Samantha’s Christening Gown


I’m so proud to say… Grammy has finished Samantha’s christening gown, slip and bonnet! This was so fun to make (though at times I wished my mom was still alive to help with the hard parts). I love how it looks, and am so excited to see Sammy in this.
My favorite part is the lace on the hem of the gown.
The little slip has just a hint of pale pink, and the lace on the bottom is also on the bodice of the gown.

I mentioned above that through the difficult parts of this gown, I wished my mom were here. Mom was a great seamstress and sewed most of my clothes when I was young. I know mom would be very pleased with this; I know she’ll be with us on June 8th for the christening. She would be so thrilled to have a baby girl in the family.


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Samantha’s Bonnet

This was a little tricky to make…
the bonnet to go with Samantha’s christening gown. I’ve never sewn a bonnet before, and this uses the basic design of the pattern I’m following, but I added lace and redesigned as I went along. The circle at the crown is lace from my wedding dress, the lace on the top part of the bonnet is from Samantha’s other Grandma Karen’s wedding dress. The little lace applique where the ribbon to tie it connects to the bonnet is a part of the lace from the hem of her dress. I couldn’t find the right place to photograph this… hard to get a good shot of white on white! Tonight I will be finishing her little slip and then show the whole thing. Stay tuned!


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A Glorious Weekend


It was such a nice weekend outside here in mid-Michigan! The sun was shining, the birds were not only singing but flocking to my bird feeders! I spent some time in the yard dividing and replanting some day lilies, raked around the goldfish pond, and other assorted odd yard jobs. I’m a little stiff and sore today, but that comes with spring I guess.

I did some more work on Samantha’s christening gown… the sleeves are now done. They were very difficult, but now DONE. Next I need to assemble the front, back and sleeves into one unit and do the neckline. I’m a little scared.

The little block above is from my Dear Sammy Jane quilt, called C1-Trooper Green’s Badge. Cute, easy little block. I also tried doing the bottom left corner of the quilt, but that gave me fits and I stopped. I was paper piecing it, and I think I need to try again with hand piecing. Another day, I think.


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Kite #2 – done!

I finished my second of the four “kites” or corners for my Dear Sammy Jane quilt. It was fun putting on the embroidered writing. I kept a space for the number of pieces and for the finished date. I’m glad I chose this deep burgundy for this block. I love tan and burgundy together. I added more writing on mine than Jane put on hers, but that’s okay! It’s my quilt, not hers!
I also think I am going to design a few of my own blocks to use in the quilt as well.

Do you ever get those days when it seems no matter what you sew, it just doesn’t work out? I was working on the BOW (Block of the Week) last night, and it was driving me nuts! I wanted to do it in a stripe fabric, but in paper piecing, my brain had a hard time deciding how to make the stripes all go the same direction. I got half of the block pieced, and when I put it together, it looked awful. It’s in my trash bucket, and I will be hand piecing the block tonight and fussy cutting it. Geesh! AND, the night before last I worked on sewing the other sleeve for Sammy’s christening gown. The lace looked beautiful… then I discovered I sewed the top row of INSET lace in the wrong place!!! Fortunately, I hadn’t cut out behind the lace when I discovered it, so I took that row of lace off. It left little holes from the sewing needle where the lace was. I think a row of mini pink ribbon will go nicely there, and on the other sleeve to match.

I think we all get those kinds of days. For me, I can only take the frustration so long. Quilting is supposed to be fun, so when that happens, I just stop what I’m doing and go do something else that is NON sewing. I figure, if God wanted me sewing right then, it would work out right. Not meant to be, so MOVE ON!

Hope you have a great sewing day, and that everything works out as planned… His plan!


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A Sleeve for Samantha

Sounds like the title of a book, doesn’t it? “A Sleeve for Samantha.” Here’s a very tiny peek at a very tiny sleeve for a very tiny little girl’s christening gown. Made for Sammy… by Grammy. You might see tiny blue dots along the lace. Those will disappear with cold water when I’m finished. (Yes, I tested it!)


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A Longer Weekend…

means more time to cuddle with Samantha!

Sammy and Jake were here Sunday for the afternoon while their mommy and daddy were house hunting. Sammy spent a lot of time either sleeping or eating, but the rest of the time she was being held by me. Ahhhh, nothing like a baby to snuggle with! Jake and his “Bumpa” did some yard work, and Jake enjoyed riding his own John Deere peddle tractor and John Deere bike on the sidewalk. Just shy of 4 years old, he loves riding anything with wheels. Bumpa also gave Jake a ride on the big tractor up and down the street which always goes over well!

