Flosstube Episode 47: Three Years

Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg flosstube/podcast! In this episode I share the beginning of my 2018 WIPocalypse.
WIPs:
  • Mystery 9 (Le Potager du Roi) by Chatelaine Designs – Silks and Petite Treasure Braid with delica beads and Swarovski crystals
  • Ten by Amy Mitten (restart) – Fibers to Dye For silks on 40ct Lambswool
  • His Eye is on the Sparrow by Heartstring Samplery – called for GAST and Weeks on 48ct Gander linen

Gifts:

  •  Poison bottle project bag and accessory bag from Diana itiskismet stitches
  • Renaissance by Long Dog Samplers stitched by Robert

Books:

  • A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

I am grateful for taking a chance three years ago.

Flosstube Episode 43: Darkness Falls

Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg flosstube/podcast! In this episode I share two finishes and the beginning of #darkoctoberstitching.
SALs:
  • Join Emily (eclecticpossessions) and I on Instagram for #dark13stitching where we stitch on something dark and creepy on the 13th of every month
  • Melanie’s Soulful Stitching Facebook group also has monthly Darktober stitching SALs on the 13th of every month
  • Join the Hawk Run Hollow SAL hosted by Abi Bellastitch and I – on Instagram you can use the #hrhvillagesal if you’re stitching on Village and/or use the tag #letsallmovetohawkrunhollow for any Hawk Run pieces.  Abi set up a Facebook group called Let’s All Move to Hawk Run Hollow if you’d like to join!
  • Year of WIPs Challenge in Melanie’s Soulful Stitching Facebook group
  • Dutch Beauty SAL on instagram #dutchbeautysal with Emily (eclecticposessions) and I
Show notes:
Finishes:
  1. Salem Remembered by The Primitive Needle.  Stitched with my own conversion to Gloriana and Belle Soie silks on 40ct unknown Lakeside Linen.  Stitched as part of the Salem Notforgotten SAL – in honor and remembrance of the 325th anniversary of the Salem witch trials.  We are using the Instagram tags #salemnotforgotten and #salem325 For more information on the Salem witch trials, here is a brief article.

Since Salem Remembered is out of print, you might be interested in this beautiful Salem design by The Primitive Hare called The Witches of Salem.

  • Halloween Garden by The Primitive Needle on 35ct Weeks Putty with Weeks threads.
WIPs:
  1. Moon Phases by The Little Stitcher on 32ct Midnight Tryst by Hand Dyed Fabrics by Stephanie with Weeks Mascara, GAST Picket Fence, DMC 3774, GAST Soot, and RG Petite Treasure Braid in PB04
  2. Hallow Eden by Plum Street Samplers on 32ct. dyed linen with Weeks threads
  3. Teeny Witch by Mary Engelbreit on 28ct Silkweaver Poltergeist with DMC
  4. RIT dyed fabrics for Halloween Fairy, Autumn on Lazy Bear Mountain, and Dead Man’s Chess
Stash:
  1. Jane Austen thread keeper
  2. Eclipse cupcake stitch marker by Sucre Sucre Miniatures
  3. River’s Edge sock yarn by Suburban Stitcher
  4. Project keeper
  5. Stitch Starter and Ruler Pocket from Blue Ribbon Designs
  6. Coffee Quaker coffee mug from Heartstring Samplery
  7. Beaded needlecase made by my friend Susan
  8. Cat pins by Puntini Puntini
  9. Fitbit Charge 2
Thanks so much for watching!
Grateful for finishes!

Flosstube Episode 17: Return of the Zebra Beagle

Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg flosstube/podcast!  In this episode I share some framed pieces, the start of the Village of Hawk Run Hollow SAL, and some birthday gifts.

Show notes:

Framing (No Finishes):

  1. Sugar Skull Version 5 by Kristy Kizzee (Bombastitch) on etsy stitched on 40ct Weeks Cocoa with DMC.  Finished in October 2012.  Blog post here.
  2. Garden of Eerie by Plum Street Samplers stitched on 36ct Meadow Rue (not Light Examplar like I said in the video) with DMC.  Finished in October 2011.  Blog post here.
  3. 1854 Isabella Johnstone Sampler by Needlework Press (originally in SANQ Summer 2010) stitched on 40ct Vintage Lentil with Belle Soie silks.  Finished in August 2012.  Blog post here.

