Friday, September 26, 2014

We have a winner!!!!

Congratulations to Needled Mom, who won my cute little baseball fabric. Mary, I am getting your package ready to mail off later today!

This week I have been busy making a Stackable Scrap Bucket by Heather at the Sewing Loft. I fell in love with this the minute I saw it! I had a piece of Millie's Closet Fabric  by Lori Holt that I thought would be perfect for this project! I found this on Etsy a while back just knowing I would find a great pattern to use it with! This is a fun pattern to make and the final basket is quite a bit larger than I expected...but that is a good thing!

Here is the front view of the Bucket. I used many different stitches to make the fabric look quilted. That was really fun!

One side

....and the other!

My next bucket!

 I have already cut out my next bucket. I am using some more fabric I found at Etsy. It is part of the Stamped Collection by Ellen Luckett Baker called cheater in grey and white. I am using a really pretty soft grey and blue fabric for the lining. Can't wait to get going on this project!!! You have to check out this fun pattern at the link above.

Again CONGRATULATIONS to Needled Mom! Hope you have fun with the fabric!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Long Time, No Post....and a GIVEAWAY!!!!!!!

Hi everyone! Finally I am going to post some of the many projects I have been sewing for months. Don't ask me why it is so hard for me to post, but I am going to try and post at least once a week now. I am working a much better schedule that I have been asking for for quite some time!The company I worked for was sold and the new owner hired me immediately! Thank goodness! I will work Monday through Thursday. Great for me!! Who can live on Social Security? It would cover all of my bills but not extras for fabric, what kind of life would that be?

Now for some of my sewing projects! I will start off with the darling pattern that Fabric Mutt designed. The minute I saw her Malibu Satchel, I knew I had to make one...or two...or three! Yes, I made three of them last week. It is so easy to sew, but looks so professional when it is finished. Here is a peek at my bags.

Cambray with cute little birdies for the flap!
A shot of the cute little birdie lining! I love it!
After I finished my first satchel, I had to make more. The next one I made for my daughter-in-law. I chose fall colors for hers. Believe it or not, I did not buy any of the fabric at the same time for any of the bags. I always pick up remnants when I shop and I have been lucky that I can usually find things that go together.

I really love the warm fall colors of this bag.  If you click on the photo, you can see the birds on the flap.
Here is a close up of the pocket. Doesn't this fabric go well with the other two?
I decided to go "bright" with my third bag! I had just gotten some great home decor fabric at Joann's when it was greatly reduced so I chose some of it! This time I made my own straps instead of webbing so that they would match the satchel exactly. I like how it turned out!

I told you it was bright! I love the two fabrics together!

I chose this splotchy green for the inner pocket. Thought it went well!

 I cannot recommend this pattern enough, and think it is a FREE tutorial at Fabric Mutt.  She has lots of tutes on her blog and is one of the nicest folks I have met online! Please take a peek at her blog!!!!!

Since I haven't been around in a long time, I thought I would add a GIVEAWAY!!! A friend of mine found this great Alexander Henry fabric at a yard sale! It is from 2002 but since it so difficult to find cute boys fabric, who cares? Would you believe there were 18 yards of this? I have already given 3 yards to someone who made pillowcases for the Million Pillowcase Challenge! How would you like a yard and a half so you can make a set yourself or a set for the challenge?

I was lucky and found some photos online.
Close ups with a tape measure so you can tell the size

How can you win? Easy! Just visit Fabric Mutt and then comment on which tutorial you like best! Good luck deciding! The giveaway ends Thursday evening 9/25th at 9PM EST. I will randomly draw a name and post the winner next Friday! Good luck, and make sure I have a way to find you if you win!

PS. I decided to add 1/2 yard of the following fabric to make a cuff on the pillowcase.  Saw it tonight and had to buy it!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Zip And Go Bag

I have been having so much fun this weekend making the Zip and Go Bag by Erin of Dog Under My Desk. This is such a fun pattern to sew and Erin helps loads with all of photos! I used some fabric I had around(there sure is plenty here to select from!) When I finished I really loved the bright colors!
 You must admit, it is bright! Note the zipper pull on the left. I love putting them  on my zippers. If your haven't seen them, check  out on one of my favorite sites, ZipIt, I have been going to her store from the day she opened! She has amazing prices on zippers and pulls!
I used a bright pink fabric for the lining. It sure makes it "POP" doesn't it?

I took this bag to work and one of my customers wanted me to make one for her mother in Breast Awareness colors. I sure hope she likes what I chose for her. Crossing my fingers!!!

I wanted to use both black and pink and lucked out when I found this material! It is definitely bright! Again, I used a zipper pull.

For the interior, I used bright pink and white polka dots. Who doesn't love polka dots?

I just love this pattern and already have several more cut out and ready to go! I will be back to show you some of the fun fabric I found in my stash to use!

