My Straight Pins Betrayed Me…

My whole life as a quilter I have always trusted straight pins to keep my seams together and lined up. I think that’s a basic point of trust for most people who sew, but more on that later.

I’ve continued work on bears during my free time at play practice, (yay for hand sewing) and I’m making great progress. Currently we only have one that’s actually stuffed; all the others (about 20 by now I think) I’ve just done all the hand sewing on and not stuffed yet because previously I had no way to store them. I now have  abunch of paper boxes so we should have more stuffed soon.

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Back to the straight pin treachery. Generally, I pin all my corners and edges because, you know, I like things to line up (said with much frustration).  But when I was working on block number 6, something when terribly wrong, and my first couple seams turned out totally…wrong. Just no. So therefore, I did the next two seams WITHOUT the straight pins, and they were great. WHAT IS THIS WORLD?

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So that is my mournful story. I’m sure you can see what I mean.

Happy stitching (without straight pins),

Sparkle Jane

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Garage Sale Glory!

I have always loved going to garage sales, but now I love them even more!

Question: What’s Green, originally $345, and paid for at a garage sale with $50?

Answer: The most beautiful prom dress ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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So beautiful!!!!!!!!! I won’t be able to wear it for another year (I have to be in high school to go to prom. 🙂 But I can’t wait!

Thanks for reading,

Sparkle Jane

I Had Fun!

My school had a dance a while ago (and when I say a while I mean 2 months ago:) My school calls dances “Stomps”, which doesn’t make sense until you go to one and see that none of the guys ever dance with the girls. You can’t really blame them because if you do dance with someone people will video tape you. No joke, they really will. All “Stomps” are planned by the student leaders, and I am a student leader, so I knew about it before the rest of the student body. Because of this I had a lot of time to plan an outfit.

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The final outfit was Black skinny jeans with orange shirt, turquoise tank-top, black hat with orange ribbon (not the hat in the picture, we decided on a different black hat last-minute, but it did still have the same ribbon), and a scarf that I made myself. The scarf is easy to make and I will probably do a tutorial on it sometime. The outfit was a success and I had a great time.

Thanks for reading,

Sparkle Jane

 

Easter Sunday

For my Easter dress this year my mom and I did, not a remodel, but a make over. I found out recently that my great-grandmother was quite the sewer. She would make my grandmother a new dress for every occasion big or small. One of these dresses that she got when she was about my age she kept, and had me try on. Success! It fits almost perfectly. ( Just a little tall in the torso.)

The zipper was a little hashed, but that is to be expected in a dress that is 50 years old. So we put in a new zipper. After finding the perfect shade of pink jacket, we have a very cute Easter outfit for a beautiful but chilly morning.

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The pin you see on the jacket is what I was making in my previous post, WEATHER REPORT. If you want to make the pin, click HERE. I made mine a little larger than she did, 3-1/2″ base, and used about 2-1/2 yards of rick rack.  It was easy!

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I hope you all had a great Easter.

Sparkle Jane

P.S. Happy April fools day! Tell me of any pranks you play!

Its So Beautiful!!!!!!!!

So cute! My mom thinks that it’s almost too adult for a twelve-year-old, but I don’t think so.

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My mom is a miracle worker! This is so pretty. The pin she made is a nice accent,  too.

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When you combine all that with $3.00 thrift store high heels, this becomes the ultimate party outfit.

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Thanks for reading,

Sparkle Jane