Friday, April 28, 2017

Her Majesty's New Dress!

I am completely buried right now in 007 projects, so decided to share some of the UFO busting I've been doing lately.
One of my favorite UFO finishes in 2017, is the new outfit gown dress (cover) I made for "Her Majesty"!
The pattern is from Lori Holt's Quilty Fun book.  I first made it as a door prize for our guild's spring retreat a few years ago.  This version was made using a charm pack and bits of yardage!  I liked the results, and honestly it was a bit difficult to donate!  However, it went to a really good home, QBee Barb H won it!
The second one was made for a guild gift exchange!  We drew names, and I knew immediately that I wanted to make this again!
It was for QBee Susie ... I loved making it for her!  For this one I used a fat eights pack in quilting themed fabric.  It was so fun playing with bright fabrics ... matching the personality of the recipient!
Long time readers know too many things about me ... the references we'll use for this post are: a) I've been working on Lori Holt's Vintage Farm Girl quilt and b) I love gingham ... in every form!  A year ago I decided to make my sewing machine cover using the 6 inch gingham blocks from the Farm Girl book!  I was so excited ... using stash fabrics I cut it out ... pieced four blocks ... and then life happened and it was boxed up and placed in the UFO pile.
When I decided to tackle that UFO pile, I made this project a priority!
Because it had already been cut and organized, before long the blocks were pieced!
Sew many seams ... I willingly admit that I am a bit strange ... but I love the backside of quilts!
Next it was time to piece the front pocket panel.  Quick ... easy ... completely fun!
The pieces were done!  Piecing is my favorite part of the quilting process.  This is the point where many of my small projects land back in the UFO pile.  But I was determined not to allow that to happen with this project.
The dillydally truth is this ... I am not very good at machine quilting nor do I enjoy it!  I am not being falsely modest, and am completely comfortable with not being good at everything!   However, it is the primary reason why my UFO pile exists!
Half of the quilting is done in this photo ... loved using this piece of fabric for the backing!  I purchased it while on the Oregon Trail trip ... brings back sew many wonderful memories!
UGH ... it felt like the machine quilting took forever!
Finally the gingham panel was done! It was "stitch in the ditch" for the pocket panel! Quick and easy!
And of course ... the binding had to be gingham as well!
Finished!  The back!
The front!  Yep, in my mind I was doing back flips!
Her Majesty finally has a dress fitting of her status!
When I walk into my sewing room, and see this ... it makes me smile.  It just makes me sew very happy on many levels!

Do what you love!  Do dillydally!
Mrs. DillyDally


  1. I've always loved that pattern and it's on my 'want to make it someday' list ... this makes me want to move it up a bit! Especially love the use of PamKittyMorning fabric on the back. BTW ... I'm not good at machine quilting either. Yours looks great! Happy to see this cheerful project today.

    1. Thanks! It is a fun pattern! I love the backing fabric too! I think it makes the cover reversible!

  2. I love seeing the weeble people in the pockets!! Our kids had them when they were small. Great idea and your photos explain it well. I think I need to name my machine and then create a dress.