Friday, June 29, 2012

Monthly Finishes….Leap Year, Christmas Through The Year, and An Oldie!!!

  Squeaayos 2012 buttonking in here, but I am so excited that I finished Leap Year.  Vintage

Modern has a spell over me.  I am already thinking what can I make next out of it!!!  Sherri and Sinta will have the parade of 012Schnibbles up in a day or two.  It’s always so much fun to see the different fabrics used each month……and also it will be very exciting to see which pattern they pick for July!


June….seriously June?!  I think we say this each month, but time is just flying by.   My gifties for this month were fun and super easy to make, and once again out of one of my favorite fabrics….010  Countdown To Christmas.  I think I will be whipping up some more of these.  Next time probably reversing the direction of one of the hot pads!  Darlene will have Mr. L007inky up tomorrow, and if you link up you will be entered in the drawing for a chance to win this tote bag….along with a couple little goodies tucked inside.

Thi008s next finish I am super, duper excited about.  I started this quilt about 8 years ago, had it quilted 2 years later only to find I didn’t have binding to go with.  Every now and then I would try to match up fabric to use as binding, and nothing ever worked.  I couldn’t even find the fabric online.  The quilt got tucked away and I really forgot about it.  Last month on my way to quilt camp, I stopped at a quilt shop and there sitting in a sale bin was 1/2 yard of the exact same blue fabric marked at $2.00.  SCORE!!!!!!!!  A big old happy dance and a great finish!


We had a wonderful 4 days away…..very lazy and relaxing.  The view was amazing…the picture not so good.  We had a few friends stop by005 just to check out what was going on…very low key guests!!!  All my finishes were thanks to the four relaxing days….and a couple wonderful golf days for Mr. P too!!   Happy weekend everyone.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

A Bit of Rehab….and Fun With Aunt KK

Slow andBOMrehab175 steady wins the race…..that’s my focus for getting this BOM done!!!  033




Two rows completed, and one more to go……that will be the plan for this week.  Work on row 3.  Thanks Sinta for the motivation.

The week was a good one, especially for the first couple days.  Our girl came to stay, and The Dots were002 here ….. they LOVE their Auntie.   A highlight for Big Dot was definitely the pool noodles at the store….perfect for reaching things that are high and out of reach003.


Then there was a trip to the park…..008  






some car racing, playing on the slide012 and riding the


wackadoddle teeter totter!!!  One park wasn’t enough so we stopped by Micky D’s to play in that 018playground too!!!   Seems like just yesterday that I was watching my sweet little girl doing the very same thing022s  ….


oh wait…there she is!!  I am a very, very lucky mom and a very lucky Nana too!017

Today we are off for a getaway and for some much needed R & R….sewing machine packed for me, and golf clubs for Mr. P!!  Wishing you all a very happy week.   

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Tutorial Monday…and The Giveaway For Christmas Through The Year

Monday already?…..yep, and tutorial Monday.  Hope I’m not driving you all crazy with these, but I love finding them.  Hats off to these amazing crafty ladies that came up with these fun projects, and heaps of thanks for letting me use their pictures.  Please make sure to link back to them if you post on your blog.

Darlene is busy over at her place shaking her pom poms like crazy to keep us all encouraged to get a gift or two done for Christmas  I know it’s June, and thinking about Christmas seems pretty darn crazy, but boy when Xmas rolls around and you have gifts made and ready to go it’s wonderful008.  Darlene will have Mr. Linky up on June 30th, and if you link up you will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win this lunch bag.  

So here we go!!!!


Sarah at Cooking On Clover Lane has this great tutorial for personalized photo placemats.  Let the photo collecting begin!  



I love these Holiday Coasters.   Kim at Poppy Seed Fabrics has a wonderful tutorial here.  Great stocking stuffers or great gifts to have on hand in case someone stops by!

mosaic588d2ffb3fa7b1e90653325a22f5f6a11143ed96 Jen at Miss Punkie Pie has been a craft making machine.  She posted these pictures on her blog a couple weeks ago……stinkin’cute!  She used the tutorial from Tara at Tinkerfrog and Tara was happy to share the link with us.  I think they would make great bags for kiddos toys in the back seat…just sayin’!!!

