Green Short Set with Lace Appliqué


I wanted to expand my machine embroidery skills by doing some FSL (free standing lace).  You can purchase designs for this, but of course I did not.  Instead I used a design that came preloaded on my new Ruby Royale sewing/embroidery machine.  It is a simple design with just a single flower and 2 leaves.

I stitched out the design and use that for placement guide to stitch it on Precious top. Then using 2 layers of wash away stabilizer topped with a single layer of organza I stitched out the design hoping it would hold together for appliqué.   Success!!!!  It worker!

Using a heat-n-bond product, I applies the design to the top of each sleeve and used the 3rd for her headband.  I love the finished look.  So unique.

I hope you get inspired to try different things.  I know I will.



Minnie Stricks Again

When  you have a granddaughter that loves her Minnie Mouse & you visit Joann’s Fabric store, be prepared to come home with more than you intended.   Precious has become very adapted at putting bolts of fabric in our shopping cart. She also knows that we have it cut & checkout.

We started out with Simplicity pattern #B6435.  The instructions are very clear & were easy to follow.   However next time instead of a lining for the bodice I think I will try bias binding for the neck & arm holes.

I love using my serger to finish raw edges.  It makes hemming these small sleeves a lot easier.  I also used the rolled hem feature on the serger on the ruffle.   The new ruffled attachment for my Ruby Royal sewing machine is a dream and makes yards of ruffles in minutes.

As for the appliqué I cut out a large rectangle with the design in the middle.  Pressed the design onto Heat-n-Bond; cut out the design leaving about 1/4” of the black; attached the design to the bodice ironing it in place then perfectly attached it with a narrow satin stitch.   Probably the first time I accomplished this task without catching some other part of the bodice under the satin stitch.  Maybe I am finally getting the hang of appliqué.




A family favorite for many years turned less greasy by cooking in the Faberware Air Frier.  I prepared the meatloaf as normal & placed in the preheated air fryer coated with a non-stick spray.

Here is my recipe.

1-1.5# ground beef

1/2 c. Diced tomatoes

1/2 c. Chopped onion

1 egg, beaten

Salt & pepper, to taste

1 T. Liquid Smoke

1 T. Worcestershire

Enough to Oat Meal (or crushed saltine crackers) to make a nice mixture that will hold it’s shape and not be sticky (about 1/2 to 3/4 c.). Shape into a round.  Please the meatloaf in the preheated, sprayed Air Frier and cook for 15 minutes.  Remove the insert and turn the meatloaf out on a dish, then slide the meat back into the insert (turning the meat over).

Add the topping:

1/2 c. Ketchup

2 t. Brown Sugar

1 t. Mustard

Shake or 2 of Worcestershire

Cook another 15 minutes or until completely cooked.


NOTE:  If using a 85% or higher ground beef, add 2 T. Oil to the mixture so it will brown.