Monday, February 1, 2016

Neighborhood Party...Join in!

Have you heard about the "Neighborhood Party" going on over at Hilachas' Neighborhood Party?  Why not come and join us? I am having so much fun making my blocks for this party! I spent some of my weekend making two blocks. The first was a chilly winter block...what is more appropriate for someone from Florida? It is full of snow along with a cute little snowman! Just like around here........

The snow and the sky are both "glittery" as well as the snowman.

 After I finished the first one, I couldn't stop. So off I went with my second block! What to do that was a bit different? How about a group of townhouses? Sure...I have a problem picking out the fabric for one house, so why not five? A brilliant blue sky directed me to use bright and cheerful colors like you would  find in San Francisco's Painted Ladies and Charleston's Rainbow Row. I had to make so many decisions with colors and styles that it wasn't funny but it was well worth it in the end. I think I would like to live on a block like this! Wouldn't you?
I still need to add some colorful buttons for doorknobs. More decisions for color!

Here is an added block! I decided to try for a Victorian look for this block and a cute little doggie for a pet! I used some lace for the gingerbread look on the front of the house. Who wouldn't want to live in this house?

I plan on making a few more blocks so why not come join in the party? There is always room for one more!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Hexie potholders....they are just like potato chips!!!!!!

 Well, they are...I bet you can't make just one!!!! I had downloaded this pattern a long time ago but recently Caroline of sewshecan revised it and I decided to try it out. One of my New Year's Resolutions is that I am trying not to buy any fabric unless absolutely necessary, so I dug through my stacks and stacks of fabric and came up with this.
Bright and fun!
 This was such a fun project that I couldn't stop at one(see just like potato chips!) I decided to make a set for my daughter-in-law for her birthday. Here is what I can up with.....

I decided on strawberries for the center and lots of bright colors to surround them.
And here is where I admit to my boo boo! Note the hexi on the ribbon to hang the potholder with! OK about a trivet...making lemonade out of a lemon!  When I finished the potholders, I decided  they needed a dish towel or two! I found Amanda Jean's(crazy mom quilts) fantastic pattern for a simple patchwork dish towel tutorial. A quick and easy way to make a striking dish towel. Now I have matching pot holders and dish towels for my birthday gift!

I have also been working on my blocks for the Shiny Happy House quilt club. Here are my first four blocks.

My first house

Starry, starry night

Starry, starry night at Christmas!

A facsimile of my house
Interested in joining our little group? Check us out at Wendi's Shiny Happy People. It is really fun, so why not come and join in.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

I'm Back!!!!

I promised myself last year that I would post more regularly and for a while, I did. Then life happened and I kept meaning to post but didn't. I have been busy sewing, just not posting so here is a little of the missing months!

First of all, I took Wendi Gratz's FUN FUSIBLE APPLIQUE PROJECTS on Craftsy. This is a really fun class with lots of great applique hints. I decided to make quilts for my grandchildren for Christmas so off I went! I made the Woodland Quilt from the class for my grandson and had a blast making all of the animals. I included my grandson's name on the quilt and made it in his favorite color green!(If you click on the photos, you can see them in a larger form)

After I had put the top together, Wendi came out with a pattern for a moose and I designed a skunk so I took the bear and the fox on the top row off and added the two new animals. I didn't get a photo of the additions but here is a picture of  Teddy with his quilt on Christmas morning.

Cute little skunk

Big, Bad Moose!

Teddy on Christmas Morning

When I finished this quilt, I decided to make a flower quilt for my granddaughter but then decided to add birds, butterflies and snails for the cuteness factor! I found the adorable snails on Sher's Creative Space on Craftsy. ( I have gotten some wonderful applique's from her store btw!) I added my granddaughter's name on her quilt also, as well as some metallic bling to the appliques! I wanted to add a magnolia for Mississippi and a dogwood for where I grew up so I designed them and I think they turned out nicely. I also did a cardinal and a mockingbird that you can see on the quilt by the magnolia and dogwood. Here is the photo of Maddie and her quilt on Christmas Day.



