Tuesday, December 12, 2017

When It's Fun - Do It Again!

Some people find it easy to mass produce an item, they are able to make multiples (even hundreds) of something.  I am not that person.  I have a hard time making just about anything more than once ... unless ... I really like it ... and it has to be fun!
The first machine cover happened by accident.  I had taken a charm pack and pieced them into quarter-squares triangles!  Inspired by Lori Holt and her Quilty Fun book, those 3.5 inch pieces became a sewing machine cover! This first one was made back in 2014! 
Our guild sponsored a gift exchange a few years ago and I made another one with a sewing themed fat eighth pack!  Even after the second one, I had a feeling there would be more in my future!  It was still fun!
Long time followers know how much love gingham ... sew ... I used 6 inch pieced gingham blocks for the background of the cover for "Her Majesty"!  And after I finished this third one ... it was still fun!
I have been collecting Kim Diehl fabrics for several years ... it was time to cut into some ... and the plan is to make another machine cover!  It's for a friend who loves KD fabric as much as I do!
This time I intended to use nine-patch blocks for the background! 
I alternated 3.5 inch (unfinished) nine-patch with plain squares to create the18' X 24" required for the mat!
My sweet Santa assisted the entire process ... so fun!
The mat is pieced and next was layering it. 
I use Soft n' Stable for the machine covers ... I love how it maintains the shape! 
Machine quilting done!
Next ... the row of spools ... pieced and quilted!
Auditioning on what end to place the spools ... decisions, decisions!
Binding is not my favorite dillydally activity ... I needed Santa to cheer me on!
Time to try it on Her Majesty!  Perfect fit!  By the end of the day it was wrapped, boxed and on its way to a dear friend for her birthday!  It was so hard to wait for her to receive it ... it arrived Saturday and she loved it ... I am thrilled! 

And yep ... there are plans swimming around in my head for the next one I plan to make!  As long as it is fun ... I'll make more!

Do what you love!  Have fun!  Do dillydally!
Mrs. DillyDally
Oops!  Almost forgot to add the tag!  

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Sunday's Sunshine!

12.10.2017 - 11:00 am
The rain continues ... the wind is blowing ... the sun is nowhere in sight!  Sunlight filtered by a very thick layer of stratus clouds created these beautiful shades of blue today.  And ... blue is my favorite color!
Dillydalliers know how to make their own sunshine!  I don't mean to boast, but I am a professional ... at dillydallying and creating my own sunshine!  I spent time today knitting ornaments for our tree.  A hot cup of coffee ... knitting needles in my hands ... music playing ... yep, the sun was shining here in DillyDallydom!
The knitting for this ornament had been done for some time, so all I had to do was stuff and finish it!
I finished the knitting for this one and began another!  They are fun and relatively quick to knit!  They are designed by Arne and Carlos and are found in their book, 55 Christmas Balls to Knit
We attended a community fundraising event for the Salvation Army this evening.  It was an event filled with great food, friends and Holiday cheer!  The best form of sunshine possible!

Do what you love!  Let the sun shine!  Do dillydally!
Mrs. DillyDally

I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas!

The following photos were taken the last few days of November.

We are on the 9th day of a 10 day storm ... the forecast has been extended ... more of the same.  I am not whining ... miserable weather is perfect for dillydallying!  Christmas will be here in 15 days ... and I have a lot of dillydallying to do! 

Do what you love!  Wishing you a white Christmas!  Do dillydally!
Mrs. DillyDally

Friday, December 8, 2017

My First Giftetizer!

It all began the day after Thanksgiving!  I started my own, private Giftetizer (think gift + appetizer) event!  Yep ... a new event here in DillyDallydom!  Because it is about gifts ... going undercover was necessary! Love covert projects!
I picked up this fabric Fall 2016 while traveling in the midwest ... and oh, how I wish I had purchased more!  It is so fun ... makes me smile!  Full of Holiday Cheer!
I put my favorite Christmas movie on ... I know every line ... and in my dreams I dance along!
Santa came to assist ... peppermint apron strings ... yep, we were jolly!
Finished two aprons with just 3 inches of this border print to spare!  Again ... sure wish I had purchased more yardage!
I like aprons to be lined ... I think they hold their shape and function better.  I made these reversible and they are for my girls, Sister and Girlfriend DillyDally!
Just in case you weren't aware ... it is imperative when sewing with peppermint swirl fabric to drink hot cocoa and eat candy canes! 
As with all fashion ... accessories are as important as the garment!  I decided to accessorize the aprons with pot holders!
Here they are finished and ready for delivery December 1st!  My son tells me that Girlfriend has been wearing hers all week!  Sister just received hers in the mail today!  Mission accomplished!  A successful Giftetizer!  Gifts to use during the Holiday Season!  I throughly enjoyed myself!

