Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Moving To The New Blog

We just wanted to let you know that you can now subscribe to the NEW BLOG at!  You don't want to miss a thing.  The new pattern is ready to pick up from the printers and we will be having random giveaways and lots of sewing inspiration to share.  

* A winner for a free pattern or book of their choice will be selected from the among the first 50 who subscribe to the new blog!


Friday, April 24, 2015

We Have Moved!

After months and months of work we have the new website up and going.  Along with all the other bells and whistles that the website has the new blog is now only a click away on the home page.  Fortunately, learning to blog on Word Press has not been terribly difficult, but it will take a bit of work to get all of the old blog posts moved.  So.....the old blog will still be here if you need to refer back, but to continue on the blogging journey with us you will need to go to the new website at

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Featured Patterns #121 and #123


Both the sundress and top button at the shoulders, while the round yoke offer a perfect place for embroidery, piping, or lace.  The shorts are easy to make and the dress features a flowerpot pocket filled with posies.
 Sizes:  2-3-4-5-6 


The Baby Playsuit, for boy or girl, offers a choice of  bubble or a skirt with matching panty.  The playsuit may be made dressy or casual by using your favorite applique, smocking, or embroidery.

Sizes:  3 mos. - 24 mos.


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

The Bunny Dress

What a joy and privilege to sew for children.  A lot of planning and time goes into a dress made by Nana, but it would be hard to decide which one of us gets the most pleasure from it.  

She loved her bunny dress which made Nana very happy indeed.


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

A Week In Snap Shots

Our week has been filled with planning meetings, time for stitching, a mini creative retreat for the girls, and plenty of time spent outdoors.  As the Easter weekend approaches, we will be switching gears to family arriving, cooking, laughing, hunting Easter eggs, and of course Easter service.  We hope you have a wonderful Easter with your family and friends and can take the time to focus on the true meaning of Easter.  "He is risen!"

See you next week!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Fabric Markers For Embroidery

I'm often asked about marking fabric for embroidery.  My all time favorite is the Dritz brand fine tip water erasable fabric marking pen. The traced design shows up nicely on light colored fabric and rinses away in cold water once the embroidery is completed.

Tracing the design:
The white broadcloth was thin enough to lay directly on the design and trace.  For denser fabric you can tape the design and fabric to a brightly lit window which gives the effect of a light box.  Turning a clear baking dish upside down and placing a small flashlight underneath also works well. After years and years of transferring designs, I recently bought a 10" by 12" light box from Hobby Lobby with a 40% off coupon.  The light box has become a well loved addition to my creative space!

Our "Heirloom Embroidery Book" includes 16 basic stitches along with many embroidery designs to choose from.


Friday, March 20, 2015

Blanket Stitch A Bunny Applique'

With Easter rapidly approaching I felt the need to stitch some simple bunnies.  A new dishtowel, floral fabric scraps, and brown embroidery floss were all the were needed to give my kitchen a touch of Spring!

Click here for the free down loadable Bunny Applique and instructions. 



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