Wednesday, October 29, 2014

I love lemonade!

I do love lemonade, especially when it comes with great friends!  I want to thank Elizabeth from Occasionalpiece-Quilt!  She so generously sent me this piece of fabric.  I don't know the name of it or the designer, but I loved it when I saw it on her blog.

I thought it appropriate to quilt this fabric with little 'lemons' all over.

I didn't have a small enough pillow form, so I used Fairfield poly-fil from Joann.

This is my antique step stool that needed a little touch of color!

She ended up 7 x 9 inches.....just right.  Thank you again Elizabeth!!

Linking up to:  Let's Bee Social! over at Sew Fresh Quilts.  Can I Get a Whoop? Whoop! at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.  Finish It Up Friday! at Crazy Mom Quilts.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

A new playmat for my sewing machine!

I consider sewing playtime, so I knew that a new 'play mat' for my sewing machine would be right in line.  I have trouble with my extension table shifting when I sew, and I am always having to push it back up to the plate of my machine.  After some thought, I figured that having it sit on a mat of some kind would keep it in place. 

I dug through my scraps and found this off cut from a quilt that I made for my grand daughter.  You know, when you baste your top to the back, and you have way more then you need.  I also cut some circles with the AccuQuilt Go baby that I am trying out.

 One scrap wasn't wide enough, so I just trimmed and sewed them together!
 Please do not look at the ugly backing.  I just picked any ol' scrap that was big enough from my stash.  The circles are just raw edge appliqued down.

 I did echo quilting.  It was so much fun!

 This little mat ended up at 15 1/2x33.
Elly is thrilled with her new play mat!  It's always much more fun to work sitting on a nice quilt.

Linking to:  Anything Goes Monday at Stitch by Stitch! Sew Cute Tuesday at Blossom Heart Quilts!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

I'm a real runner!!

No, not physically, but I am loving all my sew runners in my sewing room!  I have now completed 3 and have about 6 more to go.  These guys are quick and fun.  I am all for both of those traits.

I have a small 3 shelf bookcase near my sewing machine, and use it all the time.  I don't like dust or to dust, so I decided that a table runner was the answer.

 Cindy at Live A Colorful Life gave me a mini charm pack of 'April Showers', and I love how cheerful these fabrics look.  I ordered a second pack, and here they are.
 This is the very first time I've used my design wall!  As you can see, I haven't even pressed it yet.  I still need to add some grommets to the bottom and secure it.
 I decided to go with a pretty dense matchstick quilting.  All I had was a scrap of polyester batting, so I had to do something to tame the loft.
 I grabbed a couple of scraps from my stash, and I'm thinking that it all came together pretty well.

Finished size is 10x28.  I'm loving how fun and bright it came out.

Linking to:  Let's Bee Social! at Sew Fresh Quilts.  NTT! at My Quilt Infatuation.

Sunday, October 19, 2014


Isn't it amazing how many acronyms we have in the quilting world?  I work with a LOT of donated fabrics, kits and BOMs.  This quilt was one of them.  I'd like to thank Cindy from Live A Colorful Life for donating this BOM!  It is always fun to see what others purchase, start sewing and then change their mind for whatever reason.

 This is a 14 month BOM.  Last I checked, a year had 12 months!!
 I am not an applique person, but this had plenty of them, I just used Pelon Wonder Under and raw edge appliqued the pieces down.

 Lots and lots of pressing with all of these pieces.
 When your corners match up so that a sign you're going to have a good day?
 I laid it out on our Cal King bed to make sure it all looked OK.  Gives you and idea as to how big this quilt is!

So there you have it, it is all together and ready to be finished.  I have already turned it into the NFQs, I'm anxious to see what they do with her.

If you'd like to know how you can donate your fabric, kits, UFOs or BOMs...just leave a comment and I will get back to you!  All donations are made into lovely quilts and donated to MCC (see the page in my heading) and the money raised goes towards worldwide disaster relief.

Linking to: Sew Cute Tuesdays! at Blossom Heart Quilts. Fabric Tuesday! at Quilt Story.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Another UFO - Square in a Square!

