilt. I made a pillow sham and a throw pillow to match.
This is the quilt I am currently working on.

This is the throw pillow that I made.   I took the little pieces that you will cut off to use as a border.


The next quilt I would like to share is one by www.sewkindofwonderful.com.   This one is also being done with batiks from Island Batik. 



I know that what I really need to do, is make a list of my ufos and just get them finished. Maybe I need to set some deadlines. Maybe I should say, I need to finish quilting one and piecing one, before I start a new one.

I hope that throughout this blog hop you have been inspired to get some of your ufos finished. I know I have been.

Be sure to enter the giveaway. Just make sure you read the rules first.



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Friday, March 16, 2018

Breaking Ground blog tour part 2

 Today is my stop on the Breaking Ground blog tour. I was trying to do 2 this week, but I ended up with a migraine for 2 days, so very little got done.

I want to thank Melissa for hosting this blog tour.  I love participating in these. 

For the Breaking Ground blog tour, we were told to try a pattern company new to us. I have sewn patterns from the major companies, McCalls, Simplicity, Butterick, Vogue and Kwilts Sew, bit just in the last year have discovered the indie pattern designers. These are smaller designers and their patterns usually are pdf patterns.  I love the pdf patterns. You can print only the size you need, or you can print the whole thing. I print the whole pattern, tape it, and trace the size I need, and then I roll it up, put in a mailing tube, put all pertinent information on the tube, and then I have a master pattern. Also most of these patterns come in several sizes. Usually 2 - 12, and sometimes even bigger ranges than that.






Today, the pattern company I want to feature is www.pickletoespatterns.com.  I found them through a testing call, and I have fallen in love with their patterns.  They are cute and stylish and the directions are well written. 

The pattern I am showing you today is the Taylor Tee. It can be color  blocked,  or it can be done plain. I have done the shirt both ways and love it.




This pattern is the Taylor Tee. And the neat thing? If you sew for dad, mom, kids and baby, you can get this pattern in all those sizes. Baby size is NB to 24 Months, kid sizes 2 - 16, Women and Men. My affiliate link is http://pickletoespatterns.com?aff=71.  So, get on over there and grab these patterns. I would love to see what you come up with. I love when my readers share pictures.

Be sure to join me on Wednesday, March 21. I will be sharing some more fun patterns from Pickle Toes Patterns,  some of which you will get for a great deal as they are retiring some.

Please join my friends who are also sharing new to them pattern companies.

Welcome to the Breaking Ground Blog Tour 2018. This week over 20 bloggers are joining together to break new ground by trying a pattern designer that is new to them, try new techniques, new styles, or whatever way they want to push themselves. The Full Tour includes all these creatives... we hope you'll visit us each day: Monday March 12- mahlicadesigns, Sewing Vortex, Sewing A La Carte, Little Heart Threads, The Sewing Scientist Tuesday March 13- Musings of A Seamstress, A Custom Clothier, Octaves of Color, Aurora Design Fabrics, Sew Altered Style Wednesday March 14- Flaxfield Sewing, Chook n Duck, Tales of a Tester, Sewing By Ti, Sewing Vortex, Kathy's Kwilts and More Thursday March 15- Very Blissful, Manning the Machine, Sew and Tell Project, Musings of a Seamstress, Stitches by Laura Friday March 16- Lulu & Celeste, Tenille's Thread, Sewing A La Carte, The Bear and Pea Atelier, Aurora Design Fabrics, Sprouting Jube Jube, Kathy's Kwilts and More

To make the tour even more fun, our Breaking Ground blog team member, Gail is offering 2 patterns of choice from her pattern shop Flosstyle to one lucky winner.

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We'd love to see how you're Breaking Ground this month. Share with us what you're working on by using the hashtag #BreakingGround2018 across social media. Better yet, join the Sew Alongs & Sewing Contests facebook group to sew along with the Breaking Ground theme for the entire month of March. In the group you'll find support and encouragement for your projects and fun themed challenges.
As always, thanks for stopping by today.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Fit for a Princess - Happily Ever After- Spring Dress Tour with GYCT

Today is my stop on the GYCT spring dress tour. Thank you Chelsea for the opportunity to share the Happily Ever After Dress and for the pattern. This post does contain an affiliate link.

I had a tough time choosing the dress I wanted to do, so I sent my daughter a text with the link, and had her and the Girl's decide. Happily Ever After won. With a request in colors for almost every princess. It is okay, grandma loves making these.

My 5 year old granddaughter chose the fabric. She had fun choosing the fabrics.

