The Lone Star Smockers participate in two workshops per year to make our Wee Care baby gowns that are donated to Cooks Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth. Some of us will cut out the pieces, some will sew the pieces together, and others will iron the sewn gowns.
They are then pleated and put in bags with their bias neck binding and taken home by our members to complete. Once the gowns are completed, they are turned in and ultimately taken to the hospital for donation to the NICU.
At our last Wee Care Workshop, in January 2018, we were delighted to see the beautiful baby gowns below. We were so blessed by one of our fellow Texans, Brenda Shade, from Granbury. She had been busy making Wee Care gowns of her own. Using her beautiful patterns and fabrics along with her amazing talent, Brenda donated these baby gowns to our chapter so that we might pass them on to the hospital.
Her patterns and quilt blocks are probably very familiar to most smockers and quilters. Her business website utilizes her middle name, Karon: www.kreationsbykaron.com. Our guild members jointly made a quilt using these patterns a few years back as we all have purchased these patterns through the years.
I believe I have about 10 or so of them. Just before my granddaughter was born, I started a quilt, making several blocks. There is a blog post about this if you care to read: www.rhondacantrell.com/march-2011-little-smocked-dresses.
We are so thankful for Brenda’s donation to our smocking guild and know that these baby gowns will be precious gifts to those families and babies who end up with them. We are grateful for her talent and appreciate her generosity!