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Vintage Embroidery Monday & Stitchery Link Party #20

Posted by Super Mom No Cape on August 24th, 2015

Every lead singer needs at least one back up singer and this corn cob is ready to sing his part.

Vintage Workbasket embroidery of a Singing Corn Cob

Vintage Workbasket pattern of Corn Singing from page 2-949The pattern is available to download as a pdf here.

Only two more patterns left to share in this series and I have, I think, saved the cutest ones for last.   So be sure to check back each Monday for the next two weeks.

Until then, it’s time for another….

Stitcher Link Party ButtonWelcome to Stitchery Link Party #20

For those who may be visiting for the first time… every Monday I host a link party in which I invite others to share their hand embroidery projects.  I am constantly amazed and inspired by the items that are linked up each week.

If you’ve never linked up to a link party before and would like to join in, I’ve written a quick tutorial called How to Link Up to a Link Party to help you not only link up to this party but to any link party you might like to participate in.

The rules for linking up are simple:

1. The project can be anything you’ve made as long as it includes embroidery stitches in some form. Such projects might be but are not limited to redwork, blackwork, goldwork, bluework, (etc), counted cross-stitch, crazy quilting, crewel, silk ribbon, pulled thread, hardanger and sashiko.

These projects do not have to be vintage or vintage inspired. All styles are welcome as long as it’s hand embroidered.

2. Link directly to your blog post, not to your blog home page.

3. If you happen to sell your embroidery or embroidery patterns, feel free to link up to a blog post you’ve written about a project you’re selling, but No direct links to shops or websites selling things.

4. This will be a curated link party. In other words, if a link does not conform to the three simple rules above, it will be removed.

The next three are more requests than rules.   They are by no means a requirement to take part in the party:

5. Please link back to the Stitchery Link Party with a text link somewhere in your post. Or if you’d prefer you can use the cool button that our son designed for me.

Simply copy and paste the code you’ll find under the button in my left side bar. You can add it to your post or to the sidebar of your blog.  (Please note:  For those of you who have already been kind enough to add the button, the coding has been updated and I would so appreciate it if you would grab the new code.)

6. As well, please share the love and visit one or two (or more) of the other links and take time to leave a comment.

7. I would, of course, love it if you decide to follow me but it’s not necessary in order to take part in the link party. (If you do decide to follow me, you can subscribe to e-mail updates in the box on the upper right hand side bar. You will then be sent an activation e-mail.  Once you click on the link in that e-mail, you will begin receiving updates each time I post.  Buttons to follow me on other social media are in the upper left hand side bar.)

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Friday Finishes

Posted by Super Mom No Cape on August 21st, 2015

Despite the shoulders of the yoke not matching.

Pattern pieces of Butterick pattern # 6838 don't match

Despite me not noticing that until the fabric was already cut out and I was attempting to pin them together.  Despite having to trim the back yoke piece down so that it would work.

Then despite the fact that when I got the yoke sewed to the skirt/body of the nightgown and tried it on, I found myself swimming in fabric because it was way too big.  Despite having to take in 16″ of fabric along the sides.  Yes, you read that right.  I ended up taking in 4 inches on each side for a total of 16″ at the bottom, tapering up gradually to the arm holes.   (I couldn’t take in that much through the bust area without having to unpick everything and start from scratch.)

And despite the fact that it is still way too big through the bust area… I am calling the nightgown finished.

Finished nightgownI don’t usually write bad reviews on my blog but Butterick pattern 6838 is one that I couldn’t in all honesty or good conscience recommend to anyone.  Never in 40 plus years of sewing have I encountered so many problems sewing a piece of clothing.

In addition to the problem with the yoke pattern pieces and it being way too big, the instructions for constructing the nightgown were needlessly complicated.  Never in those 40 plus years mentioned have I given up and thrown a project in the garbage, but I came very close with this one.  Had I been someone new to sewing or someone not quite so stubborn, I could see myself being disillusioned with the whole process.

I chose the pattern because I like the look of the nightgown as it’s pictured on the pattern envelope.