Onto the pattern.  Chelsea's patterns are fabulous. She writes very well and clear, has great pictures, and if you are introduced to a new skill, she links you to some helpful sites.

This dress has an invisible zipper in the back, and Chelsea has very well written instructions for doing that.  You can add a shawl or just leave it sleeveless. I didn't get the shawl done. Work has been a bit crazy. But, I will add the shawl.

The dress has lining which makes for nice clean finishes. You can use satins or cottons. My granddaughter chose cotton for the dress and organza or organdy for the overskirt. Knowing this dress will be worn a lot, like almost daily, I think the Cotton was a good choice.

You can get the pattern here www.gyctdesignsshop.com?aff=17.
Make sure to click on the giveaway link below for a chance to win. Use the code SPRINGTOUR to get 15% off your patterns you order.

I did have to ask if there was a princess that wore this color, and yes, Sleeping Beauty  (aka Aurora). I get the princesses mixed up.

How fun would it be to have a whole collection of Princess dresses?  Which color would your princess love. Please leave a comment.









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Monday, March 5, 2018

Easter with The Handmaidens cottage blog tour

Today is my day on the Easter with The Handmaidens Cottage blog tour. I am so excited   to be here. Thank you to Lo at www.seamssewlo.com for hosting this tour and to www.handmaidenscottage.com for providing us with the patterns for this blog tour.


I have 3 Easter dresses to make this year. Well, let's reword that. I get to make 3 Easter dresses this year. So when Lo posted about this tour, I knew I had to apply for it. I immediately went to The Handmaidens Cottage website, and let me tell you, I had a tough time deciding which pattern to make. So many cute choices. I chose the Tea Party Dress.



Years ago I was making dresses to sell and I made one that was similar to this. I had loved those dresses and they sold well. So, when I saw this, I just had to do it.
I knew this dress would be loved by my granddaughters.  I only had time to get 1 done for this blog tour.  So, I sent 1 daughter to buy my fabric. She took 1 of her girls with her, not the one this dress is for, but she knew her big sister would like this fabric. She was right, they got it home, and my oldest granddaughter loved it.

My granddaughter was so excited when she saw the picture of the dress I had sent my daughter.





Because Easter can still be a bit chilly in our neck of the woods, I am going to add the eden blouse to wear under this. And then, I have decided that to really make it stand out, we need a full slip underneath.  So, I need to sit down and gather more layers of ruffles. But, you know, it is worth it. When they are excited over what you make.




Just a short recap:
 The pattern is the Tea Party Dress  (sizes 6 months - 8) from www.handmaidenscottage.com Use the coupon code: EasterTour2018 for 30% off all patterns and bundles. It would be greatly appreciated if you would use my affiliate link http://handmaidens-cottage.myshopify.com?aff=24

The fabric is from www.joannstores.com

Don't forget to enter the giveaway below!

Please visit all of the Easter Sewing Pattern Inspirations on the Handmaiden's Cottage Easter Dress Blog Tour hosted by Seams Sew Lo!
  1. March 1st: Seams Sew Lo
  2. March 2nd: Miinoma Studio
  3. March 3rd: Momma You Can Make It
  4. March 4th: Kate Will Knit
  5. March 5th: Kathy's Kwilts and More
  6. March 6th: Granma Texas Sews
  7. March 7th: Our Play Place
  8. March 8th: Aurora Designs
  9. March 9th: Frullemieke
  10. March 10th: My Sewing Roots
  11. March 11th: Manning the Machine
  12. March 12th: Seams Sew Lo (Round Up)
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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

The Primary Tee and Dress - easy to sew pattern

Do you love patterns that sew up fast? I sure do, and this is one of them. It probably took me less than 30 minutes to stitch up this dress.



This pattern is the newest release from Chelsea over at www.gyctdesigns.com. I tested the dress, so that is what I have pictures of, but you can make a t shirt as well. It is a unisex pattern.  It starts at 12 months and goes up to size 12.

When I gave it to my sweet little granddaughter she was excited.  She loves clothes that grandma makes.

I hope that you will try this pattern. It is on sale for 4.95 through Friday, March 2nd.  I would love you to use my affiliate link https://gyctdesignsshop.com/products/primary-tee-dress-pdf-pattern?aff=17. I have been doing a lot of sewing lately and have some fun things to share with you. I will be back on Monday with a gorgeous Easter dress.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

TGIFF-February 23rd

Hi, and welcome to TGIFF, Thank Goodness it is finished Friday.  I have gone back to my roots a bit of when I started sewing and I have been having fun making clothing. 

