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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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!

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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!

WHOOMP There IT Is! #23 – A Productive Week & Craft Sale

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Hello and Happy Friday!  No matter what, it’ll always be my favorite day of the week!

The past week was as productive as I wanted it to be. AND I’ve got some pics to prove it!

I spent quality time w/my grands last weekend. We went to the park and to the picture show to see Zootopia, which is a really cute movie.  We had an all around great time as usual.

I was able to finish an Easy Twirl Skirt for my granddaughter in time for her to wear it to church on Sunday. It’s a simple and  free tutorial. The hardest part for me was making the ruffle.  I was bummed when I realized I hadn’t taken a pic of her wearing it,  but here’s a pic of the skirt itself.

It was while I was making the skirt that I realized one of the threads on my serger had come un-threaded.  I was going to do the tying off method but I had no idea where the heck the stray thread came from and where all it wasn’t threaded…so, I decided to take ALL of the threads out.  Of course after I did that, I suffered a brief moment of panic.  Then I calmed down, took out the manual and re-threaded the darn thing! I would be lying if I said I didn’t drop a few F & S bombs or work up a sweat, but I got ‘er done!

My Serger – Oh Susana! 

I am slowly accepting the fact that my eyes are aging and w/it I’m becoming farsighted, which means I can see things at a distance better than close up. I just recently learned the difference between nearsightedness and farsightedness.

Moving right along, I cut out all the strings for my Halloween spiderweb quilt.  There’s all kinds of good stuff in this pile ‘o strings; Cotton and Steel, Michael Miller, Dear Stella and Connecting Threads.

I even did a test block! It may or may not become part of the actual quilt. One reason is I don’t have anymore of this orange fabric. Another is I’m trying to decide if I want the strings that immediately outline the star to be of the same color (not necessarily the same fabric) to make the star more defined. When I look at this star, it appears wonky. Not that there’s anything wrong w/wonky, I’m just not going for that look w/the stars on this quilt.  What do you think?

I’m still finishing up some items for the Craft Sale tomorrow.  If you are local, come on by. I look forward to seeing you. We’ll be in Glendale AZ at 46th Ave & Bryce Lane, which is just south of Northern from 8a – 2p! Click on the pic to see our Craigslist Ad. There will be handmade lovelies of all kinds to choose from. You won’t want to miss this sale!

Craftsy is having another sale! Check out their Sale-A-Bration Alert! For a very limited time, you’ll find top designers, beloved brands and much more marked down on Craftsy. With up to 60% off best-selling kits and supplies, you can shop ’til you drop! Hurry, the deals end Sunday!

It’s party time!

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WHOOMP There IT Is! #20 – It’s Giveaway Time!

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Hello! It’s so good to see you! If today is the first time you are visiting my blog, well then you picked a very good day to do so! It’s giveaway time, and an extra special one to boot! But first I’ve gotta show you a couple of thangs.

I finished my custom quilt order and even made matching pillow shams! Yay me!

I’m this close to constructing one full block (1 of 16) of my Arkansas Traveler quilt and I’m lovin’ how it’s looking so far.  I only have a few more days to work on this project though.  It was #8 on my 2016 UFO Challenge list and the number chosen for February.  Hopefully, March’s # will be for a small project or one that is almost finished so I can come back to work on this beauty.

Now we can get to the important stuff; The Giveaway!

I’m giving away a sampler pack called Shadows which consists of 20 Fat Quarters in shades of grey (not 50…lol) and black & whites (even though the description on the link says 19) AND a 5 pack Salt & Pepper Thread Set by Connecting Threads.  And this is where I have to say, this giveaway is in no way affiliated w/Connecting Threads. To sweeten it up a bit I’m including a Mojo bar and a $5 Starbucks gift card!

Another view of the prize =)

And to sweeten it up even more…I got a collaborator! Say hello to Sandra Fay of Fay West Designs!  She’s a maker of gorgeous handmade jewelry that features miniature quilt blocks and fabric patterns.  I came across her beautiful jewelry creations on Instagram @faywestdesigns and ordered myself these 2 pairs of earrings over the holidays. Aren’t they just lovely?!

She is graciously offering up these stunners as part of this giveaway.  Thank you, Sandra!

This sturdy pair of hand-made earrings is made of lightweight bronze findings making them perfect for the most sensitive of ears.  Each piece is handcrafted so no two are exactly alike. Attention is given to every detail.  After the colorful pattern is created, it is heated to add strength. This results in a tight and bright intricate design.  Small TILES Measure approx. 12mm square

To see more of this fabulous Mini Art Jewelry and other lovelies, visit her shop at FayWestDesigns.etsy.com.    You can also find her on Instagram: @faywestdesigns.

