Thursday, February 09, 2017

Christmas Quilts...

A couple of weeks ago I decided to make a lap quilt for all our children and grandchildren for Christmas next year. That's 41 quilts, including one for my husband and me. I can't believe I had the foresight to actually start this project in February, instead of next October. I think I should treat myself to a boatload of chocolate for that one. I already have three at the longarm quilter's home, and I've got two more to drop off when I pick the three up. Things are going to get busier this spring and summer, so I want to get as many done as I can this winter. These are simple piece-in-a-day quilts, but they are turning out cute and unique. Here are some fabrics I bought for one of my little grandsons. I asked each set of parents to send favorite colors for every member in the family and this grandson indicated he likes black and red. I think these rugged logger-man beavers fit the bill. {Kaufman Burly Beavers and coordinates can be found at}

Friday, February 03, 2017

Another Baby Quilt...

Last week I published a post about a quilted baby blanket I made for a granddaughter due in March. Today I'll be showing you its "cousin" for our granddaughter due in February. {For any of you that are curious -- these are #19 and #20. Hard to believe, eh?  We're very grateful for all our grandchildren!} I used the same pattern and inspiration fabric for both quilts, but differed the accent fabrics. Here's the one I just finished for the baby due this month...

The colors for this quilt are a little brighter than the first quilt. This one has coral colors, where the other featured light pinks. Both are beautiful, just slightly different.

My favorite fabric in this quilt is this coral fabric from Cinderberry Stitches {Lecien Deer Lines}. I bought this fabric, and other fabric from this line, a few years ago and have used them on various projects. I adore it...

The other fabrics in the quilt are mostly from a fabric line at Hobby Lobby.

I chose a floral longarm quilt pattern this time. If you look carefully you can see the flowers and leaves in the quilting...

For the back I used the inspiration fabric {floral} and another complimentary fabric...

I'll be heading to California in a couple of weeks to help my daughter and her family when the baby arrives. This, and a few other things, will be tucked into my suitcase for the little one.

I have to admit I'm loving making these "piece in a day" quilts! 

Monday, January 30, 2017

Snappy Bag & Mommy Cards...

It seems as if many of my ideas lately are gifts for a new mother. This is one that you won't see every day. The transition from career/working woman to stay-at-home momma can be significant. As much as we look forward to children coming into our lives, the shift from a working lifestyle where you are in constant association with others, to a lifestyle with a baby and husband being your "whole world" leaves many young mothers yearning for a little outside fellowship with others in a similar situation. Fortunately, staying at home is less structured than working, so you are in a position to meet others and become friends. That's where a "Mommy Card" comes in. You use it much the same as a business card.

One can hand it out to other young mothers you might happen to meet at the library, park, church or wherever! The card tells them your name and some contact information of your choice.

I ordered these cards for my daughter-in-law who after a number of years is becoming a stay-at-home mother to their first baby. They came from Vista Print and cost about $20 {embossing was extra} for 100 cards. If you think that's too many, you don't know my outgoing and friendly daughter-in-law. They are moving in the next couple of weeks, so she's sure to use them as she meets other young mothers living near her new home. 

I don't know if you remember my "Snappy Bag." Go here for the tutorial. They are just the right size to carry a young mother's new Mommy Cards. 

I think this is a fun little gift for the new mother to help her transition to her new role when she becomes a stay-at home momma!

Friday, January 27, 2017

Half Square Triangle Quilt the easy way....

Yesterday I published a post telling you about the baby quilt that I finished recently. It was a half square triangle quilt in a star pattern. I mentioned that this pattern was both simple and quick!

One of the reasons it was so quick is that I watched an amazing video at "Simple Simon and Company"  that demonstrated a short-cut when making half square triangle blocks. This little trick can save you a lot of time and effort. I'll let the video speak for itself. Go here to watch the video!

Another blog, "The Sewing Loft," has even more ideas on how to create blocks {quickly} for half square triangle quilts. 

Also, Pinterest has a myriad of ideas for how to put
together half square quilts for different

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Baby Quilt...

A week or two ago I dropped this quilt off at a longarm quilter. In the course of our conversation I told her that in the past I really didn't like to quilt that much. I love sewing projects that I can finish in a day. That has left intricate, complex quilt patterns out of the picture for me. In response she said, "So you're a seamstress, not a quilter." My reply, "Mmmmm, not really. I'm more of a sewer." That's how I've always thought of myself. I love quick and easy projects that can be finished in one afternoon and given away the next day!

