May 25, 2015

Snapshots QAL - Puppy Love and Kindred Kitchen

I love this Quilt Along!
I don't have any cute little dogs, so I guess this "Puppy Love" block will have to do for now.
I think he's a really sweet little pup :)
I am using Bonnie and Camille fabrics for 98% of my quilt.
I have a small collection of their previous lines and have really enjoyed pulling from my stash to make the blocks.

This block is called Kindred Kitchen, I should really make a life-size apron for myself in these fabrics :)

These are the other blocks I've posted about.
Block #1 is "Let them eat cake", block #2 is "Sew on & Sew on", and block #3 is "Put the kettle on".
I ordered the sashing fabric yesterday, and I might piece the back from leftover fat quarters or yardage :)
You can read more about the Snapshots QAL here, at the Fat Quarter Shop.
They ask for a small donation to benefit St. Jude Children's Hospital.
It's a win/win situation :)

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May 17, 2015

Scenes from Montreal

There are lots of old, beautiful churches in Montreal!

My mother lives in Westmount.
If you walk behind her apartment building and up Mount Royal, you can see an endless amount of gorgeous homes!

We walked up the mountain and saw an awesome view of the city!

We had to take a selfie :)
My daughter Vanessa and my brother Paul :)

We walked through a lot of woods, it was such beautiful scenery, at the edge of the city.

It was a lovely day for a picnic too :)

We saw the "Horst" exhibit, a famous Ferman photographer who designed many Vogue magazine covers and styled lots of famous movie stars. 

It's been so wonderful spending time with my family!

May 11, 2015

Farm Girl Vintage

This is my little 6" apron strings block.
I made it into a cute pincushion, just like Lori taught us on her blog, here :)

I made a 12" Apron Strings block, using scraps from my scrap bin.

I quilted my 12" block into a pretty table topper.

The orange back is so happy! 
The fabric is Lecien Flower Sugar.

I really love the Autumn Star block, I used  Lori Holt's Vintage Happy fabric. I didn't use her fabric, I bought some of my own, lol!

I also baked a chocolate mint cake for my grandson Bridger who will be turning 10 years old this month. 
I tried to make it as masculine as I could.
Do you think it looks suitable for a boy?

The backing fabric is by Michael Miller, but I don't know the name of the line of fabric because it was a fat quarter and there wasn't a selvage.
The little vintage bit is baking a cake with his puppy's help.

Here's a closeup of the jigsaw quilting, for the birthday cake banner.

I'm visiting my mom in Montreal right now, so next week I'll share some photos with you :)

May 4, 2015

Isabel's Blessing Gown

I sewed the sleeves onto the gown, using entredeux.
 I sewed a French seam to enclose one sleeve and side seam, leaving the other side open. 
I sewed the fancy band together, using three rows of lace insertion and two rows of entredeux.
 To accomplish this, I sewed 10 lengths of stitches, 90" long! 
A lot of sewing!!!

I sewed a ruffle to the bottom of the skirt, one and a half times the length of the bottom of the dress.
I attached a beautiful pice of 2" wide French lace edging to the bottom of the ruffle and then sewed the other side seam with a French seam. 

Here's a closeup of the sleeve and the embroidered cotton Swiss band.

Here's a close up of the yoke, each little piece of lace and entredeux was seen in separately.

I have these fabulous book that I always refer to when I'm sewing heirloom children's clothing.

I traced Isabel's initials, with the first letter of her family name in the middle. I used white for the letters and ecru for the vines.  The idea is that when Isabel has a daughter, her initials will be embroidered next to her mothers before she is blessed in the gown. The dress has the potential to have initials all around the hem!

This is the yoke on the slip, I embroidered is and used Swiss cotton lace around the neck and armholes.

I sewed a narrow piece of French lace edging to the hem.

Here's the full view of the slip.

I smocked the bonnet with silk ribbon, it had a nice sheen to it :)
The ribbon is silk satin, it's so soft!

This is Isabel Louise, in her blessing gown, isn't she beautiful? I'll show you some close ups :)

This is Isabel's family, the sun is in their eyes, lol!

This is our family who were able to attend the blessing, minus my husband who was packing and my son in law who took the photo. We have one daughter wasn't here because she lives in Florida. 
Thanks for being interested in the evolution of the gown :)

Apr 27, 2015

Heirloom Sewing

This is my Sally Stanley pleater, and my husband made the board for me years ago.  
Through the years, the little dowels that hold the spools of quilting thread have broken off but it still works :)
(There's a Netflix movie on my iPad, sorry didn't mean to include it!)

The grooves are where the needles go, they curve around the dowel.

I rolled the fabric on a rod and slowly turn it through the pleater, aligning the fabric with a certain groove to keep it straight.

The quilting threads act as guidelines for me to smock on.

I'm smocking a bonnet for my granddaughter Isabel's blessing.
The thread is silk ribbon.
The fabric is silk batiste and it's very difficult to work with.
I'm using Madeira thread on my Bernina 750 QE and it keeps breaking, which is very frustrating.
It seems to break the most when I'm using a gathering stitch.

This is entredeux, it's French for "between two".  
Entredeux is used in heirloom sewing to join laces or join seams.
Sometimes you leave the seam allowance on while you sew it to fabric, but if you're sewing it to gathered lace, you trim one side of the entredeux off.

Here, I have trimmed the seam allowance of the entredeux and am attaching gathered French cotton lace.

French cotton lace is wonderful to work with!
To gather the lace, you pull one of the cotton threads running along the top, as pictured below.

This is one of my heirloom books, I think it's from the late 80's, or early 1990's.
I really can't imagine dressing a little boy up in that outfit trimmed in lace, but it's a Southern thing.

This is the yoke and neckline of Isabel's dress.
Each piece of lace and entredeux is attached separately, on the yoke.
The lace with the embroidered flowers is called Swiss cotton.
I finished the neckline and attached the gathered lace with entredeux.

The shoulder seams are attached with entredeux also.

I don't have little Isabel to try the dress on and show you how the dress drapes, so I used Kermit :)

Here's a closeup, I think you can see the lace so much better here.

I used a band of embroidered swiss cotton on the sleeve, with entredeux on each side.
There will be a small "fancy band"on the lower part of the dress, and then a gathered ruffle trimmed in wider French cotton on the hem.
Isabel's blessing is next Sunday, I hope to be able to show you photos of her finished gown, slip and bonnet, next week.
I'll also have lots of photos of Isabel in her silk gown to show you too :)
Have a great week!

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