WIPs:

  1. Anniversaries of the Heart by Blackbird Designs – I’m currently on the July block called Swan Lake; stitched on 40ct Vintage Examplar by Lakeside Linens with the called for GAST and Crescent Colors threads
  2. Black’d Skie by Primitive Needle – 40ct Vintage Pear by Lakeside Linen and the called for Pure Palette baroque silks and SNC silks
  3. Village of Hawk Run Hollow by Carriage House Samplings – 36ct Vintage Light Examplar with DMC.  SAL with Abi Bellastitch and others on Instagram #hrhvillagesal and in the Cross Stitch Finish Line group on Facebook.  Started September 1 and aiming for a block a month.

Stash Enhancement:

  1. Sewing kit out of Tula Pink Saltwater made by my friend, Mary from the pattern My Hexie Friend by @sewknotcrochet on Craftsy
  2. Peaceful Paradise by Midsummer Night Designs chart

Flosstube Shoutouts:

  1. Tracy P

Reading:

  1. Finished Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
  2. Currently reading The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

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I’m grateful for all the sweet comments and notes from those that reached out to me after my last video.

Episode 11: Project Roulette

Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg podcast!  In this episode I share my first finished shawl, my 2016 stitching plan, and some wonderful gifts I received.

Show notes:

Finishes:

  1. Yowza Weigh It Shawl by Susan B. Anderson – using Miss Babs Yowza in the Zombie Prom colorway and size 8 Signature circulars.  Finished on 12/31/15
  2. Hare Pyns (not shown – you can see the finish here) by Patrick’s Woods
  3. EGA Nametag and Tudor Rose Sampler Guild Nametag

WIPs:

  1. Anniversaries of the Heart by Blackbird Designs – I’m currently on the March block called A Wish for You; stitched on 40ct Vintage Examplar by Lakeside Linens with (mostly) the called for GAST and Crescent Colors threads
  2. Mistake Rib Scarf by Purl Soho – yarn is Lion Brand Homespun in color 338 Nouveau and I’m knitting with Size 10 Addi Turbos

Stash Enhancement:

  1. Erin Condren Good to Go Life Planner

Reading:

  1. Finished A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness in December
  2. You can see the complete list and reviews of my 2015 reads over on the Cozystyle blog here
  3. Currently reading Lara Casey’s Make it Happen and R.K. Ryal’s The Story of Awkward

Essential Oil of the Week: Valor

Valor

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I am grateful for being a knitter!

Episode 2: Herding Cats


Show Notes:

Finishes:

  1. Hazel Hedgehog Tote – Hazel Hedgehog quilt pattern is by Elizabeth Hartman.  Fabrics used are Tula Pink Acacia, Carolyn Friedlander Architextures, Michael Miller Grand Bazaar.  I modified Jeni Baker’s Lined Drawstring Bag tutorial for the tote.
  2. Hazel Hedgehog mini quilt: same fabrics and pattern as used in the tote.  Also used Tula Pink Moonshine for the one spine as well as the binding.
  3. Infinity Scarf – actually finished some time ago, but haven’t shared before on the blog.  Made with Anna Maria Horner Innocent Crush velveteen and Field Study voile.  Using Anna Maria’s tutorial for the infinity scarf by modified with Kelbysews’ measurements.
  4. Faith pincushion – ornament in the Just Cross-stitch Ornament 2014 issue by Nikyscreations.  Stitched with GAST threads (my own conversion and color changes) on 32 count Vintage Pearled Barley by Lakeside Linens.

WIPs:

  1. Garter stitch scarf – still in progress
  2. His Eye is on the Sparrow – by Heartstring Samplery.  Stitching on 48ct hand-dyed Gander linen with called for Weeks and GAST threads.

#sewmystash2015:

  1. Tula Pink Anchors Aweigh quilt in Tula Pink Salt Water fabric
  2. Five Yard quilt in Tula Pink Birds & the Bees and Denyse Schmidt Chicopee fabrics

Reading:

  1. Bible study using She Reads Truth app.

I am grateful for time to sew.

Broken Bow Retreat

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I’ve been meaning to share with you a little bit of seasonal stitching I worked on in the fall (which really wasn’t that long ago, although now being full on in Christmas mode it seems like forever ago).  Back in the fall of 2012 I was invited to Broken Bow, Oklahoma for a long weekend with some girlfriends.  I’d never been there, so it was fun to venture out with my camera and take in the beautiful fall colors.

 

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One of my friends, Lori of The Accidental Stitcher blog, designed a beautiful sampler to commemorate the occasion.  She kitted it up for us (seriously, her presentation is always amazing) with GAST and Weeks threads as well as 40ct Antique Cotton by R&R.
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She chose the perfect fall colors for the piece, don’t you think?

