Friday, December 19, 2014

Stockings Were Hung...

It is a tradition at my house to hang a stocking representative of the owner's personality. Hubby has wrangler jeans with a pocket, son has camo style hunting boot, etc. I needed to add one suitable for that "techy" guy that always, even at his young age, seemed older than his age. 
The perfect solution was to recycle one of my husband's dress shirts that was headed for the discard pile.  A little embroidery on the collar, a new "bow tie" from my stash of Christmas fabric 
, recycling the cuff for a loop and a pen in the pocket suited his personality perfectly!

What are some of your Christmas traditions? 
Homemade stockings? Pj's?

Now to contact Santa to make sure he knows to fill ALL these stockings hanging from my mantle!

Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Wedding Wishes Quilt

Have you ever wondered how long it would take to complete a king sized quilt on a regular sewing machine?  My husband jokingly would ask every week ,"just another week and you'll be through?".  I was determined to make an heirloom wedding quilt for my son and daughter-in-law as a wedding gift.  I didn't expect they would receive it 3 months after the wedding!
Newlyweds with their "Wedding Wishes"Quilt

I honestly have to say I didn't start it until one month prior to the wedding.  I spent hours planning, making practice blocks and hating what it looked like.  Scouring the internet for what was left of Joel Dewberry's Deer Valley in the Terra Cotta Palette took some time as well.  ( In addition to us moving from one state to another and being cook at Bible Camp)

It all started with the Antler Damask pattern I saw, pinned on Pinterest and sent to the future DIL since it fit both their personalities.  I didn't realize at the time it had been discontinued AND very popular!  The only fabric I found had already been made into a purse, but I bought it to recycle into a pillow.

First up in decision making was what quilt pattern?  I had SO many I liked!! What would suit their personalities?  Was is masculine enough for my "man-child"?  Would my new DIL like it? Was it modern enough for twenty somethings but yet still traditional? (or what they call "vintage")

  As I tried several blocks with varying fabric choices in the line I didn't "feel it".  So I did what all artists do...stepped away from it until I could feel invested in the design.  I ran across a "string" quilt pattern by Moda one morning while cruising through pinterest.  I printed the directions and modified the size and wrote all the adjustments in my trusty quilting journal while hurrying to the machine to do a couple of test blocks.  Viola!!! This was it!!! Modern enough fabrics, masculine enough and traditional looking.

Choices had to be made and the "Quilt As You Go" method was a no-brainer for a king sized quilt that was going to be done on a domestic, regular old sewing machine! I kept two machines humming while I stitched the "strings" and then embroidered my quilting pattern on another.

The couple only received a ROW of the quilt at a shower in July prior to the August wedding!

I was able to steadily work (this is when the hubby would walk by my sewing room and tease me about how LONG it was taking to do this quilt) and finally completed the top!

Maggie approved the top (after this photo more blocks were added with 81 total!)

My daughter-in-law and daughter helped consult with me on how to do the "drop" off the mattress.  We decided to use the leftover jellyroll strips to make this drop around 3 sides of the quilt.  It would be more of a comforter and no fold down.  Shams would be made to match (still working on those!)
The HARDEST part was to quilt using a stitch in the ditch after securing my backing using lots of curved basting pins!  Since it was VERY heavy, I could only work in little spurts before my arms and fingers were worn out from the weight of such a LARGE quilt.

I made a bias binding in a fabric I hadn't used in the quilt but was part of the collection. 

The best part of all was giving them the quilt.....

and seeing it on their bed!

Now to tackle some other quilts!!!!

Happy Quilting!

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Baby Quilt Tutorial-Quilt Sandwich

Making a quilt sandwich is similar to building a sandwich in the kitchen.  A top and bottom additional layers in between held together with condiments.  In our case, the "condiments" will be adhesive spray and/or safety pins.

