A Frosty Sunrise

My how time goes by!  It’s already past the middle of January of a new year!  I just took the picture in my header this morning.  The orange was so intense when I first spotted it, but just the few minutes it took me, to first check for new e-mail, and answer questions regarding shop listings, etc, it changed completely.  But I thought it was still worth taking.  Only 27 degrees, a hard frost, and the sun rising.  It’s going to be a good day!

I have been sewing and sewing, mostly to restock the shop.  But I do have pictures that I would like to share with you, from my completed, yes you read that right, completed projects from the end of 2012.

Colin's quilt

Here is the quilt that I finished for our new grandson, Colin.  He was born in November, a sweet little guy…

Colin - Newborn

I took some of the extra fabric and made him some matching washcloths..


And then I made him a matching fabric basket with his name on it.


I purchased an embroidery machine in November so that I can do projects like this one, and some monogramming on items in the shop, more on that later.


And this was the quilt label that I machine stitched for the back of the quilt.

We also had another grandson in August, my son’s….

Zane - Newborn

Ducky Hamper

I picked up this old wicker hamper, which was somewhat beat up and all white, and painted it for baby Zane.  I thought that the ducky should be blue to match his room, and I made a new liner for it. I also made a fabric basket and covered memory board with the blue checked fabric, but gave it away before I took some pictures!

Like most people, I look to the new year to make resolutions, or promises if you will, of what I would like to accomplish or do differently this year.  I’ve decided to keep it simple this year, since I know how things change as time goes on.  One promise that I made myself was to finish the projects that I have started, and I have some that have been around for a long, long time, before I start new ones.  And I have tons of new ones that I would like to do.  So I am doing just that.

Lap Quilt

I don’t know if anyone remembers this lap quilt, but it has been setting in the closet folded up and waiting to be completed.  I actually had it all machine quilted and ready for the binding.  Then I noticed that all of the quilting needed to be removed.  The tension on my machine, don’t know how I missed it, but it was off.  And the stitching on the back looked terrible.  So I have started removing it.  I am about half way done.  This will be my first project to get completed. And I have someone in mind that I will be giving it to.

Then on to this one……

Orange Sherbert Quilt top

This is my Orange Sherbert Quilt.  I only did the top, then never assembled the quilt.  It is a crib size quilt, so I guess you know where I may be going with this one?

I have other projects, but lets just get these couple done first, ha, ha!

What projects are you tackling this year?  Please share with me! Maybe we can support each other and get them done!

Enjoy your day!


Quilting Again….

I’ve started another project, and yes, I will finish this one!  We are expecting another new grandson in a few weeks, and I decided that he really needs a new quilt to welcome him! Nothing like (me) starting at the last-minute!









It all started with this fabric.  The baby’s bedding is going to be from this fabric line by Michael Miller.  I loved these colors and this pattern.  So I ordered a piece of each fabric in the line, that was available at fabric.com.  There were 14 different prints, the line is called ‘Backyard Baby’, and it is so adorable!

















So these two pictures show the fabric all washed, pressed and ready to cut.

I chose a pattern from this book, ‘sweetwater’s Simple Home’.








If you haven’t seen this book yet, I’ll be talking about it in another post soon!

I chose this pattern….








I thought it looked pretty cute, and that these fabrics would work well in it.  The pattern actually calls for 10″ pre cuts (layer cakes), of 40 different fabrics.  So I just cut 40 – 10″ squares to use. Deciding how to lay out the fabrics will probably take me awhile, since I have duplicates of the fabrics.  Decisions, decisions!








So this is where I am now.  I’ll be starting to do additional cutting and assembling tonight.  I’ll let you know how it goes! This looks fun!





Mini Quilt Swap Update

I participated in the New Beginnings Mini Quilt Swap that was held over at The Quilting Gallery this spring.  I haven’t done a swap in a couple of years, and I really enjoy them.  Now that my partner has received her mini quilt, and I have received mine, I thought that I’d share with you.

My Goodie Package!

Here are the wonderful things I received from my partner, Doreen, in South Australia!  Not only did I receive a wonderful mini quilt, but Doreen made a sweet scissor holder, which can hold full size and smaller scissors, and sweet little needle holder with a spool of thread, a couple, yes two, pair of the cutest scissors, and a booklet of postcards showing some wonderful areas where she lives in South Australia.

Here are more pictures of the goodies….

Check out the pair of lady scissors - this is the frontCheck out these scissors…they are so cute!  Here is the front of the lady pair, and look at the back (excuse the glare, I needed the extra light it’s pretty gray outside today)…

I’ll have a lot of fun sewing with these!

I love the flower button detail on the side of this sweet needle case!

Check out the little scissor charm that she added to the front of the scissor holder, what a great idea!

I put the quilt on my design board, so you can get a better look. Sweet butterflys and little yellow flowers for spring!

Doreen also stitched this sweet label, and note the little butterfly charm on the top right corner!  Thanks so much Doreen, I really appreciate all of the work you did to make this such a special swap!

My partner (Teresa)  that I sewed for is located in Portugal. Do you remember this picture that I mentioned in my last post?

It was for my mini quilt swap quilt.

I used fabric called Natural Garden by Holly Taylor for Moda.  I wanted to do something a little different, that represented nature and spring.  The colors reminded me of the first crocus you see in the spring, and the red tulips that follow.  I made some shabby fabric flowers from some of the fabric, that are pinned on, so the quilt can be washed.