 

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I actually didn’t start stitching on this until fall of last year.  But it was the perfect thing to start when I was in need of some seasonal stitching.
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I stitched on it basically through the fall of last year and left off with beginning to stitch the house.  Here’s where I have to laugh at myself.  I started stitching the house with the Dove thread and after a few stitches I thought it was looking really grey and not blue at all like it looked in the skein.  So, I went through my thread and pulled some other options of blues to try.  But at that point in the year, it was time to start on Christmas stitching, so I put it away.
This fall I decided to get it out and get it finished.  I looked at all those blue thread options I’d pulled out and decided to just throw caution to the wind and use the Dove thread she’d kitted it with.  After I put in a few rows, you know what?  It was blue!  Just goes to show that sometimes it takes more than a few stitches to really see how something’s going to stitch up.  So silly.  I could have had this finished a year ago!!
 
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See what I mean?  It is the perfect shade of blue!!  And it looks so pretty against the oranges and browns and cranberry colored birds.

 

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Minus the house debacle, where I had to make things harder than they need to be, this was a joy to stitch and the perfect choice for the season.
I finished it up at the end of October and I love the way it turned out.

 

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Thanks so much for a beautiful design, Lori.

 

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I am grateful for seasonal stitching.

 

Le Printemps

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One of the things I purchased at the Dallas quilt show was some small charm packs of the Printemps line from 3 Sisters.  I loved the colors and how perfectly French it looked to me.  It was the perfect choice for a little thank you gift I wanted to make.  I saw a photo on Instagram of a table runner someone had made using patchwork squares in the middle, a thin border, and then a wider border, and I loved the look.  I knew a table runner would be a perfect choice for the gift.  I complimented the 2.5 inch squares with some yardage for the borders, binding, and backing.    
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It went together pretty quickly (a couple of sewing sessions) and then I was ready to baste and quilt it.  
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I chose to do some straight line quilting in one direction spaced further apart in the center, and closer in the borders.  
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I had a marathon binding session over a few nights between binding this table runner and the mini quilt I made for a swap.  
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Et voila, c’est fini! 

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I love how it turned out.  It was truly a gift from the heart as a thank you for having me in their home and I wanted something that represented the idea of home and family and gathering together.  
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And true to form, I rushed out the door to meet her in order to present my gift and my heartfelt thank you, only leaving time to stop and snap a few quick photos in the park near my house on the way.  
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A little view of the backing fabric, which matches the outer border.  I used the same fabric for the binding as I used on the inner border.  
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And the whole thing again…

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Thanks so much for visiting my blog and checking in to see what I’ve been up to!
I am grateful for secret projects.  

