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Birthday month


September is a big birthday month in our family. I've been wanting to post a few things about our recent family birthdays and finally decided to write about them individually rather than to write about all three.

Our daughter Megan has the first birthday of the month on the 17th. We were not able to celebrate with her in person but we did talk with her on the phone and we sent her a package with a few items. Her husband and children came up with some fun activities to help her celebrate. Megan teaches first grade and has an apple theme in her classroom. She suggested that she would like some different pillow covers so she could have a themed pillow to place on the rocking chair she has in the reading area of her classroom. She sent me a picture of one that she had seen and I did a little research and found instructions for something similar that I thought I could create.

Here's a picture of the finished product:
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It was fun to look through my fabric scraps to come up with all the colors for the apples. I also tried a new technique for appliqueing the apples and leaves onto the pillow cover called raw edge applique. You machine stitch around each piece twice in contrasting thread.

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I have tried free-motion quilting in the past and wasn't very good at it, but this was much easier on such a small project. I did have a bit of trouble with the giant rick rack edging on the pillow. I think smaller rick rack would have been easier to maneuver around the corners of the pillow.

In my next post I will chronicle little Renny's first birthday party.


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For my readers who sew


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For some time now I have hesitated to use my rotary cutter for various projects because the blades seemed to dull so quickly and I didn't want to have to buy new ones. After doing a little research I decided to invest in a True Sharp rotary blade sharpener. I sharpened several old blades that I had kept and have found them to be like new.

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The sharpener is an investment (nearly $40) but I think it will quickly pay for itself since I won't have to purchase new blades very often. It is very noisy to operate and next time I use it I plan to wear ear plugs. I ordered mine from Connecting Threads when they were having a sale on cutting tools. I am not being compensated for this post but just wanted to share something that I have found to be helpful.

Now, if I could only find a way to prolong the life of those marking pens that wash out with water....

On a totally unrelated note, here is a redneck cat condo I made for Buddy and Qwill out of a small box and an old tee shirt. It was well received by both of them.

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Red sails in the sunsuit


Every now and then Hobby Lobby has their patterns for sale for $.99 or $1.99. During a recent sale week I found this pattern on sale and just couldn't resist:

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Shortly afterwards I found a remnant of some cute red and white fabric for 50 cents and made this little sunsuit and bonnet for Della.

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Here she is modeling them:

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In a couple of weeks we will find out if her new sibling will be a brother or a sister. We are happily anticipating another little grand in the fall. ๐Ÿ™‚

Becka


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Winter projects


I've had a couple of weeks recently without a lot of outside activities so I've had time to tackle a few winter projects.

The wooden cabinets in the kitchen were really bothering me. They had some scratches, nicks, and water spots. I had been contemplating what to do to make them look better for some time. Fortunately I read a post by Brenda over at Coffee, Tea, Books, and Me where she told how she cares for her wood furniture. Her husband has an advanced degree in wood science. I purchased a bottle of Old English Scratch Remover for light wood at Lowes and used it on my cabinets after giving them a good washing with Murphy's Oil Soap. It was amazing to see the difference. I'm planning to make this an annual event. ๐Ÿ™‚ I would highly recommend that you try this product if you have wood furniture which needs a lift.

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Another kitchen project which I've started is lining my lower cabinets with self-stick vinyl tiles. The contact paper that DD Nora put in when we first moved here was looking pretty shabby. I've been buying a few tiles each time I go to Lowes and then installing them little by little. It's kind of tedious work cutting around all the little supports but the finished product with be worth it.

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The most fun project was making a new little dress for Maddie who will turn one on Valentine's Day. The pattern I used for Maddie's dress is one that I used to make a dress for Megan when she was a baby. I made her one similar to the picture with the three colors of gingham.

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I did change it up quite a bit by adding a little apron, a ruffle around the bottom, and with the addition of some yoyos and heart buttons on the bodice.

picture of Maddie's apron dress

Have you had time for any new projects recently?

Becka


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Little Dresses


It has been many years since I had a little girl to sew for. When my daughters were small there were some wonderful fabric outlets near here where we could purchase fabric and trims very inexpensively. We were very blessed. Today it is hard to find nice dress weight fabrics in this area. I shopped at several stores (including Mary Jo's in Gastonia) to try to find small scale prints which would be a good choice for a tiny girl. Before we made our trip to Michigan this summer I had a lot of fun making these little dresses for Maddie. They are all too large for her to wear yet, but hopefully she will be able to wear them eventually. I also made her some bloomers to wear with the dresses.

This is a Children's Corner pattern called Frannie Baby. I had never used one of these patterns before. I liked the fact that they have actual pattern pieces for all the sizes included in the pattern--no tracing required. I did find the directions to be a bit sketchy. However, there are you-tube videos available explaining different techniques if you google Children's Corner and look on the website. The videos are very helpful. I was pleased with the finished garments.

I made this little "bee" dress with a pattern from The Handmade Dress. This is the second little dress I have made from this pattern. It goes together quickly and easily.

The last little number I made for Maddie was a little bubble suit pattern from Creations by Michie. She has a lot of cute patterns for baby girls and boys. This one also went together easily.

It was a lot of fun to sew up some girly things once again and I hope to be able to make her many more little dresses before she gets too big to want to wear something "home made."

Becka


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