Thursday, August 27, 2015

This is a good looking bag...

This is the latest Caravan Tote I've made and to tell you the truth, it's my favorite! It's for a friend and although she gave me a big bin of wonderful texty fabrics, I didn't use many of them. I tried and tried, but the combinations just didn't click for me. Until I turned to my own stash and tried these fabrics together. Then, I had a wow moment! :)

I'm hoping my friend loves it as much as I do! I'm seriously considering selling the Caravan Tote I made for myself (since it hasn't been used yet) and making one just like this!!

Take care,

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

At quilting yesterday...

I got to quilting just a bit late yesterday because I've been having pain in my left hip since last Friday and as a result I move in slow motion. In fact, I spent Friday through Monday basically sitting on the sofa in the only position I could get comfortable in. It wasn't as bad as it sounds since it was raining out and the perfect for watching lots of old movies (which is exactly what I did).

Anyway, part way through our meeting, Karen casually asked me if I wanted to see her finished quilt top. She had already shown it to the others before I got there. I knew immediately which quilt top she was talking about and was excited to see it. And now you'll see why...

Look at that embroidery!! The quilt top is gorgeous and Karen's work is exquisite, as always. Besides that, she's F-A-S-T!

I thought this was a Crabapple Hill pattern, but when I went to their website, I didn't see it. I'll have to find out who the designer is and then I'll add the information to this post.

Take care,

Tuesday, July 21, 2015


We had thunderstorms with lightning and thunder and rain over the weekend. The temps, for most of the day, were in the high 70s so it felt very humid, but it was so wonderful to see that rain coming down. And, it wasn't just a sprinkle... it was heavy duty rain!!

The hydrangeas certainly loved it. This bush has three different colors on it this year. Last year it only had pink.

And, I had to take this screenshot of the weather app on my phone since this is something I never see living in so cal. Isn't it cool? I'm not going to use that app for a week or two just because I like the way this looks! I know... I'm a fool!

Take care,

Monday, July 20, 2015

I joined the drop...

Are you familiar with Massdrop? If you're not, you should be. They have some really good deals on quilting fabrics, notions, tools, etc. Actually, they have great deals on a lot of products unrelated to quilting, but I'm not much interested in them. :)

Anyway, I joined the drop for the Inked (by Lynn Krawczyk) Fat Quarter bundle. I've been hoping it would be offered here and it's a great deal!!

Take care,

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Another bag finish...

I love how good this bag looks. I used a sophisticated neutral for once and with the great hardware, it really looks very good. It's the Shelby Satchel by Sassafras Lane. I finished it a while ago but forgot about posting it until my friend Pat reminded me about it.

The pattern is well written with only a couple spots that gave me pause. I had to read and reread, but finally it clicked. A couple places I didn't care for how they suggested finishing a piece so I improvised my own method. And I did add a small interior pocket to hold my cell phone. Anyway, it's a great bag and now I just have to figure out how to make it work for all my stuff. This bag requires the contents to be very organized in order to close it and I'm not used to that! :)

I used Essex Linen and love how easy it was to work with. I did not use soft and stable in it, but wish I had. Although when it's filled, it's just fine. I think maybe using a different fabric that doesn't have a tendency to wrinkle the way linen does might be better. Anyway... I do love it!!!

Take care,

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

It's done!

Just wanted to show you the Caravan Tote finished! Looks pretty good, doesn't it? I love Marlene's choice of fabrics!

Take care,

Monday, July 13, 2015


This is what I'm working on right now...

Another Caravan Tote for a friend using her fabrics. The red zipper was my idea and I think she's going to love it! I'm just ready to add the handles and insert the lining and it will be done. Then, I'll get to deliver it to her and see her reaction. That's so much a part of sewing for others, isn't it?

Take care,

Sunday, July 12, 2015


Time flies, doesn't it? It's already mid-July and it still feels like 2014 to me. :) I've started taking Tap dance classes again after 15 years. It's just like riding a bike, because it does all come back with just a bit of a reminder. And, it's fun... it's really fun! I must admit though, that I'm just a bit sore... especially my feet! :)

We were without hot water for 4 1/2 days since our newly purchased (2 yrs) GE (we have had the worst luck with our GE appliances and will probably never purchase another one) hot water heater stopped working on Tuesday. It was finally repaired yesterday at noon. I will never take for granted again just how wonderful a hot shower feels!! Yea clean hair!!! :)

I've also made a couple of new Sew Together Bags since I last posted. I love them both although they are very different from each other in terms of color. I truly don't think it's possible to make one of these bags, in any fabric, and not have it look wonderful.

We had a good time in our little class (reference my last post). There were five friends that ended up making the bag along with me. Unfortunately, I didn't get photos of any of them but one because we all finished at different times/different days. So, I'll show you Max's bag...

isn't it just gorgeous? Max does exceptional work... everything she touches is perfect. We refer to her as our "over-achiever" and she truly is. In addition to that, she has a huge heart and is always making quilts and donating them to her favorite cause. Her last quilt brought in $5000 at their most recent auction. Amazing, right? And, of course, in her spare time, she made a second one...

If you haven't tried this bag yet, I really encourage you to do it. It's really very simple to make (and fun, fun, fun!) and the Sew-Along by Quilt Barn makes it that much simpler. Her directions/instructions are very good and very clarifying.

Take care,

Saturday, June 06, 2015

Kaffe Quilt "Kits"... for sale!

I "kitted" fabrics for two of Kaffe Fassett's quilts and sold them in my online quilt shop in 2010, just after the book (in which the patterns can be found) was published. They sold like "hotcakes".

Every time I created a bundle, FQ pack, or design roll to sell, I kept one for myself. And now the time has come to do a little de-stashing. Are you ready?

Autumn Log Cabin Quilt...
and here's the kit...

The second quilt is... Pastel Flower Power

and the kit...

They are both in the shop!

The quilt patterns for both are from this book...

Take care,