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Now that presents have been opened, I can share this cute little quiet book I made for my granddaughters.

Handmade gifts take more time, but as the years go by, they are usually the ones that outlast the others, especially if we take care of them.

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It was a lot of fun, although much more time-consuming than I had expected (isn’t that true of almost all craft projects?!?)

I made two of these Quiet Books – one for each of my granddaughters.

I bought these fabrics years ago – before I ever had granddaughters!  I knew those cute little dolls & accessories were going to be the base of some great project in the future (You say that to yourself, too, when you buy fabric?).

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I used this stabilizer because it’s light, but it also gives a little more “stability” to the fabric.  It also adds an adhesive to the back, which I thought would be useful when working with several layers.

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Instead of cutting everything out first, I decided to iron-on the stabilizer onto the whole piece of fabric.  It makes cutting out those tiny pieces so much easier!  Then I rough-cut around the edges and peeled the paper from the back (don’t forget this step or else you won’t have fusible anything).  I placed them on light-weight batting and ironed them carefully, moving the iron very slowly.

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After doing this process with the first doll, I decided to cut out the shapes first and then iron them to the batting.  Either way works fine.

Pretty soon you’ll have a little stack, ready to be sewn down.

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I then sewed around the edge of each piece.  Tip: Go slowly!

 

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I wasn’t sure if the clothes would “stay” on the dolls, but they do!

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Isn’t that the cutest little kitty?!

I kept thinking of my granddaughters, praying for them, and smiling… thinking to myself, “They’re going to have so much fun playing with this little Quiet Book.”

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Then it was time to make the actual “book” where all these pieces would go.

I had chosen the fabrics before starting the project, so that was a time-saver.  I kept it very simple.  In each page I put a “pocket” to hold the clothes, while on the other side there was space for the doll.  This pocket has elastic to hold the tiny pieces in, and a little sparkle ribbon at the bottom.  On the other side, there’s a little rick-rack and lace to make it feel like a dressing room for the dolly.

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The elastic helps keep thinks inside.  (We’ll see how well that works when the girls start to play with all the pieces!) 🙂

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The second “page” has a different dolly, with a set of clothes and accessories of her own.  I made this pocket look like a totebag or purse.  I’m hoping to teach the girls how to sew when they get older, so I thought it was appropriate to put a dress form and sewing machine on here.  :).

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The third and last page has a soft, flannel pocket, almost looks like a comfy bed, where the doll goes.  On the other side is a pocket with a flap, holding all her dresses and other cute items for her.

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I sewed on a little tassel to add some sparkle and a touch of pink.  The girls can use this to open up the flap.

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I have to tell ya, at any age, it’s fun putting outfits together with these sweeties.

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Here’s the outside.  Nice and simple.  Not too complicated.

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I hope you got some ideas of your own and you’re off to sew something amazing!  Have fun and Happy Sewing!  Also…

Happy New Year, everyone!

Daisy

 

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Hi friends,

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I’m not sure if there’s still anybody out there who will even stop to read this, but in case there is…

Earlier this year, my husband gave me a brand new MacBook.  It was to replace my almost 9-year old laptop, which I had worn out.  I was thrilled with it and looked forward to all the fun I was going to have using it not only for work and ministry, but for a creative outlet as well.

On the third day of using this beautiful new laptop, I sat down to have my devotions (as I usually do in the morning), with my cup of Herbal tea, and as I reached for something on the table, I tipped over the mug of hot tea and it spilled all over the keyboard.  It literally looked like fireworks were going off on my laptop.  I tried everything but nothing worked.  Took it to the Apple Store but they told me that my $300 Apple Care plan would not cover any of it because it was considered water damage, and that is the one thing they don’t cover.  If I had dropped it on my driveway and run over it with my car (by accident, of course!), they would gladly replace it.  But not water damage.  The best picture I can find of how I felt at the moment:  😩

And that is the reason I have not been in the blogging world since June.  I’ve used the app many times before, but again, back in June, the WordPress app was glitching and several of my older posts were removed.  I knew it was a mistake because it was about quilting, nothing of international concern. LOL  I finally got it fixed this morning as I played around with the new settings on the updated app.