A month ago I came across this star quilt pattern. I loved the simple pattern, so I decided to try my hand at a couple of baby quilts. I sized it for a baby and gave it a go.

I think this simple quilt has turned me into a quilter. I've decided quilts don't have to be intricate and time-consuming to be beautiful. I chose some fabrics from Hobby Lobby. The floral print (in the center) is one I've bought for a number of project, so I decided to build the quilt around that print. {The colors of the quilt are more accurate in the photo below than in the other pictures to follow.}

We have two granddaughters due in the next couple of months. This is for the baby due in March. The baby's momma loves soft pinks, grays, whites and beige colors. I hope she'll like this quilt. More importantly, I hope the baby will grow to love it.

The other grandbaby's quilt is waiting to be longarm quilted as I write. That one features the same floral and blue fabrics, but instead of the soft pink, it has coral colors. I'm anxious to get that one back too.

The beauty of this particular pattern is that I cut it out and finished the top of the quilt in an afternoon. Just the way I like it!

I think if you're going to have a simple pattern, like this one, it really helps to get it professionally quilted. The quilting made a world of difference and I love the texture it added to the quilt.

I made some bias tape from one of the fabrics I used in the quilt for the binding. This arrow fabric (with gold metallic accent) is cute on the bias.

For the back of the quilt I just used the floral print and this beautiful soft pink swan fabric...

The moral of this story is... don't ever count yourself out. I didn't think of myself as a quilter, but this easy pattern has made all the difference. I kind of love quilting now.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Dwipe & Burp Cloths...

A couple of days ago I posted some photos of projects that I've been making the last couple of weeks for a couple of granddaughters that will arrive in February and March. Here are a few more of those projects...

A number of years ago I made this pattern for a Diaper/Wipe Tote. I named it the "Dwipe," and have been selling the pattern in my Etsy shop ever since. If you need a quick homemade gift for a mother-to-be, this should be your go-to gift. It's such an easy pattern to sew and it's something that will be used for years by the new momma (and daddy).  It's a small case where a parent can store essentials -- a travel case of wet wipes, a thin changing pad, and a few diapers. This tote can also come in handy for the parent who is training her child. One can put a change of clothing into the tote in case of emergency. This mini-tote can then be placed in a glove compartment, a purse, or a diaper bag. I made a bunch of these some months back and have been giving them away ever since.

I've saved the best for last. These are the easiest little gifts to make you will ever find, but mothers and fathers love these crazy burp cloths. Years ago one of my daughters-in-law asked me to make her some of these, and they've been a hit with the new mommas and daddies in our family ever since. They are basically a pre-folded purchased cloth diaper that has been fancied up a bit. Here's the simple tutorial I published years ago. It'll show you how to make these cute and practical gifts...'

{Once again, these fabrics are from of Hobby Lobby.}

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Looking forward to more grandbabies...

Hi there. Yup, I'm still alive. You might have thought otherwise, but I've actually been very busy these last few months with "life" and a new part time job. I was offered a job in retail in October for the holiday season, but got news last week that they wanted to keep me on. The job is mostly part time, so I still get to enjoy the hobbies that I have in the past. With the holidays behind us last week my hours reduced considerably and I was able to start and finish a bunch of baby projects. We have two granddaughters due very soon -- one will arrive in February and one in March. I can't wait to meet these little angels. I'm almost finished with the quilt below. Generally speaking, I'm no quilter. It takes patience and perseverance to be a quilter -- two qualities that I have in short supply -- but I wanted to make a quilt for one of the little ones so I chose this "easy" disappearing nine-patch quilt as the pattern. I love these fabrics. They're from Hobby Lobby. There are 10 or more complimentary fabrics from this line. I've got to finish the binding and I'll call it good...

I also made a few receiving blankets. I usually do two sides of flannel for these blankets, but I did one side regular cotton fabric and the other flannel on these. Here's the tutorial for these extra large receiving blankets...

Here's the Maggie the Taggie Owl that I made from the pattern I sell in my Etsy shop. My daughter-in-law used this pattern to make her infant a taggie blanket and put a crinkle paper between the fabrics so it not only had tactile stimulation, but a crinkly audio stimulation as well. She used a couple of the plastic/paper bags that houses the cereal in boxed cereal. Those make the perfect crinkle "paper" for these taggies! Just save one or two, unfold them and sew them between the fabrics!

I love the ribbons they currently have at Hobby Lobby that are complimentary to their fabric lines. Sooo cute!