Pattern and fabric for a new night gown

I intend to redesign and resize each pattern piece until I get a nightgown that looks like this and that fits properly.

But in the future, I will be steering clear of Butterick patterns.

 

Now for something that did work this week.   Our middle daughter has been experiencing some problems with upset stomach lately so Dave and I have been making and pressure canning homemade chicken broth for her.

Here’s the results of two canning sessions:

Pints jars of homemade chicken broth

Today, we made turkey broth and will pressure can that tomorrow.

She can take some of each kind of broth home with her and the rest will go down to the cold storage room for future use.

Click on the links below for instructions on:

How to Make Homemade Stock/Broth

How to Pressure Can Homemade Stock/Broth

 

This post has been added to the following link parties:

Finish it Up Friday             Fabric Frenzy Friday            CreativeGoodness Link Party

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WIP Wednesday – Fixing the Nightgown

Posted by Super Mom No Cape on August 19th, 2015

Hand stitching is what’s happening here today.

First a little peek of the vintage Workbasket embroidery that I’m going to be sharing this coming Monday.

Sneak peek of next week's vintage Workbasket pattern

After my early morning walk each day this week, I’ve been sitting out on the back deck and stitching until the day gets too hot.

First thing this morning, I finished embroidering the vintage Workbasket pattern of the carrot playing the spoon from last week.  I had hoped to have him finished much sooner but when I stitched the face, everyone but me thought he looked cute.  I thought his eyes looked creepy.

I waited a few days to see if perhaps I was just being overly self-critical.  But nope… those eyes still looked creepy to me.  So I carefully unpicked the stitching and redid one of the eyes and the mouth (the second eye looked fine once the other was fixed.)  If you want to see how he turned out I’ve updated last week’s post.

This afternoon, I’ll be in my sewing room hand stitching the inside yoke of the nightgown I’m making.

Hand stitching the inside yoke on the nightgownIf there weren’t other unforeseen adjustments that need to be made, the nightgown would only need to be hemmed after I finished the hand stitching.   But once I had fixed the problem with the front and back yoke pieces not matching properly and got everything sewn together and pinned in place, I tried the nightgown on.   It is way too big!!

Now to be fair, I like my nightgowns to be lose and comfortable.  I had chosen to go up a size when cutting out the pattern, but honestly, the skirt/main part of the nightgown are way too full.   Instead of looking pretty and feminine, I look like I’m swimming in fabric.

I had considered unpicking the entire thing and starting over but I think if I just unpick the side seams, the fullness can be taken in that way.

That pattern is going to be getting a thorough redesign before I start cutting out another nightgown.

Depending on how those adjustments go, I may need to take a break to de-stress and do some coloring with my new set of colored pencils.

Crayola colored pencils and a box of chalk

Last year, when I was working on finishing the first draft of my novel, I would often start my creative session by drawing/coloring.   I’m getting ready to start another round of editing, so when I was shopping for school supplies and saw these huge boxes of colored pencils at Staples for $5.00, I picked up a box (the chalk is for another project.)

You may wonder why I was shopping for school supplies now that all our children are grown but this time of year is a great time to stock up on paper and other writing/office supplies.

I also shop all the loss leaders… the wax crayon and composition books for 25 cents each, pencils for 20 cents a pack, coil notebooks for 5 cents, etc, etc.   I keep a few to have on hand at home but the rest gets donated to local schools.

I’ve been seeing a lot of posts on instagram of kids heading off for their first day of school already, so depending where you live you may have to hurry to take advantage of the back-to-school sales.  Here in Canada, grade school doesn’t start until after the Labour Day weekend so I still have time to do some more stocking up.

What are you working on today?

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WIP Wednesday             WIP Wednesday #206 @TN&TN

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Vintage Embroidery Monday & Stitchery Link Party #19

Posted by Super Mom No Cape on August 17th, 2015

The past week turned into an unplanned blogging break.  One of the sewing projects I was working on took longer than I had estimated and for the other, well… what was supposed to be a quick, fun project of sewing a new nightgown turned into correcting mistakes in the purchased pattern that I didn’t even notice until after I’d already cut the fabric out (more on that in a future post.)

