Last time we met here, I left you with two photos that I said I would Identify when I came back from my little sojourn from the BLOG. Here’s some answers for you. Several months ago, my granddaughter told me that she planned to make her prom dress. Since she was a senior in high school, I thought there should be a special accessory for her prom dress. So I asked her if she would like to have a purse in fabric, matching her dress, with a machine embroidered embellishment. She was delighted. I had found a pattern that I thought I could manage, and began the thinking and planning process. I wrote to her and gave her the choice of many ME designs to choose from, and she sent me a sample of her dress fabric. A while before I purchased the fabric that matched her dress fabric, I found some less expensive satin, in a similar color and set about to see if I could manage the ME design. I worked on the purse for nearly three weeks, striving for perfection, and dealing with a less than perfect pattern. A lot of frog stitching went on during that time.
The first photo was on the previous BLOG, showing completed purse front with quilting and piping edge. The second photo is Kasey on Prom night with her matching purse. The third is Kasey in her dress.
Two photos taken from Facebook.
I really don’t mean this to be a travelog, but since I have been away from ATG BLOGs for a while, I just thought I’d fill you in on some of my adventures. As you see, Kasey went to her Senior Prom. I am happy to say that Kasey has inherited the sewing gene from her Mom and Grandmother. Kasey designed and made her prom dress. Being the proud grandma that I am, I rewarded her with the purse mentioned above.
We have planned for many months to attend her graduation. So, on May 23, we left Alabama in our motor home and traveled to Illinois. On Memorial Day, May 25, we watched Kasey march in the Memorial Day parade while directing her high school band as Drum Major. She has held that title for two years and this was our first opportunity to see what a great job she has done.
Since we are there, and I have the photos, why not show two of the Jr. High band members, Kasey’s sister and brother, Kelli and Nathanael, and who can forget Savannah, the little observer. I don't want to leave anyone out.
Lots of events followed that fun day. (too numerous to mention here). But the Crowning events were Kelli’s 8th grade graduation and Kasey’s High School Graduation.
Kelli is wearing the dress she made, herself, for her graduation.
My main point in telling about these events is to say that anyone can sew. Thus far, my two daughters and three of my five granddaughters can sew. Recently, my granddaughter, Lauren made two pioneer-era dresses for an event she participated in this summer. They all do a wonderful job. Two granddaughters and a grandson are still to learn and enjoy the art of sewing. I have no fear that all three can do it if they choose. Gender doesn’t matter, either. I’m sure that my grandson can sew too, when and if he chooses. Maybe he has. I just don’t know it.
Thanks to all of you for reading LaRueSews. I have heard from a few that they have waited for my return. Next time, I’ll share with you the quilt I made Kasey to take to college and for Kelli’s 8th grade graduation and tell you how to bind a quilt.
My intention is to continue writing to you about quilting. It has been eleven months since I first began. In the future, I really need your input about what you’d like me to write about. Please, in your comments, give me your thoughts and ideas on topics for future BLOGs.
Stitches to you,