Saturday, May 4, 2019

My Blueberry Friend!

Sharing an interest with a friend is a the absolute best way to dillydally!
I love berry picking ... in particular our Alaska wild blueberries!
And I especially appreciate a friend whose berry picking passion is equal to mine!  That is Barb on the left ... her college friend was up visiting that summer and joined in our fun!
Every year ... rain or shine ... we harvest berries together!
Berry picking isn't all we enjoy doing together!  We share a love of wool appliqué, cooking, baking and quilting ... life in general!
Together, with a few other close friends, we schedule and plan regular Dillydally Playdates!  It is always fun to share projects and life in general with others ... all the ingredients that add up to wonderful friendships!
Barb's birthday recently came around and I was trying to decide what to make for her.  Last week I had a dillydally brain windstorm ... and instantly knew what to do!
I bought this blueberry basket fabric years ago with Barb in mind ... just couldn't decide what to do with it until that windstorm hit!  Using Lori Holt's pattern as a resource I began to bring this sewing machine cover to life!
Machine quilting ... raw edge appliqué ... piecing and quilting the spool blocks ... and before I knew it, I was nearly done!
Barb and I have the same sewing machine ... sew ... I had to try it on for size! 😁
Yep ... the ties work!
The fit was perfect!
A mutual friend hosted a birthday luncheon for Barb today!  When she got home, she sent me a pic of how she has been covering her sewing machine!  Too funny!  Cracks me up!
Now her machine has a proper cover ... one that fits both the machine and her!  Makes this blueberry pickers heart very happy!

Do what you love!  Do dillydally!
Mrs. DillyDally
Barb was there on Nissa's first blueberry picking adventure!  

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Happy Birthday Mom!

Today, May Day, would have been my mother's 82nd birthday!  As young children, she would help us make up simple May Baskets for our grandparents and neighbors.
We celebrated her day ... by doing for others.  That was her way ... always doing for others!  In this photo she was 16 years old!
Not long ago, my aunt sent me photos that I had never seen before.  This is my mother at 19 years of age ... recently divorced ... working two jobs ... and pregnant with me!  I cannot imagine the stress, pressure and exhaustion she must have been dealing with!  When I was 19, my biggest worries were taking exams and writing papers for college classes!  She was about to turn 20, and I would be born a few months later in July.
Immediately after my birth, my mother returned to work while my teenage aunts served as babysitters.  This photo documented four generations, my mother and I are with my grandfather (her father) and my great grandmother.

My mother accomplished so much in her lifetime.  But what I admire most was what she did for others.  Since her passing in 2006, I honor her by doing some sort of act of kindness in her memory on her birthday and the anniversary of her death.

If you follow me here, on facebook or instagram, you know that I have been busy teaching a garment making class!  Mom taught me to sew and was our 4-H sewing leader!  I have so many fond memories of sewing with her ... a love we both shared!  It seemed fitting to sew and gift a garment in her honor this year.
This linen/cotton dress/tunic is being gifted to a young woman in our community that loves and appreciates the natural world.
She works hard to educate and coach young adults in the wonder of our environment!
 I appreciate all that she does to enrich our community!  She doesn't sew herself, but has an appreciation for handmade things!  When I thought about who I would share my mothers memory with, she was the first to come to mind!
June 11, 1960
My mother married my adoptive father shortly before my third birthday!  I actually remember their wedding day!  I have always thought that was very special!  Dad chose us!

By 1964, Mom was a mother of four!  We enjoyed a wonderful childhood ... surrounded by love ... and empowered by our parents and extended family!  We were blessed in too many ways to count!

While wrapping todays gift ... I thought about what message my mom would send to this young woman ... I settled on "Enjoy Life".  A simple concept, but one that we often need to be reminded of!
 Thanks Mom!  For everything!  I love and miss you every day!

Do what you love!  Do dillydally!
Mrs. DillyDally

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Hello April!

Spring arrives slowly here in our remote corner of the planet.  The most obvious sign of spring in Alaska is the hours of daylight that increase daily!
Currently the sun rises before 7 am and sets around 9 pm ... it feels wonderful!  And the first week of April gifted us with several days of clear skies!
On April 1st the sun actually felt warm!  Nissa enjoyed the warmth as much as Mr. DD and I did!  Her joy and enthusiasm reflected our feelings perfectly!
When the sun is out ... so are the DillyDallys!  Mr. and I appreciate every walk we take that doesn't result in us getting wet!  However, Nissa likes being wet ... even when the sun is shining!
Dillydallying does take place daily even when the sun is shining ... both knitting and quilting ... lots of 007 projects in progress! Things I cannot share at this time!  Even with all that going on ... I found myself agreeing to participate in a quilt "Round Robin".  The idea of doing a "for fun" project was sew appealing ... I just had to sign on!  Thursday night I poured through my quilt books ... seeking a block pattern ... trying to decide what direction I would take this group project!  Then the task of choosing fabrics ... a dillydally wind storm was brewing ... oh, sew many possibilities!
 At 5 am Saturday morning, I woke to the sound of rain on the roof.  I thought about rolling over and going back to sleep ... but that dillydally windstorm in my brain wouldn't allow it!  With a cup of freshly brewed coffee in hand, Flicka and I entered DillyDallydom with a purpose!  We are experts at creating our own sunshine!  My purpose was to begin the 6 inch patchwork block I had selected ... apparently Flicka's purpose was to nap!
Silly kitty ... at least I knew she approved of my fabric choices!  I did not have the heart to disturb her, so did a bit of cleaning up around the sewing room.
Fortunately, cat naps never last long ... and six inch blocks are fast to cut out ... before long we were ready to sew!  I decided on a Sewing/Quilting theme, and Lori Holt's Spelling Bee book has the sweetest sewing machine block!
Before long the block was done ... but the machine sort of got lost ... sew, I added a small background border.  It helped ... but just didn't have enough color to truly reflect my dillydally spirit!
There!  That is much better!  My six inch block became twelve inches!  I plan to add a bit of embroidery before I pass it on!  Cannot wait to see what other quilters will do with it ... sew much fun!  And what a sunny way to spend a rainy morning!
Over the years, I have adjusted to the slow way in which Alaska experiences spring.  I find it  important to embrace the pattern of nature, whatever that may be.
Happy April to all ... in every corner of the planet!
Do what you love!  Do dillydally!
Mrs. DillyDally

