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Desperately Seeking Susan Jacket

For this year’s Halloween costume, my daughter, Emily, requested the iconic Madonna jacket from the movie, Desperately Seeking Susan. Recreating this jacket was one the most fun Halloween garments I’ve ever made, and I’m really happy with the way it turned out. Finding just the right fabrics was tricky, because Emily and I are kind of obsessive about…

Sabrina Potholder

Tonight I’m going to the Central Cinema to see Sabrina, which is one of my favorite Audrey Hepburn movies. Central Cinema is a small theater with booths instead of seats, where you can watch a movie while also having drinks and dinner. As a little surprise for my companions (my daughter and my son’s girlfriend), I put together two…

A Stocking for Cirilia Rose and a Little Crazy Quilt

I’m pretty surprised I’ve never made a stocking out of a vintage quilt before, because it seems like something that would be right up my alley.  When I was thinking about what kind of stocking I wanted to make for Cirilia, who is my son’s girlfriend, I initially thought I might try knitting, since she…

Make it With Sheets, 1952

Sheets have been a mainstay fabric of mine since I first began to sew in the early 60s.  Vintage 100% cotton muslin and percale sheets are still one of my favorite fabrics for hand piecing and embroidery.  They have a nice feel and are usually easy to needle since the thread count is not as…

Reminiscing About Rag Rugs

When I was growing up in Oklahoma, we lived in an old neighborhood that had a nice mix of families with young children and older couples.  Only a couple of homes on our block had air conditioners, so the women usually spent part of their summer afternoons sitting and visiting each other on their porches.…

Our Boys Need Sox – Knit Your Bit

There has not been a lot of quilting going on recently at Q is for Quilter, because I have been obsessed with learning how to knit socks.  Even though there is still lots more to learn,  I think I have mastered the basic sock pattern, and want to attempt some more elaborate designs.  I’m having…

A Crocheted Bag For My Sock Yarn

Okay . . . I know I said I was going to post something quilty, but for the past few weeks I’ve been knitting socks as well as making quilts.  My son’s girlfriend, Cirilia Rose, is an amazing knitter and knit designer who works as the Creative Director for the Skacel Collection.  She has inspired…

West Elm Swatch Pillow

Last week my daughter, Emily, and I visited one of her favorite shops, West Elm. Because she and her husband, Aaron, have just moved into a new apartment in a beautiful 1920s Art Deco building, I wanted to buy her a little house warming present. For her gift, Emily picked out a couple of pillows…

Retro Girl – 1950s Style Dress

Sometimes I think I shouldn’t have named this blog “Q is for Quilter,” because I have many other hobbies besides quilting.  There haven’t been too many quilting posts lately, but it’s not like I’ve given up quilting — I work on my Seven Sisters top every day.  It’s just that I think it’s pretty boring…

Little Girl Dresses — 1970s Style

Here are two more versions of the 1970s Simplicity pattern (#8429).  This dress is easy to put together, but I always obsess over the details — like deciding where to place the pattern pieces on the fabric to make the coloring (tie dye dress) or the design (elephant dress) just the way I want it. …

Vintage-Inspired Little Girl Christmas Dresses

Sewing these dresses using vintage patterns is not only fun — it can also be a challenge.  A few of the patterns I’ve purchased no longer had their instructions, but even when they did, the instructions are quite different from modern versions.  I always end up making changes to the garment (usually to create a…

1960s Pajamas for Emily

Tomorrow we are celebrating Emily’s 28th birthday, and I always like to make her a surprise gift.  A couple of months ago when I was showing her my newest vintage patterns, she pulled out this child size 4 pajama pattern from the 1960s, and jokingly asked if I could make them in her size.  I…