There are 3 easy steps to enter!

  1. If you aren’t already a follower, follow A Quilted Passion on Instragram @aquiltedpassion or Bloglovin’
  2. Follow Fay West Designs on Instagram @faywestdesigns
  3. Leave a comment on this blog post letting me know how you follow and what favorite quilt block you’d like to see on a pair of earrings.  It’s that simple!

I will choose a winner next Thursday, March 3rd at 9p AZ-MST using True Random Number Generator and will announce it in a blog post on Friday, March 4th. This giveaway is now closed.

Now, let’s get this party started!

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…if I die suddenly, my gravestone might appropriately offer this insight into my departure: “God got tired.” I require lots of work.  – Beth Moore, Believing God

WHOOMP There IT Is! #16 – My Binding Evolution

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How do you quilt? Some people quilt by hand, some by machine…and some by check. Check? Yep! I cracked up the first time I heard it…lol! What it means is, they pay someone to do the quilting for them. In most cases it’s a long-arm quilter.  Now, some long-arm quilters also offer binding services but…some don’t. So I had the awesome idea to offer machine binding services to local quilters who want to bind by check. =)  I’m currently working on a list of services and prices.

When I first started quilting I got anxiety when it came to the actual quilting, but even more so when it came to binding. My teacher wasn’t always available so I went surfing and came across Quilting in the Rain. I used Jera’s Binding and Blind Stitching Tutorial for awhile.

Before long, I decided that hand binding is for the birds.  I then graduated to her Machine Binding Tutorial. After using this technique for some time, I decided I wanted something w/a less bulky ending.  I went surfing again and found Binding by Machine by Carole at Fresh off the Frame. It teaches a smooth, mitered join at the end. It was exactly what I was looking for!

And then one day, either several months or a year later ( I don’t know exactly how long as life is busy and time passes way too quickly), I was visiting my friend jkfreeman13 (IG name). She was showing me quilts she’d made over the years and they were all finished w/a gorgeous and very polished binding that also had an accent color.  She referred to it as Susie’s Magic Binding.   It is also known as Faux Piped Binding  and it is AMAZING! I’ve written about this AMAZING binding before.  In the FPB tutorial, Trisha explains the difference in pressing the seam of your binding and accent fabric one way or the other. The effect is either “stuffed” like piping, or “flat” like a flange. This is my absolute favorite binding tutorial to date and will be an option that I offer w/my services.  Hand binding, on the other hand, will not be an option I offer.

Last week at our Quilters Anonymous Sit & Sew, in spite of excessive socializing, I managed to get all of the squares sewn together for this scrappy lap quilt I’ve named Lap Full of Flowers.

 Afterward, I came home and made a scrappy Jellyroll Race Quilt top.

And one more thing before I get to the linky, Craftsy is at it again! 
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So…how have y’all been? I’ve been seeing lots of fantastic WIPs in blogland and IG but, I’m always thrilled to see more!
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And last but not least, GO BRONCOS!!!

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! #8

Thank you all for your kind comments regarding my uncle’s passing.  My cousin loves the quilt I made for her.  I finished it at about 1145a Saturday and left my house at 1230p.  It was my fastest binding job ever. I love machine binding!

I’ve got a few WHOOMPS to share this week.

I finished the quilt top for the custom order that I got through my Etsy shop a few weeks ago, which is for a throw size (60″ x 75″) of the Hillside Houses Quilt. I finally cut into my new roll of batting.  It is already basted and I will start quilting it this Sunday.  I’m hoping to have it completely finished and ready to ship next Thursday. A pic is coming soon.

This week I sold another quilt listed in my Etsy shop.  The wall hanging I made during the Hillside Houses QAL.  I call it Evening Hillside Houses.

I had to add a sleeve to it, which is something I hadn’t done before but I got ‘er done.  I used this handy dandy tutorial and watched this video.  I shipped it yesterday.

I recently listed a few patterns in my Craftsy Pattern Store and am extremely pleased w/the number of sales I’ve had so far.

I finished the Christmas gift paper piecing project! Well…it’s not finished finished but the 20″ square top is finished and I must say, it’s pretty darn amazing!  Now I just have to figure out how to quilt it.  I’m also thinking about entering it in the Arizona Quilters Guild Quilt Show in March.

And lastly, I made a mug rug this week using this Tea Cup Pattern.  I liked it much better as a flimsy.

I learned a couple of valuable lessons in quilting it.
1. I should use a walking foot for straight line quilting, no matter how small the project.
2. Binding projects this small is for the birds and I will not do it again.

Now I’d like to see what you did this week. Link up and share below. =)

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