Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Get Ready for Summer with Ellie and Mac

Today is my stop on the Ellie and Mac get ready for summer blog tour. This blog hop was put together by Lo at  The tour is sponsored by who also provided me and the other bloggers with the patterns we used.

Disclaimer: this post may contain affiliate links. At no extra cost to you, if you order using my affiliate link, I earn a small commission.

I had a hard time choosing a pattern. There are so many that I liked. I choose the Be Brilliant swimsuit pattern. I made this one for my granddaughter and am planning to make another one for her and then  a couple for the other two granddaughters.

This is an easy pattern. The instructions are very well written and easy to follow and understand. 

I did not have swimsuit lining, so I used the same fabric for the lining. I bought my swim fabric at a local store  I like that I can buy it off the bolt or as a flatfold.

There are a couple of features that really appealed to me.  They are the skirt and the swim shorts.

When I gave this swimsuit to my granddaughter she was very excited, and couldn't wait to get pictures done. She then asked her mom if she could wear it the rest of the day.  I am so very glad that she loves it and is very excited to wear it.

Now to find a day to go swimming.   If you like this pattern, hop on over and order it. All patterns are on sale right now.

Please join the other bloggers on this tour. They all have some fun ideas for summer.

Please visit all the wonderful bloggers on the Get Ready for Summer Sewing Patterns Blog Tour for some incredible inspirations.  And enter the giveaway.
  1. May 7th: Seams Sew Lo
  2. May 8th: Tenille's Thread
  3. May 9th: Seams Sew Lo
  4. May 10th: The Sewing Goatherd
  5. May 11th: Aurora Designs Fabrics
  6. May 14th: Our Play Place
  7. May 15th: Momma Can Make It
  8. May 16th: Aurora Designs Fabric
  9. May 17th: QuiltsbyJoann
  10. May 18th: Liviality
  11. May 19th: Momma You Can Make It
  12. May 21st: Margarita on the Ross
  13. May 22nd: Sewing Blue
  14. May 23rd: Kathy's Kwilts and More
  15. May 24th: Momma Newey's Makes
  16. May 25th: Jot Designs USA
  17. May 28th: The Scatty Sewer
  18. May 29th: Granma Texas Sews
  19. May 30th: Fee Bricolo
  20. May 31st: My Sewing Roots
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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

sewing a knit neckband - Tuesday tutorial

Hi readers,

I am trying to get into the habit of doing a Tuesday Tips and Tutorials post.  I need to put it on my calendar to remind me.

I do both sewing and quilting. Today's tutorial is for sewing. I love to sew clothing. It may not be less expensive,  but I can be creative with what I sew.

Today I am going to share how to do a knit neckband.

Your pattern will usually tell you what size to cut the neckband. If it doesn't then it is usually about 15% of the neckline measurement of your t-shirt, so if you calculate it you would take the neck circumference x .85.

I usually use a cotton lycra. You want to make sure you have something with good stretch and recovery. I have bought ribbing, but at .45 an inch, that gets expensive, so I usually look for a solid cotton lycra that matches the t shirt.

This is very important.  When you cut your neckband, make sure you are cutting the length going with the greatest stretch of the fabric.  You don't know how many neckbands, sleeve bands, and bottom bands I have messed up because of this. Usually the greatest stretch is the width of the fabric.

Once I have my neckband cut, then I serge or zigzag the short ends together to form a loop. Mark halfway points and then quarter points. I sometimes make a small notch, not too big, just within the seam allowance. I have also used marking pencils.

Now, mark your t-shirt. Fold the back in half and make your mark. Do the same with the front.  Now mark quarter points. When I first tried to make the shirts I used the shoulder seams for my quarter points. NO. They are not the half way point. You will end up with gathering at the front if you do this.  I match my center front and center back together  to find my quarter points. Make your marks.

Now take your neckband and pin or clip to your neckline. You will have your neckband folded in half, wrong sides together. Put the seam at the center back. Match your markings. You will have an even stretch on your neckband.  I sew from mark to mark. I usually use a serger, but you can also use a stretch stitch on your machine.  Now, on my Viking Lily 550, I can use a regular straight stitch and the stitches don't pop.

When you follow these instructions you will have a great looking neckband. I like to steam it just a bit, let it cool and then topstitch. For top stitching you can use a single needle or a twin needle.  I have fallen in love with twin needles.

The neckband on this dress was used following this technique. It turned out perfect.  This dress is the baby Savannah pattern from Pickle Toes Patterns.   You can use my affiliate link to order the pattern and I do earn a small commission at no extra cost to you.
I would love to hear from you as to what kind of tutorials you would like to see. With 44 years of sewing I have learned a lot.

Thanks for joining me today.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

One Thimble blog Tour issue 19

Today is my day for the One Thimble issue 19 tour.  I was one of the testers for this cute pattern Pixel Pullover by Sew Jennuine Design.

