Thursday, January 31, 2013

New in the Hood

This is what Riley Blake did with the Gingham Fabric. 
Pattern can be found HERE

Oh My Goodness!
Nothing makes me more happy than my UPS Driver.
He brought some of the most beautiful fabrics to my door.
And, guess what?

I am going to share them with all of you!

Newly listed in my

are the most beautiful Gingham Fabrics you have ever seen.

I have an array of colors and sizes for your shopping pleasure

Medium 1/4 inch Gingham

And Small 1/8 inch Gingham.

Listed now in my ETSY STORE


Can you believe today is the last day of the
 Dare to Dresden Hop?
This has been amazing. The talent and inspiration unbelievable.

BUT, We still have today.
Here is the line up.
Enjoy, I know I will!

January 31th, 2013
Clothes and Crafts

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

How Fun Is This?

I am taking my time. I am not rushing through any of these wonderful Dresden Blog Posts. Don't worry I will be knocking on your blog door soon!  And I will see you all, yes all of you in the near future.
Here is today's schedule. 

January 29th, 2013

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Christmas Quilt Progress

This quilt has been slow and steady. But they say that is what will win the race.
I have no problem working with Christmas fabrics in January.  No, I am not getting a head start for 2013, I am playing catch up for 2012. Just a few pictures to remind, or show you for the first time, my project.

My new motto, is, buy it, and use it. No more petting and saving. Why? Because I will always find something new that I just MUST HAVE....

So, I bought this one yard bundle of fabrics.

 I added two fabrics I already had for a total of 12 yards of fabric.

I cut them into squares.

Sewed them into 2 patches then 4 patches.

I kept on working until I had a quilt top!

Christmas came and went so it was put away in the closet. But now was the perfect time to let her out. I picked out my backing. yes, it is pink!  Who said you cannot use pink for Christmas?

Sandwiched and pinned.

Many years ago I heard that if you make a quilt top with geometric shapes you should quilt it with swirls. The opposite for a flowery quilt. 
Quilt it with straight lines.

I do not machine quilt. I only hand quilt. So, some of my favorite ways to quilt is in a diagonal grid, in the ditch, shadow quilting, even swirls in a border.
This was going to be new to me!
I took two different size bowls and drew (with my crayola washable marker) circles all over the top. I have never done circles. Hearts, flowers stars, but not circles.
This is what it looks like with the markings. Hope you can make them out.

I am using red thread. The only problem I am having is loosing the thread on the quilt. I like to quilt while I watch TV, if I look up at the TV, I have a heck of a time finding my spot. LOL!

I hope to have this finished in a few weeks and then look forward to showing you my finished quilt.

Happy Sewing!

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Are You A No-Reply Blogger?

Oh my dear sweet blogging friends.  It causes me untold stress when I receive a comment or question and I cannot answer it because there is no email attached to the comment.
That my friends is a
no-reply blogger.
You may be one and do not even know it!
Here is how to check and/or fix the situation.

FIRST~~ Go to your dashboard. On the top right corner you will see your blog name. Click the ARROW for the drop down menu.


THIRD~~ In the upper right hand corner you will see in the orange box the words EDIT PROFILE, click it!

FOURTH~~ On that page make sure the box Show my email address is CHECKED.

Look to the right and make sure you see your email. if you do not scroll down to IDENTITY, scroll down to Email Address and make sure you see it, if not enter your email.

FIFTH~~~ The most important step of all, scroll all the way down and click SAVE!!!  if you do not hit SAVE nothing will change.

All done!

Oh I hope this helps. I look forward to answering everyone's comments!

PS  A helpful link from one of our readers who is on Google +.

Friday, January 11, 2013

In Your Words Day 5~~ My Turn

Other wonderful blogs I get to share the day with...

Friday, January 11
Jane's Fabrics (Jane R.)
Jane's Quilting (Jane C.)
Nuts 4 Redwork (Heide W.)
Bits and Pieces (Martha R.)
Life in Every Breath (Jennifer B.)
Quilting Lines (Patricia L.)
Meadowbrook  (Kristen K.)
Count It All Joy!  (Denise P.)
Sophie Junction (Sophie W.)

When this blog hop was first announced I could not wait to jump onto the band wagon. Thank you to Madame Samm and our cheerleader Linda for all your hard work.
The first thing I did was to download the blank display button provided by Madame Samm.
Next, WORDS, words that were important to me. Words that described me.  Words that I taught my children. The words came easily, there are many words but only a few that are special to me. 
I jotted them down on the blank canvas...

OK, Done!!
Wow, that was fun.
What, I need to make something with these words.
Oh my, I am not a creative person, no, not at all.

My special words were traced on to white Kona.

I choose some of my prettiest Prescencia Threads and started to stitch.

Hey, this is fun!
 I even added some glitter thread to my word glitter!

I added some bling with my I-Rock Tool.

I was going to use my table-topper stand but, been there, done that, so I thought...
How about a small pillow?
That might be cute.

Well, I did the best I could and well let's say...


I am laughing as I look at this lumpy little pillow!

I sat and thought, feeling a little let down with my lumpy baby pillow.

(source google image)

When, all of a sudden it came to me. This was not about the project for me, this was about ME. What was important to me, what I liked, how I liked to treat others. And after sitting and thinking I decided I liked my silly, little  lumpy pillow.

Words, it was all about the words.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

And So It Begins!!

The tree is down...
The needles are vacuumed... (love the smell the next time you vacuum)
Decorations are carefully wrapped and put in storage..
The house is clean..
The laundry is done...
School and work start tomorrow (insert very sad face)



It is a new year of 

Something fun when we are indoors whether in the cold or the heat.

This is the line up of hops for January.

Starting tomorrow

Hosted by our cheerleader Linda from


Our cheerleader for this hop will be Christine from..

I cannot wait for all the inspiration I know will be coming our way!!
Happy Sewing!

Friday, January 4, 2013

"OZ" Did It!!

After years and years of collecting and saving and finding the fabric...

"Oz" did it!

The Wizard of Oz Quilt that I made for my sister has been gifted!
Yes, she did love it, which makes me very happy.

I should explain, I tried to follow the sequence of the movie by starting with sepia, the I made a rainbow to signify arriving in Oz, then back to sepia when she arrived home.
On with the show!

Source-Google images

Finale lay out. ready to sandwich and quilt.


Now for a hundred pictures!!

I DO need to mention, boy was I in a hurry to get the photographed and wrapped. 
These pictures are just plain bad!!
So sorry....

First time putting a block on the back but I just did not want to leave this picture off the quilt.


Do you feel like watching the movie now, LOL! 

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend.