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Last week I knew I was going to see some long-time friends that I hadn’t seen in many years. I wanted to bring them something special that they would really appreciate. So, I asked my daughter if she would make some of her hand-lettering art pieces for me to give to them.

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She used watercolor background on some,
and a little touch of gold shimmer on each of them…

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I asked my friends beforehand what their favorite Scripture was
and also what color they liked…

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She did such a beautiful job on each one, didn’t she?!
I found a special frame for each one and that made them even more beautiful.

If you could’ve seen their faces when they unwrapped them!  One of my friends, who recently lost every thing she owned in the Texas floods, had tears in her eyes.  She couldn’t speak for a few minutes, and just held the frame close against her.

My daughter wasn’t sure if her hand lettering pieces were good enough… I assured her they were. If you’d like to see more of her work, you can visit her on Instagram, at @analuisadesigns

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Have a blessed weekend!

Daisy

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I wanted to let you know, for those of you that have asked,
my class on Skillshare is free until June 30th!

Learn to Sew In 3 Easy Seams!

If you’d like to check it out, click here and it’ll take you right to it!
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It’s a quick class, only 17 minutes long, but you can only watch it for free until June 30th.

Project & Giveaway!

I’m also doing a giveaway along with the class.
For those who make the project (just a quick & easy pillow case) and post
a photo of it, you can win 2 yards of fabric!

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I hope you’ll check it out!  I’d love to have you visit
and let me know how you like it!

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Happy sewing!

Daisy

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I GOT A NEW COMPUTER!!!!!!

If you have been following me for a while, you know that I spilled tea all over my brand new computer two years ago, and have since been without one…

But my husband surprised me yesterday with a new computer for my birthday!  And it’s not just any little old computer… he got me a beautiful, desk top Mac.
I know!!!  I couldn’t believe it!  I STILL can’t believe it!
It’s so much fun to work with!

I don’t know how I’ll be able to get anything done around the house in the next several days & weeks!  haha

I’ll finally be able to keep up with the blogging world (including my own little blog), and I’m excited about publishing the Skillshare class I’ve been working on, as well as other things I’ve been looking forward to for a while but had to put on hold until I had a computer.

Anyways… I know this is not an exciting post with a new project or recipe… but I was so excited I just had to share.

Have a wonderful week!

Daisy

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I love to sew for my grandkids.  I don’t have a lot of time, but I do a little every chance I get, especially early in the mornings or later at night.   It’s so much fun for me, that it’s actually a de-stresser 😊

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I made this little grey dress for one of my granddaughters.

I used pattern Simplicity #5704, but I always end up making several changes; It’s more fun and makes it more personal as well.

I got the fabric with the tiny flowers at Joann’s, the trim and the button at Hobby Lobby, and the solid grey fabric for the lining at WalMart.

It’s not that I went shopping at three different places just for this one dress… these are places I regularly go to looking for sales, so these things were ones that I had set apart for “someday” (which is usually what I do) 😁

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For the trim on the yoke front, I just used the same trim as the hem, but I placed them side-by-side, making it look like a wider trim, more in keeping with the size of the yoke.

A pretty button and some ribbon add a finishing touch to the top of the dress.

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I try to make the back of the dress as pretty as the front, so I decided to add some trim and I sewed on some tulle for a soft bow that ties after the dress is zipped up.

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I really enjoy sewing, but especially when I’m sewing for my grandkids.  I smile almost the entire time.  I hope they enjoy wearing the little clothes, or playing with the little sewn toys, as much as I enjoy making it for them. 😊❤️

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Happy sewing!

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Daisy

 

 

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This year I am hoping to finish a few UFOs that I have in my sewing room…

And this one is at the top of the list…

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I started it about two years ago (I know!) but other projects became more “urgent” and I had to put it away for a while.

It’ll be a Christmas gift later this year, but I’m trying to work on gifts throughout the year, so that I won’t be stressing later, wishing I had started earlier… (anybody know what I’m talking about??)

