Sunday, March 24, 2013

Sunday Notes and Box Top Blues

Yes!  It is Sunday, and Jerry and I watched our favorite preacher's son today, Matthew Hagee.  The sermon was about Abraham BELIEVING what God said.  Simple sentence, but PACKED full.  Do you BELIEVE what God has promised in His word?  Do I BELIEVE what God has promised in His word?

Actually, I MORE than believe it.  I KNOW it to be true, because it has been true in my life and in Jerry's.  We are losing our America because people not only don't BELIEVE, they don't have the slightest clue who God is or who Jesus is.  They have been taught a load of crap in grade school, high school and especially, college.  They don't know they are created by God in HIS image.  They don't know God sent his Son to die for them.  They don't know there is a Heaven and Hell.  They are so misled and lost and so are most of their parents who were also raised in a "free love", drug-drenched, Godless society.

My parents weren't perfect -- and I certainly wasn't a perfect parent either -- but we raised our kids in church and taught them at home about the Bible and about right and wrong.  I am so thankful that I was born into a Christian home, and at the time, a Christian country.

I listened to Glenn Beck talk about a test they are giving the third graders asking WHY the twin towers were bombed.  The "right" answer was:  Because America's policies are unfair to people in other countries, and they get upset.  (Not exact quote, but something very close.)

Okay.  I'm off that soap box now.  Let's talk about my Box Top.

My newly-revised Box Top is in the dryer after being washed to remove the stabilizer from the back and the stabilizer from the front that were used to nail down the applique shapes I added to it today.  I decided to cut flower and heart shapes to cover up the hole in the back.  Here are some pics, which by the way are VERY hard to take.  I had to delete most of the pictures because you couldn't see the applique at all.

Here are the shapes after I applied some SAS strips under each one and ironed them down.  They are NOT stitched yet in these pics.

Here is what it looked like while I was sewing around all of the shapes so they would look nicer; however, I'm not sure they don't look worse.  This knit DOES ravel when you sew too close to the edges of it.

Here is the inside of the garment after I had sewn around all of the applique pieces:

Here is a doctored picture to TRY to show you the finished applique, but it looks awful in this pic.  I just could not get a good picture of the applique.

The garment looks fine.  I really like it.

Here is a close-up of one of the heart-flowers.  You can see the ravelly edges, but that is okay.  It is knit, and it isn't going to get any worse than that.  At least, it sort of shows up with the ruff edges.  I did not satin stitch around these designs.  I just edge-stitched them with a loose zig-zag so they would never come off.

And here I am wearing the totally finished garment, and you cannot see the applique at all.  Oh, well.  I'm not crazy about this garment anyway.  I'm not really the "box" type.  I like my clothes more fitted so I don't look like I'm about to have a baby any moment.  I don't think I will make this again.  The sleeve is big enough to get my arm in 3 times.

I must say though that this is the FIRST garment ever that I haven't had to put a bust dart in!!!  Who would know there is even a bust in it?!

That means I have to start another pattern.  Wonder how many muslins the next one will take.

Wishing you a wonderful week ahead. 

Hugs, Joy


  1. Nice save. Once in awhile it's nice to wear something that's not your usual.

  2. Great save - makes the garment look like expensice RTW garment.


  3. Joy Joy, I really like it. It looks more like a cape than a jacket. I don't think you look pregnant at all. I think it is fun to step out of our normal box once in a while.

    I've been looking at Marcy Tilton's things and I am really getting interested in them. She has some funky looking pants, but everyone says they have a really good fit through the crotch. I like some of her jackets, too.

    Hugs, Phylly

  4. Beautiful jacket love the fabric!!!

  5. So glad you didn't take my advice. Great fix.........Lydia (anon)


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