Clean off a cutting table or floor so you can spread the quilt out right side down.  This step is like laying your bottom piece of bread down to get ready to build your sandwich.  I like to fold my backing in half lengthwise and then crosswise to make a point and find the center.  Mark through one layer of fabric with a safety pin.  I also like to use painter's tape with arrows drawn on it to show my length and width.  (This is handy when layering a large quilt such as a king in my sample but not as pertinent with a baby size)

Then spread your backing out RIGHT SIDE DOWN and if on a table, secure with binder clips (find them at your local office supply store) or if on the floor (ouch my knees and back) secure with painter's tape around the edges.

Repeat the folding process with the batting and quilt top to find the center.  Our batting is the next layer in our QUILT SANDWICH!  I like to use adhesive spray to keep my layers nice and smooth.  Typically I use what I can get at my local craft store using my iphone coupons!   Match up your batting center with your backing center, making sure your width and length are both going the same directions! Remove the pin and tape from the backing layer and spray with a little adhesive spray and begin smoothing from the center to the edges.  Take the binder clips off and reattach them including the batting or tape the batting layer to the floor.

Repeat this process with the quilt top (the final top piece to our QUILT SANDWICH-again, I didn't have pictures of the baby quilt in this process, so this is a different quilt!)  Remember to spray lightly with the adhesive spray, smooth to edges beginning at center and then re-clip or tape.
Now the FUN pins
I like to use curved basting pins and willingly pay the extra for them.  They save the fingernails and fingers when trying to close them with the quilt sandwich layers firmly secured to either the floor or table.  

They come in a variety of sizes and can be purchased at most craft/fabric stores and online.  There is even a handy tool to save the fingers if you so desire!
This part of the process is time consuming but most necessary to have smooth quilt layers.  Beginning in the center of the quilt, pin safety pins through all the layers, smoothing and pinning your way to the edge. Pin every 4-6 " until the entire quilt sandwich is full of pins, securing the layers together (much like your toothpick with the colored cellophane in your deli sandwich).  

When you are completely finished pinning, you may remove the binder clips or tape and you are ready to quilt the layers together.  (*another note on my picture---I had pre-quilted my blocks, thus the stitching--yours will be plain)

Be careful pinning!  Watch those fingers!
My favorite sandwich is a BLT and a quilt sandwich....what about you?

Pin away!

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Baby Quilt Tutorial-Quilt By Machine

In this tutorial, we will machine quilt our "sandwiched" quilt that we assembled in the prior blog on how to assemble a quilt sandwich. 

  This technique works best with a walking foot.  This particular presser foot helps feed the layers over the dog feet (the zig-zag like treads under the presser foot).  It can only go forward and backward and is typically only used for directional lines and stitching in the ditch.  (perhaps another tutorial?)

Another technique to quilt on the machine is free motion quilting.  This technique uses a darning or open toed presser foot. The dog feet are dropped out of the way and the quilt sandwich is moved with your hands to create intricate and creative designs!  I'm just beginning to try this technique.  

Lastly is a technique using the normal foot and machine stitches programmed into your machine.  Stippling, zig-zag, curves, shells, etc are all designs that can be used as is or modified to create quilting lines to hold your sandwiched layers together.  This photo is demonstrating an "S" stitch that I elongated to quilt the plaid sections of the baby quilt.  The painter's tape (I use a LOT of painter's tape in my studio!!!) is a method to keep me lined up properly without having to mark the quilt and wash the marks out.  Just stitch a line, measure and quilt, move it and start again!

It is best to start quilting from the center of the quilt and move outward in quadrants.  The purpose behind this rule of thumb is to smooth the layers from the middle to the outside edges.  Creeping can occur (and is normal) of the layers as the presser foot feeds them through the machine.  That is why I included the "grace" (see other Baby quilt tutorials) on all the edges.

I also like to vary my patterns.  On the elephant print I did a straight stitch set on the diagonal.  The plaid got a wavy stitch and the chevron I followed the zig-zag of the fabric.  
This is the backing I used-plaid is on the reverse.  Note that the waves aren't perfect!

Remember to have a new needle 90/14or 80/12, a full bobbin ( I hate to run out in the middle of a sewing sequence) and good thread.  (Perhaps another post?)