I snuck outside Sunday morning and took some early spring photos of the yard and house. Next to my pond some little yellow crocus peek out of the grass. The goldfish are doing their little “happy dance” in the pond, but I think I will get them a few new roommates. I only count 5 fish… wonder what happened to the others?
Here’s a photo of the back of our house from the back fence. Pretty naked now, but in less than one month, it will be hard to see the house through the trees. Beyond the back fence, our yard drops off to the flats down by the creek. The FlatsThat’s where the deer hang out. We have left that natural… I might sneak down this year and plant some daylilies by the water. I have lots of lilies that need dividing, and it might be nice to have a splash of color down there. Hmmm.
While I was waiting for Jake and Sammy to arrive, I spent some time working on Sammy’s christening gown. It’s coming along nicely, now that I have most of the yellow spots out. I cut it out on Saturday and have the yoke on the front all tucked and embroidered. The fabric is not the easiest thing to work with, though! Very slippery! I did a little piecing and embroidery work for my Dear Sammy Jane quilt. I’m now at 53 blocks! Yippie!
I’ll share the quilting another time. I’m off to hang a mirror!


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The Beginning

Today is Saturday, March 22, 2008, and it marks the start of the making of Samantha’s christening gown. I’ve waited until I had a day when I didn’t have to work or teach, so this is it. It seems a fitting day to start her dress. Actually, I will probably only be cutting the pieces out. I think I’ll wait until Easter to begin the sewing. That seems appropriate.

For those of you who don’t know, or don’t remember, I am making my granddaughters christening gown out of my wedding dress. The pattern I am using is the one shown, top left. You can see more of the gowns from The Old Fashioned Baby by clicking on the link.

I haven’t posted in about a week. It’s been a hectic week with work and school. I’m nearing the end of the semester, and there is SO much to do, and so many papers to grade. YIKES! I haven’t even had much time to work on my DJ quilt. Here are two little blocks I managed to get done… but the basket I will probably do over. For some reason, it didn’t turn out large enough, and I had to add a little strip to the top and bottom. I don’t like that, but it’s done. Time will tell. The block on the left is B-8 Water Lily. It doesn’t look like it here, but the focus fabric is gold. The one on the left is J-12 Rebecca’s Basket.

Speaking of which, (or is it “witch”?) I had an awkward thing happen yesterday. I talked to someone at work and asked her if she and her husband had any special plans for Easter. She said no, that she had celebrated her holiday the day before. I was puzzled and asked her what she meant. She said she is Wiccan. I didn’t know how to respond to that, and it’s left me with a pit in my stomach ever since. In thinking about this, here would be my only response.

The Ten Commandments or laws are contained with the Decalogue that God proclaimed to Moses, as the representative of the Jewish people. The Ten Commandments are recorded in Exodus 20:2-17 and Deuteronomy 5:6-21.

I am the Lord thy God who have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shall have no other gods before me. Thou shall not make unto thee any carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; Thou shall not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them; for I, the Lord thy God, am a jealous, God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments. Thou shall not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that takes his name in vain. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shall thou labor and do all thy work; But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God; in it thou shall not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, nor thy manservant, nor the maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates; For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day; wherefore, the Lord blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it. Honor thy father and thy mother, that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God gave thee. Thou shall not kill. Thou shall not commit adultery. Thou shall not bear false witness against thy neighbor. Thou shall not covert thy neighbor’s house; nor thou shall not covert thy neighbor’s wife, no his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor anything that is thy neighbor’s. (Exodus 20:2-17)
Have a most Blessed Easter!


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Dear Jane, Please finish my basement for me

Hubby and I are planning on a long project together… to finish our basement so we have more usable space, and so I have a place to quilt and store my quilty stuff. It will be done one little step at a time, as we can afford it and have time to do it, as most of the work will be done by us. What a task! But it’s one I’m looking forward to with great anticipation.

I am also looking forward to starting a Dear Jane quilt. I don’t want to rush the start, though… this will also be a long project, and I’m not sure if I want a scrappy look or a planned look with selected colors. I’m leaning more towards the scrappy look. I love scrap quilts, and it will give me an opportunity to use some of those little bits of fabric that I’ve been saving all these years. I have some from the 30’s and 40’s that were passed on to me from my Aunt Jean. They are leftovers from the only quilt she ever made, so I will be happy to include them in this special piece.

I am also going to be busy over the winter making my new granddaughter-to-be her christening gown. I got permission from her mommy (Kim) to go ahead with my plan, which is to make the gown out of my wedding dress. I’ve saved my wedding dress for 32 years now, sealed away in a long box. For what??? I have two sons. Sean didn’t wear the dress for his wedding, and I doubt that Loren will, either! So I’m thinking of using it for the little one’s gown, and there will be enough left over for something special later. Has anyone ever done this before? I need to find a pattern, or at least something I can adapt so that it will be the right 3-6 month size. If you have made a christening gown before, please don’t hesitate to contact me via email or comment to this post.