Posted in Boston Terrier, craft sewing, fabric stash, family, Life with Sami, Quilting, sewing

Cute Fabric, Cute Sami, and Happy Mother’s Day

Look at this beyond cute fabric I found yesterday at Joann’s! Of course I had to get a ‘little’ of it as it had pictures of dogs like my Sami, and in sunglasses. As this is the only way I will ever see sunglasses anywhere near her cute little face I just could not let it get away.  This flannel fabric was only $6.99 a yard AND I had a 50% off coupon so it was meant to come home with me.

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I’m not so sure she is as excited as I am with it, but she will learn to love it when it is made into a quilt…..maybe. 🙂

Happy Mother’s Day.

 

Posted in craft sewing, fabric stash, Life with Sami, sewing

Trying Out Pin Cushions

Don’t you just love cute pin cushions? During my recent browse around Pinterest several caught my eye, and of course these 10 minute crafts turned into a several day project, but they are so cute! The fruit pie cushion is a free tutorial from one of my favorite quilter/designers, Lori Holt at Bee In My Bonnet. The fabric I used was a charm pack called Farmer’s Market from RJR Fabrics. The little cobalt blue flower pots are ones that I’ve had for many years and decided to make them earn their keep and hold my pins. 🙂

I used the crushed walnut shells, called lizard litter at the pet stores, to stuff the cushions and to give them a little weight. A little advise: fill the cushions over a container up high in case your dog (Sami) decides to ‘help’. This stuff goes everywhere if you spill it and your dog tries to play in it while you are trying to clean it up.

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These little cushions were made from orphan blocks left over from other projects. They are very handy to have at different locations around my sweat shop. Now I have one at each machine, cutting table, and the ironing board, but I will never be organized.

I am guessing you all have several pin cushions you have made, in addition to our old standby ‘the tomato pin cushion’, and probably some that have been handed down from relatives and loved ones. I remember my aunt kept a hanky pinned to the front of her blouse had pins pinned to the hanky when she was sewing.

 

 

 

Posted in craft sewing, fabric stash, Quilting, Quilting with scraps, sewing

Bordered Star Table Topper

This project has been in my mind for a long time and I finally got the last border sewed last night. It was a simple project using half square triangles for the star and 2″ strips for each of the borders. Before quilting it is 41″ square that will be a perfect size for my little round dinette table. I will use the same blue as the last border for the binding. The quilting will be completed when Miss Daisy comes home from the Long Arm Hospital.

The best thing about this project: All the fabrics came from my stash! This does not happen often and when it does I like to let everyone know. 🙂

The inspiration for this project came from a screen shot I saved from 2012 in my ‘wish file’. All the information I have about it is Lemoyne Star Medallion Quilt by PetitQuilts. I want to give credit to PetitQuilts for designing this lovely piece.

 

 

Posted in fabric stash, friendship, life, Life with Sami, Quilting, Quilting with scraps, sewing

My Take on Bonnie Hunter’s Diamond Tile Block

HELLO MY FRIENDS! Yes, I know that I am shouting. I am just so glad to be here I feel like shouting. 🙂

Sami and I have been away from y’all so long we feel like we are new but we are the same old girls, or at least I am. A Special Thank You to all our cyber friends that have checked on us. I don’t want to use any names because I did not get permission, but y’all know who you are. We really appreciate knowing you were thinking about us.

The block above is a  Bonnie Hunter ‘Addicted to Scraps’ block published in the May/June 2018 issue of Quilt Maker magazine.  This block is intended to be put together for a quilt and it would be lovely but I don’t think I am up to it yet so I decided to enlarge the block and add borders (see the second picture) and make it into a table topper. As always with Bonnie’s blocks, the instructions are well written and very easy to follow. She gives several different examples of how the block would look with different colors.

Many different quilts are running through my head using this block and I cannot wait to try more: Christmas colors for a throw for the couch, baby quilts, QOV, a new one for my bed……so many ideas…so little time or energy.

Also, did I mention that my long arm is in the shop! I think it is just trying to get attention, but did it have to wait until the warranty was out to decide to break down?

Thank you for visiting with us again. We are so glad to have you.

 

 

#bonniehunter

 

 

Posted in fabric stash, friendship, Life with Sami, Quilt Along, Quilting, Regatta quilt, sewing

Regatta Project Completed – and I’m Still Kicking, Just Not Too High

Believe it or not, this was an easy quilt and normally would be a fast project to complete in a weekend. I have stretched it out for weeks due to one thing after another but it is now finished. You would think I was working for the government! I love the fleece lining and with the simple wavy line quilting it is just enough to keep it soft and snuggly for the couch and a good book….oh yes, that reminds me. I knew I had been reading way too many mysteries when I read my grocery list and I had ‘DB’ listed. I cannot imagine what in the world ‘DB’ stood for other than ‘dead body’…..see what I mean…too many mystery books. I know I wasn’t supposed to pick up a dead body at the grocery. Not even Walmart has that on the clearance shelf. 🙂     (Still do not know what ‘db’ means. Guess I will find out when I go to the pantry to get it and find out I have none.)