Closing Out the Year

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I appreciate you all being patient while I play post catch up here.  This post though, as you can tell from the title, is the last of things I wanted to share with you from the end of 2013.  
I was very excited when Paulette announced she would be doing a Sunday Mystery SAL back in September.  She released a part each Sunday for nine Sundays, with the promise that we’d have a finished piece before Thanksgiving.  I stitched Mary’s Sampler II, which was the more densely stitched of the two pieces.  Each week I took the opportunity to stitch the new part, while reflecting on the season ahead and what it means to me.  I chose to stitch mine on 40ct Vintage Light Examplar by Lakeside with mostly the called for GAST threads.  I had to change out the white to a brighter white so that it didn’t blend into my linen.  I also opted not to use the called for Espresso Bean, instead choosing a warmer, lighter brown.  Mary I dressed in blue, using a Limited Edition GAST called Aquamarine.  I love how my little sampler turned out and I’m looking forward to having it framed for this Christmas. 
One of the things I wanted to accomplish over the holidays was to finally do the finishing on all of my ornaments and my two guild nametags.  I figured since I had three ornaments for exchanges to finish, I might as well finish my others too. 
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I’ve already shared the finished product of the ornament I stitched for the EGA exchange and the ornament for the Tudor Rose exchange.  I also managed to finish these two. 
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I’m not over the moon about how my Penny Angel turned out, but I think the pompom trim for the Dash Away All was a perfect choice.  
And since I had them out, I took a pic of all my stitched ornaments together.  You can see my Tulip Angel and Shepherd’s Bush ornaments are still lacking their trim.  I realized later that there was one missing from this photo.  Isn’t that always the case with family reunions?  ; )
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I had one final finish for the year I wanted to share.  The year before at the Tudor Rose party, Sylvia and I decided to do an ornament exchange between the two of us in 2013.  So, it was with great anticipation that I opened up the package from and saw this beauty. 
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She stitched this Monsterbubbles ornament changing the colors and the linen.  She uses some metallic silver thread as well as adding the gorgeous beaded edge so that the whole thing sparkles in the Christmas tree lights.  And I absolutely love it on the dark blue linen.  Such a stunner in person, my photo does it no justice.  
But, here comes the funny part.  Sylvia and I didn’t discuss with each other what we were stitching and kept it a surprise until the packages were opened.  Here’s what I stitched for her.
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The little Blackbird Designs’ Souvenir stocking seemed like the perfect choice since we’d be seeing each other in Paris in the spring.  I stitched this on 40ct Vintage Light Examplar (the same fabric I used for Mary’s Sampler) with the called for threads.  I backed it with this pretty pink fabric and used Swarovski bicones for the hanger.  I think we both had fun with the exchange and will definitely be doing it again this year.  
I also had a couple of gifts I wanted to share.  Back in 2010, Gloria of Milady’s Needle was designing this piece and asked if she could use Romeo’s information to personalize it.  I had completely forgotten she’d promised the model to me in return until she sent it along.  I’ve hung it in the hallway with the memorial sampler for my dad (John Reed will also hang here once it’s framed, I’m sure).  It is a sweet reminder of my boy, and a very generous and heartfelt gift. 
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My sweet friend, Kim, also gifted me with this lovely Mary’s Best floss keep from Country Stitches (WTN&T).  Isn’t it pretty?  I’ve been lusting after one of these for a long while and now I have my very own! 
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I had really hoped to have my Kate Spain Christmas quilt finished in time for the holidays, but it didn’t quite happen.  I ordered the backing fabric for it, that you can see in my Instagram photo here.  I could not pass up those cups of hot cocoa on that Icicle grey background.  Too too perfect.  I definitely want to get this one done this year finally so that I can snuggle underneath it while sipping Mexican hot chocolate (my favorite) and watching Serendipity (one of our favorite Christmas movies). 
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My finishes for the year were not as numerous as previous years, but I did get some more sewing in and I finished my dad’s memorial sampler, which was the most important thing for me.

2013 Finishes
2013 Finishes
Return to the Sea with Jane Austen
Kate Spain Christmas quilt top
 Hexy pincushion
Swoon mini quilt
Pinwheels mini quilt
John Reed 1844
Nightshade pillowcase
Sally Halloween costume
Kiss Kiss mini quilt
December ornament 
View From Above ornament
Souvenir of Paris ornament
Mary’s Sampler II
It’s nice to finally feel like I have some closure on 2013, although much delayed.  I can’t wait to share what I’ve been up to in 2014 so far and my brain is zinging with new ideas all the time.  
I am grateful for weekends spent marathon-watching Game of Thrones.

First Monday

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Happy New Year, dear friends!  It’s the first Monday of 2014 and I’m feeling like it’s time to get in sync with my plans for this year.  One of the things I intend to do this year is get back to regular blogging.  While other forms of social media are fun and much more spontaneous, I love this little blog of mine and it’s an important space in my life.  So keep your eyes open for new posts coming soon.

 

I have tons of things I can’t wait to share with you, and while I definitely want to do a bit of a end of year wrap up and what my plans are for creating in 2014, I’m just going to jump right in and show you a finished project I can now share.

 

2013 seemed to be the year of the mini quilt for me.  You may recall I gifted a couple earlier in the year (here and here)?  It was only fitting that there should be a third one in there too.  Well, you all know my love for Tula Pink, and you know I’ve been working on my Kiss Kiss quilt off and on.  So, what could be more perfect than a mini Kiss Kiss, or well, in this case I guess it’s just one kiss.  ; )
Anyway, I’m going to be visiting Paris for the first time in February with my dear friend, Sylvia.  So what more perfect birthday gift for her than a Parisville quilt?  Just like with the mini Swoon, I chose to just piece one block and then quilt and finish it as a mini quilt.  I absolutely love how it turned out.
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See why it’s called Kiss Kiss?  The x is a kiss, as in xoxo (shout out to all Gossip Girl fans).  Anyway, I loved the idea of Sylvia having a little something to remember our trip by, as well as a little piece of me over in Germany.
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Of course, the star of the show here is the focal fabric with Marie Antoinette at the center.  I wanted the quilting to echo the x shape, but I also wanted to highlight the cameo center so I left the very center unquilted (about 3 inches square).  It turned out just as I had envisioned, and being a mini I was able to quilt it myself on my machine.
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For the back I opted to use two fabrics I had in the Mist colorway – the topiary and the French lace.  I cut them into strips and then alternated them which reminds me of some sort of luxurious wallpaper treatment one might find in Versailles (I’ll scope it out when I’m there and let you know).
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I love how the quilting created a number of different patterns – straight lines, crosshatch, and arrows.  And the very geometric straight line quilting was a perfect couterpoint to the more organic designs in the fabric.
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The quilt made its way safely overseas in November and I was finally able to exhale that breath I’d been holding when it arrived.  I’m so thrilled that Sylvia liked her little birthday surprise and I can’t wait to get back to work on my own Kiss Kiss.
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Thanks so much for stopping by, and I’ll be back soon with some more things I’ve been working on and a few finishes!
I am grateful for time at my sewing machine and giving handmade gifts. 

