Bonus Easter Bags for The Grands

I can’t remember the last time if ever, I purchased a pre-made Easter basket.  This year, however, I decided to make bags for The Grands.

I used a reversible Trick-or-Treat Bag pattern by Kenzie Mac.  I fell in love w/this pattern several years ago after seeing it at the AQG Quilt show in Mesa, AZ. I especially LOVE the jute webbing handle!

I made the first bag for no one in particular, using the lovely Hidden Garden by Miriam Bos for Birch Fabrics .

After showing it to my middle son, (who is temporarily living back at home w/me), and telling him how it’s actually a pattern for a Trick-or-Treat Bag,  he suggested making the reverse side in Halloween fabric so The Grands can use it for trick-or-treating too. Duh! It doesn’t have to be Easter on both sides!  I can’t believe I didn’t think of that on my own!

So that’s what I did.

Easter on one side.20170407_223245

And Halloween on the other.20170407_223419(1)

I love how they turned out. Now to fill them w/goodies!

Have a great holiday weekend.

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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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The Party’s Over

Last week I got an Account Expiration Notification email from InLinkz,  saying my subscription would soon expire.  I was surprised to learn it had already been a year since I started my WHOOOMP There IT Is Linky Party! The notice said my options were to extend my account (pay) to create image linkups or use for free as a text-only linkup.  I opted for neither, and so the party has come to an end.

 And to be honest, I’m not sad about it. I enjoyed hosting the linky, which started out as a weekly party, and later became a monthly one, but something about me and deadlines…  After experiencing both sides; host and linky-upper, I like being the linky-upper better.

Alas, a huge thank you to all who linked up and partied w/me along the way.

Moving right along…

I had a fairly productive month and have a few things to share w/you today to prove it.

One night I was jonesing for a finish. It felt like it had been forever since I’d finished a quilt.  I needed to make one and I needed to make it fast! I dug out some blocks that were given to me. Originally there were seven and they measured approximately 16″ x 19″. I used six of them to make this scrappy little number.  I used the quick turn/envelope/birthing method (no binding), and a combo of stitch-in-the-ditch and other straight line quilting.  And Tada! I got my fix!

I had used the 7th block a few months ago to make a pillow for Moe. This is usually where he is when I’m sewing.

This is Zebrina. A fun applique quilt from Heidi Pridemore of The Whimsical Workshop.  My grandson says Zebra’s are only supposed to be black and white not “grey”. He was not impressed w/mine. She’s not grey though, She’s made w/Sarah Watts’ Shibuya in linen, from the Tokyo Train Ride collection.

I just have to add some quilting to the sky, and then she’ll be hanging on the wall in my sewing room.

Oh! I also finished Scrappy Litter Blox a pattern by Lillyella. I pattern tested this before it was released in the June Stash Builder Box.

The Scrappy Litter Blox  pattern will soon be available directly from Lillyella.

And here it is in crinkly splendor after warshing and drying. I used a lot of Alison Glass’ Sun Prints in this quilt.  I even got fancy and did FMQ meandering in the borders!

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My last finish is from my UFO Challenge 2016 list.  It’s a wall hanging for my grand-daughter and has been a wip for 1-2 years.

It’ll make the perfect gift for her 6th birthday next month as it has 6 tulips on it. I wish I could say that was the plan all along, but it’s simply coincidence.

The pattern is called Tiny Tulips by Quilting in the Rain. I won the pink fabric I used for the tulips from a QITR giveaway on IG! I got a little fancy w/the quilting on this one too. Anytime I say I did “fancy quilting”, I mean I did FMQ in the form of meandering or a back & forth I learned in an Angela Walter’s Craftsy Class. I also did my fave Faux Piped Binding.

That’s all I’ve got today for finishes.  But I do want to mention that I’m super duper excited Katy of KatyQuilts will be spending several months in AZ!  I have all kinds of sew days and such planned for us. She’s a talented and prolific quilter/blogger who inspires me immensely. Thanks Katy!

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