Sunday, September 28, 2014

Our little sunshine!

If you have been following me for any amount of time, you know that we have a grand daughter that just turned 1yr!  It's been a tough year, but she is so happy and healthy now.  I wanted to do something really special for her, so I asked her mommy what I should do.  She said that every party girl needs a party dress,  So that is what I set out to do...make a special party dress!

All she said was that, the party would be done in pink/yellow with a "You are my sunshine" theme!

It's been forever since I've sewn a little girls dress, and it is way different then I remember.

I know that there are a lot of ric-rac fans out there!

Then while laying in bed I was thinking, isn't the theme sunshine?  What is the first thing you think of when you hear 'sunshine'?  Sunflowers!!

So I got up and cut some peddles out of the yellow dots.  Then cut out a yo-yo and found a button in my button jar that matched perfectly!

Then I happened to think, what is the one thing that every child is allowed to do on their first birthday?  Have cake...or should I say....have at some cake!  So I made her a 'bapron', The pattern is available at  Craftiness Is Not Optional!

So there you have it!  She's a happy and healthy 1 year old!!
If you want to read a little more about Charlotte's first can start at the very beginning right HERE!  

Linking to: Anything Goes Monday at Stitch by Stitch! Threading Your Way! at Threading My Way.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

You have got to try these!!

While being laid up for the past few weeks, I have done something I have never done in the the web!  Yes, I mean hour after hour.  Well the other night on Pintrest, I ran across a wonderful recipe for cookies.  I don't know who pinned it or who wrote this recipe, but I do not take credit for any of it!  All I know is that I don't feel near as guilty eating these, as I do others.


 First thing I did this morning is shred one small zucchini onto a paper towel.  This allowed some of the moisture to wick away while prepping the other part of the cookies.

1 1/2c flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp soda
1/4 tsp salt (unless you use margarine, then omit the additional salt)
---set aside---the flour mixture is in the green bowl to the left.

1/2c unsalted butter or margarine, softened
1/2c sugar (optional)
1/3c brown sugar

1 1/2tsp vanilla
1 egg
*slowly add in the flour mixture until well blended
** on low, carefully add in the shredded zucchini (1 1/2c)

1c oatmeal (Quick Oats)
3/4c pecans, or whatever your family prefers.
1 2/3c chocolate chips, or just dump in a whole bag!

 I dry roasted my pecans for a little bit more flavor!

 Mix all of the final 3 ingredients until evenly incorporated.

Drop by rounded spoonsful onto parchment paper lined cookie sheets.
Bake at 350f for 11-14 min.
Cool for 2 min, then transfer to a cooling rack.  This recipe makes 3 doz small cookies.  They stay moist in an air tight container.  I have not tried freezing them, but I'm sure they would hold up well.

This really is a versatile recipe.  I know that the kids will like it, and there are veggies inside!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Grandmother's Fan

I am in love with antique blocks.  When you work with donations, one never knows what you'll get.  Well, we got in a stack of antique, all hand pieced, Grandmother's Fan squares!  We were thrilled.

I had already gotten the rows laid out before I sat down to sew, so I marked them with my new alphabet pins.  I made these myself, and will be happy to write a tutorial with info if anyone is interested.  Just let me know in the comments!

Row by row, I got the entire top put together.  I know it went faster because of the marking alphabet pins!

I added a 2 1/2" white border first, then it came time to make the strips for a strippy border.  I needed to bring those fun colors out onto the borders.

Here she is in all of her glory.  This  flimsy will be small stitch quilted with a scalloped border.

It is always so nice when the points match up.  81x97.

Linking to: Anything Goes Monday! at Stitch by Stitch.  Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts.  Fabric Tuesday!  at Quilt Story.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Modern Daisies!

I love bright colors, and am making my living room full of bright colors.  When I ran across this print, I knew that I had to make a wall hanging with these bright 'modern daisies'! 

These daisies were on a 4 piece panel.  They had been cut out so wonky, that I had to use only the flower portion and not the border portion.  I used 'wonder under' by Pellon.  I then cut each flower out very carefully.

I purchased Kona black for the background and a tone on tone for each flowers sashing.

I attached each daisy to the black by quilting outlines of each.  These are each raw edged appliqued on.  In the black I did FMQ.  In the colored sashing, I did a loose loops, each with matching thread.

I then took the leftover strips and pieced the back.  These pictures make the colors washed out, they really are bright!

I love these corner hanging triangles.  Thanks Lorna from Sew Fresh Quilts!  I appreciate the lesson.

Here you get a really good sense of how it was quilted.  This will hang on the wall in my living room.

Here is a look at my "modern daisies" new home. This is in my living room.  I like that there isn't a lot on this wall.  She has to speak for herself!
Linking to: TGIFF!   with Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts !!  Can I get a whoop? Whoop!  at Confession of A Fabric Addict .  Tuesday Archives at Val's Quilting Studio!

Monday, September 15, 2014

A summer surprise!

My most wonderful daughter-in-law asked me to make some bloomers for Charlotte.  I was thrilled to have been asked to make these, so I got right on it.

So I proceeded to make the two colors requested....white and baby pink.  Aren't they cute?  Then I started to think about it...  why mail a package with only 2 bloomers in it, when I could send a little surprise?

I went to my favorite thrift store, and ran across this old Simplicity pattern and the light bulb went off...a new summer dress!

It called for such a small amount of fabric, I knew I'd have plenty in my stash.


The package has been received, and she loved it all!  I can't wait to see her in all her new stuff.
Linking to: Sew Cute Tuesday! at Blossom Heart Quilts!  Let's Bee Social! at Sew Fresh Quilts!

Friday, September 12, 2014

A glance into my sewing world!

I have been working on a new sewing room since February.  Yes, it has taken that long to finally get it into some order.  I still have a lot of work to do, but I wanted to share what I have done so far.

 First of all, my space is not very big.  It is approx. 10x11.  It is jammed with furniture, but I find that I could even use more!  I am obsessed with storage.  I use a white board to keep track of what I have to work on.  I'm just a list kind of gal.
 My next big project is to make a slip cover for my chair.  It is a thrift store find and not very attractive, yet comfortable.  Does your machine have a knee lift?  What did I ever do without one?
 Yes, that left side wall is my favorite side of the room.  I'm so glad that I get to look at all of my things every single day.  See that chevron bin under my table?  It is big, and I use if for batting scraps.
 I know that there are a lot of you who have this lovely Ikea roller cart.  Mine was the gray one, but my husband spay painted it yellow!  I left the side bars gray.  That little plastic tray that fits so nicely is also from Ikea.  I have one on all three shelves.
 I can not say enough good things about these lights.  They are from "inspiredLED".  They make it so bright under there and they are NOT expensive.
 I'm fancy, I use crystal and milk glass for some of my goodies.
 This is my newest exciting space.  A closet that is almost completely shelves...20" deep shelves!  I haven't had a chance to get in there and fill them yet, but it will happen.
And last but not least, my antique sewing baskets.  Aren't they fun?  I hope that you enjoyed this tour of my sewing space.  I'd love to see where you work and create your masterpieces. 

Linking to:Can I Get A Whoop? Whoop! at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.  Finish It Up Friday with AmandaJean at Crazy Mom Quilts!
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