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I started out by gathering different blues & greens, 100% cotton, and cutting them into 5” strips, then 5” squares…  (NOTE:  This is Waverly fabric that I buy at Walmart.  It’s beautiful, 100% cotton, and great for quilting!  Also, it’s a lot more affordable!)

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Then I sewed them into half-square triangles using a white cotton, and ironed them with seams to the darker side.

I make half-square triangles by placing two 5” squares, right sides together, and sewing all the way around the square (with a quarter-inch seam).  Then I iron it, and cut across in an X (corner to corner).  You’ll have four half-square triangles.

Don’t they look pretty, all neatly grouped together?… I love ocean colors… sigh…

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Then it was time to trim those little “ears”… It really helps when you’re sewing them together!

See how nice they look once they’ve been trimmed?

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Once all the half-square triangles have been sewn and ears trimmed, then it’s time to lay out the square, paying close attention to the pattern — It’s easy to get confused, but after you’ve done it about 20 times, it gets easier. . .

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I love all the blues & greens…

Colors from the sea.

(Have I already said that?)

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It’s a simple pattern, great for a beginner, because it looks very complicated but it’s actually just half-square triangles making up one block that is used over & over again.

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Once you have four of the same squares, you put them together (again, paying close attention to the pattern), and sew them so that they make up one big square.

For the quilt I’m making, I need 16 of these “big” squares.  It’ll be perfect for a Queen-size bed, but OK also for a King, if it has another sheet or blanket layered beneath it.

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I chose these colors because the family I want to give it to, they love ocean colors, too!  (Who doesn’t?!)

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Half-square triangles are so versatile for quilt patterns… the possibilities are endless!

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This is what it looks like when 4 squares have been sewn together to make up the “big” square.  You can tell that it’s the same square, just turned a little differently each time.  (It took me a while to realize this!)

I tape one onto my wall so that I can look at it while I sew and keep those squares in the right place.

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I’m hoping to finish the quilt top this week and then begin the hand-quilting.

Anybody have any suggestions on the hand-quilting?  I’d love any ideas!  I may just do straight lines across the squares, but I’m thinking that something circular, to mimic waves, might be fun.  Let me know what you think.  I’d appreciate any ideas you may have! 😊

Happy sewing & quilting,

Daisy

 

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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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Thank you all so much for the way you responded to my last post.  It’s funny (not in a humorous way, but a thought-provoking way) how through this “blog world” I have made some unexpected friendships that have been a real blessing to me.

I really didn’t expect a lot of response after not posting anything for six months!  But you guys have just made me feel as if I got a hug from each of you!  You didn’t have to do that, so it means all the more.

I’m so looking forward to reading through your blogs and catching up on all you’ve been doing, and what’s been going on in your lives.

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Now, about edible gifts…

We have several Christmas get-together with Pastors & their wives (with whom we work) in different regions so it gives me a chance to bake some special little things that are really only around at Christmas time.  (Not sure why!  They are good enough to eat all year round! 😊)

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s year I made three different things to go in the gift bags.  Mini Oreos, dipped in white chocolate and rolled in crushed peppermint candies.. Mini Swirl Cinnamon Bread loaves… and Fudge Brownies.

The mini Oreos are so easy. You just dip them in melted white chocolate then roll them in crushed peppermint candies. Place on a wax papered-covered baking sheet, and place in refrigerator (This will keep them crunchy). I was surprised how long they stayed fresh! They are a delicious treat!

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n came these mini Cinnamon Swirl loaves. Just use your favorite recipe, and you can add raisins, dates, or dried apricots – whatever you prefer.

The key is to bake them in paper loaves so you can just wrap them up in cellophane after they've baked and cool.

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last but certainly not least, are the fudge-y brownies, made with dark chocolate chips, if you like that extra chocolatey goodness. These are my favorite!!

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s always fun to bake something a little extra special for people that you know could use an encouraging word, letting them them know that they are appreciated, their work is not in vain, and that they're loved.

What are you baking today? Are you baking something sweet for someone special?

Have a wonderful Christmas season!

Hugs,

Daisy

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