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Dressmaking I Class

What better way to celebrate spring's arrival then by adding a new garment to our wardrobe!
Welcome spring and refresh your wardrobe by taking a Dressmaking I Class!
Let's make a garment for ourselves!  After months of pattern research, I finally chose one that allows me to teach basic clothing construction skills ... is available for all body sizes and shapes ... and includes many design options!
 I began sewing at the age of nine and by Junior High was making most of my wardrobe.  My mother taught me to sew initially, I took every Home Ec class available in High School.  Textiles were my first love ... a passion that has remained with me my entire life!
When choosing a college ... my first concern was whether or not I could study textiles!  I took every textile class available!  My passion grew ... clothing construction was always my first love!
 I am thrilled by the interest in and current popularity of clothing construction!  Sew ... my excitement in offering a class for adults makes this dillydally heart sew very happy!  We are going to have such fun!

Here are the details:

  • We will be meeting three times, April 4, 11, and 18th
  • Set up will begin at 6 pm with instruction from 6:30 - 9:30 pm.
  • High School Home Economics Room
Participants will Learn the Following Skills
  • Body measurements & Size
  • Fabric preparation & Grainline
  • Pattern Layout & Cutting
  • Marking
  • Staystitching & Darts
  • Clipping corners & Curves
  • Seams & Finishes
  • Grading Seams
  • Bias Facings
  • Side Seam Pocket Construction
  • Gathering Techniques
  • Hand Sewn Hems

Dress Pattern
  • We will be making the Hinterland Dress by Sew Liberated.  
  • In Dressmaking I, we will be using this pattern to make a pullover, sleeveless version. 
  • The pattern is available for purchase at The Net Loft.
  • Sizes range from 0 to 24.  It is a style that is comfortable and flattering for all body shapes.
  • It is very versatile.  Participants will choose between a tunic, short, or midi length dress.
  • If you would like to view this pattern made by people from all over the world, use #hinterlanddress on Instagram.
Equipment Required to Participate
  • A sewing machine in good working order
  • Sewing Machine Needles, size 12  
  • Fabric scissors
  • Tape measure
  • Straight Pins
  • Seam Ripper
  • Sharpes (hand sewing needles)
Supplies required to Participate
  • After you register, I will be emailing you a supply list that includes the fabric and notions necessary to take the class.
  • Fabric, notions, and equipment is available at both The Net Loft and Forget Me Not Fabrics.

Registration and Cost
  • Space is limited.  Be sure to register online by clicking here.
  • Once you register, I will email you a supply list.
  • The class fee is $75 (due at the first session) and includes over 9 hours of instruction.
Questions and Concerns
  • Feel free to email me at
  • Use Dressmaking I in the subject line.
  • I check my email every morning and evening, and will reply as soon as I read your email.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Foo-Whee Fun!

Here in my remote corner of the planet, I wear some form of mitten 9 months of the year!  When Mother Nature is blasting us with her coldest efforts, I always reach for a pair of Foo-Whee (thrummed) mittens!  They are heaven on the hands ... and a hoot to make!  Each time I knit a pair, I have a permanent smile on my face!  Creating something so practical ... yet comes with a chuckle!  Perfect dillydally activity!
Time passes so quickly ... I couldn't believe it had been 4 years since I had taught others to make their own Foo-Whee mitts!  These mittens are even more fun to knit with others ... click this link for proof!
Yep ... it was time to share the fun with others once more!  Snoopervisor Flicka agreed!
Working up samples for the class ... lots of smiles in the process!  Foo-Whee Mission II was ready to begin!
Participants came with the ribbing done so that we could dive directly into the fluffy silliness! 
It is so inspiring to see the color choices others make!  The first session of this class focuses on the thrumming technique and creating a thumb gusset.  We are so fortunate that our LYS, The Net Loft, provides us with the tools, supplies and space to learn and create! 
The second session is all about crowning the mitt, creating the thumb, and finishing techniques!
It is so rewarding to see the progress made by everyone!  Each mitt is beautiful!
These mitts come with personality ... each having their own sense of humor!  I have been making thrummed mittens for 30+ years and they still tickle my funny bone!  My hope is that this technique brings years of knitting giggles to every participant in the class!  May their Foo-Whee mitts "live long and prosper"!

Star Date 3.02.2019:  Foo-Whee Mission II Accomplished
Do what you love!  Share the fun!  Do dillydally!
Captain DillyDally