Finishes and Such Not Yet Shared

There were several months not long ago when I wasn’t very active on the blogging front, but I was somewhat productive on the quilting front.

Here are a few finishes and other thangs I haven’t shared w/y’all.

This Disappearing Nine Patch was made for my grandbaby Cali who was born last August.

This is my 1st version of Straits and Arrows, and it was made for my great/grand nephew Kyrie, born last September.

Here are 3 more Straits and Arrows flimsies made by some awesome friends who volunteered to test my pattern. The pattern should be available in my pattern shop w/in the next month.

I made this lovely for a little of a close family friend. The pattern is called Kite Flight by Janice Ryan for Robert Kaufman.  My colors remind me of strawberries, bananas and ice cream!20161126_075555

This butterfly fabric was short curtains me and a friend found at Goodwill. I recycled them into long curtains for her nursery.20170122_130057

This is an old Southern Belle quilt I ditched for a friend. It was made by her elderly aunt who passed away a couple of years ago. I love all the different fabric combinations she used.20170122_202418

My grandson started a Jelly Roll Race quilt. I’m trying to get him ready for Kids Sew Camp this Summer which he is finally old enough to attend. He turned 10yrs old in February.20170219_174638

He comes to visit every other weekend. He recently started bringing his Xbox 360 w/him so I decided to make him something nice to transport it in. I found a duffle bag pattern, picked out fabric of his favorite colors and made this awesome bag.20170228_060301And guess what? It’s too small! The Xbox 360 doesn’t even fit! But he loves the bag anyway.

My friend Izola (@throughmyeyes on IG) made me this gorgeous, crocheted shrug. Thanks Izola!37236

My friend Kelly (@mommaneo on IG) gave me this cute Binding Baby (made by @doohiikeydesigns on IG). Thanks Kelly!20170113_211218

My last share of the day is from my friend Katy of KatyQuilts (@katyquilts on IG). She made me this super cute mini.  Thanks Katy!  20170214_123724Katy spent several months in AZ this past winter and I’m going to visit her in Michigan in August. We have plans attend the AQS Quilt Show in Grand Rapids. We’re both super excited about this!

This concludes today’s post. Thanks for visiting!

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Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else. Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.- 1 Thes. 5:15-18 NIV

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It Seemed Like A Good Idea

I wanted to make a mug rug for one of my doctors.  Instead of going through any of the many books and magazines I own, (call me lazy),  I hit the internet.

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Some of my books

I found this pattern, Mock Logson Quilter’s Cache.

Then I pulled this fabric. Why? Because my doctor is Asian, and this is Asian fabric.

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My lovely friend Izola, @throughmyeyes on IG, sent me this beautiful fabric from Japan a few years ago. Thanks, Izola!

I cut enough fabric to make four mug rugs. And even before I started assembly, I wasn’t thrilled w/my fabric choices. It’s a bit overdone. I didn’t have to use ALL the Asian fabric I own in a little mug rug.20170225_110953

But, I sewed all four together anyway.  20170226_193306

I’ll have to force myself to finish at least one of them to see if I like it any better.  I doubt I will.

Thanks for stopping by.

Until next time, God bless.

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Quick Hand-Makes for Anytime Gifts

My most popular pattern to date is my Easy Reversible Microwave Cozy.

https://www.craftsy.com/quilting/patterns/easy-reversible-microwave-cozy-reg-size/263517

A few years ago I made one for all my coworkers, church family and friends.

I finally got around to making a set for my own home.  I used one of my Pampered Chef bowls as inspiration for my set of four. 

What makes my pattern different?  It does not require a lot of marking like most of the others I’ve come across. 

You can purchase my pattern on Craftsy for $1.50.  
I also sell a combo pack which includes instructions for medium and large size cozies for $3,

If you are looking to make quick, quilted gifts, look no further!  Your peeps are gonna love these! I guarantee it!

Until next time, God bless and happy stitchin’!