Maddie on Christmas Morning

After I finished the tops of the quilts, I decided to make some placemats for Thanksgiving. I appliqued cute little pumpkins from The Patchsmith on Craftsy also. It was so much fun! I only have one photo but I made 6 with names on all of them! Whew, I wish some of the relatives had shorter names! I also made matching coasters with a little pumpkin each.

When I finished these, I tackled Christmas placemats. Would you believe that I made over 40 Christmas ones? I only put appliqued names on the kids tho', I was kinda' tired of letters by them. For my final Christmas sewing, I made stockings for my kids, grandchildren and great nieces and nephews. I didn't have time to take a photo but if I make some more, I will add them later. If you look at Teddy's Christmas morning photo, you can see one of the stockings. I made an Olaf stocking for Maddie and a Teenage Mutant Turtle one for Teddy!

I think this post has gone on long enough, but you can see that I have been busy. I have started a new class at Craftsy and have joined the Shiny Happy House quilt club and the Small and Sweet quilt club so I should be quite busy this year!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Baby Things

I spent the last week making baby items for a young girl I know who has no family around. She does have  support from her co-workers so I thought I would help out a bit also. I made a rag quilt, some rag bibs and burp clothes and wash clothes. I am hoping that this gives her a bit of help for what I know will be a tough road ahead. We know that the baby is a girl but I didn't want to overdo the "pink" thing with the quilt. I had some cheery blocks already started so I went with the bright theme. Lots of animals and bright colors!

See the cute little animals in the green and brown blocks? The bright yellow and orange make this a happy quilt!
Close up of the blocks

Then I found a fun pattern for a rag bib. I did do several pink bibs but added greens and blues, also.
The pink quilt on the bottom left has a bit of sparkle for some fun! All of the bibs are reversible.
I then decided that some bright and cheery burp clothes would be fun and I added some matching wash clothes. I always used plain white diapers...boring! I wish I had had some cute flannel ones for my kids!

Ladybugs and kitties!

I love the pink and red owls. The pink clothes are covered in butterflies and the multi-colored hearts finish out the burp clothes.
I had so much fun making all of these baby things! I have another friend who has a new granddaughter coming in June so I am planning a rag quilt and bibs for her. Can't wait to get started!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

My Patriotic Campfire Messenger Bag

Can you believe it? Two posts in two days! I finished up my third Campfire Messenger Bag this morning and I just had to post photos of it! I made it for a friend with a birthday on the 4th of July, therefore it is patriotic and glittery! I had a remnant of some red and blue paisley so I went to my 4th of July stash and found found accent fabric to go with it!

The front of the bag

View of the back of the bag with the back pocket
Inside of the flap. The little stars have glitter !
The recessed zipper with a zipper pull from Zipit
The inside with big glittery stars! Isn't this one of the most patriotic bags you have seen?
If you haven't heard of the Bag of the Month Club, here is the link telling you all about it. It is never too late to join in all the fun!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

My Bird Tree Wiinner and other "Stuff"!!!

Sorry it took me so long to post my winner! I have notified her so all is good on that front! My winner was Mary from Quilting Through Rose Colored Trifocals(don't you just love that name?)! Here is what she told us about her weather!

"Wow, you've been busy!! Love the idea of using a birdy fabric for a tote -- I need to do that, too!! I'm in Northeast Ohio and we have my "favorite" weather combo, melting snow and mud, but it's in the low 40's and after the deep freeze of February, it's great!!"

 I had many questions about the Button Pins so I went back and added a link to Madam Samm's post about them. She tells how to make them plus has a great link for buttons. They are so much fun to make and are sooooo cute! Check out the link and you, too, will soon be making cute little button pins!

I have been working on two more Campfire Messenger bags from the Bag of the Month Club. If you join now, you will receive January, February and March patterns immediately and next Wednesday, the April pattern will make an appearance!!! I cannot wait. Here is my second Campfire Messenger Bag by Noodlehead . I love this pattern and I should have another one to share with you by the first of the week!

Front of my bag. I bought this fabric several years ago for some forgotten project but it was just perfect for the front flap! I truly love this fabric and am so glad I found a great use for it!

This is the inside of the flap; again it is from the same fabric family. Aren't the colors bright and cheery?
Here is my recessed zipper and a view of the lovely chevron fabric I found to match everything.

