Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Christmas Finish

 christmasthroughtheyearbuttonThe month is winding down with a few days left.  Darlene will have Mr. Linky up on the 31st for you to link up your Christmas projects for the month.  Those playing will be eligible for a chance to win a wonderful giveaway.

My gift for this month is pretty darn pitiful…..005 I made these mug rugs last year and I had two that just needed binding.  The other one I sent to my mini swap partner. 

I am off in a bit for a four day quilt retreat.  A time to regroup and hang out with quilty friends.  Happy week to everyone and I’ll be back on the 1st.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Tutorial Monday

I’m very happy to share some more wonderful tutorials with you…love them all for sure.  As always, if you make and post any of these projects please link back to the creator/crafter of the tutorial.

From Liz at Sew4Home…..Kitchen Confections, a wond85849936617046500_l1OTNrxQ_berful placemat tutorial.  They are made out of Moda’s Vintage Modern.

Beverly at Flamingo Toes ….such a cute name…. has a tutorial for this very Cute Sewing Tool Caddy71002131595590958_OweQtpNB_b.  A great gift for a quilty friend or two.

Coasters, coasters…such a great gift. Svetlana at s.o.t.a.k handmade made th67342956898365429_FDzE1NLK_bis



cute batch of coaters…tutorial here.


Is it just me or are sewing kits hard to resist??  Here’s a very sweet one from Amy at Lots of Pink Here…tutorial here.  Love the fabric she used too!


Can you guess what this is???  This very clever idea is from Lee at Freshly PiecedIMG_7715 ….it’s a Drawstring Lego Storage Bag/Play mat…tutorial here.  I know a couple little guys that will be getting these.

If you are planning on making a gift this month  christmasthroughtheyearbuttonfor Christmas Through The Year, Darlene will have Mr. Linky up on the 31st for your chance to enter in the drawing for this months giveaway.  I know she has something wonderful planned.  New to the group? Just jump in and play when you can, and have gifts tucked away for Christmas…no sign ups!!  Happy week everyone.

Monday, May 14, 2012

A Good Mother’s Day…..and Rehab Report

We had a wonderful Mother’s Day. Breakfast out with The Dots and their mom and dad…so yummy. Then they took us on a tour of their plots at the community garden001. The boys are enjoying the time spent there, learning about vegetables and how to plant them and tasting vegetables given to them by the other “farmers”. It’s such002 a wonderful family experience not to mention all the goodies they are harvesting!!!!

I tried to wait patiently for block 12 to come, but no luck. So I decided to start putting blocks together. Row one started003 . Love the stem/leaf sections added in. I have already started thinking ahead to which BOM I will work on next. I dug out this Fons and Porter one that was started about 8 or 9 years ago004. Notice the info

sheet has started to yellow!! It’s called 1890’s Scrap Bag Star. I have a ton of the star blocks done, now to figure out what else needs to be done.

This is a busy week here. Lots of time to be spent with quilty friends, and then next weekend a few days with my girl…..really looking forward to that! Today, well I’m off in a bit to spend the day with The Dots…heaven!!! Happy Monday.

Thursday, May 10, 2012


003 I’ve been waiting by my mailbox for block 12 from Fat Quarter Shop….thanks to Sinta, my stint in rehab is going very well. She has created a BOM catch-up monster!!!

In between the waiting I have been working on a couple things. First this ……… this005 is a sneaky peek of a mini quilt for my swap partner...so I can't show the front!!! Just needs binding and it will be ready to go. Then there’s this007 ..

The next project is a gift for a friend. I’ve been playing with the layout. I finished the rest of the blocks tonight and tomorrow night the whole thing will go together…hopefully! 002

We had a fun day on Monday with The Dots. I can’t believe how big they are getting! “Driving001 ” is one of their favorite things when they visit. Such sweet boys and so happy.


I found this wonderful snack idea on Pinterest that the Dots love, love!!!! Drop dots of yogurt in a pan and freeze….like yummy little ice cream dots. Some people are so smart!

Then there’s my potting bench. It was given to me by a friend quite a while back. Sadly I have run out of spots for it. I struggled with what to do with it. I still was so attached to it (silly I know…it’s a potting bench) and I just wanted it to have a good home. Then I thought of my friend Loretta that makes the beautiful glass yard art!!!! Eureka! She was very excited581950_3081871890202_1365981901_32194179_1374220204_n to have it, and her sweet dog Mandi was so excited to strike a pose in front of the potting bench.

Well I’m thinking there’s time to eek in another few minutes at the sewing machine and start putting that quilt together. Wishing you all a very happy weekend, and a very happy Mother's Day and hugs to all you moms!!!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

BOM Rehab and Tutorial Monday

 BOMrehab175 THANK YOU SINTA!!!  There’s some happy dancing going on. I am actually all caught up with my FQ BOM for 2011.027     




Blocks seven, nine, ten and eleven FINISHED!!!!   So number twelve, I’m waiting for you….come on down!

christmasthroughtheyearbutton    Here we go with month five for Christmas Through The Year.  Please feel free to join in if you can.   It’s pretty darn exciting to see the gift pile growing.  Darlene and I are having so much fun co hosting.  Again, how did Allie do this all by herself??  Super Woman I’m thinkin’!   Now on to the tutorials.  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.

These three tutorials are from Lisa and Sarah at A Spoonful of Sugar, a sweet mother/daughter team. First off this cute Fabric Gift PouchPouch 1 tutorial here

A wonderful Gathered Round Basket.. the tutorial is here.

Basket 3


This sweet Pencil Case with instructions here.

I’m kind of crazy for pillows and when I saw this Christmas Tree Pillow IMG_1174from


Kati at From The Blue Chair, I knew this was going on my to do list…tutorial here.


Shelley at 7 Layer Studio is sharing this wonderful tutorial for her Mini Wallet.  Those clutches are cute too!!!


Wouldn’t this personalized Etched Glass Dish be perfect filled with goodies?  Ashley at Make It and Love It has this great tutorial.

We all love pouches for sure.  BettDSC03108y Lou at Sugarland Quilts  made these cute Strippy Pouches for  her April Christmas gifts using Kim’s tutorial at Kim Sherrod Studio.

Featured over at Sew, Mama, Sew is this super cute Ric Rac Clutchjennifer2 from Jennifer Ladd, tutorial here.  Love that flower.

Tomorrow The Dots are coming over to play.  We are suppose to have a warm, sunny day so I think a trip to the park may be on the agenda.  Happy week to you all!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

And The Winner Is……….

Darlene  and I are jumping for joy (we put our pom poms down while the jumping was going on)!!  We had 22 people aboard the Christmas train this month.  Month four and our boxes are looking so pretty with handmade goodies tucked inside.  Christmas Through The Year is open to everyone….just join in when you can.

Drum roll please……..the winner for April is, Brenda at Quilting Cowgirl.  I will be zipping an 009 email to you for your address so I can get your Bow Tie quilt on it’s way to you.  Congrats Brenda, and thanks everyone for joining in this month.




Happy May Day!