Mo Better Blues

After not really feeling my first batch of mug rugs, I decided not to use any of the original Asian fabric after all.

I instead chose these blues, which still give off an Asian vibe. I like these much better.  
In addition to the Mock Logs block, I made one called Forest Paths. Both patterns are from Quilt Blocks Galore aka Quilter’s Cache.a955d188-3978-45ea-a379-8c5c9fc5f4f4

It was quite the chore binding the first block, so I opted for a quick turn/birthing method on the second one.  This suited me much better and it’ll be my method of choice for finishing any/all mug rugs I make in the future.72868755-17ca-4e7c-9bca-6c4ca33eb81f

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Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful. – Col. 3:14-15

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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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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! #3

I recently ran out of batting so I’ve spent the last week or so working on small projects.  
It all started w/this snap bag.
Then I made a couple of zippered pouches. An open wide zippered pouch and a boxy bag.  I’ve only sewn zippers twice before so I was pretty proud of myself for getting the zippers right the 1st time on both of these bags.

I decided to use up some of my flannel stash and made a few baby blankets. I forgot to take pics of a couple of them.  I went retro w/the first one.  This Sylvester and Tweety fabric is from 1997!

There’s another baby blanket rolled up in this next pic. The tote bags are a pattern I’m working on for my pattern store. I also made a set of Easy Reversible Microwave Cozies.

Then I remembered my granddaughter’s 5th b-day is coming up next month, so I thought it would be a good idea to actually start the wall hanging that was to be her gift last year! In my defense I actually had ALL of the pieces cut out…but then I put them in a ziploc bag and tucked them safely away…and kinda forgot about them for a year.  Anyway, it only took me a couple of hours to get it sewn together.

It’s the Tiny Tulips pattern by Jera at Quilting in the Rain.

The tulips are made w/fabric I actually won from one of Jera’s Instagram giveaways awhile back. 
Yay Me!

It’s still in the flimsy stage because I want to get her name embroidered on it before I quilt it.  Where you see “Mia” in black is where I want to get it embroidered in pink.

And of course I plan to finish it using the Faux Piped Binding technique.


Now it’s that time
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Everyone likes to hear “thank you” and know their effort is appreciated.
Spread the Love
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The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness; He will quiet you by His love; He will exult over you with loud singing.Zephaniah 3:17ESV

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!

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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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