Closer look at the shabby flowers I also added a couple of post cards of Washington, and a treat of chocolate candy eggs (yum!) in her package, but didn’t get pictures of those.  I hope that my partner enjoys her quilt.  Stop over and visit Teresa’s blog, Quilting Stitching and Sew On.  She does some wonderful quilts that I know you will love to see!

Thanks for coming by!


Slow and easy………

That’s how I’m sewing these days, slow and easy.  I don’t know about you, but I can tend to rush myself, trying to get things done.  I find that my mind starts racing, and I just go, go, go!  And I don’t want to work on anything that takes too long, because I just want to get it done! lol!

So I am teaching myself to slow down, and take things one step at a time.

And you know what? It’s working……

I’m getting more done, than if I just raced on through things.  I have gotten this wall hanging that I spoke about in my last post, all pieced!  Not quite as soon as I had hoped, but I had a few other things that were a priority this last weekend.

I still need to decide on the borders, but I think that I will let it hang up on my design board for a couple of days before I decide what I want to do for the borders, and how I want to quilt it. I may quilt it by hand!

I had so much fun putting this top together!  I think that it is because I took the pressure off of myself to hurry and get it done.  It pieced together really well, and I absolutely love it!

I also learned something else.  It’s OK to make mistakes.  I am pretty hard on myself if I make a mistake.  And this holds me back from attempting anything that is too hard or challenging.  At least lately it does.  So I have set some goals for myself:  to keep learning something new in my sewing and quilting by continuing to move on to more challenging projects, to slow myself down when working on my projects, and to quit being so hard on myself.

So……I started another project today.

Just a sneak peek……..more about this in my next post!

Tell me, what are you working on?  Are you trying to overcome any challenges in your sewing?  I’d love to hear from you~



A New Quilt

Yes, I am starting a new quilt!  Yay!  It has been a long time since I have actually sewn a quilt top, or a mini quilt, or any quilt! Of course this is not counting the blocks that I am making with the Craftsy.com monthly sew along.  Not counting of course, because I have only made the two blocks (and getting ready to do my other two this weekend, yay again!)

This is actually a mini quilt, or wall quilt, or table topper, however you want to look at it.  And I absolutely love this pattern!  It’s from Camille Roskelley’s book, ‘simplify’, and I think that it is a great place for me to start! I’m starting small and working my way up.

I have a charm  pack of Joanna Figueroa’s “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and I think it will be perfect to use in this quilt.  I really enjoy working with the pastel and spring colors, a reminder that spring is on the way.

I absolutely love this palete of colors!  I am using an ivory solid color for the small squares and inside border.

I have them all marked and ready to sew.  I’ll let you know how it goes!

January Blocks of the Month Done!!

I decided it would be great fun to participate in a block of the month group this year.  One of my goals (you know those resolutions…he,he) for the year is to do more quilting and to learn some new techniques.

I read about a block of the month class/workshop that is going on over at Craftsy.com, and it’s free, so I checked it out!

This is such a great class! And did I mention that it is free! (I have also signed up for 3 other classes over there, but more about them another time.)  The class is being taught by Amy Gibson.  And if you haven’t checked out the Craftsy platform, you really need to get over there!

January Blocks

Here are my two blocks for January.  Hanging a little lopsided on my design board, but done!  Yay!  I chose white for my main background and sashing color.  I am using different blues from my stash for the balance of the materials.  I have so much fabric, I know I can get a quilt done just using my stash. And blue is my favorite color.  I thought that a blue and white quilt would be just stunning!

Asterisk Block

Here is a closer look at my Asterisk block.  January blocks are slashed blocks.  This is the first time that I have sewn using this method, and it’s so easy, and liberating!  I can see me using this method to come up with some new blocks easily!

Wonky Pound Sign

This block Amy calls the Wonky Pound Sign.  I haven’t decided which way I will lay it in the quilt at this point, but it was really a fun block to make.

The February blocks are now posted up and the video is ready to roll! February is working with half-square triangles.  The blocks are called Balkan Puzzle and Chunky Chevron.  There will be more of a variety of fabrics used in these, so they will be a little more interesting.

This is really getting my creative juices flowing, which is why I decided to do it.  It’s not too late to sign up if you’re interested!  I have a link here, and then one in my sidebar.  Click on over and check it out!

Thanks for stopping by!


Learning New Things

Along with the new year comes the renewed feeling of energy to start new things, tidy up old things, and move on.  I am so thankful for the beginning of the new year because of this feeling.  I don’t seem to feel this way any other time of the year.  Which brings me to the reason for this post.

I was browsing the internet gathering up some inspiration and looking for something that I would enjoy participating in, that I figured I would actually follow through on (something that has been a bit hard for me to do this last year or so, chuckle!)  I ran across this quilt along project that I felt would fit perfectly in my plans for 2012 and what I would like to accomplish, learn some new techniques for my sewing and get back to quilting!

Leah has a website, The Free Motion Quilting Project, where she is doing a weekly quilt along, meaning not piecing and making quilts, but teaching different quilting techniques for machine quilting!  Perfect! 

So many of us, I’m sure I’m not the only one, are afraid to move out of our comfort zone and try some new things.  And I know that I need a kick from behind to get myself going on some of these projects!

So, even though she has already started this, I am so excited to know that I will be learning some new things, and practicing along with others who are where I am, needing that nudge!

If you’re interested, click on the link above, or in my sidebar, and join us!  The more the merrier!