Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Sam I Am

My friend purchased two aprons for her grandson Samuel. She asked if I would machine embroider his name on them and when I saw the the aprons…well, I had to do it.

I only embroidered his name on these but aren’t they cute?  She is very happy with them. Santa will be delivering these to Samuel on Christmas morning.

To all of my U.S. friends, I wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Happy Sunday Before Thanksgiving

Can you believe Thanksgiving is this Thursday?  And…it is also my birthday.  They sure seem to come faster these days.

Life has been so busy lately and while I have been doing some sewing, I can’t share yet as the projects are gifts.

I wanted to show you my finished Buttermilk Basin October Banner.  This was a fun and fast little project.


A dear friend retired last month and she is going to spend more time gardening.  I remembered I have Anita Goodesigns Prayer Garden embroidery and made her this little quilt.  I put a pocket on the back so she can display it on her table top quilt stand.


Below is a photo of my very first sewing machine.

My daughter bought a new backpack for school and the strap broke.  Of course the period for returns had passed and the store did not have another one like it for an exchange.  Neither my Brother nor the little Pfaff wanted anything to do with the repair so I took out Old Faithful.


It is an overcast drizzly day in south Florida so we are just relaxing and watching football.  I’ll start the embroidery machine soon to stitch out some samples for a friend who wants to put her grandson’s name on an apron she bought for him.  They own a restaurant and she wants to give him his own apron for Christmas.  Cute idea.

I hope you have a great week ahead. Also hoping to check in with you before Thursday.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

It's Fall Y'all

This is how we know it is fall here in SoFlo

I break out the fall projects

I will be hand stitching these creepy creatures during football games today.  It is a Buttermilk Basin design, Basin Banners thru the Year – October.

I first saw these designs at Karen's, Log Cabin Quilter. She has made several of these.  Her applique’ is perfect!

My next project will be to stitch the faces on these sweet manatees.  This is a from Boutique 4 Quilters, a great shop in West Melbourne, FL.  It is their row for the 2015 Florida Row by Row Experience.

Visit Kathy’s Quilts to see what everyone else is doing for Slow Sunday Stitching.

Enjoy your Sunday.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

My New Old Cedar Closet and Slow Sunday Stitching

This old cedar closet was in my grandparents house long before I came along.  

My Mom had it in her house until yesterday.

She asked me if I wanted it.  

Of course!  Perfect for storing quilts. I need to research (Pinterest) some cute hangers.

How do you store quilts?


This is my collection of yarn bowls.  

All made by local artists.  One person made three of them.  I love her work.

This will be my choice today while I take advantage of Slow Sunday Stitching.  Working on another helmet liner for Operation: Warm & Fuzzy and watching football, of course.

Check out Kathy’s place to see what everyone else is doing for SSS.

What are you doing today?

Monday, September 7, 2015

Game Day Bags

Our daughter was home from college this weekend…I was one happy Mama.  What made me even happier was that she requested a cross-body bag to use on game day.  She wanted something she could just drape over her shoulder that would hold her essentials while cheering on her college football team, University of Central Florida Knights.  

Pickle Pie Designs has a few bags that you make almost entirely using the embroidery machine.  Honestly, it takes longer to make the straps than to make the bag.

The bag my daughter wanted was a horizontal design, not vertical like most cross-body bags.  

To meet this request, I combined the bag of one design with the straps of another.

School colors are black and gold.  I wasn't a chevron fan until I found this fabric.

This design included a pocket along the back of the bag as well. Perfect!

Since UCF parent weekend is coming up, I decided I needed a game day bag, too.  I prefer the vertical design.

There are many reasons why I love Pickle Pie...

The design puts the zipper in first, allowing for perfect placement of dimensional  fabric, if you are crazy enough to use it.

Optional ribbon if you want to add a little something to the bag and quilts the fabric and batting perfectly

Cute fonts

The bags are completely lined

NO raw edges inside the bag at all

My game day bag.  Go Knights!! Charge On!!

My favorite supplies for these projects:

  • -        Floriani Tear-away stabilizer
  • -        Camelot Fabrics - Nightfall (would have been too cute if they named it KNIGHTfall)
  • -        Floriani thread - the BEST machine embroidery thread EVER...super strong
  • -        Scrap pieces of batting
  • -        Organ Needles, size 75/11 (titanium, claims they won’t break but we know better, right? If you don’t remember, click here)

We had a quick but enjoyable Labor Day weekend.  I hope you did too J

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