Fine Heirloom Sewing, Smocking and Hand Embroidery

"Baby will be well and smiling in little garments made by Mother, Auntie, Grannie and loving friends!"

Please join me as I teach the old fashioned techniques and skills needed to sew baby clothes. You will find lessons that start at the very beginning and take you step by step as we sew little baby clothes together. May you find much joy and pleasure in making them.
It's easy and it's fun!!

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Saturday, March 25

Spring. Tea. Thankfullness.


It is Spring in Baton Rouge and I love it!

The flowers are growing in my Garden and I love the accidental combination of Blue and Pink.

The orange flowers are for Victoria, my Granddaughter who loves the bright color.
I think of her, when I see them.

On this morning, I am having a Chocolate Chip Scone and cup of Tea.  Nothing fancy. While not such a healthy breakfast, they taste perfect together.

My entire Church is reading this Devotional for the Easter season.
There is a chapter for every single day as we study the meaning of the Lord's Prayer.

This reflection is part of every day's reading.

..giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 5

I am thankful for the beautiful flowers in Spring.  

And the fine taste of tea.  

And for Chocolate!




Thursday, March 23

More Featherweight Stitching Fun!

My Friend and her Featherweight came to sew again!
(see here  to know what I'm talking about)

We added to our slowly growing pile of cute little blocks.


Hers Blue and mine Pink.

We decided to go fabric shopping to get more pink and blue fabric-very fun.

I did buy more pink fabric. 
 However, blue being my favorite color….I decided I needed to have a blue quilt also.

The picture above is my blue selection.
LOVE. IT.


We found a beautiful quilt hanging in the shop, Quilted Owl in New Orleans.

It's the  new Quilted Owl "Block of The Month".  It's called Orphan train, inspired by the Orphan Train that came through Louisiana, depositing orphans to new homes.

And yes, we signed up for it.
I liked the muted colors in the quilt.

It is way beyond my skill level but my Friend will help me.

I hope you have a friend to sew with!


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Wednesday, March 22

Sew Sews Quilt Too.


Sew Sews can stitch anything.

Shirley, on the right, is the "Quilter" although several of us can quilt too.

Bunny gave Shirley the scrapes from a quilt she had finished and this is what Shirley came up with.  Amazing!  I love this fabric.

She stitched  fans on the corners.



I think Shirley is so talented. 

 I can make quilts and I love to stitch them,  but that is not my talent.  Click to enlarge and you will see the pale yellow print fabric she used for the outside border.  She used the very same fabric for the background but she used the WRONG side so it would be more back groundy. I love this Quilt!



She just finished this quilt and brought it to show us.  I love, love, love the blue background fabric.


Look close….its blue pottery.

I'm thinking Spode!



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Monday, March 20

Sew Sews and Lorraines Smocked Dress

There's always something pretty to see when the Sew Sews get together.

Lorraine shows Carole the pretty dress she made.

It's a tiny little Bishop.
With a Madeira Appliqued hem.

The hem matches perfectly in the back.


She stitched the Bullion Flowers all the way round to the back.

And if you look closely, you can see the buttons embellished with Bullions.

Her work is lovely!!





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Thursday, March 16

Sew Sews in March


I hosted the Sew Sews for March.
We had lots to talk about.


It was fun to see what each of us has been up too.

Lorraine P has been working on Wee Care garments  (a ministry for  French Handsewers Saga guild).  I especially like the tiny Bonnet that she made using Swiss Edging.


My quilting neighbor Bernedette joined us.

She is working on a Wedding Quilt for her soon to be married Granddaughter.


It's lovely.  It is a crazy quilt with white and beige fabrics.  Then, she stitched lace to several of the blocks.  And now she is in the process of hand quilting it.

I want to do an Heirloom Version.  Using pieces of French Lace.

And of course, embroidery!


Garters have become a mainstay of the Sew Sews.  

Diane is always working on one.  And others have completed them as well.

Lots of sewing love going on with the Sew Sews!!








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Tuesday, March 14

Easter Inspiration is Everywhere!

This is the hospital gift shop at Woman's Hospital in Baton Rouge.

I had just finished my annual Mammogram and passed it by. (I am always in a hurry to get away after the mammo).  I stopped and went back.  The window was just too inviting.

With a Smocked Dress featured in the display, how could I resist?

This little boys short all was hung from the display.

The baby garments lured in inside!

There were so many cute things.  Many by Feltman Brothers. 

 Lots of handwork on them too.

I thought this little yoke was very sweet.

It's a Yoke Overlay.  

Just a pretty yoke made to set over the regular yoke on the dress.

Doesn't it give you ideas??





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