My 1st Quilt Pattern featured in Stash Builder Box

I’m super excited about my very first original quilt pattern, Straits and Arrows.

Straits and Arrows was designed exclusively for Stash Builder Box.  If you haven’t heard of Stash Builder Box you can read about it by clicking any of the links in this post.

The pattern is already in production for the January Stash Builder Box .  And in fact, you only have a couple more days to order it, until January 14, 2017. Sorry for the short notice!   They will start shipping on January 15, 2017. Thank you Stash Builder Box for letting me be a part of a great cause!

Straits and Arrows is a beginner friendly pattern and finishes at 58″ x 62″.

This is the mock up of it from EQ.

And this is an actual pic of it.  It’s ready for binding and should be finished, finished this weekend.

Here are some versions from my lovely pattern testers.

Thank you All!

A Thread for Life
Practice these things; be committed to them, so that your progress may be evident to all. Pay close attention to your life and your teaching; persevere in these things, for by doing this you will save both yourself and your hearers. 1 Tim 4:15-16

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WHOOMP There IT Is! #31 – It Just Keeps Flying

I’m truly baffled by how quickly time just flies on by. Half of 2016 is already gone!  I’d heard that once you turn 21 the years seem to pass 2 at a time. It’s absolutely true!  Seems like it was just yesterday I turned 21. And it’s so funny how now that I’m in my 40s, I finally feel like an adult even though I thought I was grown at 21!  With this being said, I like being in my 40s. And I consider myself to be growing better instead of  older.

I don’t know where all that came from. You’d think I just celebrated a birthday, but I didn’t. Not again until December, but thanks for humoring me.

Now on to quilty things!

I finished the Scrappy Litter Blox pattern I was testing. The pattern was featured in the June’s Stash Builder Box and will be available soon at Lillyella. I like how it came out and I’m thinking about putting the optional border on it. What do you think?

I made these cute bandanna bibs for a birthday girl who just turned 1yr. I cannot wait to see one on her. The first set I made included a piece of flannel between the 2 layers of cotton. They were super soft but I was afraid they’d be too hot for here in AZ?  I ended up making a 2nd set w/3 layers of cotton and those are the ones I gave. The others will soon be listed in my Etsy shop.

My sis has been practicing her guitar daily and she’s getting really good. Hearing her progress makes me want to play too. So the other night I pulled Ruby (my bass) out of the corner AND out of the bag! I even popped the “Getting Started” DVD into the computer and attempted to tune her. I got as far as tuning 2 strings. I’m planning to make time to practice and/or take a couple of my buddies up on their offer to teach me. I’m one step closer to being a rock star in the worship band!

I have an addition to my family.  A little fox face Pomeranian named Maurice. We call him Moe. =)

July is here! You know what that means?

Fireworks!

Kids Camp!

12 Days of Christmas in July blog hop! 

Save the date. My day on the hop will be July 22nd! I hope you hop on by!

It’s time for WHOOMP There IT Is! I’d love to see what you’ve been working on.


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Yesterday while listening to Pandora one of my favorite songs played. These are the lyrics. Enjoy!

A Thread for Life
Called Me Higher – All Sons and Daughters
I could just sit
I could just sit and wait for all Your goodness
Hope to feel Your presence
And I could just stay
I could just stay right where I am and hope to feel You
Hope to feel something again

And I could hold on
I could hold on to who I am and never let You
Change me from the inside
And I could be safe
I could be safe here in Your arms and never leave home
Never let these walls down

But You have called me higher
You have called me deeper
And I’ll go where You will lead me Lord
You have called me higher
You have called me deeper
And I’ll go where You lead me Lord
Where You lead me
Where You lead me Lord

And I will be Yours, oh
I will be Yours for all my life
So let Your mercy light the path before me

Until next time, Happy Sewing and God Bless!

New to Me

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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…
For four days only, you can get any and all classes for 50% off, and that means sunny, inspired afternoons doing exactly what you love. Expires 6/13 @11:59pm MDT. 

A Thread for Life
When we no longer seek God for His blessings, we have time to seek Him for Himself.  – The Moral Foundations of Life, 728 L Oswald Chambers

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Until next time, God Bless and Happy Stitchin’!

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

WHOOMP There IT Is! #30 – It’s Been A While

Long time, no see. I’ve missed you. I honestly can’t believe it’s been almost a month. When I decided to start doing my WHOOMP There IT Is! linky party 1x/mo (first Fridays), I didn’t intend to only blog 1x/mo!  But that’s about where I am. I do plan to blog at least twice a month though.

The month flew by and even though I had a few finishes, I don’t feel like I’ve accomplished much. Maybe because the last couple of quilts were very simple patterns? Who knows. Truth be told, I’ve been in some kind of mood lately and I really hope it passes soon because I don’t like feeling this way.