Do what you love!  Host a Giftetizer!  Do dillydally!
Mrs. DillyDally 
My favorite costume of the entire movie ... my mother had the exact same one ... I loved it then and now ... she was beautiful!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Missing Mom

The anniversary of my Mother's passage to her heavenly home is always tough.
Every year on this day, as well as on her birthday, I attempt to deal with my loss by doing a act of kindness in her memory.  It helps ... she always did so much for so many.
In honoring her on this blog, I think I said it best on this post from 2015.  She truly was the inspiration behind my decision to begin this dillydally journey.  I am so blessed to have a mother who loves me unconditionally.  She will always be my "Life Coach" and "Head Cheerleader"!

Do what you love.  Honor your Mother!  Do dillydally!
Mrs. DillyDally

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

DillyDally Playdates & Wool Buddies

Meet my Wool Buddies ... Barb and Sue!  We have many common interests ... but today we'll just focus on our mutual passion for working with wool!
We try to meet once a week ... we refer to it as dillydally playdates!  Remember organizing playdates for your children?  Well ... we three are retired teachers and now we organize playdates for ourselves!  Too fun!
Barb and her husband spend a few months every winter down south visiting family, so she is currently out of town.  This is a project she completed right before she left for Thanksgiving! 
She pieced together a design by Atkinson Designs called Happy Holidays, then added her magic by adding wool applique' of her own design!  I love her use of metallic thread!
These stars became a beautiful banner...
... and this became a lovely pillow!  Barb always adds her special touch to every project she makes!
Sue is also a prolific needle worker!  She hosted my birthday party and made everyone candle mats as party favors.  Check it out here ... I remain overwhelmed by her thoughtfulness!  She created this sweet patriotic design!
We like to have tea during our dillydally playdates ... this is so super cute ...
... and her fall themed table mat is gorgeous!
Currently, Sue offered to make two of this style Christmas stocking kits for a friend's sons!
 Both Barb and Sue do beautiful handwork, accomplish so much, and are extremely generous with their talent.  They inspire me on so many levels ... I treasure our playdates and friendship!

Do what you love!  Dillydally with friends!  Do dillydally!
Mrs. DillyDally

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Our Lefse Tradition!

Both Mr. and I grew up eating and worshiping lefse!  Family lore is that he proposed the day after Christmas (1980) because of my lefse making skills!  And ... lets be honest ... lefse tasting kisses are the best!
We've been making lefse together ever since!  In our 36 years of marriage, there was only one year that lefse wasn't made.  At Christmas dinner that year our seven-year-old son proclaimed it the "worst Christmas of his life!"  Now that Brother and Girlfriend live here in Cordova, we all pitch in and make it together! 
We make more than four people can use, because we like to share with friends.  We go through 10 pounds of potatoes and flour!  My mother learned to make lefse from my Grandma Elsie.  Mom wrote the recipe by stopping Grandma as she mixed the dough.  As Grandma was about the add an ingredient, Mom would measure it.  We use that exact same recipe!
Lefse is messy!  Mr. took this selfie ... it cracks me up!  By the time we're finished everything and everyone is covered in flour!  Part of the reason we only make it once a year! 
A friend from Minnesota sent me a goodie package this fall!  It included a super cute dishtowel with this lefse motif!  I brought it out to use on our lefse making day ... but I just didn't have the heart to get it messy and stained!  It was just too cute!  So I decided recently to make it into a Holiday pillow!  I finished it today and am in love with the results!

Do what you love!  Keep those family traditions!  Do dillydally!
Mrs. DillyDally