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In the same way the Spirit also joins to help in our weakness, because we do not know what to pray for as we should,  but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with unspoken groanings. Romans 8:26

Bloggers Quilt Festival Fall 2016 – Gossamer

I love gifts. I love receiving them, and I really love giving them, especially quilty ones!   Last year I wanted to give a good friend an awesome gift. And of course it had to be quilted.  After brainstorming for awhile and looking online, I came up w/the idea for the best gift ever!
I came across Janeen at Quilt Art Designs who makes fabulous paper pieced patterns. I sent her a photo and asked if she could turn it into a  paper pieced pattern.  She absolutely could, and did! 
This is the photo I sent.  It’s a pic of my friend’s beloved classic bronco, whom he dubbed Gossamer.
This is the pattern she made.
Now all I had left to do was learn the fine art of paper piecing.  
I enlisted the help of my good friend and paper-piecer extraordinaire, Sue!  And for the next 5 weeks, I spent approximately 5 hrs each Thursday making Gossamer. You can read about in this post

And this is Gossamer!



I was so very pleased w/how he turned out so you can imagine how I felt when I found out he got an award at the Arizona Quilters Guild Quilt Show!  Yep! He got Honorable Mention! AND it was my first time entering an actual show! Can you say ECSTATIC?! You can read all about it in this post


Gossamer measures 22″ x 22″ and  is entered in the Small Quilt Category.  If he tickles your fancy as much as he tickles mine, I’d be over the moon if you vote for him!  Thank you!

This is my second time participating in the Bloggers Quilt Festival.  My first time was Fall of 2014. You can read about that in this post. A big shout out to Amy Ellis of Amy’s Creative Side for putting this lovely festival together! And huge thanks to the sponsors too for the fabulous prizes!

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My middle child, Justin (25yrs), finally moved out to his own apartment a few months ago.  Since then, he comes over just about every weekend to wash clothes and conserve his electricity. I don’t usually mind but sometimes he wears out his welcome.  I realize this may sound selfish to some, but I’ve been a single mom since I was 16 yrs old and I’m super excited about finally being an empty-nester and I like having my house to myself.

Anyway, he was going to take me to lunch and a movie for Mother’s Day but for whatever reason we didn’t go.  We’ve talked about going but still haven’t gotten around to it. But this week, he surprised me w/a wonderful gift!  A sewing machine!

He made friends w/a neighbor at his new complex and during one of their conversations, he told him that I sew/quilt. After his friend found out about me sewing he tried to give Justin the sewing machine and Justin turned it down! But YAY for me, the next time he offered, Justin said why not? And now it’s mine! I’m thinking of a name for her. Maybe this one will be a him.

It came in this black case. With the words Peau Soin D’Amour on the case, I figured it wasn’t a true sewing machine case. Especially since the machine itself is a Riccar.  Google later confirmed Peau Soin D’Amour is a brand of cosmetics.

It also came w/a vinyl dust cover that is in perfect condition, the instruction manual and extension table.

From what I’ve read, which isn’t much, Riccar was once a major Japanese producer of sewing machines but today the company mostly manufactures vacuum cleaners.  I know for sure the machine is at least 31 years old because the sales receipt that is stapled to the back cover of the instruction manual and it was purchased for $199 cash on March 27, 1985.

It’s a clean and solid machine and I’m thrilled it now belongs to me!  Thanks Justin!

My only other sewing machine is my straight stitchin’ Babylock Quilters Choice Professional (Wilma) so I’m super excited about the zig-zag stitch and the free arm on the Riccar 8400.

In quilty news, I haven’t gotten as far as I thought I would on Scrappy Litter Blox, but I have made progress! This is a Lillyella pattern and will be available in this month’s Stash Builder Box on June 14, 2016.

I did manage to finally finish these cute scrap busting bibs and get them listed in my Etsy Shop!

If you haven’t already heard, the amazing Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict is coordinating a blog hop! It’s called 12 Days of Christmas in July and yours truly will be part of it! Hope to see you there!

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Another news flash…
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P.S. My baby boy Joshua, turns 21yrs tomorrow! Happy Birthday son!

WHOOMP There IT Is! #15 – Gossamer

Hello, and welcome to another edition of WHOOMP There IT Is!  And what a special edition it is!

People, I give you, Gossamer!

Late October, I started my very 1st paper pieced project as a Christmas gift for David. Earlier in the year, I sent a photo of his 1976 Ford Bronco, Gossamer, to Janeen Van Niekerk of Quilted Art Designs and she made it into a paper pieced pattern. She does fantastic work by the way and has MANY wonderful patterns. Be sure to check out her pattern store.

