Abstract Sewing?

I was an art major in college but marriage and children distracted me from my painting years ago. Discovered, however, that the abstract artist in me is always finding ways to show up in either my cooking/baking or sewing! This week, I got the idea of being more creative with the Little Dresses for Africa and liked what evolved in the course of my sewing!

I had a couple of yards of fabric on the shelf which was enough to make a dress but the color on its own was a bit dull. I went to one of my scrap boxes (yes, I have more than one, don’t ask!) and found some complementary bits and pieces of fabric that worked well and with a little applique time, turned into a ‘original’ creation. The second dress didn’t have enough fabric for one dress but with some cutting and adjusting, it melded into a whole dress that will probably never be repeated.

Summer Time Snickerdoodles

There seems to be two schools of thought on Snickerdoodles. Some people like to make them small and predominately crisp. I am on the side of big with crisp edges and a softer, chewy center. Besides, if you only allow yourself one cookie, make it count, right?

These cookies pack well and would be a welcome to any summer picnic or a good offering to a summer barbecue invitation.

Giant Snickerdoodles

3 cups sugar
1 cup softened butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 eggs
5 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons sugar
4 teaspoons cinnamon
Dash of ground cloves

Heat oven to 375 degrees.
Combine the sugar and butter in a large mixing bowl and beat until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and eggs, blending well. Add flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt. Mix well.

Combine the 4 tablespoon sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Measure out 1/4 cups of dough and form into balls. Roll balls in cinnamon/sugar mixture and place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets.

Bake for 12-15 minutes or until set. Remove immediately from baking sheets onto a cooling rack.

Makes approximately 3 ½ dozen big cookies. Can be made smaller but be sure to adjust baking time.

Quilt Scraps and the Budget Quilt – Sort of . . .

Nothing I like better is a quilt order that leaves it up to my discretion as how it will turn out! In this case, my daughter asked for a new quilt for her birthday in March. She said she wanted it to be varied in subject with rainbows, colors, and . . . and . . . and. My cue to dig through my scraps and find fabric so I could make one of my ‘world vision’ quilts. Translation: Every square has some kind of picture/scene in it and anything goes. I also have tentative plans for the back of the quilt but haven’t finalized them yet. Someone told me that the backs of my quilts are almost as elaborate as the front. Yesterday, i finished the 30 preliminary squares for the quilt and hope to have time to start putting on the borders.  As usual, I have a quilt on the shelf that needs a few more hand stitches, one that is pieced and awaiting some backing fabric, and now this current creation.

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Sending off Little Dresses for Africa!

P1000804I had some time, last week and over the days managed to get eight more dresses down for Little Dresses for Africa. Anyone who likes to sew, might look into trying this. The dresses are basic which leaves lots of room for artistic touches like pockets and trims. Fun to imagine, too, that some little girl in Africa will have a wonderful surprise one of these days when the latest shipment of little dresses arrive.

Christmas Crafts – Tis the Season All Too Soon!

P1000793 P1000794 P1000795Working on Christmas crafts. Yes, it is ONLY the end of August but, count the days, we will be sitting down to turkey dinners before you know it and realizing the Christmas Season is around the corner. Lots of opportunities for creativity at the various stores. The plain, cutouts and little boxes provide a lot of empty space to fill with paint and faux jewels.

Little Dresses for Africa!

P1000574 P1000575 P1000576As many of my friends know, I like to sew but even with all that is available to sew, sometimes, you need a project that means something, too. I recently discovered ‘Little Dresses for Africa’. Links to check out: http://www.littledressesforafrica.org/blog/ and https://www.nancysnotions.com/text/pdf/LittleDressesforAfrica_pattern.pdf

Basically, volunteers from all over that love to sew and like to give of themselves are making these dresses for little girls and distributing them to Africa through orphanages, churches, and schools. The basic pattern is easy and you can probably make more than one in the space of an afternoon. There is also a pattern available on-line for making shorts for little boys. I have a lot of fabric, not a lot of time, but making these dresses works right into my schedule. Only one major seam, a drawstring type of neckline and whatever else you want to add like pockets, lace, etc., is up to you.

Check out the pictures on the first link and see how happy the children are on distribution day when they all get a new dress.