Monday, December 28, 2009

Here's my new Nightie! Simplicity 3573

This was very easy to put together. And came out so nicely!
I changed it up a bit:

I put a self-fabric binding around the neck.

A regular purchased binding just didn't seem appealing--scratchy and rough. This is so much softer. I sewed it down around the neckline again to make everything lie down nicely.

Used my buttonhole stitch around the sleeves and at the placket. The sleeves are 3/4 length and without any elastic.

The buttons were in my stash. I had some great little flower buttons--but only two! These look bright and cheerful, though.

I added about 10 inches (even for shorty me!) to make a long gown. Otherwise the nightgown would be quite short. I like something around my legs when it's cold!
So cozy and warm--especially since it's supposed to snow again tomorrow!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

BRRR! A new Nightgown

A warm one, of course.
Here's Christmas Eve in Dallas:
Which inspired a new fluffy flannel gown.
The pattern is Simplicity 3573. I will make "B" with a longer skirt and no ruffle. I found the bright little flannel at Walmart for $2 a yard. It's 100% cotton and so soft and warm!

Okay, I'm Sewing!! First, A Christmas Gift

First, a Christmas gift that I made for someone who loves to drink tea.
A tea cozy!
I cut out a pattern first:
It's approximately 12 X 12 inches--I wanted the tea cozy large enough for most teapots. If you had a specific teapot in mind, you could measure your teapot, making sure that you left enough "ease" to pull the cozy on and off, and for seams.

I used an already quilted fabric I got on sale at Jo-Anns. It took about 3/8 yard.
This is the inner print. The seam inside is bound with plain ol' bias tape.
As is the bottom. Theoretically, it's reversible.
Here's the little tea-time bit I found in an antique store in Waxahachie. Isn't it great? I used my fancy machine's buttonhole stitch to sew the embroidered piece on.
I hope she like it! And doesn't see it here first!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Monday, December 21, 2009

Round Robin Quilt

In my Mom's quilting class, we have started our "Round Robin" quilts.
To do this, I first made a 24 X 24 inch quilt piece.
You then pass around the blocks for other moms to add a six-inch (or so) border--one border each month.
In May, I will see---for the first time!---my new quilt!
And also see how I and all the other moms have added and produced each others' quilts!

I envisioned my quilt as a montage of things that I enjoy/like/or are important to me.
Sewing, especially vintage patterns.

Taking care of my house--and fixing it up!
As a seven year survivor--breast cancer.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Working Hard

but I don't want to!
I'd rather be doing other stuff--cooking, sewing, getting ready for Christmas! But it's one last paper to do!

Another Paraphrase of Acts 3:1-10

Here's the lyrics: "Lame Man Walkin'"
Lil' PJ feat. B Money & Baby Georgia
Directed by DrewButta
Fall 2009, BE101

Go, go, go, go Go, go, go lame man
It's the ninth hour We gon' heal ya on the ninth hour
We gon' praise Jesus fo His mighty power
Yeah its in the name of Jesus, dont be sour!
[Chorus] (2x) You can find me in the temple, my ears hear you beg
Homie I got what chu need if you want to feel your leg
I'm into discipling and showing Gods love
He was a Nazarene and he kinda was a stud
[Verse] When we walk up out front, we see you asking fo some alms
People dissin you big, people giving you qualms
You thought we'd give you money, but we're gonna show you love
You say you want to walk, I say homie get on up
But homie you need faith, feet down stand up
I see the lame man walkin, now leapin thats whats up
Watching how you move, no callin Christ a liar or wimp
My brother now youre healed, dont even walk wit a limp
You were at the gate, with people thinking Dude, youre lame
Now theyre amazed, impressed with you cause you love God
But holla in the temple, people sayin God, youre faithful
And the plan is to put Satans game in a choke hold
I'm feelin' focused bro, my Lord on my mind
You got a miracle out the deal and now youre just fine
Now the people seeing your style, feeling His flow
Youve been healed by the Man, everybody lets go
[Chorus] (2x)
Picture from

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

A Quilt--No, It's Acts 3!

Verses 1 -- 10.
It's not really a quilt. I was trying to paraphrase--in a creative way!--Acts 3:1-10. That's the story of Peter and John healing the lame man at the Temple.
Ooops, it's sideways....

I didn't really make a quilt--it's squares and triangles and shapes out of scrapbooking papers that I cut out and glued onto foam board to look like a quilt.
The crutch and alms bowl are those that the lame man threw down when he was miraculously cured through Jesus' name by Peter and John. He begged everyday at the Temple because he had been lame from birth.

The keys are Peter's symbol. Look at the first picture and you can see the chalice that is John's symbol.

This says "beautiful" in Greek (I hope--I looked it up!). That's the gate in the Temple where this occurred.

These are the other people at the Temple who were amazed at the lame man who got up and
joyfully went leaping into the Temple. I bet he was glad!

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