I had mentioned to some ladies at Quilters Anonymous about my plans to learn paper piecing in order to make this special gift and they pointed me in Sue’s direction.  Sue is a wonderful teacher who does it all; paper piecing, quilting, embroidery, applique, etc and she makes beautiful tops, like the one she’s wearing in the pic below.  She taught me the Judy Niemeyer technique of paper piecing. She said I was a fast learner and a dream student. Okay, so she didn’t use the words “dream student” but, I know it’s what she was thinking. 😉  On a quick side note: Sue just opened up her Etsy shop, AZ Quilted Angel, where she sells gorgeous handmade purses! Be sure to check out her shop as well!

All I’d done before I got to her house was pick out the fabrics I wanted to use.  She pinned up the guide and got me started on cutting out ALL the pieces. And there were a lot! I spent about 5 hours a day for 5 Thursdays at her house working on this masterpiece.  And in my eyes, it is a masterpiece!

This is all I got done the 1st week.

2nd week

3rd week

4th week

5th week

 I made her proud!

If it weren’t for Sue coordinating my numbered fabrics w/the respective paper pieces and getting them all lined up for me, it would’ve taken me much longer to finish. Thank you, Sue!

I thought I would hate paper piecing but I’ve grown quite fond of it.  I decided early on that if I liked how Gossamer came out, I’d enter it in the Arizona Quilters Guild Quilt Show in March.  I’m extremely pleased w/this finish so it will definitely be entered! David will have to wait a few more months to hang this beauty on the wall!

So here’s to my 1st paper pieced project AND my 1st quilt show entry!

Here’s another of last week’s finishes. The block is called Summer Breeze by Upstairs Hobby Room.

One last thing before I let you go, I’ve listed another pattern in my Craftsy Pattern Store. My Easy Grocery Bag Catcher pattern is free for a limited time so be sure to download your copy today!

So that’s all I’ve got folks! How about you? Do tell!

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WHOOMP There IT Is! #6

Hello and welcome to week #6 of WHOOMP There IT Is! 
I can’t believe I haven’t opened my giant roll of batting.  It’s been standing in the same corner of my bedroom for about 3 weeks now. I’ll cut into you soon enough Hobbs, I promise. 😉
Besides the custom quilt order I’m working on at home, I’ve been going every Thursday to my instructor’s house to work on the Christmas gift paper piecing project.  She’s a lovely woman from Quilters Anonymous, our chapter of the Arizona Quilters Guild. Anyway, It’s all pinned up on her design wall. She’s been such a dear, coordinating my numbered fabrics w/the respective paper pieces. She gets several sets together and lines them up for me, so when I finish one, the next one is there ready and waiting. Yesterday was my 3rd week and I believe the 20″ square top will be completed in the next 2 Thursdays.  It’s been such a pleasure visiting in her home and getting to know her and her husband.

I actually have quite a few things to do “by Christmas”; three other quilts, eight pillowcases and hopefully several (2 dozen or so) simple sewn gifts for friends. On my honor, I will try not to add another thing to my “by Christmas” list!

I’ve already been thinking about my resolutions for the new year.  However, losing weight or exercising more have not even crossed my mind.  A more important resolution to me, is to do one project at a time.  I need to test and see just how productive I’ll be. I’m thinking it will probably be about the same, but w/much less stress and anxiety.  Who’s with me? (side note: I wasn’t sure if I should’ve used who’s or whose. Grammar Check says “no writing errors were found” either way…so I guess they are both acceptable??) 
Back to the subject of paper piecing though, I’m really falling for it!  I thought I was going to hate it but it’s quite amazing.  I love how the Christmas gift project is coming along, but I wanted to have something to show and share this week. Since I’m halfway finished w/the top of the custom order, I decided to use what I’ve learned paper piecing and do a small solo project. I stitched up these 2 blocks the other night; cups of tea. After I add embroidery floss to the tea bag tags, they shall become a pair of mug rugs.  The pattern is one of several free patterns, by Maartje of Quilt in Amsterdam . Thank you Maartje! 
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