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Friday, July 26, 2013

Aprons On The Line


I've spent my day at the sewing machine.
I wish that I had a pretty dress-form to show off my aprons,
but since I don't the clothes line will have to do :)

I love this pretty turquoise fabric.


Here I used my new machine for the scallop trim,
and the embroidered "Paris & Heart".


I want to thank Carol at 
The Polka Dot Closet 
for her tutorial on flower making.
http://thepolkadotcloset.blogspot.com/2011/06/how-to-make-fabric-flower.html 


Here's the other apron that I made today.
like I said, I spent my entire day sewing.
It was so much fun :)


Here's another flower.
Thank you Carol.
If you don't follow Carol,
her blog is amazing and her tutorials
are fabulous. 
 This is a free embroidery download.
It is the design of the month July 2013
at http://www.ibroidery.com/
  This is another free download.
I went to 
http://www.brother-usa.com/homesewing/ to find this design.  
 Another free design found on the Brother site.
 This pretty applique design I found on etsy at
http://bigdreamsembroidery.blogspot.com/2011/09/poppy-flower-machine-embroidery.html  
Applique on the machine is a little tricky,
but I think it turned out amazing.

I am having so much fun learning my machine.
I made all four of these on white fabric.
I don't know what I'll use them for, but maybe someday 
I'll turn all my beginner samples into a small quilt :) 
I'm not a quilter, but I'm game to try any new craft. 

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I hope you enjoyed your visit
&
I hope I inspired you to try something new,
or to rekindle your love of sewing.

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Stay Happy!
Your blogging sister,
Connie :) 


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70 comments:

  1. These aprons are so cute! I love to see them hanging on the line.
    I bought some vintage aprons a while back and hung them on the rusty fence with a barn in the background...it's in my header on my blog...I like the way it looked. :)
    I'll have to check Carols tutorial for flowers.
    I've been having some sewing time lately too. It is fun!
    Pat

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    1. Hi Pat, thanks so much for stopping by. I've seen your aprons on the fence. That is a very cute way to show them off. It just shows how creative you are, great idea and the barn in the background is the perfect touch :)
      I know that you'll fall in love with Carol's blog. She has an amazing talent and she loves to share, her tutorials are wonderful. Have fun!

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  2. These aprons are so pretty that they really need to be dresses so you can go out and show them off!

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    1. Thanks Ginny, You're a sweetie pie :)

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  3. You did a wonderful job! I love your aprons and your designs. That trim on the first apron is terrific. I used to do a LOT of applique work. Try using Wonder Under I think that's what it's called....(a two sided bonding material) to adhere your pieces that you are going to applique. You just iron a bit of it between the base fabric and the fabric you are using for the design and then you can easily satin stitch it in place and it doesn't move. All my girl's outfits used to have something appliqued on their pants bottoms....lol...I was WAY ahead of Victoria's Secret! lol

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    1. Hi Diana, Thanks for the pointers, I'm having so much fun. I love learning new things, especial when they try out so pretty. I'm not bragging, I'm just excited. I've made my share of bloopers in my life. LOL Of course I wouldn't be blogging about them :)

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  4. Those aprons are so sweet. I love aprons, I feel like a 'proper' cook when I have got one on. My two aprons came from my Nan and are still going strong. Have a great weekend xxx

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    1. Hi Fran, I'll just bet that you are a proper cook. I can imagine that you are looking forward to your new kitchen on the barge. :)

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  5. I came looking for you tonight because we just got home from a great concert and for some reason the photo of you on your blog with you holding a guitar came to mind as we were sitting listening to "I See Hawks In LA". This is our second time seeing them. It is a small venue in town with great music every Friday night.

    LOVE your aprons. I think I need to make some.

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    1. How sweet that you were thinking of me. There is a bluegrass festival going on this weekend that some of my friends are playing in. They invited me, but I've been having some health problems and I'm afraid I might let them down. So, this evening Steve and I are going down there to visit and listen to the music. I'm feeling much better than I did a month ago, but I'm still not myself yet. We are playing at the County Fair in three weeks, so I hope that I'll be back in the game by then. I'm delighted that you like my aprons, I had the best time . . . just sewing my day away :)

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  6. Lovely aprons....will you be selling them on etsy??? Makes me want to pull out my sewing machine :) and start sewing again.

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    1. Hi Louise, I'm still thinking about opening an etsy shop. I think aprons would be a great item for etsy . . . easy to pack and mail, because nothing breaks :)

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  7. Those are really nice. I see you went ahead and dove into the downloading. I haven't tried the applique yet but I've seen so many cute designs for that.

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    1. Hi Ann, there are so many cute designs for applique . . . I just had to try it. Downloading was like so many things . . . the fear of trying it out weighed the reality :) I can't remember, but I think you said that your machine was a Brother's too. Mine will only store twelve downloads, so I'm interested in finding out what to do after that. It also downloads to a removable file, so I haven't figured out how to save them in my computer. Maybe that's what the cards are for . . . it's all Greek to me. Once I get twelve saved I'll have to figure this out or delete some in order to add another ?!*#??+^/? confusion, LOL

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  8. Your aprons are super sweet...are they re-purposed from lovely dresses....so clever. xx

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    1. Hi Bron, yes they are :) I'm happy you like them.

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  9. Just beautiful.
    I love aprons.
    Woolie Hugs

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  10. Hi Connie...Nice job on the aprons! I think displaying them on a line is a great idea. Loved them. Susan

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  11. Your aprons turned out adorable! The embroidery just adds that extra special touch! Nice! Nancy

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  12. Your aprons are all so pretty. And I love the way they look hanging out on the line.

