I did, however, manage to make a few stitches: I added an applique on Dusti's new bag (a gift from her Mimi) and made a little dress for one of the tykes.
Dusti's bag is very pretty and colorful, so I found a solid yellow that is an almost perfect match and auditioned a couple of letters until we found a font she liked.
Then she gave me an idea of how large she wanted the letter, which turned out to be really big. In fact, I carefully measured the space to make sure the letter would fit.
I drew and cut out a pattern, double checking to make sure it would work. From there, the process was easy, although the sewing wasn't. It's difficult to fit a shaped bag under the needle and keep the zigzag stitch relatively straight. In the end, she was very happy with her bag, and I discovered that it's not something I want to do very often.
Because it intrigued me, I decided to figure out something to finish the dress. The fabric is a red/white gingham, so I decided to make a color-block front using a solid white from my stash.
|Isn't it just cute?|
|back of dress|
Take a visit to the Aussie Hero Quilts website to see how JanMaree and others are working to support the men and women of Australia who serve in their military forces. She just started the blog today in an attempt to encourage others to make quilts, pillowcases and laundry bags for the soldiers.