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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Friday, March 24

Baby Bonnets - Anna Circa 1920

Anna's Circa 1920s Baby Bonnet

My friend Jamie, shared her treasured  baby clothes with me and allowed me to copy this sweet Bonnet! It was made for Anna Gordon Barrett Kelly in 1920 by her Mother, Virginia

I taught this Bonnet as a class for SAGA

 I used a Maline Baby Beading as Lace Insertion 
No Ribbon woven through. 

This Bonnet has three overlapping  triangles that make up the Brim. Each triangle is finished with a Lace Insertion and edged with gathered Lace. 

They are embroidered before cutting out, which is much easier. You can see the Old Fashioned Double Featherstitch in the photo here, which I love!  I used soft Green for the  stems and leaves and pink for Featherstitching and Rosebuds.  Each triangle is completed before attaching it to the Bonnet.  

A look at the lower edge 

The Ribbon Ties were  attached on the inside of the Bonnet and a pretty Ball Baby Button was stitched on the outside. Entredeux was used to finish the neck.

Side View
This is a lacy little Bonnet, with gathered Lace Edging all around the Bonnet, included around the crown on the back. I used Maline Lace which is the Queen of Heirloom Sewing - so beautiful. The edging used is 5/8" wide.

You can find Anna's Circa 1920 Baby Bonnet Pattern in my Web Shop if you would like to make one.

Happy Stitching!
Jeannie B

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Wednesday, February 15

Charlotte - She is the Face of Cystic Fibrosis

Her hoodie reads "I'm a CF Warrior"!
Charlotte is my first Great Granddaughter!

She was born with Cystic Fibrosis.

We found out she had it when she was a few weeks old.
It is a genetic disease, that is progressive.

You would not know it by looking at her!
She is one of the happiest Babys  I know.

For her, the life she is living is normal. She doesn't know anything else!
But it's not an easy life.

There is ongoing research on treatments and hopefully they will find a way to reverse it.  
A lot of advancement has been made in the last few decades.
But there is a long way to go.

Her parents are CF Warriors too.
They have to be!

May the Lord Bless you and keep you;
May the Lord make his face to shine upon you
 and be gracious to you;
May the Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace.
Numbers 6:24-26

Happy Stitching!

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Sunday, December 11

Baby Charlotte in French Acadian Sundress

Baby Charlotte  (my one and only Great Grandchild!) is wearing my French Acadian Sundress.
I added a Swiss Edging to the hem, attached with entredeux.

I also wanted to Smock the Front.
I really like it!

I pleated a few rows using half space needles.

This is the back view. 
I didn't smock the back.

The front of the Pattern has the lacy version, which is really my favorite.
I think I would like to smock this view!

She loves her little talking/singing Teapot.  

But after awhile, we were glad it had an Off Button!!

Happy Stitching!

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Monday, December 5

Christmas 2021

This photo of Charlotte is from last Christmas.
She is wearing the dress featured in Classic Sewing Magazine for Christmas 2021.

I used my pattern Old Fashioned Baby Daydresses and the design is included in my article.

I like to add a touch of color by threading four strands of floss through entredeux. 

Charlotte with her Mama :)

I was in Wales visiting her family last Christmas!

 In this photo where I am holding her, she is wearing a Smocked Bishop that I made her Mama 27 years ago.  The smocking plate is Silent Mice.

Amber & Charlotte, Nick (Ambers husband-Charlottes Daddy) and my Grandson who also traveled to Wales for Christmas!

I will miss them so much this year!

Happy Stitching!

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Saturday, December 3

Cute Maddie!

This is a photo of my Granddaughter, Maddie. It was taken for an article I did for Sew Beautiful Magazine.  She is wearing one of the dresses in my pattern Old Fashioned Baby Daydresses.

This  beautiful baby graduated from College this year.
Is Engaged!
And has begun living her dreams!

The Pattern is Old Fashioned Baby Daydresses and there are three pretty little dress styles included. 

This version is styled after some I've seen in South Louisiana.
Pretty and Sweet!

Happy Stitching! 

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Thursday, December 1

Old Things Found!!

This is an Embroidered Quilt Block I made many, many years ago.
I bought a set of 12 in 1970 and embroidered 7 of them. I had NO IDEA what I was doing. 
But apparently I planned to finish them because I kept them all these years.

I was looking for my box of Interfacing and had to pull all this out of my closet before I found the box with the Blocks (long before I found the interfacing).

The block even has dots to follow for Hand Quilting.

These are the ones that have been waiting 52 years to be finished.

I have to say, I am impressed with the neat back, all things considered (my young age)!

I labeled the boxes that were put back into the closet and plan to make 2033 my Year of Organization!
I wasted all my sewing time looking for something I needed!
I hate that!

I also labeled the box with the Quilt Squares, 
so I can find them when I know what I want to do with them.

Now I know how to quilt!!

Happy Stitching.

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