Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Susie Homemaker

Taking some garden things....

and making some DRY things.

Taking some old t-shirts...
and Making a memory quilt for a client.

The little name block here on back
was a little bag
that came with the t-shirts.
It makes the PERFECT label!!!!
I've been juggling over here.
Drying, sewing, drying, jellying,
sewing some more!!!


banana chips.

Jars and Jars.....

Of something!!!
Hopefully my grape juice will be JELLY
when I unscrew those lids....
and not SYRUP!
Ah well....
If it's syrup...
We'll be eating LOTS of pancakes!!!
Not a BAD thought.

Monday, July 29, 2013


Bought this SWEET little pack of charms.
You know..
and I know...
It's DANGEROUS walking into a quilt shop!
**Even getting NEAR a quilt shop
can be hazardous
to your pocket book!
These little packs don't cost too much
and they always get me GOING
on a NEW scrappy quilt!!!!
If I'm going to buy something...
It's usually one of these SWEET little Lovelies!

I'm adding 2" squares
(from the scrap drawer)
and some white.
Finding out that not ALL my 2" scrappy squares
are 2"!!!!!
Some are 2 1/4"!!
EASY to fix THAT one!!!
As long as I FIX before SEWING it UP!!!!
 After it's ALL sewn up...
It's NOT so easy!!!


Giveaway ended today.
Mr. Random chose #15.'re the winner of a new dress!

Saturday, July 27, 2013

No sewing today

You'll forgive me it there's NOTHING
about sewing today!
It's ALL about GRAPES.

Dried grapes - raisins.
Grape juice.
Fresh grapes given to ALL the neighbors!
(It HAS been nice getting a chance to visit!)
Should I tackle Grape jelly??

I'm tired.
Tomorrow I'll sew.

Friday, July 26, 2013


Celebrate with me!!!!
Sing along!

Dance along!

The Petals are ALL appliqued on!
Spread the NEWS!
Shout it from the housetops!

I want you to SING!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Just Because.

Just because YOU're so nice.
Just because YOU stop by and read my drivel.
Just because YOU make blogging FUN!
Shabby Apple has a DRESS for you!
A vintage clothing kind of DRESS!
Would you like to win a dress.....
Just because You stop by this blog address once in a while?
(winner will have a few dress options.
The dress pictured is not the ONLY one available).
Leave a comment.
I'll ask Mr. Random for a NUMBER on Monday.
I'm so glad Shabby Apple asked me to do a giveaway!!!
It gives me the opportunity to GIVE something to YOU!!!
If you want to tell me in your comment
WHAT you're making for dinner tonight...
I'd appreciate it!
My family would appreciate it too!!!!
They're getting tired of the SAME old thing!
**this giveaway is for U.S. residents only.
SOoooo sad!!!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013


It's been a BUSY one.
My friend came over to try out WEAVING!
I THINK I may have an enthusiastic new WEAVER!

While she was learning...
I was making t-shirt yarn.

Using up all the leftovers from the QUILT I'm working on.

I'm piecing PRECIOUS memories together.

I needed to run out and buy some more interfacing!
I always RUN out when
making these t-shirt quilts.
THIS time I bought the WHOLE BOLT!
1/2 price today.
That was an unexpected treat.

These GUYS hang RIGHT outside my kitchen window.
TONS and TONS of grapes.
My husband's TWO vines are OUTDOING themselves this year!
I pondered WHAT to do with them all!!!
Finally decided to buy ......
A BRAND new adventure!!!
It arrived today.

We'll see if these little grapes turn into
YUMMY raisins by tomorrow!!!
You can see I've been BUSY today.....
and I'm NOT done!!!
Still need to cook DINNER!
What to make??
Deciding THAT is the hardest PART....
don't you think????

Monday, July 22, 2013


Summertime is ALWAYS full of tomatoes at my house!
It's a TRICK figuring out WHAT I'm going to use them in!

Tonight I enjoyed
I substituted FRESH tomatoes for the canned
Plus some water....
and added ZUCCHINI.
Zucchini is added to EVERYTHING this time of year.
I actually think this recipe would be GREAT
without the CHICKEN!
Just add a bunch of vegetables!

My meal was complete with some melon.
Gotta LOVE summertime MEALS!

I also did some painting on the patio.
Another fun SUMMERTIME activity!

