Friday, January 16, 2015

For the last 8 days...

I've been down with the flu. So has the majority of my Thursday group quilting class. It struck 13 of us and we've all been sick since last Friday.

This may seem extreme (and it is... to use the word survived), but that's how it has felt. We are all, in our own ways, starting to see light at the end of what has been a very long tunnel.

I'm anxious to get back to sewing/quilting, but along with everything else that I need to get done, I know I'll have to pace myself. I definitely don't want a relapse!

Take care of yourselves and wash your hands often!! :))

Monday, January 05, 2015

Two more of those boxy pouches... and I'm so happy with them!

These two boxy pouches are gifts for my niece and nephew and they are in the mail today! I know it's no secret that I'm enjoying making these boxy pouches, but I really love the way these two turned out. It's the fabrics for sure!!


That Batman logo is the perfect choice for a boy as it looks very masculine and who doesn't love Batman. And, the other fabric is also perfect since my niece has done her room in black, yellow, and white. She even has a blackboard wall! Cool, right?

That's two more items crossed off my "to do" list and I'm working on a third. I don't do New Year's resolutions or goals, but I am going to make an effort to get some of my UFOs finished this year. Either that or I will give/donate them to someone who will! The first of those is the MATO. I really do love that quilt and want to hang it in my home - soon!

Tomorrow we start meeting again at Jane's for our Tuesday group and I'm so happy to be getting back into my routine. I have missed my friends and our shared quilting time.

Take care,

Friday, January 02, 2015

2015 already?

Hubby and I enjoyed the holiday season immensely. We attended a couple of great parties, spent Christmas Eve at friends enjoying a wonderful dinner, and relaxed and enjoyed the atmosphere of the season.

2015... wow! We're at the age where as exciting as a new year is, it's a bit hard to acknowledge the passing of the last one. We feel the nostalgia for a moment or two on New Year's Eve and then it passes and we anticipate the new year with excitement.

I haven't been idle during the holidays... I spent quite a bit of time trying new recipes and cooking. And we watched a whole lot of the Inspector Montalbano TV series, which I absolutely love. I love the way the Italian language sounds and their food looks sooooo good!

And, of course, I got some sewing done. I made a couple more needlecases - one for myself and another for a friend. I will gift it to her next week, but I'm sharing it here now since I don't think she reads my blog.





Mine is the brownish one in the background and it matches my Iron Caddy. I guess I'm into paisley right now since both of them use a paisley fabric for the cover. These are the most fun little project and they are perfect for the friend who does lots of hand needlework.

Hope you're all enjoying a wonderful beginning to this new year. 2015... wow!!

Take care,

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

My last gift done!

This is the last gift I needed to make before Christmas. I have three more to do, but they will be delivered after Christmas so I have time to get them finished next week. That means I can relax and enjoy the next couple of days.

This is the first clutch bag I've made and it's also the first time I've made a bag by creating my own pattern. The bag measures 10" x 5" x 1 1/2" and I actually think it's the perfect size. Not too big and not too small. How I got so lucky on the first try is a surprise to me! It's got an outside zipper pocket and four credit card slots on the inside. I'm really happy with it and don't think I would change anything about it.



I hope the recipient feels the same way! Btw, I used Birch Farms fabric by Joel Dewberry. Aren't those Owls adorable?

Take care,

Friday, December 19, 2014

These were quick and easy gifts to make!

I used this tutorial to make these cute quilted needlecases for my Tuesday group of friends. I would have loved to make one for each of my Thursday group too, but I just ran out of time. When thinking about fabric choices, I tried to match each "style" to the person receiving it, which was fun, but a bit challenging too.

I wish I had thought about taking a photo of the inside of each one, but I already had them wrapped up and was out of time when I realized I didn't have a picture. I'll try to get photos after they've been gifted so I can show them to you.

If you need a cute, handmade gift for one of your quilty friends, you might consider making one of these. I think they are great and when I get a spare moment, I'm going to make one for myself!

Take care,

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Sex in a pan!

This is such a wonderful time of year, isn't it? All the fun parties, good food, and great friends!

