Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving

So once in every year we throng
Upon a day apart,
To praise the Lord with feast and song
In thankfulness of heart.
~Arthur Guiterman, The First Thanksgiving

Wishing you a Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Pincushions that make me smile

Since Amanda Jean from Crazy Mom Quilts is sharing her amazing pin cushion collection, I thought I would show you one of mine.

I made this little fella when I bought this book a couple of years ago.

He's made from a man's shirt sleeve cuff. I couldn't resist making the happy little face. Although you can't see them very well, the ears are some funky buttons I had on hand.

And this pincushion is my all time favorite.

I used the selvages from the Anna Griffin fabric after I made a quilt for my daughter. I use this pin cushion every time I sew.

How about you? Do you have a favorite pin cushion? 

Happy Quilting!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Bread for the Journey

So once in every year we throng
Upon a day apart,
To praise the Lord with feast and song
In thankfulness of heart.
~Arthur Guiterman, The First Thanksgiving

Friday, November 20, 2015

Another gift

Making these pouches has become addictive. And what a great way to use up some of my stash fabric!

Part of the fun is finding charms to hang on the the zipper pull.

Found this one at Walmart.

Happy Quilting!
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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Quick Gift Ideas

As you are well aware, Christmas is right around the corner. Need a quick gift?

There are so many wonderful tutorials out there in blog land. If you have one that you enjoy, I'd love to hear about it. But for today, grab your cuppa of coffee or hot tea and visit these interesting and informative blogs.

As always we love to read Karen's very creative Tool Time Tuesday. Check out her repurposed gift tags. I just might have to get one of those big round punches.

A while back Sew Prim Khris did a very cute tutorial on making a Needlecase. What a great gift idea for a hand quilter.

This is one of my all time favorite Travel-sized Tissue Cozy patterns. One year I made a ton of these. Kim shared her easy tutorial on "an oft traveled road".

I have all the fabric ready and waiting for this pattern by Tea Rose Home. It is a Modern Square Garden quilt.

Who couldn't use another purse in your choice of color. Bola Chica offered a tutorial on a very cute Pleated Purse. You could certainly make one for every outfit. And who wouldn't love and use this adorable Friendship bag courtesy of "p.s. I Quilt"? Or how about a lined handbag? The ever famous Zippered Pouch?

Have you got a little buddy to make a gift for? How about this TOO cute Softie doll from "60piggies".

And for all my tea loving friends, a Tea Wallet Tutorial (Is It Naptime Yet?). Perfect to stick in someone's stocking this year.

For teachers and friends. And add a Notebook Cover from "My Patchwork".

One more very cute Tote Bag.

Remember when your Mom wore an apron in the kitchen? Here are apron patterns for you to use from Tipnut.  Studio Cat Designs has lots of Free patterns. And here is a library of Free Quilting Patterns and Projects from the Quilting Gallery. All in one quick place.

I've got dozens and dozens of these tutorials bookmarked on my computer. But my purpose today was to give you one post that you can bookmark and go back to visit whenever you need a quick little gift.

Wheww... that should get you started! Now Go forth and SEW :-)

Friday, November 13, 2015


Working with vibrant colors has been a new adventure for me. I am mostly a traditional quilter, favoring fabrics that reflect Civil War and repo colors.

But as an ambassador for Island Batik, I've been introduced to a rainbow of colors. This is one of the latest Winter fabrics called Sea Salt.

This quilt reminds me of a Kaleidoscope, with colors that whirl for attention.

I think it will make a great charity quilt.

Happy Quilting!