Thursday, March 6, 2014

Ruffles and Stuff

First attempt at a skirt for my 6 week old granddaughter!
Welcome to my day for the Ruffles Blog Hop. Many thanks to Amy of Sew Incredibly Crazy and Madame Samm of Sew We Quilt. They do their best to keep us all in line.

I spent several weeks sweating bullets over this hop. I didn't want to do another quilt, another pillow, or another apron. I got inspired by a tiny applique block I've had for years (I share it later) and then when my daughter Audrey asked me to make a dotted skirt for my new granddaughter Eva last week, well - I remembered the 10 yards of ruffled eyelet I bought at a thrift shop a few years ago. BINGO!

The first skirt went down to her ankles. Ooops! Back to the sewing machine.
Second skirt. More ruffle than fabric.

Well, you really can't tell how cute it is until you see it on my cute granddaughter, Eva. (That is pronounced A-va, not E-va; my son in law is from Spain)

Aren't I just the cutest little girl? And how about those shoe/sox?
Audrey brought her friend Leah and her baby, who's about 6 months old. I made her a skirt in orange, with ruffles of course!
Orange with the same ruffle.
And what did Audrey and Leah make while I was busy making ruffled skirts? Ruffled headbands!

This was my daddy's t-shirt yesterday. Today it's my ruffled headband!

OK. Now to what I made FIRST with the little, tiny block I have had here for at least 15 years.
 
Tiny Sunbonnet Sue block, 3-1/2" square!
-->
OK. What did I do with her, hmmm? Well, first for the construction of the ruffle:

Cut two strips about 2-1/2" wide and joined them along the diagonal
Trim away the excess. The diagonal line makes for less bulk when it's folded
Note that I pressed this seam open
See how the diagonal seam makes for less bulk
Time to gather this double-fold strip. Love those 1930s prints!

Long basting stitch by machine

Yes, this is messy, but it will be covered by a backing and stuffed with polyfil
 
Isn't she the cutest? Please don't look at the corners. I really struggled with this tiny thing!

 And how does she look stuffed?

Tiny little Sunbonnet Sue pillow
I pulled out two of my oldie-goldie Sunbonnet Sue quilts and had my new little pillow pose with them. Wanna see?
Applique Sunbonnet Sue from at least 10 years ago
These are machine embroidered Sunbonnets. A LOT OF THREAD!
The quilt above uses authentic feedsack in the border. The blocks are embroidered with a bazillion stitches each (maybe 14,000). But I truly love this little quilt. It's at least 15 years old.

Now, I'm done. Hope you enjoyed my ruffling and stuffing. Please visit the other bloggers who share my day. I'm sure there will be a lot of inspiration!

March 6th 










Debby Kratovil Quilts (that's me)




72 comments:

  1. Love all your projects! They are all so pretty and the baby is so adorable.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Eva is precious and her little ruffled skirt is uber cute. Ruffles are fabric smiling! Thank you sew very much for Hopping...

    ReplyDelete
  3. Oh sew cute baby ruffles! Thank you for sharing.

    ReplyDelete
  4. what a delightful baby, I can see she is going to be so so spoilt. A cute little dress and the headband looks very much at home on her. Tiny little cushion very pretty

    ReplyDelete
  5. Cute skirts!!! (I love Eva's matching socks, too!) The first skirt I made Evelyn when she was a month old was too long as well and actually still fits her, haha! Your pillow is lovely as well. I always have a soft spot for lil' Sue :) I have a Sunbonnet Sue quilt hanging in my childhood bedroom that was made by my grandmother... all the cousin's have one.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Oooh, these little ruffles are sooo cute, wonderful!

    ReplyDelete
  7. Such cute ruffle models you have there. Great idea for the skirt.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Cute pillow. Cuter granddaughter.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Loved all your projects today, and great to see you again. :)

    ReplyDelete
  10. Super cute little skirts...love the eyelet. Sunbonnet Sue...lovely little pillow.

    ReplyDelete
  11. What a beautiful model for the cute ruffled skirts. Cut idea for Sunbonnet pillow.

    ReplyDelete
  12. Such sweet pretty ruffles.... thank you for sharing them.

