Tuesday, December 6, 2011


Yes, I have lost my mind. I fell for the Stampin' Up promotion in October and got a FREE Big Shot for becoming a demonstrator. Well, I'll sell you some stamp sets and supplies if you want, but I mostly did it to spport this crazy habit of making cards. My first attempts were not very good, but here's two birthday cards I made that turned out pretty nifty-neato! Got the ideas from DOstamping with Dawn (Olchefske).
Check out her blog--she's got some great ideas--then come buy your supplies from me--teehee!

Now on to my next crazy project idea--quilted ornaments! Maybe I have too much time on my hands, or too many irons in the fire, or too many pins in the pin cushion! *grin*

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Re: In Progress

The fabric sticking out around the rail fence border of the quilt is the backing I will use--not a wonky border!!

In Progress

After spending the last almost 2 years sewing projects for other people, I got up this morning and said to myself, "Self, its time to make something for ME!!" Sewing for other people, some paid, some gifts, is not a bad thing. It's helped me get to SOAF in Huntsville and most everyone really likes what I sew for them and I really enjoy giving away my projects because that's part of the joy of making them. But, looking at my buckets full of PHD's, I decided I need to spend a good amount of time just sewing up what I have started. So...after hemming a pair of jeans for my daughter's sister-in-law I got right on it. At lunch time, this is what I have so far. I bought the design and instructions last December in a special deal from Zundt. This is just the center of the Christmas table runner. There are 5 more borders to go on--one of which looks like a ribbon going all around the runner. That is my project for this afternoon.

Also, got my cousin's queen size log cabin quilt finished, bought the backing and am ready to take it to Shannon, the quilter (after I buy the batting). I want her to feather it. I love Shannon's feathers. Check out her work at http://www.piecefulkwilter.blogspot.com/ The quilt is Summer Lake Log Cabin from Judy Martin's Log Cabin Quilt Book--love that book!

Okay..the pictures did not post like I wanted them to, but I think you can tell which is the table runner and which is the quilt!! Time to head back to the sewing room where I know what I am doing!!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Civil War Mission Accomplished!

Well, I got the blocks all sewn together, which was my goal for today!! This section is 84 X 96 1/2. Now I will put 3 borders on it, adding another 8 inches on all sides, which should bring the size to 100 X 112 1/2. The outside border consists of 204 half square triangles--oh, joy!!

I must say, this is the hardest quilt top I have ever pieced! The directions were terrible, horrible, and just plain difficult to follow. I won't even talk about the cutting directions--confusing!!! There were no finished sizes for the 9 patch squares or half square triangles in the various blocks, which makes for inaccurate piecing. I ended up cutting off lots of points, so don't look too closely. A lot of stitching was on the diagonal and you have to be careful not to stretch the fabric. There was no diagram showing how to place the blocks for sewing it all together. I just had to look at the picture of the finished quilt and match up my blocks to theirs. And for the finish, they don't even tell you how to cut the corner blocks!!

My LQS did a great job of sending out tips and tricks. Without their help, I would still be pulling my hair out.

I only had to go back for more fabric once and that was on the center square. I read the directions wrong and cut the squares too small.

On to the borders now, then off to the quilter (wish I could quilt it myself), then binding.

Stay tuned...

Civil War Tribute

The Civil War is almost finished!!!!!

Okay, I'm only 6 months behind on this, but at least I kept plodding on. This is the center of the king size Civil War Tribute Quilt--a BOM from an LQS for 2010. (That's block of the month from a local quilt store for you non quilt talkers). Isn't it pretty!?!

This center block is 36 inches square. There are 36 more blocks to the quilt...some 12 inches and some 18 inches. By the end of today, I am hoping to have all the blocks sewn together.

Stay tuned...

Thursday, June 30, 2011

More sewing for Anna

A little sun hat to go with the gingham bubble I made in Lezette Thomason's class at School of Art Fashion Feb 2010. That's the week I found out Anna would be arriving in the fall! This is from Summertime Baby by Karen Bosch.

The little mouse embroidery is from My Lil' Friends cd by Karen & Tamzin Bosch. Both the book and CD are available from The Martha Pullen Company. And there is a little white rickrack daisy on the top made Kari Mecca style! Since taking Kari's classes at SOAF this past Feb, I have really gotten the embellishing bug and rickrack flowers are so fun to make!

This is a sweet little outfit using the Frannie Baby pattern from The Children's Corner. The fabric is some I had in my stash--I'm pretty sure its some I got from Thelma Stout. She was a very special lady and I am privileged to have known her and to have shared her stash of fabric!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Cars and trucks, baseballs and footballs quilt

My exercise coach at Curves is going to have her first grandchild, a boy, in August. She comissioned me to make a little quilt for him. She wanted cars and trucks and balls and she chose this pattern from a Quick Quilts magazine.

I bought the fabrics during Shop Hop in March with the help of my shop hopping buddy Linda!! I pieced it and backed it with a soft cuddly flannel, then quilted it on my Bernina using a beautiful variegated thread. Thanks, Dawn at Red Hen, for your help. It is bright and cheery and just right for a little boy. It's not too cutesy, so he will be able to use it for quite a few years. I think my customer is happy with ithe quilt. She showed it to a few ladies and one comissioned me to do a twin size for her little grandson!!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Pinwheels for Anna Bella

This sweet little top is from Kari Mecca's pre-day class at Martha Pullen's School of Art Fashion. I just love the pinwheel toy embellishments with twisted rickrack and the little rickrack daisies. It has little blue linen capri's to go with it, but because I changed some of the trims, they are not quite finished yet. This was a really fun class and I love Kari's techniques for embellishment. There is also whimsy ribbon trim and twisted rickrack along the yoke under the pinwheels. Anna won't be able to wear it for another year at least, but it will be so much cuter with her in it!!