Monday, September 21, 2015

Trying something new!

Hi all!
I know it has been awhile since I posted anything. I have more projects going then I have finished! My daughter has been making some really neat leather travel journals. I went to the leather store with her and wow! I can make this, I can make that... easier said then done! I tried dying leather and it came out terrible! So I thought I would try again and make the cat a new collar! Not too bad if I say so myself.

I fashioned it after one of her older collars. Yes I stained it red. It's not perfect but good enough for my first attempt. I also included a piece of safety elastic in case she gets stuck any where.

Here is a closer view of it

The cat modeling it. I had to bribe her with treats. She did not want her picture taken. I think it looks quite pretty on her!
I'm going to try making a different style next. Hope you are all doing well and having a good month! Thanks for stopping in!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Another pincushion!

Hi again! As I was moving my pins over to my new pincushion, I realized I did not share this one. It's really cute too! Take a look...

The pattern I used was a free one I found on Craftsy . It is a paper piecing pattern by Patchwork Posse for a mug rug. 

I saw a great pincushion possibility so I reduced the pattern by 50% and made a pincushion. I thought it still need a little extra something so I added a flower and a lady bug to adorn each toadstool. I also added some mini pompoms for added fun.

They would have come out much better if I practiced a few times, but... I couldn't wait to add them. I have a great book written by Sue Spargo called Creative Texturing. She has great instructions and you can also find tutorials on YouTube and Craftsy.

Thank you for reading my posts, I hope you have a happy day! Keep sewing!

Time to farm!

Hi! I hope you are doing well. I wanted to share a neat new book with you. It's called Farm Girl Vintage and it is by Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet.

I love this book! The blocks are really cute and easy to make. It has instructions for 6 inch and 12 inch blocks. The instructions are very clear and easy to follow. Pit also has a lot of pictures and many other projects to make. Best of all, it has a spiral binding so it lays flat! Lori is currently hosting a sew along over on her blog if you would like to play along.
Here is her link: Beeinmybonnet

I have been following along, but of course at my own pace. One of the first projects she shared on her blog was a pincushion. I thought the construction of it was very clever and I just had to make one! Here is my finished pin cushion.
The top

The bottom

I bought a charm pack called Garden Project by Tim and Beck to make this. I did buy additional yardage of a few of the fabrics because I was originally going to make pot holders, which I may still do. You can see Lori Holt's pincushion tutorial here at this link:

I will share my farm girl vintage blocks when I get a few done. Until next time, keep sewing and have a happy day.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Chocolates anyone?

I wanted to get a Valentine's gift for my oldest daughter. So I took a look at her etsy favorites to see what I might get. She had favored a small bear but it was sold out :(  . Hmmm I could make that (famous last words right?).  So I did!  The pattern and kit I purchased from Endinburgh Imports,
edinburgh imports. It's quite small so you need to make sure the stitches are small and tight. I used a whip stitch on mine and that worked out good. To turn the pieces I used a small stick and was very careful not to poke it through the pieces.

Here is the completed bear

Here is how I packaged it for her. She thought she was only getting a box of chocolates! She was so surprised when she opened it and more surprised when I told her I made it. 

I had to eat the biggest piece of chocolate so it would fit, it was yummy!
Hope your day's are good! Until next time, happy sewing!

Thursday, February 5, 2015


We're already digging into 2015! I have been working on completing projects over the past few months. This one I am sharing with you today is a Quilt I made for one of my nephews. The pattern is by Elizabeth Hartman called The Pointy Quilt. I made the baby size, there is also an option for a larger size. Check out her website

I am learning how to machine quilt and I thought this was a good one to start with. I used a simple meandering stitch. 

And here is the finished project!

I must say I had some difficulty sewing the feathers to the white arrow shaft. The diagonals kept throwing me off. After I don't know how many re-sews and perseverance, I finally figured it out. I know it's just me, the pattern is very well written and has very good illustrations. I love that you can download her patterns and get started right away.

 Enjoy your day! I'll post a few more things I've finished in the coming weeks. 

Friday, October 3, 2014

Giving back

This past week I worked on sewing projects for three different organizations. Beads of courage, Heads at ease and a local Hospice.

Beads of Courage is a national program that is also expanding to other countries. It is a program that gives support and strength to children with a serious illness. Each bead they receive represents a milestone in their treatment. Beads of courage bags are given to each participant to store their beads in. If you would like to help sew bags, check out their website or check with your local quilt shop.

Here is what it looks like closed

The next project was a pillowcase for an organization called Heads at ease. This program was started by a Navy mom who was sending her deployed son and his friends a hug from home in the form of a pillow case. This is a great way to support are military troops. For more information, here is the website  . I made my pillow case using some fabric I picked up while I was visiting the great city of Seattle. 

My last project this week is for a local Hospice House called Peppi's House. It's a home-like inpatient hospice facility. Each patient gets a quilt to help them feel more comfortable and more at home. Check with your local quilt shop or hospice house in your area for more information on donating a quilt. I used bright cheery colors in this quilt.

It's been a busy and rewarding week! That's it for this post. Have a great day!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Western pincushions! Yee haw!

Every year I go to a sewing camp held by the Quilters Market at the famous Tanque Verde Ranch here in Tucson, Az. I enjoy presenting our camp counselors with a new pincushion every year. This year I decided to use wool in my project. I wanted it to be a memento of camp this year and used some icons typical to the southwest and ranch living. I also added some decorative stitching and made a crazy quilt layout on the pincushions.


Since I was making two, I changed the second one up just a little bit by adding a flower instead of the horseshoe.

I filled them with crushed walnut shells that I bought from the local pet store. I love the added weight it gives them and the texture from the walnut shells help keep needles clean. I am currently working on another wool pincushion, I will post that as soon as I am done with it. But if you haven't figured me out yet, I like to work on multiple projects at once so in time it will be done. Have a great day!!