    ReplyDelete
  13. Cute, cute, and cute again! All your projects are adorable, especially Eva's ruffled skirt.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Oh my word Debby…that wee ruffled skirt with matching shoe socks…an absolute treasure…totally adorable…and a tshirt head band ruffled too…wellllll aren't you just the best Grand MUMM

    ReplyDelete
  15. Awwww, how adorable she looks in her ruffled skirt. Great projects Debbie.

    ReplyDelete
  16. Tiny baby skirts are so cute! I had no concept of how small the first Sue was until you posed her with the quilt!

    ReplyDelete
  17. Oh Debby!! What an adorable little girl in her ruffles. So sweet!!!

    ReplyDelete
  18. Those little skirts are just darling but not nearly as darling as Eva! What a doll face!

    ReplyDelete
  19. What a precious baby doll you have there Grand-mama! I bet there is more ruffle making in your future !

    ReplyDelete
  20. I love your little skirt model and how cool that her socks match her pokey dots! That is just the cutest little pillow and the corners look fine to me. I especially like the photo with the second quilt. Award for best use of thrift store buy!

    ReplyDelete
  21. Eva is so cute in that little ruffled skirt. I love your Sunbonnet Sue.

    ReplyDelete
  22. OMG!! The skirt accessorized with the tiny ballet shoes. Looks like you have started a new fashion trend!

    ReplyDelete
  23. Eva looks so precious sweet in her new skirt and the headband is a perfect accessory! I think you have enough eyelet to make her and all her friends several more skirts!

    ReplyDelete
  24. Oh sew sweet, what an adorable baby in an adorble little skirt. Love the bright green socks too! Love your sunbonnet sue pillow.

    ReplyDelete
  25. Love the baby head band! I have yet to try ruffles. Someday!!

    ReplyDelete
  26. Adorable..skirts and the baby is beautiful

    ReplyDelete
  27. Sweet, sweet baby in that adorable ruffled skirt and ruffled flower! Your little Sunbonnet Sue is so tiny and cute. :O)

    ReplyDelete
  28. Tiny Sue is cute in her ruffled edging. The baby girl ruffled skirts are adorable. Thanks for sharing this idea. If my grandbaby is a girl, I shall be making lots of ruffled skirts ... :-) Pat

    ReplyDelete
  29. Your little skirts are so cute and little Eva looks pretty sweet in hers. I love your sunbonnet sue projects. Thanks so much for sharing.

    ReplyDelete
  30. That ruffled skirt is waaaay too cute!!!

    ReplyDelete
  31. That little skirt is cute and Lil Eva is precious! I LOVE your Sunbonnet Sues. They are my favorite! So cute Thank you for sharing.
    xo jan

    ReplyDelete
  32. Debby, your "ruffles" are adorable.
    Love the little skirts! Your Sunbonnet Sue pillow is so sweet!

    ReplyDelete
  33. Adorable skirt but that baby - oh my how precious! blessings, marlene

    ReplyDelete
  34. Such sweet little baby skirts. So hard to believe they are that tiny!

    ReplyDelete
  35. She us so sweet, a little doll. Your skirt is pretty and matches the socks/she ( which are so cute). I also like your pillow with Sue on.

    ReplyDelete
  36. The skirt is just too cute, but the model is even more so. Your little Sunbonnet Sue with a ruffle on it turned out just cute as a button.

    ReplyDelete
  37. Your projects are delightful! Thanks for sharing them with us!

    Susie

    ReplyDelete
  38. You have made so many ruffled projects and the skirts are so cute and also your grand daughter Eva.
    Thanks for sharing.

    ReplyDelete
  39. The skirts are adorable! Your granddaughter is, too! What a precious little face!!
    Love the ruffled pillow, too!

    ReplyDelete
  40. STOP IT! That is way too adorable for words....wish you could see my face!

    ReplyDelete
  41. Oh My! Lovely ruffled skirt and pillow! Not sure which one is cuter the ruffled baby skirt or the baby! Absolutely adorable!

    ReplyDelete
  42. So cute! What a sweet idea. :)

    ReplyDelete
  43. Sew sweet! I love she can wear a skirt even if she can't stand up. She is sweet too.

    ReplyDelete
  44. Aw, super cute! Your ruffles are fantastic! Great projects!

