Monday, April 30, 2012

Rehab Report and Schnibbles Finish

BOMrehab175 Accountability is a good thing! Reporting in with my BOM finish001 ……

block four from Fat Quarter Shops Designer BOM. I’m so loving these blocks and getting them done is even sweeter! Thanks Sinta for the inspiration!


Here’s my Schnibbles finish for the month..yes completely finished with binding and everything. Pattern, Summer Day…fabric Celebrate Spring. A very fun quilt to make. Now some bragging. The quilting on this is AMAZING. Not bragging about me, I didn’t do it :-) ! Here’s a close 002 look….every one of the geese have this wonderful design in it. The sashing and borders equally wonderful too. Here’s a look at the back. 009

Thanks to Karen and Chris for the great job on the quilting, and to Sinta and Sherri for organizing this group.

Darlene has the parade of Christmas gifts linked up today for Christmas Through The Year, and tomorrow I will picking a winner from that list. Happy Monday everyone.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Pom Poms Are Shaking!!

 christmasthroughtheyearbuttonDarlene and I are shaking our pom poms.  Quite a vision I must say! Three more days till the end of the month….well two and a half!  How are your presents coming?  We can’t wait to see what everyone has made.  Darlene will have Mr. Linky up on the 30th….fingers crossed her technical difficulties are fixed!!  009There’s still time to eek in a present or two.  The binding is on the mini bow tie, ready to be tucked inside the April stocking for  delivery to someone!!   So don’t forget to link up at Darlene’s for a chance to win.

Happy dance, happy dance. I 008 got all three of the lunch bags done for my Christmas gifties for this month.  Such a great tutorialAyumi did an amazing job on the instructions.  You could whip one of these babies up in no time.

So back to the shaking…..we are rooting for you!  Having gifts made ahead for Christmas is so wonderful and will help to take a bit of the stress away at Christmas time.  Happy weekend everybody!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

One Lunch Bag Done *** BOM Rehab Report***Christmas Through The Year

002 I started out last week with a lot of ambition..three Lunch Bags finished by the end of the week…no problem. There’s that ov014erly optimistic part of me again. But one bag done feels good. Most of the bag is made out of the new line from Riley Blake, Stars and Stripes. The stars on the rim are another line. I used the tutorial from Ayumi over at Pink Penguin…’s a WONDERFUL tutorial, very easy to follow. All three bags will be my Christmas Through The Year gifts for the month…so the other two have to get done!!!


Rehab is going well and I can report that I have another Fat Quarter Shop 2011 BOM finish011 .

Block 8 done!!! Yippee, and happy dance, happy dance. Thanks so much Sinta for being our REHAB leader!


It’s crazy that there is only one week left in April…time is flying for sure. But there is still time to get a gift or two done for Christmas. Darlene will have Mr. Linky up on April 30th for you to link up what you have made! 005_thumb[2] You will be entered in the drawing for a chance to win this mini bow tie quilt…yikes, I still need to do that binding :-)!!!

Happy week everybody!

Monday, April 16, 2012

BOM Rehab, Schnibbles and Tutorial Monday

BOMrehab175 Happy week everyone!!! Rehab is going very well and I am happy to report another Fat Quarter Shop Designer BOM completed..004

cute block!!! Strawberry Fields is such a yummy fabric line! Thanks to Sinta for keeping us motivated.


This months Schnibbles project, Summer Day, is coming along nicely. I got all the geese made, sashing strips added and five rows put together007. Two more rows to go and it will be done…..I am doing the happy dance on this one. It calls for a two inch light border, but I just might go without that……as is, it will be the perfect size to hang on my quilt shelf in the entry….hmmm, or guess if I did add the border a table topper in the dinning room….something to ponder!!!

Once again, fun tutorials, and like before if you do use any of these and feature them on your blog, please link back to the designers. Thanks to our generous crafters for use of their pictures and tutorials!


Kris at Dandelion Quilts made this really cute mug rug…please notice the rick rack :-)!!! Tutorial here. Kris is also hosting a mini quilt swap …check it out!Deanna at Wedding Dress Blue has a swemarch-146et Chinese

Coins Mat or Mug Rug too ….pattern here!

