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I’ve been hanging onto this idea for a long time. I don’t know why it has taken me so long to make one. Maybe hearing people say they are sick of them. There are a lot of them available. But I still like them and wanted to make this one not so much for quilting but dressing her up a bit with specialty stitches. From the response to Susie I made Little Susie for folks who want Susie but cannot sew a design that large.
I make many of my own stitches. In this case the wing needle stitches, the eyelets, and the woven fill on her hat.
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Dee is a friend of mine who has dark auburn hair and a peaches and cream complexion. Also her favorite color is blue.
I asked another friend what saying I should add to it. She thought about it and said “Be Dee-Lightful!” and I immediately loved it. Thank you Mari for that perfect description to this Dee-Lightful picture.
Dee is a tender heart, whose expertise in many subjects makes for great conversations. I have learned a lot about computers – social media and cyberspace security from her. She is also a Dee-Lightful person.
I sewed this Dee combination design next to Pami onto green cotton/linen. Now I can make the pretty long pillow I had planned for this project. Her dress is applique fabric but the rest is embroidery. The fabric I chose for her dress has a whirl that almost matches the whirl of her dress in the wind. A happy surprise.
The wing needle lacy edge along the bottom of the hem is sewn with a regular needle.
In this version of Dee, her dress is not applique (but it can be). Instead I sewed the fill in her dress with a wing needle as well as the lacy hem. You can see the light coming through the holes created by the wing needle when making the lacy circles on the hem. Light shows through some of the wing needle eyelets in her dress as well.
Although I offer two versions of Dee’s dress – applique and wing needle, it can also be both. So there are really three versions of Dee’s dress. The wing needle fill on her dress can be sewn through the applique fabric as well.
It’s your choice – applique, wing needle fill, or applique + wing needle fill for her dress.
Alternate Hair Colors
I made a few computer renderings of alternate hair colors. The same thread color choices will apply regardless if a brunette, blond, red, or auburn. The colors will still be considered dark, darker, darkest, plus a lighter dark for the highlights in her hair. I hope these are helpful.
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Designs Include Step-by-Step PDF instructions
Madeira Polyneon threads
Auburn Hair – #1638 dark, #1782 darker, and #1974 darkest auburn and one color a bit lighter #1942 auburn for the highights in her hair.
#1974 Darkest Auburn for her lips
#1927 for her skin; #1656 for her skin shadows; #1726 for skin details.
#1892 light aqua for her socks and #1991 dark aqua for her shoes
For the wing needle dress
#1888 Medium Aqua for the wing needle fill of her dress.
#1991 Darker Aqua for the details and shadows of her dress
For applique dress –
color to match the applique fabric, same color 1-2 shades darker for the details of the dress, and a darker one still for the shadows of her dress.
Black for her eyes
#1758 Brown for her smile; butterfly bodies and outlines
#1919 Medium pink for the butterflies
#1941 Light pink for the butterflies details
Colors of choice for the lettering
Thread color to match the background fabric
Pellon ShirTailor fusible interfacing
Medium Weight Soft tear away stabilizer
Quilter’s Dream 80/20 fusible cotton batting
Pima Cotton Broadcloth in cream color
Green Cotton/Linen blend
For the applique dress – fabric of choice for the applique
Wing Needle size 100 or Size 18 Jeans Needle
Wonderfil prewound bobbins in white or cream
#12 Topstitch needle
Should you want to duplicate what I’ve done here, this is what I used.
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Please note that while these designs do not have a lot of thread colors they do have many thread changes. They are necessary. Don’t consolidate them. Some sections have to sew before other sections.
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