 

Nightshade and Nightmare

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If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you probably already know of my love affair with Tula Pink‘s fabric.  When Miss Tula released her Nightshade line a couple of years ago, matching her amazing design talent with an utterly gothic take on Halloween, I was instantly sunk.  This line is probably one of my all time favorites of hers and I have some carefully hoarded cuts in my stash.  I don’t share my Tula stash lightly, but when my niece’s birthday rolled around, I knew I had to make an exception.  
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My niece and I are surprisingly like-minded and she loves anything dark and creepy and cool, so I decided that a pillowcase made from some Nightshade would be the perfect thing for her to bring to sleepovers and such.  
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I made each side different so that I could use two different pieces from the focal Coven print.  I pulled some fabric out of my stash for the sashing around the focal prints, and then a different tone on tone for the edging of the pillowcase.  
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And I absolutely had to use the Spider Blossom fabric for the background.  It’s full of little hidden “Tula treasures” like skulls, lightning bolts, moons, and spiderwebs.  Plus, it matches the case on my phone, so I thought a little nod to us matching was a good thing.  
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If you’ve ever heard a twelve-year-old girl squeal with delight, you can imagine the reception this gift got when we celebrated her birthday.  It holds a place of honor on her bed, along with her One Direction blanket.  lol
And just when I thought I’d have a little break and get back to doing some stitching and quilting for me, I got a call from my niece asking for help with her Halloween costume.  You may recall last year she went as the Mad Hatter?  So, this year she wanted to go as Sally from the movie The Nightmare Before Christmas.  I swear this kid and I are sharing brainwaves.  So, in case you haven’t seen the movie, here’s Sally…
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Being a Tim Burton movie, it’s thoroughly dark and creepy.  But, here was my dilemma.  When you do a search online, what comes up is a plethora of horridly garish and brightly colored versions of Sally’s dress.  Well, no thank you.  So, a few weekends ago, my gothic twin came to spend the night and we went over to a resale shop.  I started pulling shirts off the racks that fit in with the color scheme I had in my head.  I wanted the overall feel to be dingy, muted, while still keeping with the patterned patchwork look.  We found a dress that could be used as the base, and then I began cutting up the shirts we got and sewing them on.  And here’s what I ended up with.  Trust me when I tell you that she looks super adorable (in a very cool gothic way) in the dress. 
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I sewed all the scraps onto the base dress, and then I went back in and added some big decorative stitches for effect. 
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Here’s the back.  We lucked out to find a dress that only fastened by a button at the top, so I wasn’t having to work around zippers or anything of that nature.  
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I can’t even begin to tell you how much work went into this dress.  Probably 90% of it was done by hand.  I did attach some of the larger pieces by machine, but I was trying to work between the lining and the dress itself, which made that a bit difficult. 
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I’m really please with how it turned out and so is she.  I brought it to her yesterday and she immediately went to try it on.  She paired it with some black and grey striped knee-high socks, black ankle boots, and grey wool wristwarmers.  Love that kid!  
But now that I have birthday and Halloween done, I’ll be getting back to my stitching and quilting.  I can’t wait to see pics of her on Halloween though.  
Thanks for stopping by, and you may have noticed that I’ve changed the template I’m using for the blog.  Hopefully this fixes the issue with commenting since I’ve switched it over to a template that isn’t dynamic.  Let me know if you’re still having problems though.  I absolutely love reading your comments and they are important to me!  
Happy Halloween!
I am grateful for matching macabre sensibilities.