I am such a notebook person and when I saw these I k189854940511537376_8Wnj0MKe_bnew I had to whip up a few for gifts. Janice at Papiervalise came up with these pretty Fabric Remnant Notebooks. Tutorial here.

Amy Friend has a wonderful tutorial for an iPhone Pouch. I found this over at BasicGreybg-126. Tons of great ideas over there I might add!!!!

Liz at s4h-badge-square Sew4Home has a

tutorial for a Cool Car 189854940511537531_9SJRoMaj_bCaddy. I will be making one of these for myself!!! Sew4home, a great resource spot!!

I don’t know about you but I am crazy for table runners!!! Margot from The Pattern Basket has this super cute Sugar Cookies Table Runner1 tutorial that was featured at Moda Bake Shop. She also has a wonderful selection of patterns for sale! Then Jodi at Pleasant Home has a sweet208010076509078428_ixmMW8YS_b pinwheel table runner tutorial. Gotta love pinwheels!!


Nora at Simple Bliss has a great tutorial for Hooded Towels. The Dots will each be getting these.

When I saw this on Pinterest it brought back fond memories. I remember my mom having one of these189854940511186984_7OcPaK2v_b. Virginia at Gingercake has a tutorial for a Vintage Inspired Roll Holder. Virginia also has a wonderful pattern shop …. just to tempt you!!!

Thanks to everyone who has sent me tutorial leads….greatly appreciated!! Allie, our Christmas Through The Year club founder, sent me a BIG OLD LIST of tutorials, so we will not run out of gift ideas! Don’t forget 005_thumb[2]on April 30th Darlene will have Mr. Linky up and running, and everyone who links up with a Christmas gift they made this month, will be entered in the drawing for a chance to win this mini Bow Tie quchristmasthroughtheyearbuttonilt…binding to be

installed!!! So with 14 days to go in the month we have plenty of time to get a gift or two made!!! This group is open to everyone…no sign ups…just play when you can and get a jump on Christmas gift making!

Happy mid month everyone.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The Geese Are Flying

….well at least being made.  I started on this month012s Schnibbles pattern at my friendship group tonight.  I decided on the recommendation of Sherri and a few others, I would try the Fit to be Geese ruler by Open Gate……WOayos 2012 buttonNDERFUL!!  This is my new favorite method for making geese.  I am using Celebrate Spring charm squares ….one of my fav fabrics.  Thanks to Sinta and Sherri for picking such a fun Schnibbles pattern this month!



Speaking of favorites…this quilt has to be one of my new favorite quilts!!  My friend Sue made it….I really, really, really love it.  The wool flowers dancing around the edge are perfect……hope I didn’t drool on it too much while I put the binding on :-)!  This has to go on my make some day list.


The garden is starting to come alive with color…yes, Spring is really here.  Happy mid week everyone.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Rehab Report and Banners

BOMrehab175 Sinta is a genius….just sayin’!! For those of us with unfinished BOM’s she has started a rehab group…every Monday we report in and hopefully we have finished a block or two from one of the MANY unfinished BOM’s we have hanging around….come on, you know you have some :-)!!!!!006 I’m going to finish up my Fat Quarter Shop Designer BOM for 2011. In my mind I had most of them done….hmmm. Actually I only have four blocks done. Yesterday I finished block five and the last three stem/leaf blocks. Block five had tons of pieces but went together like a dream. The crew at Fat Quarter Shop does an amazing job on these patterns!


I have a thing going for banners. I don’ know what it is, but I just love them. These are from Nicole at Raggedy Old Annies…so stinkin’ cute!!! If you are in need, you can pop over and let her know!! Getting them to stay on my cupboard for the picture was another story!! Tomorrow I will have to decide where Spring will hang!

Wishing you all a very happy week!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Happenings and A Bit Of Sewing…Bragging About My Friend Beth and REHAB!!!!

 007 Another fun filled week for sure!!  Our girl came for a short visit this week…there was time to race Big Dot on the driveway.  So much laughing…it just made me think it wasn’t that long ago it was my girl and her brother racing on the driveway.  

Wednesday  at sewing it was Mystery Project 004day…..we get a basic supply list and have no idea what we are going to make.  Half the fun is harassing Joan and Theresa (our teac003hers), and lots of whining about not knowing what the project is…they never disappoint us, and always come up with something great…a sweet Posey Pouch to hold Easter Eggs.