Happy stitching!

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Friday, November 14, 2014

4 Year Breast Cancer Diagnosis Anniversary

You never think you will hear the words "You have cancer" always happens to someone else.  I'm happy to celebrate 4 years since my BREAST CANCER DIAGNOSIS!

I actually didn't "hear" those words from my doctor's lips.  She told me I flunked my needle biopsy and I asked, that means it was cancer?  She only nodded and I tried to provide a strong sense of confidence and a little humor with a short laugh...after that I don't remember much else of the conversation.  Dear husband listened to my options, we were handed a packet of information and as I walked through the waiting room, I remember trying to hide the packet of information so others watching wouldn't give me pitiful looks.

We were still trying to wrap our heads around the "C" word when we realized dear hubby needed to make a call to the elders at our congregation to let them know he wouldn't be at a previously scheduled meeting.  The look on his face and the lump in his throat when he gave the reason as "Renee has just been diagnosed with breast.....c...a...n...c...e...r" was all it took for my resolve to crumble.

We had suspected the results would come back positive-I hadn't felt well in a while.  Again, that woman's instinct that "something like this doesn't happen to me" had me thinking in simple terms.  Had the house checked for mold, painted all the rooms and changed out the carpet.  Maybe my mattress isn't a good one and that's the reason I'm tired.  OR maybe it's because dear hubby snores all night.  Do I have too many irons in the fire?  I kept my yearly GYN visit and bloodwork came back fine.  Nothing was wrong with ME.  It had to be something else!  I never had experienced any health issues before and my only hospital stay was to give birth.  I exercised, ate healthy....

  However, I couldn't make it through a day without "crashing" around 2 PM.  The kicker was one day in August when I decided to move my sewing room from one room in the house to our vacant "pool house".  After one load of stuff in a laundry basket and a rubbermaid tote on a dolly, I was DONE.   I mean, sit down on the couch, put my feet up and eat an apple and peanut butter.  Maybe my blood sugar was low??? Nada....

Not long after this experience, we drove to Birmingham to visit my sister and brother-in-law for a niece to be crowned Homecoming Queen.  After vowing to help SIL get ready for the after party, I fell asleep on the couch until time to get ready to leave!  Yep...something was definitely off.

So, to say it was a surprise isn't true.  It was just a shock of reality-I HAD BREAST CANCER.  We had calls to make to children that were in college and family that lived out of state.  Tough, but we made it through.  Neighbors bringing food and support that night and many prayers helped us get through the "C" word diagnosis day.

Blessings come in a variety of ways.  You wouldn't think of cancer as a blessing.  There is a song in our hymn book- "Count your many blessings, name them one by one."  Because of my cancer diagnosis, I count my blessings every day.  Not just around a table for a Thanksgiving meal, not when something good happens.  James 1:2 tells us our faith will be tested and we will have to "count it all joy...when you meet trials of various kinds."  We just have a tendency to think those trials happen to someone else.  With faith "all things are possible"(Mark 10:27).  It would be possible for me to count a breast cancer diagnosis a blessing as long as I used my faith to get me through that trial.

So on my 4 year anniversary of my breast cancer diagnosis, I celebrate blessings!  Of faith, family, friends, life, love and breath every day!

Thank you dear friend, Lori Ford, for my 4 year celebration T-shirt!  

Can you find a blessing in EVERY day? What about taking the time to name them all?  On your drive to work?  In the shower in the morning?  While you lay in bed at night in the dark to lull you to a peaceful sleep?

Blessings to you today,

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Friday, November 7, 2014

Recreating a Vintage Smocked Dress

I got a call about a year ago (yes, I'm just now writing about it) to recreate a vintage smocked dress from the 50's.  The most interesting part about the recreated was to be used as a costume on the broadway stage!

I was asked not to mention the name of the production due to copyright infringement, however, just think Southern...None of the costume seamstresses knew how to smock!  The costume designer browsed through Etsy and found my newly opened shop and the rest is history!  I received a package containing the dress and enough silk taffeta and floss to complete the insert for a size 5 dress.