I was so involved with those projects that it wasn’t until later on Friday that I realized that I hadn’t posted since Monday and then I decided to take the weekend off as well.

But I’m back today with another adorable vintage Workbasket embroidery pattern from the series of dancing veggies that I’ve been posting for the past few weeks.  Last Monday, I promised you the lead singer for the band and here he is singing his heart out.

Singing Potato stitched from Vintage Workbasket Pattern 2-949

I learned a new stitch in the process of embroidering this guy.  I went in search of a stitch that would look like the “eyes” you find on a real potato and found video instructions for the raised cup stitch.

Raised Cup Stitch used to create the dimples on the Singing Potato

Because the dimples/eyes are quite small with the biggest one above being about 3/16″ and the smaller ones only 1/8″, completing only the first two rounds of the stitch were enough to give me the effect that I wanted.   It’s actually quite a fun stitch to watch come together and I’ll likely be looking for ways to use it in future projects.

Vintage Workbasket Embroidery pattern for a Singing Potato from page 2-949

This vintage pattern can be downloaded as a pdf here.

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Welcome to Stitchery Link Party #19

For those who may be visiting for the first time… every Monday I host a link party in which I invite others to share their hand embroidery projects.  I am constantly amazed and inspired by the items that are linked up each week.

If you’ve never linked up to a link party before and would like to join in, I’ve written a quick tutorial called How to Link Up to a Link Party to help you not only link up to this party but to any link party you might like to participate in.

The rules for linking up are simple:

1. The project can be anything you’ve made as long as it includes embroidery stitches in some form. Such projects might be but are not limited to redwork, blackwork, goldwork, bluework, (etc), counted cross-stitch, crazy quilting, crewel, silk ribbon, pulled thread, hardanger and sashiko.

These projects do not have to be vintage or vintage inspired. All styles are welcome as long as it’s hand embroidered.

2. Link directly to your blog post, not to your blog home page.

3. If you happen to sell your embroidery or embroidery patterns, feel free to link up to a blog post you’ve written about a project you’re selling, but No direct links to shops or websites selling things.

4. This will be a curated link party. In other words, if a link does not conform to the three simple rules above, it will be removed.

The next three are more requests than rules.   They are by no means a requirement to take part in the party:

5. Please link back to the Stitchery Link Party with a text link somewhere in your post. Or if you’d prefer you can use the cool button that our son designed for me.

Simply copy and paste the code you’ll find under the button in my left side bar. You can add it to your post or to the sidebar of your blog.  (Please note:  For those of you who have already been kind enough to add the button, the coding has been updated and I would so appreciate it if you would grab the new code.)

6. As well, please share the love and visit one or two (or more) of the other links and take time to leave a comment.

7. I would, of course, love it if you decide to follow me but it’s not necessary in order to take part in the link party. (If you do decide to follow me, you can subscribe to e-mail updates in the box on the upper right hand side bar. You will then be sent an activation e-mail.  Once you click on the link in that e-mail, you will begin receiving updates each time I post.  Buttons to follow me on other social media are in the upper left hand side bar.)

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Vintage Embroidery Monday and Stitchery Link Party #18

Posted by Super Mom No Cape on August 10th, 2015

These band members just get cuter and cuter!

Carrot Playing the Spoon from vintage Workbasket Pattern 2-949

I’m currently in the process of stitching this fun carrot playing the spoon.  When I get it finished, I’ll come back and add the photo to this post.

Here he is:

Vintage Workbasket embroidery of a Carrot Playing a Spoon

Next week, I’ll be introducing you to the lead singer.  (So far, I am managing to resist the temptation to give these characters names, but that’s not to say that there haven’t been a few silly story lines that have started running through this writer’s head… lol.)

The pattern for this latest band member can downloaded as a pdf here.

Stitcher Link Party Button

Welcome to Stitchery Link Party #18

For those who may be visiting for the first time… every Monday I host a link party in which I invite others to share their hand embroidery projects.  I am constantly amazed and inspired by the items that are linked up each week.