I finished the commission for 2 baby quilts. A friend/coworker ordered a quilt for each of her grandsons who will both be turning a year old in August. She got the quilts on Tuesday and is very pleased and excited to present them in August.

And here’s my other finish.

When I get to the end of a piece of fabric, 7″ or less, I usually strip it down into strings ranging from 2.5″ – 1″.  Well one day, a long, long time ago, I got a wild hair and decided to sew all my 1″ strings together (in jellyroll race fashion) and this is what it yielded. Too thin to be a lap quilt, and too wide to be a table runner, I’m calling it a bed runner. It sat as a flimsy until last month when #4 was chosen in our UFO Challenge 2016, and now it’s finished!

One last thing I want to share before the party is a pattern test I’m working on. It’s a pattern called Scrappy Litter Blox by Lillyella. The pattern will be included in the June Stash Builder Box.  I usually like to get all the cutting out of the way first, but not this time. I had to put at least one block together to show you.

I’ve quite a bit more cutting to do but the block goes together rather quickly.  I’ll finish cutting tonight and hopefully get most of the quilt together this weekend. And speaking of this weekend, it’s supposed to get upwards of 117° here in Phoenix! So yeah, I’ll be indoors ALL weekend stitchin’!

Eeek! It’s going to be a long summer. =( Maybe I can come visit one of you this summer. Anywhere is cooler than here!

So what have you been stitchin’ on?  I’d love to see it!

A Quilted Passion

A Quilted Passion

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Make Your ways known to me, 
Lord; teach me Your paths. 
Guide me in Your truth and teach me, 
for You are the God of my salvation; 
I wait for You all day long. 

Goal Reached and Other Things

I pray everyone had a Merry Christmas. Mine was good. My family came to my  house where we ate, drank and were merry. Afterward we went to Glendale Glitters. It was a really good day.

I actually finished sewing my quilted gifts on Christmas Eve. I wanted to give something quilted AND useful. I settled on these microwave cozies.

Leaning Tower of Cozies

 I made…and gave 37 of them. They were well received. I got the idea from this post and Jenn graciously sent me this tutorial.  Thanks ladies!

I’ve got my new grandson’s quilt top together. It measures 39.75″ x 47.5″.   I basted it last night and will be quilting it this week. I remember Greta saying, as she was cutting out the triangles w/her Go! Baby Accuquilt Fabric Cutter, how the colors and fabrics reminded her of a “gourmet” Iowa spring day.  So I’m calling this quilt; Iowa Spring Day. Thanks Greta!

 At first I was overwhelmed, not sure how to layout all these colors and fabrics. I finally decided to just alternate dark and light triangles in each row. Eventually I started to run out of lighter colored fabrics but then I remembered a trick I saw somewhere…I think it was Instagram.  By turning a fabric over, to wrong side out, it basically looks like a lighter/muted shade of the same fabric. I did this several times through out the baby quilt.  Thank you whoever thought of this wonderful technique!

Middle fabric used as a dark

Middle fabric turned wrong side out and used as a light

This was my first time sewing triangles together. I found/used this tutorial. Thanks Lorna!  Instead of pressing the seams open, I opted to press to one side or the other, alternating rows.

I’ve also been working on the pattern test I mentioned in my last post. I’ve got it basted and ditched. I’m calling it Walk Like An Egyptian. I love how it’s turning out. I can’t wait for everyone to see it! It’s going to be a wall hanging above my bed. I’m not sure how I’m going to hang it as I’ve never hung a quilt before, so if anyone can point me in the direction of a good How to Hang Quilts tutorial, please point away.

I bought myself a walking foot. One came w/my machine when I bought it a couple of years ago, but every time I used it, it bunched up my fabric and put a black line on it.

Anyway, I used my new one for ditching Walk Like An Egyptian and it worked beautifully. I am going to use it to quilt both of these quilt and I’m sure many others to come.

I haven’t shared pics of Ivy in a while. She is now 6 1/2 mos.  Look how big and beautiful she’s gotten.

I pray this coming year is a blessed and peaceful one for you all.

Until next time, Happy Quilting and God Bless!

A Thread for Life
So do not worry or be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will have worries and anxieties of its own. Sufficient for each day is its own trouble. Matt 6:34

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My First Pattern Test!

One of my favorite things to do online is to check out other quilting blogs. I was reading a blog back in November where a girl was talking about being a pattern tester. What is a pattern tester?A pattern tester is a  person who test patterns!  Well I wanted to be one so I started looking online for peeps who needed one.  There were several options to choose from but I decided to go w/The Quilt Pattern Magazine and signed up to test the Sashing Surprise pattern. I had this cute big print fabric I got at Goodwill that was just sitting there looking cute…and now it had a purpose.

I call this quilt Full Steam Ahoy.  It is pictured in this months issue of The Quilt Pattern Magazine.

This one is for sale in My Etsy Shop!

The Quilt Pattern Magazine
A Thread for Life
So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.
Hebrews 4:16 NLT