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!


A Little Swap I Did…

I have done a little, and I mean just a little, stitching on a couple of fun projects since I was here last. I signed up for the Candle Mat swap that took place in November over at the Quilting Gallery. I received my candle mat from Virginia Hendricks….

It is made of some wonderful fall colored batiks and hand quilted.  She used some leaf patterns for the quilted areas.

Virginia also included a fat quarter of fabric in my favorite blue color and some postcards of Pittsburgh.  What a wonderful idea to include postcards of the area you live in!

I made my candle mat for Nora Burian in Indiana.

I used a charm pack of Maison de Garance by French General for Moda.  I love the fabric so much, I have one that I am finishing for myself!

I sewed some vintage buttons on the outside of each of the corners.

If you are interested in making one for yourself, or someone else, here is the link for the downloadable pattern. This was a fun and easy project to complete.  It makes a wonderful mini quilt or table topper.  The pattern is from Sandi Andersen.  Stop by and visit her blog, A Legacy of Stitches as well!

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!






Here’s the Quilt that I Sent…..

Falling Leaves

This is the mini quilt that I sent to my swap partner, Kim Kiley for the 2009 Fall Mini Quilt Swap. I did a patchwork background in light, subtle colored fabrics, then I did a raw applique tree, which I sewed up and down to create lines (bark).  I then did random cutting on the leaves, sewed them using raw applique, and then I machine stitched (quilted) around them with a brown varigated thread to give them a 3-dimensional look. A little hard to see in the pictures that I took.

Closeup of sewing around the leaves.

These swaps are so addicting!  The small quilts are fun to make and I love seeing all of the creativity that is out there!  All of these quilters have such a wide range of talents.  Click on over to the Flicker group and check them out!

Thanks for stopping by! Take care,


Dreamsicle Quilt

That’s the new name of this quilt:

Dreamsicle Quilt Top
Dreamsicle Quilt Top

My husband looked at it and said, “It reminds me of those orange sherbert and vanilla Dreamsicles that we use to eat!”  So there we have it!

Another View in the Sun
Another View in the Sun

Here’s another view!  The sun really shows how bright it turned out!

Now I just need to quilt it.  I have the material ready for the binding, and I know what I am doing for the backing.  I keep changing my mind about the quilting though.  I’ll take my time, we’ll see how I feel at the end of the week.

I have decided that although I really learned a lot about piecing these triangles (and we should always try to learn something new!), that next I am going to try the method in this book:

Twin Peaks Quilting Book

By Gayle Bong, her ‘Twin Peaks’ method of cutting and piecing triangles looks great!  I can’t wait to try.

And next a sneak peek at an upcoming post, shhhhh!

Remember this?

Bucket Made of Anna Marie's Chocolate Lollipop
Bucket Made of Anna Marie’s Chocolate Lollipop

Well, I had so many requests for a tutorial, that I am making a pattern, and will have the directions for a similar bucket that you can make any size that you would like.  I should have that ready in the next couple of days.

I hope that you had a great weekend.  Enjoy your Monday!!!!

A New Quilt!

I kept looking at the Chocolate Lollipop fabric setting in my stash…the same fabric that I used to make the bucket for the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway.  I really grew attached to that fabric after I used it to make the bucket.  So I decided to make a sofa quilt with it!

Sofa Quilt Top
Sofa Quilt Top

This sofa quilt is from Emma Hardy’s new book “Quilting In No Time.”  This was a really fun project to do, and it was quick!  I really wanted to sew something that I could get instant results!

 Quilting In No Time

Quilting In No Time

I am still deciding what I am going to back it with, and how I want to machine quilt it.  I used a solid chocolate brown for the border, and I may use the same for the backing.  The quilt in Emma’s book is tied instead of quilted, and she used linen for the borders and back. 

 I used a piece of turquoise fabric from Joel Dewberry, and some white cotton to give the quilt a break from the busy patterns in the other fabrics. I love the turquoise with these fabrics!turquoise

This is a great project if you are a beginner, or you want something that is quick, but doesn’t look like it.  This project would be great to make for Christmas if you have a long gift list!

Sofa Quilt

Quilting in No Time

Here’s the book.  I will post my review and more pictures of the contents tomorrow evening if you’re interested.

Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy your Thursday!

Flying Geese Baby Quilt

Hello! Wow it’s been busy with the Sew Mama Sew May Giveaway! And what fun! Remember that tonight at 12:00 pm Pacific time the giveaway ends, but you still have time to enter, just scroll down for the post! I will post the name of the winner tomorrow morning, and send out an e-mail! Check back, and good luck!

I’ve accomplished some sewing, not without problems mind you, on the flying geese baby quilt that I am making.

I got all of the triangles cut out last weekend:

Quilt Triangles
Quilt Triangles

And I actually had two rows across completed and sewn together! And that’s when I noticed it… All of my triangle points, which looked great when I sewed them together, disappeared when the rows were sewn together! They were all cut off! To my dismay, I just couldn’t seem to figure out what I was doing wrong. So I put it aside until this weekend. Sometimes it’s best to just walk away!

I took apart the two rows and all of the triangles. Then I sat down with them, and figured out what was going on. I am now marking the points where they need to be joined together. Apparently I was too efficient matching the points! So the first couple of rows were slow, then the next couple faster. I am hoping that things will go more smoothly now. But I take nothing for granted!

Five Rows Done!
Five Rows Done!

I have five rows done, only nine more to go!

Flying Geese

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