Monday, April 24, 2017

Dressing a Canopy Doll Bed

Shona is dressing this wonderful doll bed.

I thought you would enjoy seeing the details,
and she agreed to share!
The canopy is in process, we can see that later.


The medallion center was cut from yardage and appliqu├ęd onto the light fabric.

The center medallion finished at 6" square.
Isn't the hand quilting beautiful?

The medallion was cut from an Anna Griffin Jolie print.

The pillow case is hand embroidered with her monogram.
The stitching was done free hand - not using waste canvas.
Wonderful attention to detail.

Under the quilt are beautiful lace trimmed sheets.
The original ticking mattress was freshened and refilled.

The quilt is beautiful even off the bed.
Shona lightly pencils her hand quilting lines before stitching.
Note the lower corners are designed to accommodate a four poster bed.

The reproduction fabric squares were cut 2", finishing at 1.5"
They alternate light and dark.
Here you can see the quilt fit around the bed posts.

Thank you for sharing Shona!
Happy Stitching,
Dawn

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Rose of Sharon SVBAQ Link Up Month 20


This is my Rose of Sharon block for the Shenandoah Valley Botanical Album Quilt Along.

I loved using the time plaid for the leaves.
The stem was an older reproduction from the Smithsonian.

It has been such a fun project, it does not feel like month 20!

I am anxious to get it quilted.
I have an idea where I want to hang it - maybe by winter?
OK, maybe next winter.





I sometimes have the urge to straighten out the little details in these blocks.

But I love the quirkiness of the subtle differences between the flowers.

The bit of red and the small bits of yellow, as in nature, make this a beautiful block.

You can see more beautiful photos on the blog and Facebook Page.
HERE and HERE.
Happy Stitching,
Dawn

Monday, April 10, 2017

Days For Girls

Saturday I had an opportunity to sew for Days For Girls (HERE).

It was a wonderful opportunity to step out of my box and do some machine work on brought fabrics.

Not only was I able to help in their efforts, I sewed fabrics I rarely use!  Flannels and batiks, also pretty pinks and rich purple prints.

I also sewed with polyester thread - which I had to dig deep for in some of the vintage sewing baskets I had. I was able to use up three spools of thread - that's a lot of seams.

We sat at tables with other stitchers so we had a nice time visiting throughout the day while we sewed.







Everything was all setup when we arrived and each work station was outfitted with tools and supplies.

This particular group meets three times a year.  The final kits from their work are delivered to Haiti. You can read more about their goals in the link above.

My friend donated a sewing machine for the solar powered sewing center they are finishing in Haiti. There, local women will sew these kits and sell various components for distribution by hospitals, educators and other non profits doing work in the area.  The high quality fabrics are hard to source on the island so I donated fabric along with my check and time sewing.







There were people serving as well as straight stitching.

The entire work room (church hall) was an array of beautiful color.







Each station was a different step in creating the final bag of supplies.

Non sewers helped cut and assemble.
The drawstring bags get the logo label of Days For Girls - helping girls stay in school and helping Haiti Work!

Have a great week,
Dawn
Links:
Helping Haiti Work (HERE)
Days For Girls (HERE)