Saturday, January 26, 2019

Kathy Dykstra class

Our members had a great time at the Kathy Dykstra "Juliette" 2-day class at Cupcake Quilts!

For our first class of 2019, we were happy to host Kathy Dykstra so that we could learn her tips and tricks for creating an heirloom lace-embellished dress.  

Working on individual tables with your own machines and notions is such a luxury!

Kathy taught us a new technique to ensure laces do not tear apart by pinning them to silk organza which gives them great stability.

Our newest member Denise took her first class as a new member of MOS. 
Trena had all of her laces sewn together with the yoke pattern traced on the laces and ready to cut out.
Not all of the members used fine French laces.  This member chose to use a beautiful embroidered Swiss lace.  She got inspiration from a picture of a garment made by Carol Harris of Creative Needle.
Sally, one of our founding members,
checking over her work.
Stuart getting some individual instruction.

Kathy was great about being available to chat with members and answer all of our questions!

Leda combined French laces with a Swiss embroidery beading at the base of her yoke.

Kathy shared another wonderful tip to help the outcome of stitching laces together.  This product "Wet and Gone" by Floriani is the trick.  Cupcake Quilts sells a similar product by OESD called "Wash Away Tape" (but sorry we bought it all).

More questions!!!!!
Ann concentrating on the her work.

Kathy brought a selection of her beautiful samples for us to ooooh and aaaah over!

This version of the Kathy's Juliette pattern features horizontal lace construction with a vintage flat sleeve embellishment.
A close up of that dreamy yoke....
Another version of Kathy's pattern has
simple vertical lace combinations with a
Swiss embroidered angel sleeve.

Close up of the embellishment
at the hemline.
Close up of the ecru yoke.

Kathy shared her tips for us to scallop the hemline and miter the points.

Everyone LOVED this class and most were able to finish the yoke in the 2 days.

Brenda is holding up our inspiration, Kathy's "Juliette".

Until next time!!!!

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

January is in full swing!

Yes we are in full swing and have completed our first night and days meetings, our board has met, committees have formed, and we have made lots of plans for a very busy 2019!  We also know that our Wee Care program will also grow in 2019, and that is good news for this special SAGA program.  Onward and upward!
First it was time for sew and share.  Trena made these
Good Deeds Dresses from a pattern online using
quilting cottons, in sizes 4&5.  She plans to donate them.
The black and white print is made for kids to color with
crayons (washable please!)!!!

Theresa made this Baby Chrissy
by Primrose Lane in a blue Swiss cotton
using machine embroidery from Appliqué for Kids.

Susanna's floral Betsy dress by Pitter Patter used a Tea for Two smocking plate from AS&E #85 and wonderful cast-on button-flowers using a Gail Doane technique.  There were many requests for tutorials on that technique! 
Debbie made this sweet pink dress in Imperial batiste 
using Michie Mooney's pattern #101.  She added a monogram on the front and added tiny
monogrammed panties for a very lucky newborn.
Debbie also made a sweet Casey's jacket with whale
embroidered cotton corduroy and a plaid lining.
We love this discontinued Children's Corner pattern.

Roberta's blue cotton corduroy creation has a machine
appliqué from Embroidery Garden,
and a sweet matching blouse using the vintage
blouse pattern from CC Mary De, and Adelaide sleeves.
Beth used Imperial batiste for this vintage
baby bubble pattern Marcello
from Petit Poche with "Under the Sea"
embroidery from Sew Beautiful.  Rick rack trim
added a perfect touch.
Roberta's matching play set includes a pink CC Paulie with a smocking design by Beaux et Belles and a tri-check trim; a pink corduroy CC Robin's Little Jacket also with try-check lining and trim;  and a CC Morgan using giraffe twill from Fabric Finders.
I know who will be the queen of the playground!
The Paulie ruffle, the bow, and the piping all
are matching.  Details, details!
Leda's cotton Christmas tree skirt was
quilted in a diagonal design using
strip piecing.

Brenda's Christmas stocking used a
Creative Memories insert which had been
smocked for a Christmas photo shoot for
SewBeautiful magazine many years ago!
Lucy made these cotton coordinating Michie jumpers 
with added patch pockets (so useful for stickers) 
and a coordinating knit shirt for 
before-and-then-after Christmas wear.
Cindy's CC Louise added geometric smocking to the waistline for a classic look. 


Our program by Linda taught us all a great new technique for removing the fabric outside embroidered scallops (otherwise known as "whiskers").  We had lots of ideas for this technique and will be trying it on all of our scalloped edges, baby slips, sleeves, etc.

And if you are yearning for a new episode of
Downton Abbey, here's a vintage apron from Lucy's 
collection that could have been used for that show
and is almost ready for its close-up!  

Until next time!!!!