Pillowcase Dress Revisited

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

I absolutely love pillowcase dresses. . .soft, flowing and summery. I was searching through my stash of vintage pillowcases, left to me by my grandmother and hand embroidered by both my maternal great grand- mothers, trying to figure which one would make the perfect little dress for my youngest daughter. I couldn't do it. There is no way those pillowcases are ever going to be anything other than pillowcases. I actually teared up at the thought of cutting into them. . .it just isn't going to happen. So I carefully folded them back up and stowed them away. . .ahh, memories.  

There was, however, a beautiful stack of Amy Butler fabrics sitting there on my sewing table. . .just waiting.  Perfect!  With the help of Anna Marie Horner's helpful hints. . .a pillowcase dress was born! I found it helpful when cutting the armhole area to create a pattern piece from one of my daughter's tank tops (I didn't want it to be too big through the arms). 

Well, Bethy loves it and it's soft, flowing and summery!  Her two older sister's are now after me, both wanting pillowcase blouses.  

Fire Crew Appreciation

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Today, just a quick HEARTFELT note to all the firemen and women who have for the past 8 weeks battled the awful fires that have seemingly taken over our lives.  Your hard work and tireless effort are truly appreciated.  And to all of you who have given up family members so they could come save Northern California. . .thank you too!  There was blue sky today. . .a true blessing.  Thank you.

Busy. . .Busy. . .Busy

Monday, July 21, 2008

Two months ago I made a priority to sit down and create a blog for myself (ah, well my oldest daughter did most of the "creating")  Well, nearly 8 weeks after my first post. . .I'm back! Great job, I know.  

Lots to do in the summer, with all five kids home on break (and all inside–northern California has been on fire for what seems like forever!) it's been a little difficult to get to the blog.  

The good news, I have been sewing and the fabric fairy (aka the mail lady) has brought me two wonderful boxes of yummy fabric, one from the Fat Quarter Shop–the Ava Rose collection by Tanya Whelan of Grand Revival; the next from a collaboration of Etsy sites the new line by Sandi Henderson of Portabellopixie, Farmer's Market.  

There will be several posts in the next few days of the wonderful things I hope to complete with all this fabric treasure!  Here's a peak at some other things I've been working on.

This skirt was a download pattern from Grand Revival using Sandi Henderson's first line Ginger Blossom.

Also, I just finished a quilt that I'll be teaching at our local quilt shop–Honey Run Quilter's this fall–I call it Summer Sherbet. . .it reminds me of the delicious watermelon sherbet I had while in Hawaii!

Oooh, and next is a little something I cooked up from the garden.  This past spring, we planted extra tomato plants so I could do some canning.  Here are some stewed tomatoes.  .  . they're yummy in the winter as part of my chili recipe!

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