Due to Hurricane Sandy, the costumers were behind on their schedules for opening night so I agreed to complete it and return as quickly as possible.

I loved working with the silk taffeta and pleating it was a dream!

Next I blocked the piece to fit the yoke of the vintage dress I'd been given.  Since I was working with a gingham, it was easy to make sure everything stayed lined up by following the horizontal lines.  This is where things can look "wonky" if not pleated straight.  "Wonky" pleating will cause the  gingham lines to appear distorted (they even make my eyes hurt).

Now the fun part! SMOCKING!!!! I scanned the vintage dress so I'd have a makeshift "template" that I could write on and compare to my newly pleated and blocked piece.

The vintage pink gingham dress had been designed to have the pleats "puff" between rows which required less smocking time (but more cuddly time for the Maltese babies).

Finally, the finished insert, ready to be shipped back to NYC.

******edit 11/6/14
            I never found any pictures with the costume on a little actress :( but thought with holidays coming up it might inspire someone to use an older, vintage garment to create a special Christmas dress.  Don't be afraid of taffeta or silk dupioni!  I loved smocking on it and hope to recreate more garments in the future.

Sew Happy Stitches!


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Baby Quilt Tutorial-Assemble the Top

Baby Quilt Tutorial-Assemble the Top is part 4 of the series on how to sew a unique but simple quilt suitable for beginners or more advanced seamstresses.

A baby quilt can be used for many purposes.  Obviously for babies-either to  cover them, lay them on the floor or wrap them up, but baby quilts are the perfect size for snuggling on the couch, laying across the lap of an elderly relative or friend or even taking to an outdoor sporting event!  With all the variety in fabric choices, the possibilities are endless!

Today's tutorial will consist of assembly of all the parts and pieces we've cut in previous tutorials. (see them HERE and HERE)

I used regular Coats and Clark cotton mercerized thread to piece my quilt top.  (Quilt terminology for "assembly of the top pieces" or "sewing it all together")  I used the same in my bobbin.

Start with the little pieces first.  In this case they are the chevron or the two 3" pieces I had you cut previously.  Pin one 3" piece with the right sides together against the middle fabric. (this puts the seam on the inside with the pretty fabric on the outside when complete) My middle fabric is the elephants or the 12.5 inch long piece on your quilt.  Repeat for the other 3" piece on the remaining middle section.

Right sides together and stitch!
Now you can use a 1/2 " seam and stitch on the outside edge to sew each piece to the middle block.

Repeat the process with the bottom block, in my case the plaid 24" and then again with the top block which is the remaining 6.5" block.

This finished piece is your quilt "top"!  

Be gathering your supplies for next week and we'll begin to quilt by machine.  You'll need batting in crib size or a remnant from a larger quilt.  Remember it will be bigger than our top to allow "grace".
We'll use Coats and Clark mercerized thread for the quilting on this project.  Always have extra machine needles handy--Schmetz 80/12  or 90/14 are good sizes for this project.  

Sew up a Storm!!

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Baby Quilt Tutorial-Cutting It Up

Today's post is all about getting the fabric cut and ready to go!  I like to do all my cutting at one time, put the cut fabrics in their bag or tote (see Baby Quilt Tutorial-Organization) so I'm ready to sew when time allows.

My preferred method of cutting is with a rotary cutter, Omnigrid ruler and a self-healing mat.  Make sure your rotary cutter has a fresh blade so you can make precise, clean cuts.  I keep spares in my sewing cabinet (watch those coupons and save!)

I made my quilt 36x48.  It is sufficient to cover a crib (rarely ever done after baby gets here!) or to use as a floor mat or baby seat cover in cooler weather.  Both my children received quilts made by my aunt and we used them for all of the above and even as nap covers when they moved to their "big boy and big girl" beds!

