Friday, October 31, 2014

fun times with the scrap bin

It's been too long.
TOO long since I just sat down and
played with scraps!!!

It all started with an improvisational log cabin
that needed a little PEP!

Triangles do the trick....
don't you think?

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Blogger's quilt festival

It's that time again....
Time for a QUILT show hosted by Amy
It's GREAT to travel around the world
and ENJOY everyone's quilts!

I'm sharing a quilt I made this year.
One month at a time. 

This little car is my favorite part!

I had some friends join me on this quilt along.
I made one element each month
and shared about how I did it.

Once the red and green quilt top was complete....
I looked around for a backing.
this happy colorful backing I found!

 I even used it for the binding!

The doors needed to be WELCOMING....
so I quilted
Merry Christmas!

Lots and Lots of swirly snow
makes this quilt extra "special".
Special = LOTS of TIME and THREAD. 

It's wonderful to be READY for 
Christmas this year!
This quilt show gave me 
the kick in the pants I needed
to GET 'er DONE!

Enjoy the quilt show.

I'm entering this one in the
original design category.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Casserole Carrier

A NEW casserole carrier
for a friend.

I had a lot of fun mixing some fabrics
as I put this one together.
Using an old casserole carrier as a pattern
that I found at a thrift store
long ago.....
I made THIS!

It fits a 9X9, a pie pan......
even an oval 2 quart dish!
I just love practical and pretty things
out of fabric!!!

Friday, October 24, 2014

The Lone Pine

Welcome to finish it up Friday.
I sure appreciate the linky parties available.
It's nice to have that FRIDAY goal.
 The "GET it DONE" goal!!!
Thank you AmandaJean and Sarah.

My lone pine tree is now all finished.

The background is done.
The little pieces of fabric are ON!
The quilting lines are all IN!
The binding is even ALL the way ON.
Handstitched and all!
(anyone else ever take photos BEFORE that's done?)

This pine tree can now stand proudly
in it's mountain cabin home!!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Fun with Flannel

It took me a FEW tries.....
but I finally succeeded in filming a youtube video.
It only took me FOUR times......  ;/
It's still not perfect....
but perfect is NOT in my vocabulary.
I love simple.
I love homemade.
I love to share about it!
Isn't that truck fabric on the left cute???
I had JUST a little piece.
Perfect for a little project like this!
I'm all set up for a baby shower now!
I'll fold these up and wait for the next one.
I even have some choices!!!

My heart was happy this morning
when I found this photo on instagram.
with the quote:
"Thinking of my mom while assembling my first quilt as a wife".
Isn't that sweet?
My daughter has been making/sewing things...
but this is her first quilt.
Guess who it's for???
Her husband is a BIG football fan.
I told him it was meant to be.
My daughter was born on SUPER BOWL SUNDAY!
I listened to PRE-game interviews on the hospital television
during labor with her.
Ah...... memories......

Monday, October 20, 2014

Pine tree

I've been working on a pine tree. A special request from a relative. She has a mountain cabin and wants a little wall art!
I'm happy and pleased to be asked.

This piece began with a painted piece of cotton. I enjoy painting fabric. This time I wet the fabric with a spray bottle first (after laying it on plastic)
I use cheap acrylic paint and mix little bits of paint with water and go to town with brushes and sponges. It's fun to experiment and play!
It makes a nice background for my tree.
After the background dried I painted a tree.

When those two painting sessions were complete I prepared fabric and fusible pieces. These were cut up in little bits and ironed on here and there. ( I may add more. We'll see!)

The flying geese pieces are pinned up waiting to be a border!

Next up.....
Free motion thread I like to call it.  ;). Doodling is a word that makes it sound fun, simple, free form.....

It all comes together little by little. 
I've enjoyed having this tree hang in my sewing room! Just might have to make one for me!

Friday, October 17, 2014


I'm a little late to the finish it up Friday party.
I JUST made it outside to take a photo before I lost the sunlight!

It was GREAT to get this ALL done today.
When you have a GOAL...
It sure is nice to get to the finish line......
Even when there are unforseen curves in the road!

I've quilted it simply with lines
and will go back now
and add some BIG red stitches BY HAND!
NOT done.
Close enough, don't ya think?

I scoured my 2 1/2" strip drawer
and found the LAST few REDS to bind this with.

Red and white.
That classic combo we ALL love!!!
This cuddly quilt measures 53"x57"
and will be auctioned off soon
to support a friend's daughter
heading to Canada on a year long
missions trip.
One fun fact about this quilt:
A few years ago I inherited
a bag of OLD cloth bandage strips
rolled up and sewn tight to be sent to
They were probably made in the 50's or 60's.
I was able to add some to this quilt!
I love the way old things made with love and care
can be added to some of the things we make TODAY!!!!
It's almost like they were WAITING patiently
for their turn to be made into something special!!!