It is a fun pattern with different options. I made the one with the shawl collar. I used blizzard fleece for the jacket and some knit fabric that I had in my stash.

I have another one or two cut out and I am putting a good on one and think I  may do the shawl collar, again, only I will use a bit heavier fabric for the neckband, waistband and cuffs.

This is not a hard pattern to do. The instructions are well written.  The hardest part was getting good pictures. This little guy would not stay still.   But he seems to like it, and that, my friends is why I like to sew.

Please check out the other bloggers to see some of the fun things they have made. I think I need to buy this issue.








Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Boys in Summer blog hop

Today is my day for the Boys in Summer blog hop. I currently sew for 6 grandkids, 3 of which are boys.  I love it.

This blog hop is being hosted by Made for Little Gents.  I am excited to be a part of her tour.

The pattern I am featuring today is a new one by Pickle Toes Patterns ( It is the snail hunters and so fun to make and easy. It has a side panel that you can do some fun things with.

I needed to look through my stash to see what I had for boys. I found some fabric that looked like denim, then I found this fun piece with sail boats. Perfect.

As I continued going through fabrics, I found some more to use for the panels. Oh, grandma is getting excited. Because I have found the perfect fabrics. I really didn't have anything with spiders, but I have tractors,  specifically John Deere. I have construction vehicle fabrics. They will make perfect shorts for these guys.

This is the fitting of the shorts. We had a family activity, so I took the shorts for them to try on. Then I had them stand against the wall. There must be a connection with cousins, as these two had not said anything, but one started doing funny poses, and the other just started doing the same thing. And to hear stories their mothers share when these two get together.

I love sewing for my grandsons.  Really for all of my grandkids. Yes, I could go and buy, but I get a better fit, I can do fun things, and the joy that I see when I make them new things is awesome. Don't forget that you can find the pattern here.
Boys in Summer Blog Tour: Part of the Sewing Blue Blog Tour series hosted by Made for Little Gents Looking for more summer boy inspiration? Follow along on the Boys in Summer Blog Tour hosted by Made by Little Gents by clicking through the links below. Fri. May 4 Made for Little Gents (Intro to Boys in Summer Blog Tour) Mon. May 7 Elli & Nels in Stitches Tues. May 8 Our Play Palace | Made by Laura! | Beri Bee Designs Wed. May 9 Made for Little Gents | Momma Newey's Makes Thurs. May 10 Phat Quarters | Dreams & Stitches Fri. May 11 Stylin' Stacy | Tenille's Thread Mon. May 14 Paisley Roots | Fabulous Home Sewn Tues. May 15 Seams Like Style | Kathy's Kwilts and More Wed. May 16 Sewing with D | Auschick Sews | Seams Sew Lo Thurs. May 17 My Sewing Roots | Sewing à la Carte | Middle River Studio Fri. May 18 Lunatiek | Needles to Say | Manning The Machine

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Mommy and me blog hop

Hi readers,

Today is my stop on the Mommy and Me Mother's day  blog hop. This hop is hosted by Lo over at  I am honored to be a part of this.

Disclaimer: my blog may contain affiliate links in which I may get a comission.

The pattern I chose to share is the Lulu Dolman by  I love this pattern and it comes in women's, girls, and baby sizes.  This is such a fun and easy pattern to sew.

The fabric I used is a cotton lycra from  I really love this fabric and others that I have bought from them.

I chose to make these 2 tops for my daughter and granddaughter. My grandkids love the things I make for them, which makes me want to sew all the more.

To get this fun, easy to sew pattern, you can go to this link
Please join me again on Thursday, May 10th as I share another mommy and me project.

Also, in the next few weeks, I will be changing my blog around. I will be doing a separate blog for my clothing projects and keeping this one for my quilting. The new sewing blog will be Sew cute couture by Kathy.   I will also be doing some tutorials to share with you.  Please make sure you follow me, so you don't miss anything.

Thanks for joining me today.

Thank you for joining us in the Mommy and Me Sewing Mother's Day Blog Tour.  Please visit all the wonderful bloggers on the blog tour:
  1. May 1st: Seams Sew Lo (Intro)
  3. May 2nd: Tenille's Thread
  5. May 3rd: Seams Sew Lo
  7. May 4th: Aurora Designs Fabric
  9. May 6th: Kathy's Kwilts and More
  11. May 7th: Our Play Place
  13. May 8th: My Sewing Roots
  15. May 9th: Auschick Sews
  17. May 10th: Kathy's Kwilts and More
  19. May 11th: My Crazy Beautiful Life
  21. May 12th: Sew Haute Blog

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  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,

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.

 To see what the other bloggers have done this week, please go to the pickle toes patterns blog  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 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   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  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  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.