Later this week I'll show you a few more things I've made. I love sewing for these little ones. It's my way of welcoming them into our family and letting them {and their parents} know they are loved.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Friday's Fabulous Finds...

I spy with my Etsy eye...
the first day of school!

Clockwise, starting top left:

Linen Pencil Case
Cupcake Wrappers
Pencil Sharpener
Paper Clip
Fine Art Photograph

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

Friday, July 29, 2016

Friday's Fabulous Finds...

I spy with my Etsy eye something...

Clockwise, starting top left:

Decorative Pillow
Infinity Scarf
Venice House Bracelet
Rustic Flower Crown
Pocket Mirror 

Wishing you a fun-filled weekend!

Friday, July 22, 2016

Friday's Fabulous Finds...

I spy with my Etsy eye...
shades of blue.

Clockwise, starting top left:

Wishing you a trouble-free weekend!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Bloomin' Tuesday...

I hope you're having a nice day. The last few weeks have been busy ones for me. First, a daughter and her little family visited for a week. Then, most of the rest of the kids and their families came for a reunion, and last week I went to Indiana to help my son's family with their new little one. It's been busy and fun. I'm back to my "usual" (whatever that is) routine, so I thought I'd share some pictures of the garden today. The relentless heat and sun of this time of year always creates a challenge in my garden. No matter how much water I pour on my plants, it just doesn't compensate for the high temps and the scorching sun. In about a month, the plants will get a break in the hot weather and they will perk back up.

We have a bumper crop of lettuce this year. It's shaded throughout the day, so the sun doesn't bother it too much...

Many plants in my containers are struggling, but the geraniums love the heat.

My morning glory are beginning to bloom. I love going out early in the morning and seeing their beautiful deep purple faces!

Luscious impatiens have completely filled the planter boxes we made last spring.

Wishing you a nice Bloomin' Tuesday.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Friday's Fabulous Finds...

I spy with my Etsy eye some...
summer fun.

Clockwise, starting top left:

Pineapple Low Socks
Summer Mug
Pineapple Planter
Tea Towel
Hair Tie Bracelet

Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Children's Ice Cream Shop... the big reveal!

A few weeks ago on a blog post I mentioned that I had bought a used TV stand to repurpose into an ice cream shop for children. I finished it shortly after that post and it's time for the reveal. You might remember that I talked the cashier at the thrift store down to $5 for this "beauty." {I'm embarrassingly cheap when it come to repurposing items.}

Here are the steps it took to repupose this TV stand into a fun treat shop for the grandkids...

1. I disassembled it -- the top, kick plate, knobs, and cupboard doors all came off.

At this point, the back of the TV stand became the front of the ice cream shop, so when I refer to the "front" and "back" I am referring to the front and back of the new ice cream shop.

2. I applied a coat of Kilz Original Oil-Based Primer on all the pieces.  I also bought a piece of hard board and cut it to size for the front of the ice cream shop. {There was no "back" on the TV stand before.}

3. I used Behr "One to Remember" and Behr "Misty Isle" to paint the shop. These are beautiful colors reminiscent of peach and mint chocolate chip ice cream -- perfect for the little shop.

4. When the pieces were painted, I reassembled the stand -- turning the top around to the (now) front of the ice cream shop and placing the kick plate on the front of the shop. The hard board was also put on the front of the shop. New knobs were placed on the cupboard doors.

5. I bought two 1-1/4" x 48" round dowels at Home Depot. Two round holes were drilled in the top of the shop. I also cut two 2-1/2" cubes and drilled a hole through both of those. They were glued to the inside of the shop to help secure the bottom of the dowels. {See below.}

6. Strips of cotton were cut 1-1/2" x 16" to make the fabric banner. It was strung across the dowels.

7. A cute ice cream sign was purchased from Amazon to add to the front of the shop.

8. Two "Melissa & Doug Ice Cream Scoop Sets" were purchased. This magnetic play set makes it easy for little ones to scoop up the ice cream and place it on the cones!

The result was more than I'd hoped for... 

The ice cream shop was revealed at our family reunion. It was my hope the little ones would enjoy playing with something new. It did not disappoint...

It was especially fun when the adults got into it and ordered real ice cream from the kiddos. 

From a junkie old TV stand to a fresh new children's ice cream shop, this repurposed item was one of my favorites of all time!

My thanks to Mindi, at My Love 2 Create, for inspiring this project with her Frozen Treat Stand!

And one more thing... aren't my grandkids adorable!?!