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    1. Thanks, there is a fresh summer feel to clothes on the line :)

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  13. love your aprons & the fabric flower, tfs! I spent the whole day preparing quilt blocks!
    Helen

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    1. Hi Helen, it sounds like we were both enjoying our day, sewing away :)

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  14. Connie they really are adorable ~ I like you quilt idea too using your little samples ~ I recently made my first apron and after lots of ripping of seams and re-doing this or that, I did finally finish it and it didn't come out to badly! You seem to be just whipping them out with ease! Judi

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    1. Hi Judi, Well, these are not my first. It's like anything else, you get more confident with practice :) I'm coming over to see if you posted your apron :)

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  15. I am in love with your aprons, I have been sewing too, sundresses for my granddaughter. I love the colors. I keep saying I will make aprons for all my girls, but haven't yet. This has helped me think about doing it again. Love, Mary

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    1. Hi Mary, I am delighted to have you stop by. Sounds like we are both having fun on our sewing machines :)

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  16. Hi, Connie, thank you for you kind comments on my blog. I hopped on over and am now following you too. You'll love making dolls. Your aprons are wonderful. Enjoy your sewing machine!

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    1. Thank you and also thanks so much for following. I enjoy making new friends :)

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  17. Connie, thank you soooo much for the shout out!!! Your flowers turned out great! Wow, what a great job you did on the aprons, They are way above the ordinary! I don't think my attention span would last as long as you, if I made one apron i would call it a good day!! I have never tried appliqueing on the sewing machine, yours turned out great!!

    Carol

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    1. Hi Carol, first of all you are more than welcome. Your blog is so special, that anyone that hasn't visited is missing out. Thank you for the kind and encouraging words . . . I am having a lot of fun and renewing my love for sewing :)

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  18. merhabalarrrrr
    sevgiler bahcemden:)

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  19. These are so cute! They almost make me want to get in the kitchen and cook something....almost!

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    1. Hi Terri, you put a smile on my face with your comment :)
      Have a great day!

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  20. Your aprons are cute! Looks like you're having a lot of fun! :-)

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  21. Oh Connie your aprons are adorable. And I love how you showed them off on a clothesline. I have to check out these cute free embroidery designs! Thanks for sharing this info.

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    1. Hi Sandy, Thanks for visiting and for your sweet comment. You said in your comment that you where going to checkout the embroidery designs. That must mean that you have an embroidery machine. Cool, I love finding other blogging sisters that share this craft :)

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  22. Gah-- too cute!! You must let me highlight you as an "Apronista of the Week" over at Apronista.com. Gotta keep the apron love flowing.

    Shawnee

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    1. HI Shawnee, I am delighted to meet you and excited that you would want to feature my aprons. Thank you, all I ask is that you add a link to my blog. Wow, you are so sweet :)

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    2. Hi Shawnee, I would be delighted to be featured on your blog. Please, all I ask is a link back to my blog. How exciting, thank you :)

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  24. Hi Connie - these aprons are so gorgeous and I think they look good on the clothes line.
    Patricia x

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    1. Hi Patricia, and thank you . . . you're so sweet :)

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  25. Hello Connie, first of all, I love your aprons on the clothesline! It's unique and FUN! And the embroidery is too pretty!!!~~~LOVE the flamingo~~~Blessings~~~Roxie

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    1. Hi Roxie, thanks for stopping by. Have a marvelous week :)

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  26. Very, very pretty!! I love the flowers and also the lace down the sides!! I also, got a little embroidery sewing machine that I got, and was happy to see your embroidery file download links, how sweet! Thank you! I had just posted an apron that I made, too :) Come visit if you want :)
    Blessings,
    Susie

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    1. Hi Susie, thank you for following. I'm going to add you to my list of embroidery sisters and come over to check out your aprons and visit your blog, Thanks again, I love making new friends.

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  27. What fabulous aprons, Connie! If you extended and lengthened the skirt part you could make these into wraparound dresses for daytime wear, they are so pretty. Technology amazes me, but as you demonstrate here, it means nothing if you don't sit down and let the sparks fly.

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    1. Hi Melanie, I always enjoy your visits. Thanks for the kind words :)

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  28. You are very talented - those aprons are simply beautiful, and that turquoise one is downright sexy!

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    1. Hi Lana, thanks . . . i am delighted that you like them :)

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  29. Bellissimi i tuoi grembiulini Connie!!
    Baci
    Bellalullo

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  30. Hi Connie! I am following you on Bloglovin. Thank you for visiting me!

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    1. Hi Patti, thank you and have a very special day today :)

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  31. Aah apron days how I miss them...a darling post Connie.

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    1. Thank you, you're so sweet . . . you don't have to miss them . . . just, "tie one on", LOL

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  32. You are one super talented lady, Connie! These aprons are gorgeous. I think they look even prettier flying on a clothesline instead of a dress form. I don't sew at all, so I'll just admire your handiwork. :-)

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    1. Hi Melanie, It's delightful to see your pretty face . . . and read your lovely comment. You have put a smile on my face, too :) Thanks for the sweet visit.

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  33. Love your aprons, Connie! If those don't make you want to cook something up, I don't know what will! I would cook just to wear them! Hugs, xoxo

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    1. Hi Karen, Your comment left a smile on my day that I know will last all day . . .Thank you :)

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