Whooo’s Cute

I made these cute little outfits for Reagan and Naomi (My best friend Margaret’s little girl).

Margaret and I both love owls so I am pretty sure she will like this. Plus I finally tried in the hoop applique and it is super easy and addicting. I big squishy heart love it.

Most of the skirt fabric was fat quarters the were gifted to me eons ago by Emily..that or I stole them from her, but I am pretty sure she gave them to me. I actually put real effort in to these skirts. I top stitched all the seams and everything. I self-drafted them based on a skirt we (as in Margaret and I) got in one of the first Sewingmamas swaps we did. Back when we entered as one person and Margaret did shared all the work.

Isn’t he cute? Did you see the adorable gnome tag? Love it!

I must confess I am very pleased with how these turned out. (although if you look really hard M, you will find sewing errors)



It is so stinking hot! Like over 100* every day. No playing outside for us!

Today we did get up extra early to go to the County fair. I have never been to a proper County fair. It was a unique experience. We got there at 7:30am to see the 4H Sheep show since a couple sweet girls from church were showing sheep. I am now so in love with 4H. Michael and I are already thinking about Reagan’s first projects. We are so silly. Usually when we go to the fair it is for the rides and games but this didn’t have any of that. It was amazing to get to see who won ribbons in animals, baking, sewing and other hand crafts. I am already planning what I want to enter next year. As it was crazy early for us to be leaving the house I of course forgot the camera. Oops

My current projects are quilting a HR goldfish quilt, a birthday and a back to school dress for my sweet nieces and rag dolls. I am currently obsessed with making dolls. Hopefully I will have something to show next time.

Spring Sewing!

I have started to work on Reagan’s spring/summer wardrobe. I love having a little girl to sew for and dress up. Michael did remind me to make things other than dresses and while that isn’t as fun I guess I can see his point.

When we were stuck in the dumpy trailer I traced and cut out several things for spring/summer and so now I am finishing up the sewing so I can dream up more projects. Actually I have to take a break and make another birthday dress but that shouldn’t take too long. Since I am committed to sewing all of her clothes I have started scheduling my sewing time more regularly. I am trying to get in the habit of sewing clothing from 8pm until 10pm (but I usually stay at it till 11:30 or so once I get started). My goal is to work on quilts during nap times and I have set up a small sewing station downstairs using a microwave cart. It is so nice to have Eloise my Singer Featherweight fixed!

Ok, enough rambling. I know you what to see the goods…

The pattern is the Portabellapixie Claire pattern. (Peasant dress view)

It was a seriously gorgeous day out today

This is the same pattern (obviously) but made in a tunic length to wear over shorts/skirts/pants/cloth diaper…

I find it rather easy and very productive to make a couple of the same pattern at the same time. It doesn’t add very much time to your project and the payout is big.

Thanks for looking.

My little apple trees looked prettier the other day when I originally tried to get the pictures but it was so windy it kept blowing the dresses out of the tree.

See… I promised

I would come back with proof I have been productive!

See what I have for you…


All of the patterns are by Samantha over at the Handmade Dress. She is brilliant with the patterns that look deceptively difficult but are secretly quite easy! Plus she has a new forum which you must all join. I did.

(P.S. I swear I am not being paid to advertise… I am just an over enthusiastic fan)

5 Miss Madelines all in a row

look how springy and cheery the look hanging on my porch! It was a windy but gorgeous day yesterday!

This is made into a tunic length top for Reagan’s spring/summer wardrobe. My mother in law picked out the fabric…Margaret claimed the scraps!

Another tunic length Miss Madeline made from some fabric Margaret got for my baby shower but decided not to use. Of course she was very generous and let me steal it from her!

This is a full length Miss Madeline for Reagan’s friend Zaria who just turned 1. Zaria is the daughter of my good friend Sarah.

This is Berklee’s Easter dress. Berklee is my cousin Jennifer’s daughter and is 3 weeks older than Reagan.

This one is Reagan and I added the optional little apron which I think is so sweet.

This is Naomi’s late birthday out fit

I used the Miss Olivia Paige top and the Miss Claire skirt. I LOVE the way it turned out!

So fun and cheerful!

Now back to sewing. I still have lots to do!

Cherry Limeade

is her name…. Doesn’t she scream Summer? She was also super easy!

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Just when you guys thought I had given up sewing! Just kidding.

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I made her to welcome Lentil’s cousin who is due about the same time as Lentil. No, I have not yet made poor Lentil a quilt but she does have a lifetime to enjoy mama made…. this is what I tell myself to ease the guilt.

I will be delivering this to the machine quilter’s house today after our trip to the baby doc. I hope to have it back by next week to bind it and get it in the mail.

I borrowed my inspiration from Oh, Fransson who I think is brilliant but I made several changes along the way. Most of this fabric has been in my stash since the beginning. Pretty impressive, I did not go to the fabric store at all. I decided to make a quilt and wend down to the studio and made one with what I had on hand…imagine that!

Sorry for the crappy photos…at least I am blogging again!

Silly Husband

Tricked me into going to a rummage sale up the street. Guess what followed HIM home…



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He has named her Guenevere. Apparently she is going to live in the guest room since she matched the decor.


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We know nothing about this machine other then she is a British made Singer and was recently serviced by Michael’s buddy the local sew and vac guy Norm.


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It was so funny to see him check her out. He looked her over and petted her and then looked at me sheepishly and said “can I have her” and even though I reminded him it was treatless October it became apparent that if I ever wanted to go home I would have to cave in and help him load her in the car.


P.S. This makes 4 Vintage machine for him. I only have one sewing machine.

Another Christmas quilt done!


I wanted to take some nice pictures outside however it refused to quit raining in Central Wisconsin….blah

2 down, 26 left to go…I am just kidding.


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This quilt is incorporating the Blue Star Blocks I pieced here. Now to finish the purple set.

The color combo is in honor of the recipient. These are her favorite colors.

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The hard part is going to be waiting until Christmas to give it to her.

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