If there’s anyone who is still reading, …I humbly thank you!!  My plan/hope is to start catching up on all the blog posts I would’ve posted since June.  I still don’t have a laptop, but I’m getting used to using my husband’s iPad.  It’s not the same, but it’ll do for now.

Just to say thank you for reading through all this, I’d like to do a little giveaway.  I had a hard time choosing a charm pack from my stash because I like them all so much, but I finally chose one that I thought would appeal to most quilters and those of you who sew.

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The charm pack is Hop, Skip and a Jump! By American Jane, Sandy Klop, for Moda.  It contains 42 squares of 5” fabrics, some patterns are duplicated.  I took just a few pics of several patterns but there’s many more in there.  It’s so cute!!

To enter the giveaway:  Leave a comment below about what your plans are for Christmas or New Years.   The giveaway is open until December 31st and I will be mailing the fabric to the winner first week of January.  For more entries, visit my Instagram by clicking on the icon on the right side of the screen or go to @adaisygarden  on Instagram.

Happy Friday, and have a blessed weekend everyone!

Daisy

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I love making things for my grand kids!  The tiny pieces and fabrics are so much fun to work with!

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My daughter gave me this magazine about two years ago.  I’ve looked through it countless times, dreaming planning which projects I was going to make, with what fabric, and for whom.


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You see the project pictured on the top right?  That’s the one I had picked out for one of my grand kids birthday.  I just thought it looked so cute!

If you’d like to get the pattern, you can find it by clicking here.  I love the website for this magazine!  It has so many ideas, patterns, and helpful tips!  The designer of this project is Jo Carter, and her website is http://www.twoowls.typepad.co.uk.  

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The instructions are easy to understand and follow.  I must confess that as I pieced the bed, I wondered how this “rectangle” would become a bed, but as I went along, following the pattern, it all made sense and worked perfectly.

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I love patchwork quilts, don’t you?

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For the mice, I decided to use print instead of solid fabric.  


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It was fun sewing on the tails and working on their faces.  As you can tell, I decided to use a fine-tip permanent marker (instead of embroidery) on the faces.  I was short on time… I had to get this in the mail in time for a birthday surprise!


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If you’ve got any projects or magazine clippings filed under “someday”. . .  Choose one and get started!

It’ll be fun!

Happy sewing and a great weekend to you!

Daisy

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There are so many cute things we can make with just a bunch of little pieces of fabric sewn together.  

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This is a little patchwork cover I made for my daughter to keep her hand-lettering sketch book in.

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I sewed a little piece of elastic ribbon to the back so that it could wrap around the button on the front and form a closure.

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Here’s a view of the whole thing.

All I did was sew together 2 1/2 inch squares (a mini charm pack), from the Farmhouse collection by Figtree & Co, for Moda. There’s 42 squares in each pack so I had some leftover squares for another little project.

I bought the fabric from Missouri Star Quilt Co, where I buy most of my pre-cuts.  If you enjoy quilting or sewing, you should definitely check out their daily deal!  It’s a great bargain and sometimes they have a special sale where they offer multiple “daily deals”.  Their website is Missouri Quilt Co.  

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I like this group of fabrics!  They are so cheerful and colorful.

For the quilting, I used one of the stitches on my machine – it’s curvy and adds a little more interest than just straight stitching.  It’s also easier for me, since I’m not too practiced with machine quilting.

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On the inside, I put pockets on each side so she could keep her rulers, pens, and markers in there.  I wanted a little more color in there so I added two squares on each side.

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After I sewed the elastic ribbon onto the back, I went ahead and sewed a tiny button on top so it would look pretty and the stitches wouldn’t show.

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For the closure, a shiny button with pretty “diamond” stones.

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I love projects like these that I can finish in one day.  

Working with these fabrics is fun and it made me smile seeing the pretty prints and words.

What projects have you been working on lately?  Can you believe we are already at the end of April??  I’m thinking I better plan ahead for Christmas gifts now if I want to finish them in time.  

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Have a great weekend and happy sewing!

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Daisy

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I got to sew some pretty little things for my granddaughter who turned two recently…

And one of them was this cute little back pack.

