A New Skirt for KayKay

I swayed a bit from the WhiteBoard this past weekend. My beautiful daughter asked me to make her a new skirt. Since she is starting a new job this year during her sophomore year at ETSU as a tutor for America Reads, she will need some work clothes, I felt compelled to comply! I mean just look at my girl (this pic gives you a glimpse into who she is as a human):


This is my girl....in a nutshell!!!

This is my girl….in a nutshell!!!

Kaylah is going to school to be a Special Education Teacher (not sure where she gets that from – certainly NOT me). But I digress….we are here to talk about her skirt.

She asked me to make her a skirt based off this Pinterest Pin (clicking photo will take you to the tutorial):


This Big Oak Tree: High Waisted Sash Skirt Tutorial

Click photo to go to tutorial

It seemed simple enough at first glance….am I the only one who glances at a tutorial and/or pattern and agrees to things?!

Regardless…I agreed! I had some Robert Kaufman Metro Living Circles in Navy (about 3 yards) that I had bought for another skirt project and never made – I know, imagine that !! So….I started pressing and cutting and forging ahead!

And then…it hit me! I am a quilter, not a seamstress. I did finish this skirt and will probably make more skirts in the future but I am NOT a seamstress!!!! There were many times when I thought “what did that say?” so I re-read it, and read it again, and then read it one more time….and then did it the way I thought it should be done because I know how to wear a skirt or how to zip a zipper….LOL!

Well here you have the end results:


Originally there was a bow that matched the skirt (like in the tutorial) but we decided there needed to be a white bow in addition to the patterned one so that she could switch them out as she seen fit. Here is an upclose of the bow:


Did you notice I used navy thread to outline the bow? Oh….

While we were photographing the skirt, we noticed her nails matched it – polka dots and all….


Oh, and just in case you are wondering why you can’t see her face….well, of course because her make up wasn’t done….LOL

Thanks for being here today…and happy stitching!!!


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#swoon2013 – part 3

In case you are new here you can see this quilts humble beginnings here:

#swoon2013 – part 1

#swoon2013 – part 2

I have finally finished the last of the blocks and am ready to start thinking about the quilting.

These are the last five blocks I made:

swoon 25 swoon 24 swoon 21 swoon 22 swoon 23

I cannot wait until this quilt is done. Every time I work on this quilt I get more and more excited to see it finished. Look at the blocks all together:

swoon 25 collage

They are almost as pretty in their bin:

swoon 25 stack

Not really…..Just Kidding!!!!!

Due to the size of this quilt (more than 120″ square), I plan on quilting this in a quilt-as-you-go manner. What I can’t decide on is HOW!  I have browsed and browsed and browsed and browsed and browsed. My options seem to be this:

  1. outline the blocks (but outlining which portion?)
  2. straight line
  3. all over meander (or some other pattern other than straight line)
  4. or mix and match

Here are a few pictures I have pulled from the World Wide Web:

So…..do y’all have any ideas, thoughts? I would love to have your input! I am going to start putting the Hero Quilts together this weekend. In the meantime I would love to hear your thoughts on how to quilt this lovely lady!!!

Happy Stitching (and creative thoughts on quilting #swoon2013)


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Wordless WhiteBoard Wednesday


I know better than to use the “WordPress” app for iPad but I keep trying! #ugh

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Super Hero/Americana Progress

4 Handsome Grands

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WhiteBoard Wednesday 7/16/14

WhiteBoard 7/16/14

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WhiteBoard Wednesday 7-9-14

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I’m back….

New House - Finally Settled

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Super Hero/Americana Quilts x4


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So Late So Soon

“How did it get to be so late so soon?” –Dr. Suess source Boy do I completely and wholly understand that question as well as the humor in it? Let me explain… For the past couple of years I have been having trouble sleeping (stop laughing Sarah). I have no trouble getting to sleep, just […]

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