I chose 3 fabrics for my quilt.  The plaid I chose to use as the "header" and "foot", the chevron as the back and decorative band, and the elephants as the feature fabric.
With the completed quilt, you see the crosswise grain goes left to right and length goes north to south.

Since fabric is 42-45" crosswise, I chose to make the crosswise grain my width. This also prevents any stretching or give in the pieces due to the weave of the fabric.  Initially I cut the whole length of the fabric and then cut to size later.  (this gives me lots of "grace" area for shifting layers later in the construction)

I then cut the length from the "length of yardage".  Since my quilt will be 48 " long, I need 1 3/8 yards.  (Again, I like "grace" so I usually get 2 yards.  Any scraps can be used later for appliqué or a scrap quilt)  Use your rotary cutter and omnigrid ruler to make a square cut by lining up the bottom of the ruler on the fold and cut at the 2 yard mark along the crosswise grain.

The next step is to cut the front pieces!   A note here in the event you chose a directional print like I did, you MUST pay attention to the print.  In my case, I made sure my cutting lines were along the design lines to prevent a "wonky" looking piece.
(Check out the above photo...look at the cutting line for my chevrons--the tip of each all the way across the width of the fabric, my plaid fabric is along the same "line" of plaid the whole length of fabric)

The "header" (plaid) = 6.5" x width of fabric (WOF)
       "footer"  (plaid)= 24"x WOF
        bands   (chevron)= 2 each of 3" x WOF
        main     (elephant)= 12.5 x WOF
        backing (mixture of plaid and chevron) 48 x WOF
         Since my quilt will be 48 " long, I need 1 3/8 yards.  (Again, I like "grace" so I usually get 2 yards)
         For this quilt, I wanted to add an extra strip of color, so I combined leftover fabric to make my 
         2 yards after sewing them together.
        4 yards of quilt binding to match ( you can make your own bias strips or purchase ready made)

 You will also need crib sized batting. There will be excess but that is the "grace" allowance I talked about earlier.  I prefer a scrimmed cotton batting.  Warm and Natural is my favorite brand, but others may be used.   It can be purchased online or at many sewing shops.

I chose to embroider an initial monogram onto my main fabric.  If you choose to embellish with any embroidery.  Do it now after centering it on your fabric pieces.

We'll sew in our next tutorial!

Cut carefully.....
Renee Galloway

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Baby Quilt Tutorial-Getting Organized

Recently my daughter asked me to make a quilt for a friend expecting her 3rd baby.  After all, the 3rd baby deserves something new, right?  I was the oldest child and always got the "new" items, however, my sister ended up with the "hand-me-downs".  What about you? New or Hand me downs?

Since the recipient is a big "Roll Tide" fan,  cute elephant fabric was a key feature as well as team colors!  Check out my post using another team fabric for a cute pillowcase dress that is a quick afternoon project!

Completed quilt
First and most important is the fabric selection.  I enjoy this is like much to choose from!  Remember color and scale in this process.  You want a mixture of small, medium and large prints.  What about a solid?  Do the colors or "hues" match?  Are they complimentary? (maybe another blog post on color selection?  let me know!) What about thread?  Embellishments such as a monogram or trims like rick-rack, velvet trim, embroidery?

For this quilt, my daughter chose a small scaled plaid (of course in Alabama colors), a larger scaled gray/white chevron and the favored elephant print, which was a medium scale and the basis for all the coordinating prints.  We visited a local fabric shop, Thimbles, and acquired the plaid and elephant fabrics(Farmhouse Fabrics).  I had the chevron(RBD) in my stash.
Selected quilt fabrics (with monogram done)
Depending on the size of the project, I after I have selected my pattern, fabrics, thread and any other items I might need for the project, they all go into a rubbermaid tote or a large ziploc bag.  The zip locks come in 2 gallon or L, XXL and are very handy to keep all project contents together. Most Walmart or Target stores carry them.

 I also add all the pertinent information into my Quilting Notebook to keep all my doodles, drawings, fabric selections and measurements handy for later quilts and record keeping purposes.

Up next....cutting the fabric!