You’ll want to check out not only this week’s party but previous ones as well.  Parties #1 through #14 can be accessed by clicking on “Stitchery Link Party” in the categories section of the left hand side bar.

I try to make sure to have this post scheduled to go live at 7 am EDT (11 am UTC) Monday mornings so that those who like to plan their posts and linking ahead of time can count on the party being up and ready for them at the same time each week.

The rules for linking up are simple:

1. The project can be anything you’ve made as long as it includes embroidery stitches in some form. Such projects might be but are not limited to redwork, blackwork, goldwork, bluework, (etc), counted cross-stitch, crazy quilting, crewel, silk ribbon, pulled thread, hardanger and sashiko.

These projects do not have to be vintage or vintage inspired. All styles are welcome as long as it’s hand embroidered.

2. Link directly to your blog post, not to your blog home page.

3. If you happen to sell your embroidery or embroidery patterns, feel free to link up to a blog post you’ve written about a project you’re selling, but No direct links to shops or websites selling things.

4. This will be a curated link party. In other words, if a link does not conform to the three simple rules above, it will be removed.

The next three are more requests than rules.   They are by no means a requirement to take part in the party:

5. Please link back to the Stitchery Link Party with a text link somewhere in your post. Or if you’d prefer you can use the cool button that our son designed for me.

Simply copy and paste the code you’ll find under the button in my left side bar. You can add it to your post or to the sidebar of your blog.  (Please note:  For those of you who have already been kind enough to add the button, the coding has been updated and I would so appreciate it if you would grab the new code.)

6. As well, please share the love and visit one or two (or more) of the other links and take time to leave a comment.

7. I would, of course, love it if you decide to follow me but it’s not necessary in order to take part in the link party. (If you do decide to follow me, you can subscribe to e-mail updates in the box on the upper right hand side bar. You will then be sent an activation e-mail.  Once you click on the link in that e-mail, you will begin receiving updates each time I post.  Buttons to follow me on other social media are in the upper left hand side bar.)

Oh and don’t worry if you’ve never linked up to a link party before, I’ve written a quick tutorial called How to Link Up to a Link Party to help you not only link up to this party but to any link party you might like to participate in.

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Seeds of Friendship Bolster Cover Finished

Posted by Super Mom No Cape on August 7th, 2015

It wasn’t done in time for our oldest daughter’s visit but finally the Seeds of Friendship bolster cover is finished and on the bed in the guest bedroom.

Seeds of Friendship Bolster cover finished

The Ambleside mini charm pack that I used to frame the embroidery looks as lovely as I had hoped it would.

As I mentioned back in this post… my entry was drawn in June’s Ho Ho Ho and On We Sew link party and I was allowed to choose any mini charm pack that I wanted from Fat Quarter Shop.

The pattern for the embroidery was purchased at one of my favorite quilt shops way back in June of 2012.

Pattern for Seeds of Friendship embroidery

It’s by Sherri K. Falls of This and That Pattern Company.  Sherri’s new book called Winter Wonderland is on my wish list.

For the round ends of the bolster cover, I cross hatch quilted a piece of pretty yellow with white polka fabric from my stash and then cut the circles to fit.

Cross hatch quilting on the end of the bolster cover

I inserted a concealed zipper so that the cover can be removed when it needs to be laundered.

Concealed zipper on bolster cover

Zipper is concealed beneath the flap

The bolster sits ready to welcome overnight guests:

Seeds of Friendship Bolster Cover ready to greet company

I can now check this off my 2015 Finish Along Q3 Goals list.

 

This post has been added to the following link parties:

Finish It Up Friday         Fabric Frenzy Friday       Can I Get a Whoop Whoop!

CreativeGoodness Link Party     TGIFF

 

 

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WIP Wednesday – August ALYoF Goal

Posted by Super Mom No Cape on August 5th, 2015

July came and went so quickly that it’s hard to believe that summer is more than half way over.  I also can’t believe that while July started out well with me getting my Disappearing Nine Patch quilt sandwiched and hand-basted… that’s as far as I got.