I painted a simple STILL LIFE on some old white fabric.
When was the last time you SKETCHED a picture???
Wonder what it will look like QUILTED???
Oh, the fun NEVER stops over here!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Chabby Chic meet Modern Line

I made another bag!
You make ONE....
 and then....
YOU JUST CAN'T stop!!!
Kind of like potato chips.

I began with the florals.
When I added the BRIGHT lines
It sort of
UPDATED the whole thing!

It's nice and roomy.

Even has a special PLACE for your water bottle.
Bag making is just plain FUN!!!
I never use a pattern.
I always let the FABRICs dictate the SIZE.
I always enjoy
USING the FUN pieces of fabrics
that fill my shelves!!!
I made a teeny TINY dent
making this bag!
Emphasis on TINY.
Just listed this one in my little shop.

Friday, July 19, 2013

A quilt for Education

I finished my African quilt last night!
I love ALL the color in this one!
That SKY blue really sings....doesn't it?

Believe it or not...
I had that tie dyed border IN MY STASH!!'
You COULD say I have a BIG stash.

Since there wasn't QUITE enough of that pretty blue backing...
I was able to make a BLOCK and piece it in.
Ooooh!....I LOVE it!

This quilt is ALL READY
to be used for a fundraiser.
(Not sure YET how I'm going to go about it.....
But I'm READY!)
Any ideas about ONLINE fundraising
would be appreciated.
 Thanks to Elaine....
  I Found a fundraising site!

This is Erika.
My house guest this week.
She's going back to Africa to open a school
for the local children there.

I'm excited to be able to help!
She helped ME by making dinner one night!!!!

The LEAST I can do is make a quilt.

Monday, July 15, 2013


I'm still stitching away on my little take along project...
but I had a VERY sad event.
I LOST one of the finished blocks!!!

There WERE 5 pre-printed squares..
and now there are only FOUR.
The one I lost was FINISHED too!!!
I was so sad when I realized one was missing.
I REALLY think it dropped out
or was left on the chair in the waiting room
at my daughter's eye doctor.
I've called TWICE
to see if it turned up.

Would someone TAKE it??
I'm still hopeful it will show up!
IF it doesn't..
I have a PLAN!
IF I can find some white cotton that matches...
I'll be drawing the pattern with washable blue marker
using a finished one as my GUIDE.
LOTS of work...
but WORTH it!
I already have the quilt worked out...
sort of...
in my HEAD!
I need FIVE embroidered squares.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

An African Adventure

I tackled another RESCUE effort this week!!!
(rescuing orphan blocks
from a lonely life in the drawer)

I started with this VERY large orphan "block"
measuring 31"x32".
Much bigger than an orphan block...
but NOT big enough for a quilt.
This was sent to me along with
other various orphans.
What WAS I going to do with this big
BEGINNING of a quilt?

I found this mustard colored sheet at the thrift store.
I added squares from my square drawers...
different sizes...
Pieced into the mustard sheet.
I like the different sized squares....
I LOVE the FUN of finding
those colors ALREADY cut and READY to go
in my drawers!!!!

There were also some other orphans
that got to be included into this quilt!
I didn't know what to do with those
TWO black lines in the middle there.
I'm adding some applique squares to break it up a bit.
I might be done with this quilt top..
I might add another border!
Today, though, I need to get ready for house guests!!!
They'll be IN MY SEWING room!
One guest is a missionary from Africa.
This quilt kind of "goes" with the THEME of my week!
Isn't that FUN???
Have a GREAT weekend!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

The END is in sight!

My Thursday mornings are paying off!!!
I've spent the last few Thursday mornings working on this
LONG, SLOW project!
It helps to have friends sitting around the table
working on their OWN things
as I stitch!
This one is for my daughter and son-in-law.
A wedding gift.
The wedding is only a memory now.
SEVEN more petals to GO!!!
Maybe I'll even get it DONE
before NEXT Thursday morning!!!
I can see the end of THIS applique project!
it needs to be quilted.
Hope THAT doesn't take me 2 years!!!!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Why I create

I made a bag.

I made a bag because....

someone gave me some old buttons.
I had to use ONE!!!

I made a bag.

I made a bag because....

I have so many household things to do!!!
Oh...the Silly reasons I create.
How about you?