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The pattern is Simplicity #5284.  It’s a mini version of a full-size, or adult, back pack.  

I used 2 fat quarters (18″x21″ piece of fabric), and some left-over fabric from a little blouse I’d made her.

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I used some lace instead of ribbon for the bow and added a bling button for a touch of fun… I thought she would like it, especially when she gets a little older (like 3).  🙂

I sewed these on by hand so it wouldn’t show up on the under side of the flap.  I also wanted to make sure it was on securely so that it wouldn’t come off after much use.  

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The pattern called for elastic at the top, which I thought was genius.  Everything stays inside, yet it’s easier to access than if it had a tie.  (Why don’t back packs for grown-ups have this feature??! 🙂 

I sewed on a piece of hook & loop tape for the closure – small enough that she can easily open it without a lot of effort, but big enough to keep it closed when she’s wearing it.  

The pocket is large enough to hold a small box of crayons, or pencils, or a little dolly… whatever she likes.  🙂

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I used the wrong kind of interfacing… the pattern suggested light-weight and I knew that wouldn’t be enough, so I used heavy-weight; but it was really hard to sew. – even with a heavy-duty needle.  Next time, I will definitely use medium!  Lesson learned.  

However, it did feel like a “real, store-bought” back pack.  So, maybe the heavier interfacing was the right choice after all?  

The pattern was easy to understand and the straps went on without a problem.  I had never made a back pack before, so some of the placements (such as the tabs to pull the straps through) didn’t really make sense until everything was turned right-side-out.  So the lesson here is… follow the step-by-step instructions and in the end it’ll all make perfect sense.     Maybe, Kind of like life?… But I digress…

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It was so much fun for me to make this, especially since it was for my granddaughter!  

Using the three fabrics was different and gave it a whole other look to it.  Maybe next time I’ll just use one… maybe.

I can hardly wait to sew another one!

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Looking forward to sharing with you a pic of her wearing or using her little back pack.  I get to see her soon again!  🙂

More projects to share in the coming days.  Yay!

Have a blessed week,

Daisy

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A little dress

I like to sew.  

But sewing tiny things…

That’s just a whole other level of fun for me…


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And sewing for my granddaughters….

Just keeps me smiling the entire time.

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I got this fabric on sale at Joanns.  It feels soft like cotton, but has the look of linen.

I thought it would be perfect for a little girl’s dress.

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It was an easy pattern and I just made a few changes to it (Butterick 4176).

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I also added a tiny little ruffle to the hem…

It’s a bit time-consuming, but I think they always look so cute,

It’s well worth the effort!

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I can hardly wait to see how it looks on her! 

Have fun sewing!

Daisy

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Granny Squares

I spend a lot of time in the car,

so I’m always looking for small projects I can do while “just sitting there”. . .
(not driving, btw)

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I’ve seen such beautiful crochet “modern-looking” patterns on Pinterest,
that I thought I’d make a bunch of little granny squares
(the only thing I know how to crochet)
and later piece them together in one of those pretty patterns.

I’ve never “pieced together” any crochet squares, so I’m hoping I’ll be able to
figure it out. . . Probably find some help on Youtube tutorials…

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The first square I made, I used three colors I had picked out…

But that was too hard and took too much time,
(I wanted to finish it before my grandkids had kids)

so I decided I’d just do each square a solid color and then it might even look more “modern”.  (Whatever that means… vintage is new, new is old, retro is back… I’m so confused…)

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Any ideas on what pattern I should make?

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I used to hate grey, but now I really like it.

Does that mean I’m old?  The only people who liked grey when I was a kid were old people.

I guess that answers my question…

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I have a stack of each color, and they look so pretty.

Maybe I should make three blankets – one in each color?

I don’t think so. . .

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This yarn is super soft and a pleasure to work with.

Let me know if you have any suggestions.  Remember I’m new-ish at this. . .
All I know are the stitches associated with a granny square.

A while back, I made my daughter a blanket that was just one huge granny square.  It was fun and quick to make and I still love the colors she picked.

Crocheting for me is relaxing.  Helps me think and I enjoy the creative side of it.

Have fun being creative today!  🙂

Daisy

 

 

 

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