Friday, July 3, 2009













I am leaving thurs. for the crazy quilt retreat in Omaha, NB. and returning home Sun. night. I decided I was getting no where on my butterfly quilt so packed it away for awhile. I find that helps me get back in the groove sometimes. In order to have things to show I decided I would go back in my files and show you some of my heirloom sewing and smocked items.

My 14 year old grandaughter was such a gift to me as a sewer who loved all that stuff. It ended up she is my only one as we have 5 boys and 1 girl.

I used to make all her birthday, Christmas and special occasion dresses, like first day of school. I did show the Christening dress I made for her in a past post. Today I will show you what I consider one of my favorite of all I made. It is a little bishop dress and was made for her second birthday and I also made a matching one for what was probably her first real baby doll. I bought her a different American Girl doll every Christmas until they decided she had enough. We were so fortunate living right here where the store was right downtown. Jenny and I went down for lunch and the play one year and then for the Christmas tea another year. Good memories. She has kept all her dolls and clothes for maybe a future little girl someday.
I just discovered the doll dress came through first and sideways. I will try and fix that or re-send. I actually had 2 but blogger will only let me post 5 at a time. Will try and straighten this out later.

5 comments:

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Beautiful smocking! I took a mini-course one year, but have never carried on with it. Maybe...if I get a granddaughter???

Allison Ann Aller said...

The only way to describe this heirloom sewing is "heavenly"!

Have fun in Omaha...wish I could be there....

Ruby said...

The blue dress is lovely. I think I smocked a pillow in the late 60's. Would know how to begin now. I'd like to do a doll's dress but there are soooo many projects! LOL Enjoy Omaha.

Plays with Needles said...

It was a bishop's dress just like this one that was the cause of my taking smocking classes and buying smocking supplies! The dress is a real treasure, Freda.

Pearl said...

Oh I admire you lovely ladies that can sew! But not just reagular sewing my gosh that blue dress is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. Such detail. I really enjoyed stopping by from Pat W's blog. I'm still looking at all your amazing work. peace