We are having are holiday pot luck at quilting today with a handmade gift exchange. It should be very exciting and different since we usually do a dollar store gift exchange and although that is lots of fun this will be better. I can almost guarantee it! As you know there is a lot of talent in our quilting group of 20-22 gals. I'll try to get photos of some of the gifts, but if I don't it's because I'm having too much fun!!

Anyway, I went through my usual process of trying to decide what to make/take. After several other options, I decided on this...


I used fusible fleece in this boxy pouch and it's nice and sturdy and keeps it shape quite well, even when empty. It's an Amy Butler fabric and I think it might appeal to more in our group than the two that I've made since, which helped in the decision making process. It will be fun to see who ends up with it at day's end.

We play that game where each gift may be stolen up to three times. I can't remember what it's called, but it is soooo much fun if you have a good group of people who are not too timid to steal.



I used Philip Jacobs fabrics for both of the more recent bags and even though they are a bit smaller than the first one, they are still a great size. I quilted the fabric using batting (rather than fusible fleece) before assembling and I like the way they turned out. They'll both be in the shop in a couple of days.


And, then there is all that wonderful food. We never assign categories so we all bring what we want and usually we have a very balanced selection of items. Everyone is a great cook so it's a real treat to try everything (and collect recipes)!!

For the pot luck, I'm taking Sex in a Pan. I've made it for years (since 1975) and always knew it as plain ole chocolate pie. Just recently, I've discovered that it's called Sex in a Pan. A much more interesting name for sure, but it doesn't change the fact that this is one of the BEST desserts out there. It's not fancy, it's just really, really good! The recipe was originally given to me by a good friend at the time, a very good Mormon girl, which explains, I think, why she referred to it as chocolate pie! :)

Take care,

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Look!

We've been very productive at our Tuesday meetings and I haven't talked about our group for awhile. I think I've mentioned before how diversified we are. We have modern, traditional, quirky, arty, experimental and fun all in the same little group. I never know what to expect from these ladies, but it's always exciting and inspirational.

Here's a peek at what was happening week before last. Remember, we meet in a garage so last week when it was pouring down rain, we decided not to attempt carrying all of our gear up the driveway and into the garage. Wise choice in the end!

Pat made wedges and since then has made even more. I think she told me on Thursday that she needed 15 more! It's going to be a gorgeous quilt.

Karen does the most beautiful embroidery and these owls prove it! She's got all the blocks completed and now she's piecing the rest of the quilt. She's using black, yellow, and white if I remember correctly. It's going to be really stunning!

Katie has the most incredible stash/collection of neutral fabrics. I've never seen some of the beautiful taupe fabrics she's got and I would love to steal some of them from her! :) She was finishing up the binding on this quilt and truly, this photo does not do it justice.

Stacey was just getting ready to start making this collection of "softies." She's the only one in our group who does this kind of work so it's always fun to watch her little figures come to life.

Pat A was working on Christmas gifts so I didn't want this photo to reveal too much about her project. Suffice it to say that her gifts will be works of art and the word "perfection" will definitely apply.

Jane was also working on a Christmas gift and when I saw her on Thursday she had added four or five more borders to this. It's a raw-edge woven center with borders being added to get it to the size she's wanting/needing. I wish you could see it in person as it's truly lovely. Made with batiks, the colors are stunning.

I worked on making some more zipper pouches for the shop. I've got five or six I think and will aim for tomorrow for photographing them and getting them listed. Today I finished up some small Christmas gifts that I decided to make yesterday morning. I thought it would take me longer to make them, so it was a pleasant surprise when I finished up about 3:30pm today. Once they've been gifted I'll share them here on the blog.

Hope you're all enjoying this wonderful -busy- holiday month!

Take care,

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Looking for Christmas gifts?

If you are looking the the perfect Christmas gift for a quilting friend, mother, sister, etc. in your life, remember that these lovely fabrics are available in my shop!

Amy Butler Glow

 Tula Pink Moonshine

 Joel Dewberry Birch Farm

 Anna Maria Horner Pretty Potent

 Kaffe Fassett Spring Collective 2014 Light

There are other items available as well, but after all these years, I still get more excited about fabric than anything else!!

Take care,