Allie, the founder of Christmas Through The Year, is always oIMG_3324n the lookout for tutorials for us and she sent me the link for this cute Gift/ Storage Basket.  The tutorial is from Linda at Buzzing and  Bumbling

Journals make such great gifts.181410691209653715_kUpVCWOr_b  Vanessa at V and Co. came up with this really cute Composition Book Cover, tutorial here.  Love the fabric she used.


Here’s a super, duper cute Patchwork Taggie blanket, tutorial from Karen at Sew Much 2 Luv!!  Such a happy taggie, and any little one would love this for sure.

My girl is home tomorrow for a couple days and I can’t wait to spend some time with her and maybe even some shopping.  Happy week everyone!!!!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

FNSI Results

FNSIButton  Yes there was some time to sew on Friday night.  I am determined to stay up with the Schnibbles group….I love, love Miss Rosie’s Schnibbles patterns. and this months pattern is called Leap Year.  In my head I thought I will whip this out Frid006ay night……but the reality is I got the charm squares cut into strips, pieced, sewn and recut, and one 16 patch pieced.  That overly optimistic me is always trying to take over!!  Thanks Heidi and Bobbi for another fun FNSI.

Then I have some things calling me007.  My 30’s stash would be perfect made out of this pattern, which would mean actually “using” my 30’s stash.  My friends tease me that it is my shrine, that is incased by a dust shield ….actually I think they are pro003bably right :-)!   Here’s another project that I spotted while out and about…this is going on my have to make list too.  Oh please more hours in the day.

But what is really calling me is CLEANING!!  So today I will think about projects while that is being done.  Wishing you all a very happy weekend.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Rehab Progress, Some Great Mail, and A Quilt Exchange


  I’m back to Rehab and block 12 from the Fat Quarter Shop Designer BOM is a wrap.  This block for me was a bugger and I did quiteBOMrehab175 a bit of reverse sewing…but yippeeee, it’s done!  Now to get to putting the top together.  Thanks Sinta for the  motivation on getting our BOM’s done!

There was also time to work on my Hallo002ween topper and I got the whole thing put together.018 Some creative pressing will have to happen to get it to lay flat however!!

Being part of the  mini quilt swap hos005ted by Kris has been so fun,  and my wonderful mini quilt arrived  from my swap partner Michelle along with a sweet charm pack.  Thanks so much MichelleKris had a giveaway for early bird mailers, an004d Jen and I were both picked.  In my mailbox there was a cute American Jane pattern and yummy American Jane fabrics!  Thanks so much for hosting the swap Kris, and thanks for the great prize!

I am in a friendship group that meets twice a month and we have a yearly quilt exchange/brunch.  Last year we picked a fabric from our stash and with our name attached, placed it in a sealed envelope.  At one of our meetings we picked envelopes and then for the whole year we worked on making a quilt for that person…the name is top secret of course!!  Tmosaic561a5cd58817b28393be940c49324bf8022cd81boday was our brunch and big reveal.    Forgot to have a picture taken of my quilt at the brunch, but that’s it laying on the grass….I LOVE IT!!!!  My friend Penny made it and as I told her, I will treasure it forever.   Such a fun time and beautiful quilts. Oblivious to us, there was a nice couple sitting on the other side of the restaurant who came over to say how much they enjoyed the quilt show.  The man asked if any of the quilts were for sale…… silly man :-)!!!!


This Friday, June 15th, is Friday Night Sew-In.  Heidi has the sign up list up and running, open to one and all!

Happy start of the week to everyone!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Tutorial Monday

I’m a bit late today but with good reason!!! The Dots slept over this weekend and we played and played. Hide and go seek is the current favorite game. Today they are back since their mommy is off to work. I wouldn’t trade a single second because I know they will be grown up before we know it and off hanging out with their friends.

