Monday, July 29, 2013


Have you been following the summer series over at Clover and Violet?  So very talented ladies have been showing what they do by hand. Yes, I did a post on knitted was-clothes but that is not all I have been doing by hand.
We, (anyone) now have the opportunity to enter the linky party on their blog.

I am going to enter the first barn I made for Lori's Quilty Barn Along.
I pieced this barn by hand. I find that I have better control with small pieces if I piece by hand.

I hope you will link up a hand project too. There are some wonderful prizes to be won!

A Finish

 I was able to finish the baby boy quilt this weekend! I used one of the bindings I made last week and a nice soft flannel for the back.  He is now in the dryer getting all warm and cozy and ready to be delivered to the new little man! 

Happy Sewing!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Guest Posting

I am thrilled to be guest posting at
Clover and Violet's
I am lucky enough to be part of 
A Season By Hand Series.

I hope you come over for a visit!

Have a great weekend.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Just Binding My Time

Not sure about everyone else but it has been hot here in Illinois, yes mighty hot!
Now do not get me wrong, I adore summer but when it is so hot it is hard to breath, that is too hot!
So, I thought I would catch up on some bindings I need.  Nice easy work while watching TV.

Sorry I cannot show you the projects yet, but soon, very soon.

Yellow might be for Katie
Red, might be for Christmas
Multi Dot, might be for the baby boy quilt
And the black print ....
Time will tell?
I needed a lot of yellow!

Hope you are doing something you love.
Happy sewing

Friday, July 19, 2013

Shabby Apple

I have a website I would love to share with you!  Have you heard of Shabby Apple?
They sell wonderful clothes, yep, not fabric, clothes.  I have a very hard time buying a dress where when I get it home I do not have to stitch the front closed. Shabby Apple has just the kind of clothes I want!  I would call them 
Cute, stylish, fun, modern, retro,  yet modest. Take a peek at some of their dresses....

How cute are these!

Oh my, how cute is this one!!

They also have shoes!

And their prices are so reasonable!

Here is the one I am getting!
It is called 

But I also have my eye on the above cute brown one!

Do yourself a favor, take a peek!
Psst, there is a sale going on!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013


I am not sure about you but I have trouble with color. I tend to agonize over it and then when I do choose I wish I had chosen differently.
This baby boy quilt is an example of hard color choices. As you can see from the pattern there are many, many colors. 

How in the world am I going to decide which fabric to use where?
Then I had an idea!  I cut all the strips and put them in a box. I leaned over and picked one at random for the block. Started to sew and kept on picking! For me, this worked!

Here is my quilt to date...

Happy Sewing!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Oh My Dots!!

Oh Wow!!
Look what arrived at my front door!!
This is a box of Yummy!

Robert Kaufman "Spot On" Fat Quarter Bundles
Now listed in my
and my

Also Hexies still ON SALE

Happy Sewing!

Monday, July 15, 2013

My First Barn

This is so much fun!
Thank you to Lori from
for this fun project!

I made my first barn! It took a little longer for me as I hand pieced the barn. I know me, and I can get better matching of seams if I hand piece. Here she is...

I can't wait to make another!

Happy Sewing!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Baby Boy Quilt

A dear friend of mine just had her 5th grandbaby!  It was a boy.  So I am making him a baby quilt. I love bright for babies!  So I found this adorable fabric at Joann's.  
Hello little guys in the submarine!  I think they are so cute.

Then I hit my stash for my bright fabrics.

Choose this pattern from Pleasant Valley Creations.  Jase's Quilt.  I love her patterns! Fun, bright, well written and simple!

This is my quilt to date.

Have a wonderful weekend.
Do something you enjoy!

Monday, July 8, 2013


I have been having fun making Hexies. I tell you they are like chips, you just cannot make one!

This is going to be a pillow. I thought just this strip down one of the sides and then stitch around them with big stitch quilting.

I have quite a few left over so I was thinking of making pot holders.

My friend Elaine brought over her Hexie Quilt, I forgot to ask her how many Hexies she made for this beautiful Flower Garden Quilt.  The top is done and she is ready to sandwich it and start the hand quilting.  I just love the yellow border, it is a true 1930's color to match her 1930's fabrics.  It is just amazing!

She kindly gave me the hexies she still had cut!  Now I do not think I will make a quilt that large but I sure can have a lot of fun with these prints!

If you would like to give hexies a try, now would be a great time.
My mylar hexies are on sale for the next two weeks.
20% off, no code needed, just click

Happy Sewing!

Friday, July 5, 2013

For the Love of Hand Embroidery

I am very excited to announce a parade of sorts starting in August and running through the beginning of December.
Some very talented ladies have volunteered to share their love of hand embroidery with us every Monday. 

Every Monday, I will have a guest show us an item she has made using embroidery. 
The idea is simple...
pick a pattern you love
make what you would like
use presencia threads
and have fun.

We who love embroidery what to share that love with you and hopefully inspire some of you to pick up the craft or renew you joy for this craft.

Here is the schedule so you can all see the talented ladies who will be participating.

26th--- Maxine-No Blog



4th---Sandra A-No blog -broke arm )0:
18th---Carrie P.
25th---Wendy -hurt arm )0:

9th---Vicki-no blog

I hope you will stop by on Monday's starting in August and be inspired.