Saturday, May 17, 2014


I want to thank everyone for the great response to my Sew Mama Sew Giveaway ! I decided since I had almost 400 comments that I would add on a second prize, just because I could!

 Do you want to know what the most popular answer to my question about what are you doing this summer was? Would you believe CAMPING? I'm guessing that all of those who had that answer don't camp the way I do! A motel room with great AC!

The first winner of the Connecting Thread  and Heidi Grace fat quarters is: Marilyn of Shades of Bold. If you love purses and bags be sure to visit her blog...she has made some beautiful ones! Here is her comment:

"Love the fabric. Visiting farmer's markets this summer."

I am not sure exactly which fabric my second winner will receive but it will be similar to the original giveaway...just have to cut it tomorrow! And that person is Amy who blogs at International Stashes.  She has made some wonderful quilts! Check them out!  Her comment was:

"I love these colors! Thank you! I will be working on my longarm skills!"

Congratulations to both of you! And keep an eye out! Who knows when I may post another giveaway!

Monday, May 12, 2014


It is that time of the year again, The Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day(well, really week!) I love Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day! It is so much fun to visit new blogs! It is a great way to make new friends and also a chance to win great giveaways. I keep thinking I will blog more but I am so busy reading other folk's blogs that I forget to post on my own.  Please check out some of my posts....not too hard to do since I don't blog too often...I mean to, but just keep putting it off.

For my giveaway this May, I have 8 fat quarters! 6 are from Connecting Threads. I love the corals and yellows together! Aren't they yummy? To add a bit to the fun, I am including 2 fat quarters from Heidi Grace. I love these two pieces but decided to share them with someone new...I might regret it later but I'm going to do it anyway!


What do you need to do to win? No jumping through hoops for me....just leave me a comment about your summer plans. I love reading your comments! My kids will be home from Russia and will be here the end of July so I am really excited! We have all the holidays from the past year to celebrate when they get here!!!!

 If you want an extra chance, you can follow me or if you already are, tell me so in a second post. I will ship internationally.

I  will end my giveaway Friday night May 16th  at 8 PM EST and randomly draw a winner at 9 PM EST. I will notify the winner by email so be sure that I have a way to reach you!

Be sure to visit Sew Mama Sew for rest of all the great giveaways this week!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

AND THE WINNER IS............

Congratulations to Jenny for winning The Traveling Box # 2!  Here is her comment:

 " I'd love to receive the stash box. You added some great stuff."

I have contacted her and am just waiting to hear from her so I can send the Box on it's merry way! Keep an eye out for her post about her stash giveaway!

Friday, April 4, 2014


I was lucky enough to win Traveling Stash Box #2 from Tricia at Ramblings of a Quilter recently! I haven't had a stash box in quite a while so it was fun opening this one! Lots of magazines, patterns and fabric! I decided to "freshen" up the box a bit. Hope you all like what I have added!

First I have to show you what I selected to keep! (Click on pictures to enlarge)
Mostly fat quarters with a few larger pieces
Now what I have added to the box : six(6) half yards of DS Quilting in blue. I bought loads of it when I had a 60% off coupon at Joann' would not believe how many trips I made to get all of the fabric! I thought I would share some of the goodies to the winner of the box!

I am also adding a six(6)piece fat quarter bundle from Connecting Threads. I really love the combination of the reds and yellow.

Next on my list is a bundle of black and white fabric. The two pieces on top are approximately fat quarters and the bottom four pieces are half yards. Aren't they gorgeous?

 Finally I am also adding a Quilter's Quarters by DS Quilts Collection. Isn't that a great idea...putting four fat quarters together?

Just a note: You do not have to take the complete bundles  if you only want one or two pieces. I just bundled them because they looked so good together!

Do you want to win this box?(It is all stuffed into a medium flat rate box) Easy! Just leave a comment on this post and you have a chance! You have until 8 o'clock Thursday evening April 10th to make a comment. For a second chance, follow me!  Oh wait, there are a few rules...aren't there always? Here they are:

Rules and Guidelines

  • Be an active blogger -- post about receiving the box and the giveaway in a timely manner.
  • Update the travel log in the box to let others know where the box has been.
  • There is a list of rules and guidelines in the box -- be sure to follow these to keep the box full of quality items and the experience positive for everyone.
  • You may take any items from the box just be sure that you are replacing them with quality and comparable items.
  • Ship box to the next person timely -- and communicate tracking information with recipient.
  • Shipping is within the US only.

Important Things to Remember

  • Please ensure that items in the box are quality. If items in the box are poor quality they should be removed. Items that are being removed can be offered for optional inclusion to the next recipient. Poor quality items can be discarded but this should be done with discretion. 
  • Only include items that you would be proud to own -- this is not a dumping ground for outdated or worn items.
  • Items should be free of smoke, odors  and pet hair.
  • You must replace all items that you take with items of equal value and replacing with more than you take is welcome.