Friday, April 15, 2016

Topsy Turvy

I have had lots of fun this past week making several dolls. First up is Topsy Turvy! This is a doll who has two heads....and no feet! Most stories I have read say that this doll goes back to the Civil War(or the War Between the States, depending on where you grew up!) Those dolls would have a black mammy on one end and an anti-bellum lady on the other, or some would have Little Eva and Topsy. . Modern day dolls are known to have cartoon characters such as Little Red Riding Hood on one side and the Big Bad Wolf on the other. Since I was just practicing, I made Blue Girl and Pink Lady for mine. Next I want to make one end sleeping and the other wide awake!
Next on my agenda was to make my granddaughter's doll a cheerleader outfit. I made a reversible dress; maroon on one side and gray on the other. I still need to make some pompoms to go with the outfit!

 Wednesday, the new Dress Up Bunch dress came out. Since it is spring, Wendi decided that the dolls all needed to do some gardening and she provided us with a cute dress, belt, apron and of course, a sun hat! I found the perfect gardening fabric and off I went! (Oh btw, the new doll has a name! She is Jessie named for the cowgirl in Toy Story!)
Gardening dress with matching apron and of course, a sunhat for a red head!

The dress that I added a ruffle on the bottom to match.

The dress with the matching belt.

The whole she-bang! Dress, belt, apron and sunhat!!!
I have a few more of these dresses cut out and ready to go. I love the Dress Up Bunch! And please don't tell folks that I still like playing dolls...shhhhhh! If you love dolls, follow the link to Wendi's site and join in all the fun.

Friday, March 25, 2016

This, That and Whatever!!!!

I have been sewing for the last couple of weeks, but just didn't get a chance to post. I made a second doll for my granddaughter so that when her friends come over, they will have a doll to play with also. The second doll has dark hair and I made a load of clothes for the both the dolls.

A bright, cheery yellow red trimmed with red rick rack! Fun!
Several overalls, dresses, skirts and shirts to mix and match!
Today I made several outfits for the patriotic holidays! Who doesn't love red, white and blue?

I have also been working on a pillow from a Craftsy class I have taken. It is Maureen Cracknell's Quick- Quilt-As-You-Go. It was fun to make and even more fun to stuff the pillow form in, especially with arthritic wrists!
 I am now working on a herringbone quilt from the same close which I will post about when I finally get it done. I have 2/3 of the top finished so am hoping the rest will go as quickly!

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Emily and her Fantastic Wardrobe!!!

This week I have been busy making Emily and her wardrobe! She is another pattern from the creative mind of Wendi at Shiny, Happy World. Believe me when I say Wendi's  patterns are addictive!

Here is Emily in her "sparkly" top and skirt! She will be able to wear this outfit for the 4th of July!
I also made her a pair of shorts out of the same sparkly denim so she will have to make a decision of which one to wear!

Next up is the same shorts but with a bright red top! She is a very patriotic girl you know!

She might get a bit cold so she also has a pair of striped overalls that go with her red top.
She really isn't being choked...I used my granddaughters's doll stand so Emily could stand upright!
I guess she decided that the overalls were too warm so she put on another pair of denim shorts, this time a bit lighter in color. She added a new shirt, too. This one is blue and green specks with shiny green snaps! What a stylish girl!
Well, the day finally came to an end and Emily put on her flannel jammies and got her little doll out so they could go to bed. It's been a long, hard day! Yawn!

I am going to make another doll and lots more clothes for my granddaughter and her friends...cross your fingers I get most of it done by next week when I get to see her!

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Elephants, Bears and Paperdolls! Oh, My!!!!

This week I made my first stuffed softies from Wendi's fun patterns. I finished my elephant and teddy bear and have a cat and dog to go!

I love my elephant and have a pink one planned (doesn't everyone need a pink elephant?)
I love his big floppy ears!
Of course, I have many more teddies planned of all colors. I used pleather for his nose and faux suede for his face, "hands" and feet!

He seems right at home sitting in my chair!

Here are a few more paperdoll blocks. This week I made ones with my kids and grandkids! Oh course, I had to use my memory for what my kids wore all those years ago! Thank goodness the grandkids are recent so I didn't have to use too many brain cells for those!

