Sunday, August 30, 2015

Slow Sunday Stitching and an Update

Forgive me friends for it has been 49 days since my last blog post.  (sounds almost like a confession)

LIFE exercised its ability to remind me that I am not always in charge.  I have had some good things and some not so good things taking up my time and keeping me from being creative.

I’ll share a few of the good things and we’ll just forget about the not so good things.

My daughter moved into her first college apartment a couple of weeks ago.  I made her a throw pillow and hand towel to match her bedroom ensemble.

I’ll have to get a picture of her room another time.  We had a great time shopping and preparing for this next big step.  It was fun to work with the embroidery machine again, too!

My friend and I drove over 350 miles in 10 hours one Saturday to visit 10 quilt shops that are participating in Florida’s Row byRow Experience.  (Click the link to learn about RxR, if you are not familiar)

This was what I brought home that day.

I have since procured a few more rows from other shops.  Candace from Squash HouseQuilts also sent me a pattern from a quilt store she visited while passing through Idaho.  Huckleberry Patches looks like a really cute shop. 

I have completed one row so far.  

This row is from Fabric, Fabric, Fabric in Rockledge, FL. 

It gave me an opportunity to practice using the blanket stitch on my little Pfaff sewing machine.

Unfortunately, I have not been able to keep up with the Farm Girl Fridays sew along.  Lori, Bee in my Bonnet, has many followers that are doing a tremendous job with their blocks.  These are the last ones that I completed before things got crazy.

Kettle's On!

Kitchen Window

Mama Hen

Milking Day

I’m not sure when, or if, I’ll get back to this project.  I was learning a lot about scrappy quilting and making small blocks but I get frustrated when I can’t stay current with a sew-along.  I finished enough blocks to make a cute sampler or even a nice collection of pot holders.


We are experiencing a rainy and windy day here in south Florida but no complaints since it is better than having a hurricane.
  I am going to sit back and enjoy a little slow Sunday stitching on another helmet liner. 

The helmet liner project is in full swing.  If you are new to my blog, you can read more about Operation: Warm & Fuzzy here.

Visit Kathy's Quilts to see what everyone else is up to on Slow Sunday Stitching.

What are you creating today?

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Val's Third Annual Piggy Bank Challenge

Val at Val’s Quilting Studio is hosting a fun little challenge.  This is her 3rd Annual Piggy Bank Challenge.

It’s really pretty simple.  You collect loose change for the next year, add up the savings and next July 6th share your quilty purchase or what you plan to purchase.

Click here to read how the challenge started and how Val and her husband have turned it into a little contest.

Since I am on a stash busting mission this year, I expect I'll need to replenish the fabric bins next year.  That is why I have decided to join Val's fun, to have some extra cash for the future stash.

I searched the house this morning looking for my “piggy bank” and come up with this

It is one of two jars that I used to store snacks in for the kids.  The kids grew up and one jar turned into a scrap catcher for my cutting table.

I emptied the coins from my wallet and one other small change jar that was sitting around so I am now on my way.

Won’t you join in and see how much you can save?  If you do, click over to Val’s and sign up.  Hopefully, we will be cha chinging next summer J

Friday, July 10, 2015

Farm Girl Fridays - Week #11

Happy Friday Friends J

I am still having fun sewing along with Lori Holt and so many others in the Farm Girl Fridays Sew Along.

Week 11 brings us….

Grandma’s Quilt Block


Haystack Block

This week’s blocks are super simple but not my favorites, mainly due to my fabric selections.  I have mentioned before that scrappy is not natural to me.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Wooly Firecrackers and Happy 4th!

Celebrating our nation’s birthday with another small finish.

Bareroots Little Stitches - #144 Firecrackers Candle Mat

I purchased the kit from The Village Mercantile booth at our local quilt show in February last year, yes, 2014.  This post is a recap of some of my purchases.

This project is very different for me as it is a bit prim and wool felt instead of cotton.  I had a blast with these little beads.  No…really, I did.  I found stitching them on to be fun and relaxing.

This finish allows me to check-off an item on my "To Do" list that was created here.  I have other updates to my lists that I need to organize and share with you...another time.

To all of my friends here in the good ol'
United States of America 
I wish you a happy and safe July 4th!!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Farm Girl Fridays – Week #10

Click over to Bee in My Bonnet for more cute ideas.

Here are my blocks for this week.

Furrows Block 

Gingham Block

Not sure the name applies to my gingham block considering the fabric selections…but this is what appealed to me at the time.

There are some adorable blocks in blogland.  So fun to see the different fabrics people choose.

Are you sewing along with us?

Happy Weekend!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Farm Girl Fridays – Week #9

Happy Sunday friends.  I am here to share my Farm Girl Vintage blocks as part of Lori Holt’s Farm Girl Fridays Sew Along.  If you haven’t already, check out Lori’s blog Bee in My Bonnet for a recap of the sew along and additional ideas / projects for using these blocks.

This is week 9 and block #s 16 and 17, hard to believe!

Feed and Seed Block

Fresh Pears Block

Staying inside today, the temperature is forecasted to be in the 90's with a heat index of 105 degrees.

I'm linking up to Karen's Sew Darn Crafty Linky Party.  Go over and see what everyone else is up to today.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a blessed Sunday and great week ahead!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Sailor's Quilt - Recap

promise this is the last post about the quilt I made for my son’s bed on his Navy ship.  I want to share just a few of the details with you.

White-on-white seashell background and the Navy Mini Anchors border fabric is from Timeless Treasures Fabrics of SoHo.  The yellow sashing fabric is Artisan Spirit Shimmer by Deborah Edwards of Northcott.

The embroidery designs are from Anita Goodesign’s Nautical collection.  You can see a close up of the individual blocks here

Some blocks stitched out beautifully…

 Some proved to be a challenge… do you see the issue with the compass? (Don't worry, I found a work around)

 There was some “un” sewing

Then I had to prove that those titanium needles WILL break!

My friend worked her quilting magic.

Small stippling around the embroidery designs with wavy swirls in the sashing

Stars and “USA” in the navy border

Would I do it again??????

For my Sailor…ABSOLUTELY!

The Quilt Label

After all of that, I never got a picture of him and the quilt.  I delivered it to him when we went to San Diego in May.

Fair Winds and Following Seas...