It will now be my August goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes.

DP9 hand basted and ready to quilt

July wasn’t a total wash though.  I did have three finishes but they weren’t on any of my to-do lists.  A pair of PJ pants and PJ shorts for our middle daughter made from vintage sheets and a new housecoat for me made from a thrifted 100% cotton shower curtain.  In the process I rediscovered my almost forgotten love and enjoyment for sewing clothing.

Last weekend, I purchased a pattern to make some pretty new nightgowns for myself.

Pattern and fabric for a new night gown

Joann’s had that pretty cotton fabric on sale 30% off and with a coupon for 20% my entire purchase, I couldn’t resist buying it.  It’s difficult to tell from the photo but there are tiny white butterflies on the green background.

So before I start quilting my DP9, I’m going to do some just for me sewing.

What are you working on this week?

 

This post has been added to the following link parties:

WIP Wednesday            WIP Wednesday #204 @TN&TN

 

 

 

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Tips & Tricks Tuesday – Easily Clean up a Dropped Egg

Posted by Super Mom No Cape on August 4th, 2015

This morning while getting out the eggs to make breakfast, I dropped one.

Broken egg on the floor

Cleaning up a broken egg can be a slimy, messy job.   But it doesn’t have to be.

Simply sprinkle the broken egg with a generous amount of salt.

Broken egg on the floor sprinkled with salt.

Let it sit for 5 minutes or so to allow the salt to be absorbed and the egg to congeal.

Then clean it up with paper towel.

Clean up the congealed egg with paper towel.

Wipe the floor with a damp cloth to clean up any leftover salt.

Clean floor

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Vintage Embroidery Monday & Stitchery Link Party #17

Posted by Super Mom No Cape on August 3rd, 2015

Before I share this week’s vintage embroidery pattern and we get to the link party, I wanted to mention that the code for the Stitchery Link Party button has been updated.  If those of you who have added the button to your blogs would be so kind as to grab the new code (below the button in my sidebar) it would be very greatly appreciated.

As you know, the past couple of weeks have been a whirlwind of activity as we prepared for and then enjoyed a visit from our oldest daughter.  She and her partner have now returned safely to Shanghai to start back at their teaching jobs.

It’s the first week of a new month and as life returns to normal here, I’m getting back in the groove of working on projects on my to-do list.  Look for a busy week here on the blog.

This week’s vintage Workbasket pattern is another in the series I began sharing two weeks ago.  The first were these cute dancing veggies.  Then last week was the winter squash playing a salt shaker.

Today I’m sharing another member of the band. (Edited to add photo of the finished embroidery.)

Pepper drumming on a pot from Workbasket pattern page 2-949

Vintage Workbasket pattern or Pepper with Pot from page 2-949The veggies must be rocking it out because this sweet pepper is really drumming up a storm!

The pattern can be downloaded as a pdf here.

 Stitcher Link Party ButtonWelcome to Stitchery Link Party #17

For those who may be visiting for the first time… every Monday I host a link party in which I invite others to share their hand embroidery projects.  I am constantly amazed and inspired by the items that are linked up each week.

You’ll want to check out not only this week’s party but previous ones as well.  Parties #1 through #14 can be accessed by clicking on “Stitchery Link Party” in the categories section of the left hand side bar.

I try to make sure to have this post scheduled to go live at 7 am EDT (11 am UTC) Monday mornings so that those who like to plan their posts and linking ahead of time can count on the party being up and ready for them at the same time each week.

The rules for linking up are simple:

1. The project can be anything you’ve made as long as it includes embroidery stitches in some form. Such projects might be but are not limited to redwork, blackwork, goldwork, bluework, (etc), counted cross-stitch, crazy quilting, crewel, silk ribbon, pulled thread, hardanger and sashiko.

These projects do not have to be vintage or vintage inspired. All styles are welcome as long as it’s hand embroidered.