A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO EVERYONE THAT TOOK TIME TO MESSAGE AND CALL TO CHECK ON ME. 

I am not 100% well yet, but I am happy to be here. I am slowly getting back into my sweatshop to sew a little each day and with Sami’s help we will start producing again. I know the fabric industry has noticed my absence and I am sure their stocks have gone down. LOL

 

 

Posted in craft sewing, fabric stash, sewing

Cute Little Fabric Baskets

 

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I’m sure most of you have made these little baskets at one time or another. I believe I made the red one back in the 1980s and I know I sold a bunch of them at craft sales  I attended at our local city’s arts and crafts festivals in the 1990s. I honestly do not know when I found the time to do those things back then as I was working full time, taking up to 17 credit hours per semester at college, and hitting every craft festival I could for the extra money. Thank goodness I was younger then.

I think I got the idea for these little baskets from Crafts magazine. Back then we didn’t have Pinterest, Facebook, or blogs to share all the wonderful ideas we do now.

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I found the red basket full of sewing machine attachments and decided I would make a few. I cut two pieces of coordinating pieces of fabric at 8 1/2″ sq. and a piece of light weight batting at 8 1/4″ sq. (I used Hobbs 80/20). The handle cut from the same fabrics at 2 1/2″  x 8 1/2″. The sewing is pretty self explanatory by looking at it, but if you have any questions, please just ask and I’ll help. (Sew wrong sides together with batting and handle placed and leave opening for turning. No batting in the handle.) I used (4) 1/4″ ribbons cut at 16″ long leaving a 4″ tail hanging over on each side, and I sewed them 2″ in from each side. Be careful to sew under the handle and not over it.

I hope this makes sense. Not really meant to be a beginners tutorial, but I will be glad to walk anyone through the steps if help is needed. I am so bad at giving directions without waving my hands. LOL

DSCN1424You could make these little cuties any size by adjusting your measurements. I love that they lay flat when you are not using just by untying the corners.

Would love to see yours if you decide to make any.

Another thought I would like to share: If you want a laugh for the day, go to You Tube and do a search for Jeanne Robertson. She is a Southern motivational speaker and her motto is to handle stressful situations with humor instead of anger. I think you will enjoy it.

 

 

Posted in block of the week, Blockheads, fabric stash, Moda, Quilting, sewing

Moda Blockheads BOW #42 of 48

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Block #42 is called Turnstile by Carrie Nelson from Moda Fabrics. I changed the pattern a little by adding my chicken block in the center instead of the pieced block that Carrie used. We only have six more blocks to go in this quilt along. It has been a fun project. I have learned a lot of new things and met a lot of new people.

Thanks for visiting. Merry Christmas everyone.

#modablockheads

 

 

Posted in fabric stash, Quilting, sewing

Scrappy In-Between Project In Process

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In between other projects I have been working on these scrappy blocks. I am using old, very thin bed sheets cut into 12″ squares as the foundation to sew assorted widths of  scrappy strips. I didn’t want to use paper as the foundation because I am too lazy to tear the paper off after sewing the strips. 🙂 To have a little continuity each block has a white strip in the center. At this point none of the blocks are attached together so they can be moved. As you can see I only have 21 blocks now but I would like to have enough for a queen size bed. With all my scraps that should not be a problem.

I am hoping a design inspiration will come to me as it progresses because it sure looks pitiful now. If you have any suggestions, feel free to offer them.

Posted in Christmas, fabric stash, holidays, Life with Sami, Quilting, sewing

Winter Post Cards Quilt

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I think this is my last Christmas item I will make for this year. The inspiration for this quilt came from the cute fabric called Winter Reindeer by Sue Schlabach for David Textiles. It was just too pretty to cut into little pieces so I cut 8″ strips and bordered them in Poppy Red Waverly fabric. I had the gray and white dotted fabric in my stash, along with the solid white for the 16 patch blocks.

This lap quilt measures 49″x65″ before quilting. I have gray and white flannel for the backing.

Sami decided it was about time to have her picture posted. She matches the quilt. 🙂

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Posted in Christmas, fabric stash, holidays, Quilting

Joyful Tree Mini Cushions

Warning: Lots of pictures.

Based on a pattern called Piece A Tree, Spread Some Joy from My Girlfriend’s Quilt Shoppe  I completed four cute little Christmas tree cushions. It is really hard to tell from the pictures (I really do need to either get a good camera or learn how to take pictures) but the background fabric around the tree is a red and tan checked and the border is black with white mini dots. This was a quick and easy project and as you can tell the cushion covers were made like a mini quilt and the backing, which opens to allow for the pillow insert to be added, is attached as the binding is sewn. If you roll over the pictures the captions pop up.

As always I took a few liberties with the pattern and changed a couple of things: I used three 2 1/2″ strips for the trees instead of four 2″ strips as I had the three strips already sewn together left over from a previous project. I also made the cushions a little bigger: 10″x12″ as opposed to the 5 1/2″x8 1/2″ the pattern stated.

If someone was not lazy like me it would be cute to have different holiday covers to change out as they came along…..Another time, another life.

Now if I can just get Sami to leave them alone and not claim them as hers, they just might survive the holidays.

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