Monday, April 25, 2011

Easter dress (and more)

Did you enjoy Easter weekend?  We did!  It was a whirlwind of friends and family fun (even including an impromptu shopping trip with the gals that actually unearthed a dress that suits me - amazing!).  Between the festivities and our discussions here, I didn't get a bit of sewing in.  Not to worry!

Aria wins Easter Croquet


You wanted to see Aria in her Easter dress, right?  Here she is grinning from ear to ear after beating us all at croquet.  See, totally fits!  Even after she ate all that ham and biscuit...

One of her Easter gifts was a charm pack of guess what?  Wait for it...

Easter presents

Sherbet Pips!

Yep, isn't that just too funny!  And, she loves it of course.  Scooters, swings, doggies - she's thrilled.  I bought her a charm pack so that she could play at making a quilt, and I wouldn't have to do the cutting.  I'm pretty sure that makes me lazy.  Lazy or too busy cutting my own projects?

While daddy made the ham, she created her layout and I showed her how to stack and pin rows.

rows marked, stitching commences

So all day long she's waiting for her chance on our sewing machine. You know, my cheap one!  My only one!  And once the guests left, she got it. 

Don't worry, the crochet hook kept me company.

Easter Dress!


And, sides, I enjoyed taking pictures.  Because, you wanted to see the dress, remember?


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Are you new to all this sewing stuff?  You might find my guest post on Cutting at Chasing Cottons helpful if you're looking for tips on how to use a rotary cutter, especially when cutting yardage or working on a small mat. 

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And, lastly, I hope you'll stop by Deborah's blog to pick-up a thread of the conversation that she's continued in a post titled "You. Can. Sew."  This in response to her sadness (that I certainly share) at those who confessed that reading sewing blogs makes them feel inadequate and often like not trying at all.  To me, her post is part of the discussion on how blogs make us feel.  She framed the question quite positively as well!  I trust it will be a fruitful discussion! 

31 comments:

  1. So great that she's interested in sewing, too! And the Sherbert Pips is ideal for her age. (=

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  2. What a gorgeous dress!! I think it is so cute that your daughter has started sewing. I hope if I ever have a daughter she'll want to learn too!

    Also, I just realized that we have the same sewing machine! Someday we'll get fancy expensive ones...maybe :)

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  3. The dress is beautiful and Aria looks great in it.
    I love the photos of her sewing, too.

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  4. The dress is adorable! It fits her so well, and it looks like she is enjoying the quilting process.

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  5. Aria is darling and looks fab in that gorgeous dress... how fortunate she's interested in sewing and making her own quilts...

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  6. What a gorgeous dress! Beautifully made, great fabric choices! She looks darling!

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  7. LOVE the dress it is just gorgeous!

    And please post pics of her finished pips project when you get the chance :)

    And I am fascinated by a couple things regarding you and your blog that I can relate to...
    1. You have a cheapo sewing machine. So do I! I have been making do with it for months and months while I agonize over which one to buy next. Do you have a dream machine?
    2. Your husband hates quilts. My hubby and I recently had a heated discussion about my sewing, and I wondered how you handle the fact that your husband by nature dislikes the stuff you make?!?

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  8. The dress looks GREAT!! And she is a doll! I love those shots of her sewing and ironing!!

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  9. I. love it!!! I always regret that I didn't ask my grandma to teach me to sew when I was young. The things I could have learned!!!! Better late than never, right? And I adore the look of diligence about her, sewing in her Easter dress :)

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  10. Such a cute dress for an adorable girl. She looks like she's having a good time. And what a fun introduction to quilting by starting with charm squares. Please show us her completed quilt when it's ready.

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  11. Oh, Easter Bunny, what have you done? Enabling the sewing tendency that seems to run in some families. My own daughter used to try to save me from my weakness for fabric stores by dragging my past the entrances, crying "No, Mama, no!" Now, alas, she too is hooked. I have to go and eat some chocolate bunnies now.

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  12. The dress came out beautifully! I love that she is getting her chance to sew some patchwork. My daughter (4 yo) had been begging me to let her sew, but she's just not quite ready... yet. :)

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  13. that dress is SO cute. I have the pattern and the fabric. Making one for my granddaughter.

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  14. I love Aria's dress. It's lovely. And I love that she likes to sew and is inspired by you. I hope that my daughter will love to sew too.

    Thanks also for the link to You.Can.Sew. That was a great post and a worthy read. It made me think about some things for my blog and I appreciated it. :)

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  15. what a sweet girl and a sweet dress- its beautiful! and i really hope my little girl wants to sew one day! how cute she looks at the machine! can't wait to see her finished quilt. way to go mama for encouraging craftiness! :)

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  16. Such a pretty dress! And she looks so PROUD that she is sewing like Mom!

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  17. Sweet dress for a sweet girl! Enjoy your time together!!

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  18. Beautiful dress and little girl! And, wow, I haven't played croquet in eons! Looks like fun!

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  19. She is a beauty, and the dress is perfect. I hope my little girls will have the desire to learn to sew one day!

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  20. Thank-you all for the kind words about Aria and her dress. You're right, I should show you her quilt when she's done. Oh, she would be so proud to share it with you!

    She's already talking to me about backing...

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  21. Fabulous dress - on a beautiful little girl! You must be doubly proud.

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  22. too too sweet! isn't it fun to have a little one following in your footsteps?

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  23. Aria looks lovely and the dress is perfect! I love to see young ones sewing!

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  24. Love the dress, that is outside of my scope of ability!
    Intrigued -- what IS the cheap machine? :D

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  25. Her dress turned out fab! So cute!

    I still have that sewing machine. I have upgraded, but I love that Kenmore and have kept it as my backup!

    I didn't comment on the "big" post, but it has certainly caused quite a stir! I love Deborah's take on it! Everyone can sew!

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  26. oops...the above comment is mine!

    xo,
    Meg

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  27. The dress is beautiful and so is she! How lovely that she wants to sew. My two girls never had the interest for long. Sometimes I wonder if I overwhelmed them with my love for it. Maybe my grands will learn~hope so! I too read all the comments from the big post and didn't post one. Very interesting reading. I believe everyone has their own style and "beauty is in the eye of the beholder" as my mom used to say. I read blogs for fun and inspiration. Some are sewing, some quilting, some jewelry and some are mixed media. Only a couple of blogs I read are personal journeys and I do enjoy those too. And I like photos, lots of them! Thanks for sharing so much!!

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  28. My "cheap" machine is a low-ish end Kenmore. It was my first sewing machine and I never guessed that I'd be sewing everyday!

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  29. What a beautiful dress! It's so wonderful that you're teaching her to sew and letting her use your machine. I wish I had learned to sew when I was young, maybe it wouldn't be so challenging now!

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  30. JuneBug, I don't have a dream machine.... yet. I need to look into that. The thing with my husband not liking my creations is a hard one. He just likes simple, black, no prints. I seem to be the opposite. I can appreciate simple, but usually in the context of lots of color. And, prints make me happy. Our disagreement is not something I have figured out. I'm hoping to come together by making a duvet cover for our bed that we can both be moderately happy with, but that's such settling! So far we're stuck on the color scheme....

    I'd be interested in hearing your answers to those questions, JuneBug!

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  31. The dress looks so cute on Aria! I love the way it came out Rachel. Makes me wish I had a girl to sew for. :)

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