I started sewing in 4h and then in home economics. I had some great teachers. I have always enjoyed sewing and it is a skill that has come in handy in almost 35 years of marriage. 

There are a lot of reasons that I enjoy sewing. I can customize the fit. I have some grandchildren who are tall and skinny. To buy clothes that fit is almost impossible.  

I also enjoy seeing the happy smiles and faces when I give them a special outfit or even a quilt.  

Today, I thought I would share a few of my finishes with you.

This is the Discoverer Tee and I blogged about it here, if you would like to read about it.

 This is the ragtag raglan from petite Stitchery that releases on Friday, Feb. 23rd.
This is the Taylor Tee by Pickle Toes Patterns. It is a fun tee for color blocking.

This is the color blocked version of the Taylor Tee. 

This is the Henley Tee and I blogged about it here

I would love to see what your recent finishes are. Please link up below and share them with us.  I also love to read your comments. What are some of your favorite finishes?

Get Ready for Spring blog tour

Hi and welcome,

Today is my day on the Get Ready for Spring Blog Tour with Ellie and Mac. This blog tour is hosted  by Lo at www.seamssewlo.com.  I want to thank Ellie and Mac for sponsoring the tour and for providing me with the pattern used for todays project.




The pattern I chose to make is the Discoverer Tee. This is a very quick sew and goes from 12 month - 14.  I found the instructions to be well written and easy to follow.






My choice of fabrics included DBP Aztec from www.elevatedfashionfabrics.com which is the top half of the bodice in front and back and the sleeves. The red is a cotton spandex that I picked up at a local store called The Cotton Shop www.thecottonshops.com.



I asked my friend if her daughter would be willing to model for me, in exchange for the t shirt. She was more than happy to oblige.



I love this pattern. Through the end of the month, all patterns are 35% off.  You can use my affiliate link and I earn a small commission.  Http://Ellieandmac.com?Aff=183.


I hope you have enjoyed today's blog and I hope you will follow me. I have some great projects that I want to be able to share with you.


Please visit all the stops on the Get Ready for Spring Blog Tour featuring Ellie and Mac spring sewing patterns (35% of right now), hosted by Seams Sew Lo. Do no forget to enter the giveaway below too!  
  1. February 3rd: Seams Sew Lo (Intro)
  2. February 4th: Seams Sew Lo
  3. February 5th: Violets and Jewels
  4. February 6th: Threadistry
  5. February 7th: Mama Can Make it
  6. February 8th: My Crazy Crafty Beautiful Life
  7. February 9th: Aurora Designs
  8. February 10th: Flaxfield Sewing
  9. February 11th: Floral and Flannel
  10. February 12th: FABulous Home Sewn
  11. February 13th: Minns Things
  12. February 14th: Our Play Place
  13. February 15th: Tenille's Thread
  14. February 16th: Seams Like Style
  15. February 17th: Hutsepruts
  16. February 18th: Candi Couture Designs
  17. February 19th: My Sewing Roots
  18. February 20th: Manning the Machine
  19. February 21st: Stitched by Jennie
  20. February 22nd: Kathy's Kwilts and More
  21. February 23rd: Sewjourns
  22. February 24th: Mermaid Mama Designs
  23. February 25th: Fee Bricolo
  24. February 26th: Oak Blue Designs
  25. February 27th: Big Fly Notions
  26. February 28th: Sewing Blue
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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The Tilley Dress

I got the great opportunity you be a part of the testing of this fun dress for Linda over at www.themerrychurchmouse.com.  it went through a lot of revisions to get it perfect, but now it is ready.

 My granddaughter loves it. When I gave it to her she was so excited. She asked her mom if she could wear it all day. I think it has become a favorite.


There are no zippers or buttons, so it makes it great for a beginner. And it has great twirl factor which is something that all little girls seem to love.

I need to make a full slip for her to wear under this dress. Just haven't gotten it done yet.

I love the flounce on the sleeves. There are two versions you can do with this dress. 1 is the single skirt that I did and the other one has a double skirt with a ruffle on it. Both versions are very cute.

If you want a dress that is not hard to make, then you need to try this pattern.

Hint on gathering this dress.  I had heard of this before, but with as many things as I have gathered I have never tried it. I took a long length of crochet cotton, size 10, and did a zigzag over it. I lengthened the stitch length and width as far as I could. Then I was able to pull the thread out, and it had gathered for me.

What great tips do you have for sewing?  I would love to hear from you. I would also love for you to follow me. I have more projects coming up that I can't wait to share with you.