 Here is a beautiful UFO that was also donated by Cindy at Live A Colorful Life.  We appreciate her generosity and kindness.  She had made 12 blocks, and I knew that this quilt needed to be much bigger then that.  I was super fortunate that she had donated all the scraps along with these beautiful blocks.
 So I set out to make enough blocks to total 30.
I knew that we'd still want it bigger still, so I bought some solid green from Hancock for 3 in. sashing.
 All the sashing and the corner stones are cut and ready to be sewn!
 It's coming along.
 Here she is waiting for me to cut out the outside border.  I didn't have enough of one fabric, so the border is a 6 in. width of all the leftover fabrics.
She ended up 89x104!  A great size for a queen bed.  The binding will be the pale stripe fabric.  You can see it better in the picture above.

Linking to: WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.  Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

There's just one!

I have a friend, and there is no one else like her in the world!  She has been a faithful follower here on my blog and in real life.  Her birthday is only 3 days away, so I had to think of something to make her quick.  I had to be able to use what I have in my stash because I can't drive yet.  Soooooo,,,

 I didn't have a pattern, but had seen something similar to this on the "Dog Under My Desk" site.  She calls it her 'zip-n-go' hipster.  I take absolutely NO credit for this design or idea.
 The inside of the largest compartment has a wall to wall pocket about 4 1/2" deep.

 I used 'D' rings for the handle.  It is not adjustable.  The drop is about 21".
The lining is just quilters cotton.  The outside is deco weight fabric.  There is interfacing on all pieces.  I used warm and white as batting before I quilted  the front and back.  The zippers are from "zipit" on Craftsy.   The purse measures 6 1/2 x 8.

Now, let's hope she likes it!  She does like it!  She's already used it for an out of town adventure!!  Success!

Linking to: Anything Goes Monday! at Stitch by Stitch!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Always small projects in progress!

I so enjoy making small projects.  Here are a few that I have made recently.

These cute little Santas were donated in a panel.  I cute them apart and made a small Christmas quilt.  They depict Santa's journey in preparing for Christmas Eve delivery.

My sister challenged me to make a small wallet for her.  Two regular slots and one zippered slot.  Here it is.  I didn't have a pattern, so I had to use my imagination.  It ended up way to small for her needs, so I made another.

Then that same sister asked if I'd be interested in making some small pouches for a fundraiser for CMA (Christian Motorcycle Assoc).  Of course I said, yes!  So I got to work on these identical 5x7 make-up pouches.  They went very quickly, and have all sold!  I will be making more to round out my original promised 10 pouches.  I have since made an additional 5!

Finally, my daughter asked for a 2 pocket pouch for their 'envelope money system'.  I knew exactly what pattern I would use.  It is a FREE download from fili & lino.  This pattern gets a bit tricky, but it is so very cute.  I had more photos of the progress of this bag making, but for some reason, they wouldn't download.

I hope you enjoyed a peak into my small projects making!!

Linking to: Let's Bee Social! at Sew Fresh Quilts! TGIFF! at Quilt Matters!  Finish It Up Friday! at Crazy Mom Quilts!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

I love a good hug!

Yes, my 'A Hug From Deborah' is complete!  I am so pleased with how it turned out.
This quilt was so much fun to make.  The printed fabrics are all Moda's 2WENTY-THR3E.  The solid is Kona cotton in bone.  I used Aurafil 50wt in off white for the quilting.  The finished size is 59x73.

I did organic echo quilting in the chevrons.  A lazy 8 pattern in the 1 in. border and I circled all of the dots in the outside border.  A lot of work, but so much fun.  I have never done this much quilting on a single quilt before.  It took a total of 15.75 hours!  No wonder I am a little achy.
 The orange on the back is from Hancock.  I don't know the name of it.
I sewed the binding on by machine.  I think that this is one of my favorite things I learned to do this summer!  It is FAST!!
I used every single scrap of fabric for this back.  I have one piece of the gray dot fabric left!  It is 5.5x20in.  That is called NO waste!!
My wonderful friend Deborah (at Simply Miss Luella) gave me these charm packs.  I love her and appreciate her great generosity!  Thank you again, Deborah!  You are such an inspiration to me.

I have washed her and dried her and she is ready to cuddle up with!  I just love how she puckered up and is so very, very soft.

Link on over to Can I get a Whoop Whoop! hosted by Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict,  Finish it up Friday hosted by Amandajean at Crazy Mom Quilts!  These are both great sites for pure inspiration!  Enjoy your journey into quilting wonder...

linking to: Tuesday's Archives! at Val's Quilting Studio!
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