Monday, February 1, 2016

Vogue Pattern Review: 8903

Fabric:Rayon Challis 
Pattern Description:
Loose-fitting dress has collar/mock front band, yoke, forward (no shoulder) shoulder seams, and stitched hem.
Pattern Sizing:
Sizing is WAY off! I cut 2 sizes smaller and the sleeves were 4" too long - I'm 5'11".
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Very loose and baggy.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Fabric Used:
Rayon Challis
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I did my usual 1.5" lengthen above the waist adjustment. I cut off 4" off the sleeve and cut a 1" wide cuff that I gathered the sleeve onto.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I was looking to make a comfortable, easy work dress and this dress almost looks sloppy with out a jacket.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Paper Dolls Quilt Complete!

I just finished the Paper Dolls quilt and I am not going to show it to you! It's a gift for someone that knows someone that follows me on Facebook. So it's a secret - - -

I will however show you the quilt that had leftover blocks - which I used to make the Paper Dolls quilt. It's very satisfying to use up UFO's (unfinished objects) instead of throwing them in a box.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Paper Pieced Quilt Complete

I made this quilt from a paper-piecing class I taught for QFC at Church of the Apostles several years ago. The blocks are small and it's machine quilted. 40" square.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Sunrise oil painting

I painted this for my friend, Ben D.
16" X 20" oil on canvas

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Vogue 8903 - Buttonhole Madness!!!

Saw this pattern last summer and found a challis that I really love. Started it - stopped - restarted - and now am almost finished. I'll review the pattern when I've completed the dress but the buttonholes just made me MAD. I've used the memory for buttonholes on my Bernina 440 for same size multiple buttonholes, but not this time. I put the first one into memory, stitch 2 more - then the machine would go into reverse and not stop! I'd re-stitch a sample, without or with success, cleaned and oiled the foot, clean the machine above the pressure foot (with Windex on a cotton swab) and changed the needle for good measure. Slowly, I could stitch 1 or 2, and then it would go awry. Into a dressmaker's life also comes a lot of un-sewing - I had to rip out 2 half-stitched buttonholes from the dress. Completed all 11 - still don't know if it was the buttonhole foot, interfacing, the machine or the fabric???
BTW, I really like the metal buttons -

Saturday, January 2, 2016

I Want To Talk About Me - Block 1 Quilted

The " I Want To Talk About Me" April block is quilted. I used a built-in bubble stitch at the top, parallel straight stitches for the rain, and free-motion rain drops and splashes at the bottom.

Friday, January 1, 2016


Hope your year is filled with fabric and completed projects.

Here is a painting I just finished from a picture my niece, Carolyn W., took. It is acrylic, 16" X 24" canvas, painted with one #6 round brush.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Chicken, Kale and Noodle Soup

Serves 4


1 or 2             chicken breasts

1 box              chicken stock (4 cups)

1 large            onion – chopped

3 cloves          garlic

2 cups            kale – chopped

½ cup             parsley – chopped       

2 cups            pasta – cooked

1/8 tea           cayenne

                        salt and pepper to taste.


In a large soup pot, place chicken and chicken stock. Bring to

a low boil. Microwave the garlic cloves for 30 seconds. Chop

and mash to a fine paste and add to the pot along with the

chopped onion. Cook for 20 minutes.


Turn down the heat and take out the chicken breasts. Add the

kale, parsley and pasta. Chop the chicken into bite size pieces

and return to the pot. Bring back to a low boil for 5 minutes.

Salt and pepper to taste.


Serve with skillet toasted whole wheat tortillas cut into triangles.


Estimated Nutritional Info

  • Servings Per Recipe: 4
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 210.5

  • Total Fat: 2.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 31.3 mg
  • Sodium: 503.9 mg
  • Total Carbs: 30.7 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 3.5 g
  • Protein: 16.7 g

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

"I Want To Talk About Me" - - -

"I Want To Talk About Me" will be finished soon! I am delighted that I am closer to the end of this quilt than the beginning. It's been a long road -
Here is the original pattern - I don't remember the name -
I found this quilt pattern when we were in Pigeon Forge, TN, at a baseball tournament.  I fell in love with the block of the month pattern and completed the blocks in stages. First, I eliminated all the pink from the quilt. No matter how much pink is in a quilt, pink makes it feminine and at my house that does not work. Next, after I made several blocks, I started eliminating elements that made the blocks look messy. Next, I eliminated the words - didn't need the quilt to speak. Then the real designing kicked in - I wanted this quilt to be a snapshot of my life. So starting with March, I changed each block to reflect my life at that moment. I'm really happy with the results.
Next, the quilt sat in a box for a really long time as I could not figure out the sashing. The pattern calls for plain sashing which does not interest me. So about 2 1/2 years ago, I was at a stitch-in at Lana H.'s home and brought the blocks along hoping for some inspiration. Luckily Lila S. was there and pointed me in the right direction ! (Thanks again, Lila!!!) She suggested a checkerboard and you can see the results -

Now that I have the top completed, how will I quilt it? Because of the shifting checkerboard sashing, I could not figure anyway to stabilized the top without quilting the sashing first. I don't think I've ever quilted the sashing first. I stitched the checkerboard on the diagonal only between the blocks and left the outer checkerboard till later. I changed the layout to only have 2 interior blocks. They will be the hardest to quilt since I can't work any bulk to the outside borders.

So, quilting the blocks begins. I will work from the center out, block by block, using Gutermann 100% cotton thread in white and navy. I am estimating 8 hours per block. Then I'll do the outer checkerboard border, blue border, sleeve, label and binding.

Closer to the end - - -

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Finally I am able to offer you the complete Go Together Series in one book!

Need a quilt in a hurry? This Go Together series is made up of blocks that “go together” quickly and “go together” with each other.  One focus fabric is recommended in all 12 Go Together blocks for a cohesive look. Choose one or several of these blocks for a fast, interesting quilt!

Go Together Block - Cut & Color pages are included.  Copy the page – cut out the line blocks – color in the blocks – arrange into a quilt. All the blocks in this Go Together series work together so that you can create an unlimited number of original quilts!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

I'm back!!!

After a long absence, I'm back! I have so many projects to upload and share. New photos to follow -

Joyful Noise was created out of a single piece of off-white muslin using Derwent Inktense pencils and blocks. I drew the circles and filled them in with Sun Yellow, Apple Green, Teal Green, Sea Blue, and Deep Indigo. The quilting was done with matching embroidery thread and black Gutermann cotton. I used mini rick-rack in the binding. It measures 40" square.