I am so excited about these tutorials. A huge problem though…I WANT TO MAKE THEM ALL!! So enjoy, and like always if you make any of them and post on your blog, please link and give credit back to the maker of the tut. Thanks to one and all for generously letting me use your pictures.

pencil case sample Jen at Miss Punkie Pie made this cute pencil case. She has made a measurement adjustment here and made the case using this tutorial from A Spoonful Of Sugar girls This would make great gifts for kids, teachers and quilting buddies for marking tools. I love Jen’s blog. We have been bloggy friends ever since I started blogging and watching here sweet girl Amelia grow up through her blog has been so much fun.


Liz at Sew4home has me again!!! I have flipped over Camille and Bonnie’s new Moda Line, Vintage Modern. Here are a wonderful bunch of tutorials using this pretty fabric.

First off here’s a pretty Toaster1123-KC-Toaster-Cozy-1_b Cover, tutorial here.

Patchwork oven mitts …wonderful fast, easy gifts….tutorial here.


A very sweet

Pleated Apron, tutorial. Love those pockets!1120-KC-Apron-1_b_1

Here’s a tutorial for Patchwork Napkins, 1118-KitchenConfections-Napkin-1and while you are whipping those up you might as well include this very pretty Patchwork Table Runne1119-KitchenConfections-Runner-1r tutorial All the above is part of the Kitchen Confections series featured at Sew4home. If you haven’t visit there I highly recommend it. There’s so much useful resource information as well as their wonderful tutorials.

Sorry about the picture spacing issues…blogger and I just weren’t getting along!!!

Lori at Bee In My Bonnet, another go to resource blog for me. Wonderful tutorials and amazing projects not to mention all the pretty eye candy! She DSC01355has this great tutorial for Cup Cozies…..I know some friends who will be getting these!

So cute….love these Vintage Snowman Boxes….such happy expressionsDSC01664!! Tutorial here.

We are at the halfway point of our Christmas Through The Year group. Anyone is welcome to join in.christmasthroughtheyearbutton

No sign ups necessary. Just make a gift or two each month and link up to Darlene at the end of each month, and not only will you be a present ahead for Christmas, but you will be entered in to a drawing for a giveaway for the month. Happy week everyone!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Camp Fun!

Camp as always is fun. A time to catch up with camp buddies from prior years, and make some new friends. A time to be silly, and hang out with the girls. Much needed for me for sure. This year my friend Janet joined in. We have been quilting friends for 20 years and it was wonderful to have her along and as a roomie.

The Quilt In A Day ladies spoil us and make the whole experience so much fun. One of the high181021_182681205193586_520515398_nlights is a visit to Eleanor’s sweet cabin for afternoon tea …… upper left corner. She is right there to greet us with a big welcome. There’s my friend Janet next to her Crazy 9 Patch quilt, with the main fabric Pokey Little Puppy…so cute!! She had leftovers and whipped up a braid quilt, using one of Quilt In A Day’s signature patterns…template included. Very fast and easy. There’s a group of quilts hung out on the line outside of our sewing room.


I finished my Flurry Quilt by Kate Spain for Moda. The kit is from November camp which I had cut out then. So fun to make. Then I finished Little Dots pillowcase to go along with082 his Grinch quilt I made him for last Christmas. He will be graduating to a big boy pillow, and now he will have one like his big brother. I also started sewing my strips sets together for a Halloween table topper. You would laugh if you had seen all the projects I had packed, but I am very happy with what I got done……visiting seemed to be my other project074 and we definitely spent some wonderful time visiting with these two wonderful ladies. That’s Sue on the left, Eleanor’s right hand gal, and my buddy Annie who works for Quilt In A Day and is a fellow blogger, and just added another sweet grandbaby to her growing family. They are both pretending they made this quilt….it really belongs to another camper!016

I took tons of pictures and could go on and on and on….but, The Dots are coming for a weekend sleepover in a bit so I need to whip up some of their favorite snacks! More050 camp photos to come later. Wishing you all a happy weekend with a bit of sewing time thrown in here and there!