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One of the things I get to do is sew for my grand kids and it’s so much fun!   Choosing fabrics I think they’ll like, and outfits that will not only be practical, but also fun for them to wear – that’s also part of the fun.

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I hadn’t sewn with knit fabric for a long time.  My serger was not working properly and I didn’t want to even try doing it with my regular sewing machine.

But it started getting colder and I found some great deals on knits, so I decided to give it a try (on my regular machine), and see if I could get some of these fabrics sewn into outfits that the kids would enjoy.

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This cute fabric was perfect for this pattern, and sewing it together was easy and quick.

I used the zigzag stitch on all the seams.

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It was such a quick and easy project that I decided to make another using a pretty, soft flowery fabric.

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I added lace to the hem of the top for a touch of softness and because I knew my granddaughter would love it!

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If you haven’t tried sewing with knit before, or if you haven’t done so in a long time, give it a try!  I think you’ll be surprised at how easy and quick it is to work with!

Happy sewing!

Daisy

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A brand new year!  Wow!

I think of what Anne Shirley said,
“Tomorrow is new, with no mistakes in it!”
(from Anne of Green Gables).

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I like to sew and quilt, but since I can’t take the sewing machine with me in the long car trips, I like to take something along that I can work on (when I’m not driving).

So, I’ve started a new crochet project.
I don’t know if it’s an early Christmas project (REALLY early), or if it’ll just be
a pretty red & white blanket.  I’ve done so many for different people,
but I haven’t made one for our home yet, so maybe this one is it??  We’ll see.

I’m using the With Love yarn, by Red Heart, and it’s going to be
a big granny square  (because that’s really all I know how to do!).

What are you working on?  Something new?
Or finishing up something from last year?
I have my own little stack of things I need to finish, too.

Happy New Year, friends!
And happy times with your hand crafts!

Daisy

 

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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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