Thursday, April 10, 2014


Several weeks ago I bought Salley Mavor's Felt Wee Folk book and made this fairy. She wasn't difficult to make once I realized how small she is, two and a half inches tall. Since I started making dolls, I've done lots of practice doll faces so that it was fairly easy to paint theses wooden 16 mm beads. I placed several of them on a pipe cleaner to make it easier to hold them, a tip from Salle. Her tunic top was made from a pattern in the book and embroidered with a single strand of floss. The stitches I used were buttonhole and lazy daisy. Her skirt was made from silk flower petals and so were her wings. All this started when Adina saw a display of fairies at the library. This fairy garden was borrowed from a friend of Adina's. Tomorrow I am going with the fairy garden and the Pinkalicios Fairy House book to Adina's kindergarten class for Show and Tell and Storyline. In a few weeks we plan to go to a class at a nearby farm and make our own fairy garden.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Calendar Quilt Blocks

The reindeer block was the first one
that I completed. Yesterday the lower block was finished. Now I'm planning to do the block that will be on the left side of these blocks. The top part of the block is relatively simple with just three evergreen trees. The bottom part of the block will take longer because it has several flowers made up of many petals. My hope is that once all of the blocks are sewn together they will make up a cohesive picture. As you can see from these blocks, I've tried to use the same fabric in more than one block.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Corduroy Dresses

About a month ago,Erlisa asked me if I could make matching dresses for Eva and Adina to wear to a baby shower that we were all invited to attend. McCall's patterns had just added two adorable patterns, one for a dress and one for a jumper. Needless to say, I bought both of them and made the jumper pattern for Adina and used the dress pattern to make the matching dresses. I followed the dress pattern with a few exceptions. Instead of the flat contrast piece at the hemline, I made a ruffle to coordinate with the ruffle on the bodice. I made ties to pull in the dresses in the back rather than the grosgrain ribbon bows at the sides. The dresses were easy to make and I was pleased with the results. Everyone at the shower thought that the girls looked adorable.
The difficult part was finding corduroy fabrics that coordinated with each other in pink and another color. I finally bought these fabrics at:

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Meet Emily Ann and Molly

Today I finished the sewing and embroidery on Emily Ann, the large doll, and Molly. The pattern and instructions came from a book by Terese Cato. Believe it or not, all of the fabric came from my stash of fabrics. The circle pattern is one of my favorites and I think that I'll have to try and buy more of it. Making doll shoes was a first for me. It was not difficult. Next time I will do the embellishment on them before they are completely sewn together. That will make the job easier.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Cardinal Block

One of my goals for 2014 is to finish some of my projects. The cardinal block was a class project started at a class at Mare's Bears in November of 2012. The class was part of a five day Baltimore Album workshop. The cardinal block was taught by Emily Martin. She introduced me to off-site applique. That is where you copy the pattern on to Pellon, applique on to that and when you're finished, applique the piece, cardinal, flowers, on to the background fabric. I liked the technique because I thought you had more control when sewing tiny pieces. The bird's legs are embroidered rather than using ultra-suede that Emily gave us.