    ReplyDelete
  45. I love Sunbonnet Sue and I'm so glad you've used that orphan block - an adorable mini pillow. The ruffled skirts are precious - as is Eva - and loook at how miniscule the skirts are!!

    ReplyDelete
  46. Awww, so so cute. What a sweetie. Love the green shoes and her skirt is adorable. Okay, that is a tiny Sunbonnet Sue. Nice job!

    ReplyDelete
  47. ADORABLE skirt & lil' Model!!!

    ReplyDelete
  48. Oh my goodness, those little skirts are so cute, I love the eyelet . And what a beautiful baby. What fun to have little baby girls to make things for.
    cheers
    maggie

    maggiemine42@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  49. What a darling skirt for a darling baby. She is so lucky to have such a talented Grandma! Your little pillow is so cute. I love Sunbonnet Sue, even though I have never made one. Yours are great!

    ReplyDelete
  50. Oh so very sweet ruffle skirts ... and your sun bonnet sue pillow is just right! Thank you for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
  51. I think that skirt is about the most adorable thing I have ever seen, and that sweet granddaughter...she is one lucky girl! :)

    ReplyDelete
  52. What an adorable little skirt on that adorable little baby!!! Eva is too cute :) Thanks for sharing!!!

    ReplyDelete
  53. Something tells me Eva is going to be the best dressed baby in town. She's really stylin' in her beautiful new skirt and matching socks too! Eva is a beautiful baby.

    ReplyDelete
  54. The baby girl skirts are just the cutest ever! I didn't realize how small the ruffled Sue was until I saw it next to the others. The ruffles frame Sue very nicely!

    ReplyDelete
  55. Love your ruffle projects. The little ruffled skirts are super cute...and Eva too! The Sun Bonnet Sue with the 30's is perfect with the feed sacks border! I have a box of feed sacks I've collected over the years...it is really hard to cut into them. Someday I will!! Thanks for sharing Debby!! Happy stitching, Pauline

    ReplyDelete
  56. Oh, that skirt is adorable! I just started watching a 3 month-old and I may have to make her one...or two! Beth @ Words & Stitches, pbstrand@msn.com

    ReplyDelete
  57. Debbie, the wee gal modelling the skirt with ruffle just wins the prize. How adorable and your other projects are sweet too.

    ReplyDelete
  58. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  59. Ok. If cuteness counts for a prize you've won with the skirt. However I think it maybe considered crossing the line of fairness using that model. :) She is a doll. I am following you.

    ReplyDelete
  60. Just adorable! Your granddaugher is a beautiful with her little ruffle skirts. Thank you for sharing. ~Shari

    ReplyDelete
  61. The skirts are so cute!! I think your Sunbonnet Sue pillow is darling. Thanks for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
  62. I love the sunbonnets. Your granddaughter in the green skirt and socks is so cute. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

    ReplyDelete
  63. Congratulations on the new addition to the family. You are going to have so much fun making things for the little sweetie! The skirt looks so much cuter on the model, doesn't it?

    ReplyDelete
  64. OK.. your ruffly skirt and your pillow are cute but that doll baby is so precious! She stole your post. :)

    ReplyDelete
  65. A beautiful selection of ruffle projects:)

    ReplyDelete
  66. OK, you just out did yourself, I think. The skirt is so cute. The green one takes on a bit of an Irish heritage--and now that I think of it, many like to be a little Irish now and then. I love the headbands. They are so simple yet so cute. And the little Sunbonnet Sue is adorable.

    ReplyDelete
  67. Love the little skirts! It's so fun to make itty bitty little clothes. The sunbonnet sues are wonderful and you did a great job making such a small sue. Thanks for hopping along!

    ReplyDelete
  68. Cute skirts for the little adorable girls. Maybe I'll have to get busy for my granddaughter. I think the lace would be adorable on a peasant style skirt for a "mature" girl. The sunbonnet pillow is tiny. Wow! Thanks for participating and sharing your ruffly good time with us.

    ReplyDelete
  69. I popped over to say HI! Jan of Sew and Sow sent me over. Love the ruffled skirts for your Granddaughter. She's so cute.

    ReplyDelete

Thanks for stopping by Debby Kratovil Quilts! If you had a question and don't get an answer from me, please feel free to email me at: kratovil@his.com