First up is my oldest son and one of my favorite outfits he ever had! His grandmother gave him these quilted overalls when he was really little so I had to put a huge hem in them! He wore them until I couldn't let them out anymore and then they were passed down to his brother.( I did take poetic license with them because the original quilted knees and pocket were yellow calico.)
I then moved on to my younger son. He played soccer from 1st grade until he graduated so what is more apropos than his soccer uniform. The cleats were lots of fun to add!
Then I made one of my granddaughter and the outfit we shopped for on her last birthday. She picked out the whole outfit and was especially proud of her Sketcher shoes with memory foam. She had wanted them for so long and then found them to match the outfit she had chosen!!!!
Last but not least is my grandson and his swim suit! When they come to visit, swimwear is all you see them in! They love the beach. I had fun putting the whale appliques on both his swimsuit and protective shirt. Fun, fun!
One other block I finished was "Lily" my Easter girl! It was based on  a dress that my grandmother made me when I was 8 or 9. The dress was yellow dotted swiss (remember that?) and I had black patent leather shoes. I loved that dress! I added an Easter basket filled with flowers.

I have at least two more softies to make...a cat and a dog and of course I am still working on my paperdoll and house blocks.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Fun with Paperdolls!!!

I have a new addiction now! I'm still making my Shiny Happy House blocks but I now am doing a Paperdoll quilt also. The pattern comes from the clever mind of Wendi Gratz and let me tell you that once you start, you won't be able to stop. Wendi's pattern are only a guide because you can make them your own with tiny little touches that make each block yours!

My very first block is one I named Heidi. Why Heidi, who know? It just seemed to fit! She is all dressed up for her first day of school in her cute little denim jumper with a co-ordinating plaid shirt and blue tights. 

 I them designed Artie. He has on a long sleeved red shirt and bright blue pants.

Then came Violet! This is the first block that I added a bit of me into the block. Since I was naming all the dolls, someone asked me why not add their name to the block, so I did! I also added a bow to her hair and a bit of lace to the hem of her dress.

I now have plans for a lot more dolls! I am going to make ones for the holidays, and ones named for friends and family. I am having a blast doing them and I hope you have fun seeing them. Keep an eye peeled for more blocks soon!!

Friday, February 12, 2016

Shiny, Happy Houses!

I have been busy making new blocks for my Shiny, Happy House Quilt. This has turned into an addiction for me! I keep thinking of new styles of houses to make so I just keep making them! The houses started out fairly simple but as I have continued making them, I keep adding more and more details.
Note the cute little kitty in front of the bush.

The first house of the week was the flowery house. I added a flower box filled with flowers. The roof and front section of it are also quite "flowery"

For the rustic cabin, I added a doggie holding a bone
I then decided that my quilt was going to need a log cabin. Let me tell you that the logs were really fun!

My roommate tells me that flying the kite with that tail is impossible....and I said so pretend!
Next I came up with a two story house with a matching doghouse and white picket fence. Of course, the block needed a kite and a puppy in the doghouse!
The beginnings of a forest...
I decided that I really needed a snowy scene. The roof and the ground are both sewn with glittery white fabric. Since I live in Florida, I had to do the snow from memory!
Gold metallic thread makes the lighthouse beams of light
I had fun designing the water and the lighthouse. There were lots of pieces to applique but it worked out in the end!
Finally a scene from around here
After all the snow scenes that I have done, I decided that a beach cottage was really needed! Palm trees with a hammock, surfboards on the beach just waiting to be used, and even a beach all we need is warm weather! I'm on the Gulf of Mexico and it has been in the 30's at night! Brrrrrrr........

Hope you have enjoyed my house tour and maybe you want to join in the fun! Just click on the Shiny, Happy House link at the top of the blog to get the pattern.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Neighborhood Party...Join in!

Have you heard about the "Neighborhood Party" going on over at Hilachas' Neighborhood Party?  Why not come and join us? I am having so much fun making my blocks for this party! I spent some of my weekend making two blocks. The first was a chilly winter block...what is more appropriate for someone from Florida? It is full of snow along with a cute little snowman! Just like around here........

The snow and the sky are both "glittery" as well as the snowman.

 After I finished the first one, I couldn't stop. So off I went with my second block! What to do that was a bit different? How about a group of townhouses? Sure...I have a problem picking out the fabric for one house, so why not five? A brilliant blue sky directed me to use bright and cheerful colors like you would  find in San Francisco's Painted Ladies and Charleston's Rainbow Row. I had to make so many decisions with colors and styles that it wasn't funny but it was well worth it in the end. I think I would like to live on a block like this! Wouldn't you?
I still need to add some colorful buttons for doorknobs. More decisions for color!

Here is an added block! I decided to try for a Victorian look for this block and a cute little doggie for a pet! I used some lace for the gingerbread look on the front of the house. Who wouldn't want to live in this house?

I plan on making a few more blocks so why not come join in the party? There is always room for one more!