Monday, August 11, 2014

Pillowcase Dresses

At a recent meeting, one of the ladies in my quilt guild showed some pillowcase dresses that she had made with extra fabric.  She said that they would be sent to African orphans through the Little Dresses for Africa project.

So I made a half dozen, but sent one to my sweet great-granddaughter first. 

Two of the dresses were actual handmade pillowcases that I wasn't using.  Two others were made from fabric that one of my former girl scouts gave me during the cleaning out of her mother's storage shed.  Two others were made with "free table" fabric from the guild.  I think it is a good use for leftover fabric.

Special Olympics Scarf

This was an easy, relaxing way to put some spare yarn into use and hopefully put a smile on someone's face.

The Texas Special Olympics Scarf Project is looking for 3000 scarves in green or blue.

Guidelines are on

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Little Landscapes

I love the little landscapes that are hanging in the bathroom of the retreat house in Stonewall. SOMEWHERE, I have a picture of them, but I can't find them.

Recently, I tried to do some similar work. They were ok, but I wasn't satisfied.

This are my initial attempts.

The last time I went there, I took them and my paints along.  I worked on them and feel much better about them.

 Several of the ladies would have gladly bought them, in fact, but I wasn't sure that they were finished.

I'm thinking they may be done.

Sign from Lizz

My great niece Lizz has gone into business with her crafts.  This is the sign that I had her make for me.

Here it is on my storage closet door.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Sewing for the girls

When my great-grandkids were here recently, we went by the fabric store.  Kaycee picked out a green zebra stripe seersucker.  Yesterday I made a sundress for her out of it.  Today I made a purse to match.

For baby sister Olivia,  I made a pinafore sundress.  I used to have a really cute pattern for one.

Today when I looked in the envelope, the instructions were there, but no pattern.

On Facebook, I asked if any of my friends had the original pattern.  Two ladies immediately recognized it but neither still had it.  So funny that all three of us had used it for our daughters.

 I looked online and found one on

It was free and very cute.

I gave it a little bit more flair and will add even more if I make it again.

I'm hoping that the sizes of the two dresses are at least close.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Dear Jane Keeps On Slogging

I started the a version of the Jane Stickle quilt in 2007. 
I'm still working on it, off and on.
Mostly off.

 Thanks to Carolyn and the Dear Jane bee in the guild, I made three more blocks at a mini-retreat this month.  Since then I've even made a few more.

I bought a flannel sheet at the thrift store and put it up in my hallway.  All of my completed blocks are pinned to it in their proper position.  Now I get inspired more often. 

This quilt can be such a beautiful thing.  I hope I finish it.  Someday.

Monday, June 2, 2014

June Flowers

Here are the flowers I found in my yard this week.

The five petaled purple/pink one is about 3/4 inches across.  It's a volunteer weed, actually.

The five petaled pink one with the yellow 3D center is a Rock Rose.   Maybe two inches across?

This little yellow one will grow in pure granite chips and is very, very small.  And very, very persistant.

There's a rat-tail cactus blooming in a four-inch pot.  This one is a really striking red-orange.

By the west fence, a volunteer horsemint peeks out from the iris foliage.

And in the garden a squash plant blooms.

And way out back there are Indian Blankets hugging the gas meter and tall blue sage blooming away behind them.