I want to thank everyone who dropped by to visit my Bird Tree post. I read each and every post and replied to everyone til the dreaded flu hit me and I just didn't have the "get up and go" to reply...sorry but I did read all! Reading about some of the weather in the northern states made me really cold! In Florida, 40 is "freezing" to us!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Tree Bird Blog Hop and a Giveaway!

I never thought I would look forward to Friday the 13th but I couldn't wait for it to get here this week!!! Yes, it is my day to show y'all my projects using the beautiful fabric by Tracy Lizotte of Elizabeth's Studios. This is another great Hop organized by Madam Samm! Our wonderful Head Cheerleader is Lana from It Seams To Be Sew who kept us under control and ready to go!!!!

I haven't participated in a Blog Hop in a long while but when I saw the fabric, I knew I had to join in because I had the perfect project in mind! I hurried off and ordered several pieces of the Beautiful Bird fabric and as soon as it arrived, I jumped right to it! I had been making totes using charm packs after watching Jenny from Missouri Star Quilt Company on You Tube  . Well, yes, this fabric wasn't a charm pack, but I could certainly make charms from it! I have adapted the pattern a bit, adding a magnetic snap, and using cotton webbing for straps but that is the fun of sewing, making it your own!(click on photos to enlarge!)
Front of bag. What better place to take a photo of birds than a tree?

 It was so much fun doing the straight line quilting on the bags. I used the coordinating leave fabric for the bottom of the bag as well as the lining.

Then I had to make a couple more! I used the birdhouse blocks and Hoo's Tree fabric by Tracy Lizotte . I love her fabric and waiting for her new pattern in May! The later does have other animals but birds are included so I hope it is all right to use for this hop!

Front of Bag

Back of Bag

See the cute little owls!

More owls and a finch!

After I finished the totes, I could not stop with bird fabric! I belong to the Bag of the Month club and my January and February bags are dedicated to birds...well, to owls anyway! I had so much fun picking out the fabric and making new bags! The January bag is a Companion Carpet bag designed by  Mrs. H at Sewing with Mrs. H. It had many new techniques for me but each was fun to learn.
This is the front...if you look closely you will see that there is a pocket trimmed with piping near the center of the bag.

This is a side view of the gingham gusset. I like what it adds to the overall look of the bag!

Next up was the February bag, The Hyacinth bag by Sara Lawson at Sew Sweetness. Again this was a learning experience. I used some gorgeous fabric by Michael Miller.The flap covers card holders and a zipper pocket. There is also a large open section in the middle and a zippered pocket on the back.
The top portion fabric is called Flight in Black and the lower section fabric is Bridgetown in white.
You would think I was finished but I decided to try one more new thing...a Dresden plate pincushion. I had never done a dresden plate so this was really fun! It is a really large pincushion but I really like it because I can get so many pins in it. While I was doing the pincushion I decided to finally make some "fancy" pins like Madam Samm showed us! What fun!
I decided to center the blue jay and a few of his friends in the center of the pincushion!

I made a smaller round pincushion just for the heck of it!!! Aren't they the cutest animals?
If you have made it this far, I think you deserve a giveaway! For this hop, I am giving away a panel of the beautiful bird fabric and a package of "make your own labels"!

To win this all you have to do is make a comment telling me where you are visiting from and how your weather is! This winter has really been strange so this could be fun! Right now, it is hot, hot, hot here in FL! Mid 80's today! Be sure that  I have a way to get in touch with you if your comment is chosen by the Random Number Generator. I will draw the winner Tuesday  March 24th and email the winner.


Oops, I see I forgot one tote and it is my very favorite one! This is from a pattern by Erin at Dog Under My Desk and is called the Outta Time Tote! I used my very favorite owl material(and let me tell you I have loads of owl fabric!). I added piping to her pattern and I just love it! It has a red lining and a zip pocket on the interior also. Aren't those the cutest owls?

Don't forget to visit all the other folks who have made wonder things from bird fabric! Here is the list:

Friday, March 13
Suebee's World
Thank you so much for visiting! Sure hope you enjoyed my projects!