My friend Loretta, who came to class,  once again came up with a beautiful glass creation.  007 


The candlestick on the bottom is the perfect touch.  I love it Loretta!!!!



Tonight I whipped up a quick bunny runner.   I’m not very good at day pictures, but night pictures, well ……I’m really bad at those :-)!!






Now to tempt you a bit…this is going to be this months giveaway for Christmas Througchristmasthroughtheyearbuttonh The Year.

A mini bowtie quilt.  I plan to get the binding on this weekend.  If you make a Christmas gift this month you will be in the running for a chance to win 005this mini.  Darlene will have Mr. Linky up on April 30th for you to post your finished project!

Now to brag about my friend Beth.    It’s so wonderful to watch a friend follow their dreams.  After retiring from teaching two years ago and moving to New Mexico, she right away purchased a long arm machine…something she had wanted to do for a long time.  Then like any good quilter, she searched out and found a wonderful group of quilters to hang out with, which lead her to meeting a new friend Ruth.  The two of them have teamed up together to start a quilt retreat business!!!!!  Their site is here.   They both recently attended classes with Eleanor Burns at Quilt In A Day to be certified as teachers.  These ladies are on the ball for sure!!!   So if you are looking for a quilt escape in beautiful New Mexico, please check them out!!!   Their Spring retreat is scheduled for the end of April.

One last thing….I’m in REHAB….Sinta’s BOM Rehab!  Check it out hereBOMrehab175This weekend I will be getting a block or two done from one of my BOM’s hanging around… which one to pick…hmmmmm??!!! Happy, happy Friday everyone and a very happy Easter!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Tutorial Monday

christmasthroughtheyearbutton  Darlene and I are so excited.  We had 25 people play along with us this month.  There were so many wonderful presents made and tucked away for Christmas.  Darlene has Mr. Linky up on her March 31 post so you can check out the projects.

Did someone say TUTORIALS??!!    It has pretty much become my obsession looking for tutorials. Thanks to Pinterest that job is pretty easy.  While we were on vacation Mr. P. even drove me to McDonalds so I could use their WIFI and have a fix for finding some tutes…what a guy :-)!!!   Once again if you do decide to make one of these wonderful projects make sure to link back to the project creator.   I am so grateful every month for our talented crafters who let me use their pictures to share with you and link up to their amazing projects.….so here we go!!!

Here’s two wonderful projects from Lori at Bee In My Bonnet.  First off 189854940511473880_3f90pNaI_b these so darn cute Apron Bottle Covers.  Project instructions here.   And a very cute Lined Travel Bag189854940511473875_cTEeWprW_b ..




Tutorial here


KiBitty Bowl of Pins Pin 1000pxlmberly from   Bitty Bits and Pieces has this sweet Bitty Bowl Of Pins tutorial. Part 1 is here.  Part 2 here and Parts 3 and 4 here.

Kris at Dandelion Quilts whipped up two super cute Mixer Covers.IMG_0845 




The blue cover has a pocket in the front for the manual and spatulas.IMG_0852  This one has no pocket but sweet embellishments.  Read her blog her for some tips, then you can find the tutorial here!!


Liz at Sew4Home strikes again with this purrfect World’s Cutest Felt Sewing Kit.  I know  some s4h-badge-squarecat  


lovers who would love this for Christmas! Tutorial here.

Linda at A Maidenhair Fern has a tutorial for 54254370481049506_Udr2tg5n_bthis very nostalgic pincushion.  I am quite sure my mom had one of these!! 



Don199636195951883283_Fip322ND_bi at Whiskers and Wool made these wonderful Simple Stripes  Dishcloths…tutorial here.  Cute!!


How ab168885054746528291_S0nz8Ope_bout some Reversible, Reusable, Ruffled Grocery Bags???  Sandra from Sawdust and Paper Scraps has the tutorial here.   I think these would make great gift sacks for our Christmas goodies!!!

And last but certainly not least…from Tipnut a 189854940511397608_ewuCw0q6_c list of 50 free Apron patterns.  Link here.  Woohoo..that’s a whole lot of FREE patterns.

I hope you think about joining in with us and getting the jump on your Christmas present making.  I have April’s giveaway in the works and will be sharing it soon!  Happy week everyone.