Wednesday, February 14, 2018

February Night Meeting

Every month, the Midnight Oil Smockers has a night meeting on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, and then a day meeting on the 3rd Monday. At the February monthly night meeting, Brenda demonstrated how to sew the duplicate stitch. She even knitted the practice samples herself! Before Brenda taught the technique, our Show & Share provided time for members to look at each others' work. That is what inspires us to keep smocking and sewing and creating.

Brenda, showing how to do the duplicate stitch.

An example of duplicate stitch, created by Denise.

 The flower pattern is from Gail Doane's class "Duplicate Stitch" which MOS members attended way back in 2007.

 Stuart gives duplicate stitch a try.

Show & Share

 Stuart created this adorable bubble using Yvonne Denise's Ashley/Cory. The fabric is a Liberty of London, and the size is 12 months
 The smocking plate is Sweet Nothings.

 Stuart also made this ric-rac-trimmed bubble with another Liberty fabric purchased at

 Trena made this cute doll apron for the upcoming MOS fundraiser. 

 The coordinating ruffles are precious!

 Trena also made this doll skirt for the fundraiser too. 

Brenda made this bridal ring pillow. She had a retail embroidery company do the monogram embroidery. She stitched the date and made the pillow.

Denise made this Texas A&M quilt for her oldest son's birthday. Happy birthday Trey!

Coming up next week:
Our next blog post will be about the day meeting. Check back to read about the interesting program, and to see all the great Sew & Share. 

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Jeannie Baumeister Class

2017 Reward Class

Every year, MOS members earn points for things like attending a WeeCare Workshop, making WeeCare gowns, presenting programs, and making garments or donating to our bi-annual doll drawing. In January, we have a class with a national SAGA teacher as a reward to those who earned points. Those who earned a certain number pay no tuition for the class. Others with fewer points get discounted tuition.

This year's class was Jeannie Baumeister's Baby Emma Sweet Sleeveless Dress. It was a full house at Quiltworks, where MOS holds classes. The two-day class was full of great instruction on techniques and lots of laughter as our members gathered to hear Jeannie's contruction wisdom. A follow-up monthly meeting will showcase the finished dresses.

Jeannie is a delightful teacher. Her technique instructions are excellent. Plus she's a whole lot of fun.

 The bodice of the completed dress. Techniques: lace attached with the hemstitching, chain stitch, and bullions.

 Joy, Brenda, Nikki, Lesley, Ann, Susanna and Roberta hard at work.

 Teresa working on the bodice of the dress.

Roberta and Susanna discussing technique

 Terri and Beth in their "assigned seats" working on their embroidery techniques. Some of us sit in the same seat every time. Perhaps it makes us more comfortable to do so, and then we do better work. That sounds like a good explanation to me!


 The necessary tools, including caffeine.

 Sometimes high tech isn't the best way to get the point across.

 Cutting/ironing station

 Chocolate Fudge Sheet Cake for those times when you need a little pick-me-up while concentrating so hard on a project all day!

Friday, November 24, 2017

October AND November Sew & Share

Sew & Share X 2!

October's and November's Sew & Share are combined this month, so get ready to feast on all these wonderful projects!

 Debbie's cute outfit for her grandson. The pattern is Children's Corner's Johnny, and the plate is Baby Whales from Cross-Eyed Cricket. The material is a cotton windowpane plaid.

Linda's beautiful christening gown with machine embroidery 

 Linda's delightful Halloween dress. Lucy by Children's Corner in black pique with quilting cotton for the hem treatment.

 Susan's adorable Christmas ornament, designed by member Tawn. Tawn's smocking design and pattern are in the latest SAGA magazine.

 Leslye's sunsuit, a Mollie Jane Taylor pattern with ribbon trim.

 An adorable dress made by Leslye, using Children's Corner's Madeline. The pleated trim was made with Gail Doane's Perfect Pleater.

 Another fun creation from Leslye using Michie's Bubble pattern and an applique design from Applique For Kids.

 Leslye used Michie #121 to make this cutey. The embroidery design is from SWAK.

 A sweet creation from Roberta. The Baby Bishop is made using "Meadow Sweet" Liberty fabric.

 Leslye finished this Susan O'Connor class project. Beautiful bullions!

 Tawn's Christmas creation

 Leslye's beaded scissors fob, a Susie Gay class.

 Leslye's completed class project from Beverly Sheldrich's class

 Leslye was definitely busy last month! She also finished this Jane Briscoe silk ribbon crazy patch pin cushion. So beautiful!

 Wow! What a labor of love. Leda made this counted crossstitch of Texas A&M University's Corps of Cadets' Senior boots and hat (called a lid by those in the Corps). This was done on Aida 14 cloth using 8 different thread colors.

 Leda's beautiful quilt. How accomplished she is!

 A unique Show & Share--not Sew & Share. This pleater box was made by Karen's husband for her pleater and threads. We all want one now!

 Adorable! Nikki made this using Michie Mooney #138. The smocking design is her own. Her grandson wore this after his baptism when the baptismal gown came off.

 Nikki began this project at a SAGA Retreat class. It is a Debbie Glenn pattern using machine applique and shadowwork.

 Roberta made this outfit using the Tucked Infant Daygown for the top. Very cute!

 This ensemble was also made by Roberta. The top is Peaches & Cream from Australian Smocking & Embroidery magazine #85. The jacket is Robin's Little Jacket in minky, lined with pink poplin.

 Roberta made this dress from Children's Corner's Mary De pattern, using Creative Needle's Annabel smocking plate. She said she pleated all 60", and that it was too much fabric to lay flat even after interfacing the bodice. Lesson learned for Roberta and the rest of us.

 A pre-made ready-to-smock bishop was used by Beth to smock the Cheryl Loehmann plate from Creative Needle that was our challenge plate earlier this year.

 Beth made this cute outfit using Lacy Pique Top and Capri Pants, both by Gail Doane.

 Sweet bullion rosebuds on the buttons!

 Beth made this Gail Doane Yoke Dress using Dotted Swiss. The plate was included in the pattern. Lovely!

 Brenda's Periwinkle Quilt using Jelly Rolls given to her by other MOS members after a class. The pattern for the quilt is from Missouri Star Quilt Company.

 Susan's needlework is always, always perfectly beautiful. This needleroll is from Karen Heller Designs, and was a program project at her embroidery guild.

Teresa's incredible Double Wedding Ring Quilt. It was 19 years in the making, and it is worth the wait!

Hope you've enjoyed all of these projects! Have a wonderful holiday season!!