2. Link directly to your blog post, not to your blog home page.

3. If you happen to sell your embroidery or embroidery patterns, feel free to link up to a blog post you’ve written about a project you’re selling, but No direct links to shops or websites selling things.

4. This will be a curated link party. In other words, if a link does not conform to the three simple rules above, it will be removed.

The next three are more requests than rules.   They are by no means a requirement to take part in the party:

5. Please link back to the Stitchery Link Party with a text link somewhere in your post. Or if you’d prefer you can use the cool button that our son designed for me.

Simply copy and paste the code you’ll find under the button in my left side bar. You can add it to your post or to the sidebar of your blog.

6. As well, please share the love and visit one or two (or more) of the other links and take time to leave a comment.

7. I would, of course, love it if you decide to follow me but it’s not necessary in order to take part in the link party. (If you do decide to follow me, you can subscribe to e-mail updates in the box on the upper right hand side bar. You will then be sent an activation e-mail.  Once you click on the link in that e-mail, you will begin receiving updates each time I post.  Buttons to follow me on other social media are in the upper left hand side bar.)

Oh and don’t worry if you’ve never linked up to a link party before, I’ve written a quick tutorial called How to Link Up to a Link Party to help you not only link up to this party but to any link party you might like to participate in.

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WIP Wednesday – July Shop Hop Blocks & Bolster Cover

Posted by Super Mom No Cape on July 29th, 2015

My heart is sad today.  Our oldest and her partner left Monday afternoon to spend the rest of their vacation with his family.  I guess I was too busy yesterday to think about not seeing her again for another whole year.

I spent yesterday washing sheets and towels and straightening the house.  I’d forgotten how much laundry and housework 5 (+1) can create in just a few days.

We’ve also spent the last couple of days using up all the leftovers in the fridge.  Just to give you an idea of the food that was served over the weekend:

Thursday night we had Zweibelkuchen.

Friday night was perogies, cabbage rolls and Holubtsi (Ukrainian cabbage rolls.)  Dave and I made both kinds of cabbage rolls earlier in the week and froze them.  The perogies were made on a huge perogy making day last winter.

Saturday night, Dave cooked a big pork roast on the rotisserie on the bbq.  I’d made potato salad Friday night to go with it and the kids “tested” it off and on all day Saturday to make sure it wasn’t poisoned… lol.

While the girls and I checked out fabric shops, Dave taught our oldest’s partner how to make cake donuts.

And by special request, I made a Mustache Cake like the one I made Dave for Father’s Day.  (Photo tutorial coming soon.)

Mustache Cake

Sunday morning, I made two large Crustless Quiches.

Not only is my heart sad today but I’m exhausted.  Don’t get me wrong, I loved having everyone home (even all the cooking and cleaning that goes with it) but as an introvert not having any alone time for that long drains my energy reserves and now I need to take time to recharge.

For today, I’ve decided I’m not going to do any of the things on my sewing/crafting to-do list until after I’ve done some just for the fun of it sewing.

I’ve decide to play around putting these free July Shop Hop Blocks together.

July Shop Hop Block kits

Once I have those all pieced, I’ll go back to working on my to-do list which includes finishing the Seeds of Friendship bolster cover.

Seeds of Friendship Bolster with quilting completed

Despite everyone’s confidence that I’d have it done in time for oldest daughter’s arrival, all of the sudden my machine started skipping stitches while I was fmqing the hearts and loops.  By the time I figured out what was wrong, it was time to put my sewing machine, cutting table, etc away so that I could turn my sewing room/office into a second guest bedroom for our middle daughter to sleep in.

But the good news is that I learned something important for future projects.  I discovered that while my Singer 15-91 will sew and straight-line quilt with Coats and Clark thread, it doesn’t not like for free motion quilting.  For some reason, as I’m fmqing, the thread gets tighter and tighter in the upper tension disc.   After I switched to Gutterman thread as the upper thread, I was able to finish the hearts and loops with no more skipped stitches.

I’m off now to go recharge my reserves!

This post has been added to the following link parties:

WIP Wednesday           WIP Wednesday #203 @TN&TN

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