Still Sewing

Did you notice I said “still sewing” and not “still quilting”?!?  No, I haven’t given up quilting, I am just adding a little something new to my repertoire! With the encouragement of a very wonderful friend who I have truly come to treasure I have not made just one dress, but I have made 2 dresses in the last month!  Kristy from Hopeful Threads has been encouraging me to make a dress for Anne for months now, and last month I took the plunge and made a dress for her Dress A Girl challenge.

I read Kristy’s review on the Little Comet Tails – Gemini Jumper and I thought to myself…”I can do that”. Before we came down to California, I ordered the pattern and shipped it to California so it would be here waiting.  Now, keep in mind the only dresses I have ever done have been all straight line sewing AND neither have had pattern pieces!  I have to say, Kristy got her review spot on, I was actually able to do this pattern.  Now don’t get me wrong, I had to email Kristy with a slew of questions and at one point uploaded a picture to Facebook and tagged her in it just to make sure I was doing everything correctly.  She is so wonderful for helping me like she has!  What do you think?

The fabric is from 2009 and is Alexander Henry – I just love his fabric and I have to say I have been drooling over at Contemporary Cloth on the Alexander Henry that Sondra has in stock right now!

(Here’s Anne sitting in my Aunt’s garden!)

And now for the quilting! Since I have been here for the last 2.5 weeks, I have managed to get 3 quilts finished – the tumbler Flock quilt, my mom’s Mother’s Day gift, and a special gift for a special friend.

Please don’t ask me the fabric line…I have no idea, sorry!

This is my May Care 4 Caregivers project from Hopeful Threads.  Oddly enough, the caregiver that I chose to give this beauty to, is Kristy. The parameters were to pick a caregiver in your community and use your sewing talent to find a way to honor them. This community has become a huge part of my life and while I have only participated in 2 of Kristy’s challenges, I have been following her blog since last August and she just blows me away. I decided to recognize Kristy for all she has given to not only our community but to communities around the world. She has literally impacted lives around the world. Thank you Kristy for all you do!

What have you been sewing? This week I have been working on a Feathered Star block, it is going to be the center for a mini quilt I am working on, hopefully pictures for you next week!

 

 

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16 Responses to Still Sewing

  1. Debbe says:

    Your dress turned out very cute, and your model is adorable as usual. Three quilts, you have been one busy lady. Hope you have a great day!

  2. Snoodles says:

    Lucky Kristy, to receive a fabulous piece like that one! Oh, how pretty Anne looks in her new dress — mom, you “did good” on that! LOL Such nice eye candy, to see your finishes….you are inspiring me, my friend!

  3. Lisa L. says:

    I adore the jumper! I am going to have to get that pattern. Good luck with your feathered star. I looked it up, and it looks beyond my skill range for now! Cannot wait to see it!!

  4. Sondra says:

    LOVE the dresses, the pictures of A and your beautiful quilt. The colors are amazing. A looks adorable!!!!!!!!!

  5. Connie says:

    Sweet dress Melissa! I remember making ones like that for my daughter years ago. Love your quilt too!

  6. Kristy says:

    I am one lucky duck for sure!!! And that little dress turned out precious! :)

  7. Mrs.Pickles says:

    wow lovely work!!!

  8. Carrie P. says:

    that dress is adorable.
    great mini quilt too.

  9. Andrea says:

    Oh Melissa, Anne’s dress is so lovely….might need to make one for my youngest granddaughter….AND that mini quilt is simply amazing…utterly full of bright hopeful color…Kristy is blessed. I think it might make a delightful design for a doll quilt too! That’s my next project! No need for you to worry…with all the quilting you’ve done, sewing will be a breeze! You go girl!

  10. Katy says:

    Great job on the dresses, and love the quilt too :o )

  11. Susan says:

    I love that pattern. I’ve been thinking about doing a dress for the project, too. I may have to order that one. Love the pictures of Anne with her new dress.

  12. Betsy Lynn says:

    I voted for your quilt at Quilting Gallery. I love it!
    Your daughter is so cute in the dress!
    I hope the time flies by until your husband gets back home.

  13. Mishka says:

    I think it’s wonderful that you chose to give that quilt to Kristy… no doubt she is thrilled to receive it.

  14. The dress (and model) are so cute and the quilt is amazing! Great job and good luck!

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