Happy Organizing!

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Pillowcase Dresses and Football

Pillowcase dresses are all the rage for little girls, so creating them for football fans seemed natural.  

The appliqué and monogram  took longer than the whole dress construction process!  I It was done first on the block of fabric to be used as the largest portion of the dress.  While it was being monogrammed, I cut the two bottom bands to the same width of the main body and folded them in half and ironed them so I had a finished bottom edge on both.  Note that the first band (the paw prints) is smaller in width than the bottom band (polk a dot) so that it creates two layers of folded finished edges.  
After the applique was completed, I made a sandwich of the main fabric (chevron in this case) RS up, the paw print band next with raw edges together on bottom of chevron, then last I put the polk a dot band on top with raw edges together.  Then I serged all three together at the same time! I did this for the front and back pieces.

Then fold the seam toward the top and press.  (The bands should line up, from this angle it looks like they are not, but they are!) The side seams are sewn on the machine AFTER serging the sides and top of the front and back pieces as a FINISHING seam. DO NOT SERGE THE SIDE SEAMS or there will be no place for little arms!!!!
Measure down from the top (in my case for a 12 mo size it was 7inches) .  Machine stitch the sides from your mark down to the hem.  
Iron the remaining(armhole) seam the same width as the side seam and topstitch. Serge across the top (neckline) to finish the raw edge. Then iron the top neckline down 1.5 inches for the casing.  Add a cute ribbon and viola!  A cute pillowcase dress!!

War Eagle and Happy Stitching!

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Wreath for the Duck Hunter

Since my MOG duties included the rehearsal dinner, I wanted to incorporate my son's love (and yes, obsession) with duck hunting.  Yes, he gets his obsessive qualities from his mother's gene pool honestly.  His is hunting and mine is all things sewing....why not combine the two???

He sent me a picture of two "love" ducks so I added a little to the newly digitized design to include the date and their names.  I purchased the 12" wide burlap ribbon that is so readily available at Hobby Lobby ( use the coupon and you'll save bundles!).  This was to be the nucleus of my duck wreath theme.  I used my 6 needle Brother 600II to embroider the duck design on this burlap using heavy weight stabilizer that I cut away from the back side and Press and Seal (yes from the kitchen) on top to keep any needles from getting caught on the wide weave. (sorry I didn't take pics of the process, check out the blog post Machine Embroidered Dog Collar).  The rest is history!  A few cat tails, a resin duck and some greenery!  Oh, and let's not forget the big "G" I got off the clearance aisle at Hobby Lobby a couple of months back!

I threw together another arrangement for the head table while I was decorating the tables....

Susan Spann did our cake.  Check out her FB page  Susan's Sweets.  
Could you tell we used the "duck hunting" theme???

All in a day's work!
So happy when I'm stitching,
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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Machine Embroidered Dog Collar

This post is all about Nelli and her participation in my son's wedding as ringbearer!
Since she is his baby, he and the bride wanted her to be in the wedding.  Naturally grandmom (or Ney-Ney) needed to make wedding attire!

I started with scrap white broadcloth that I had cut off the flower girl dress prior to hemming and used the same mini blue rick rack I had put on the flower girl's angel wings. (see previous post Wedding Sewing)  It was easy to make a casing and straight stitch the rick rack on each edge, but how did I want to embellish a dog collar to make her look like a girl but not make the son say "no way Mom!" ?

Why not use the same machine embroidery design I used on a burlap ribbon for other wedding decor?
Egad! I love working under pressure (yes, it was the night before we were supposed to head to the out of town wedding and the day after I had spent the whole day in bed with strep throat)!!!

I pulled a piece of burlap out of the trash can and readied it for embroidery by using spray adhesive onto Wet and Gone stabilizer.  After hooping and pulling up my saved design, I threaded the proper thread and began my "in the hoop" dog tag.

A satin bow the same color as the flower girl's and blue satin ribbon with love knots to hold the bow together were added to make the perfect wedding collar for our Nelli!

In Stitches,
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