Friday, December 9, 2016

Hand-Made Cards




Do you ever want to make something special for a friend or loved  one,
but don't have time for a large project?

Sew up a card!



I buy plain cardstock sets found at any craft store.
Sets include multiple blank cards and envelopes.
A variety of colors are available, or ivory or white.




Use a scalloped scissors to cut a fancy edge.
Stickers are fun too!




Cut out the shapes from fabric and sew them onto fabric or directly to the card.
This is a great use of scraps, even those tiny ones!




I save all of my well-used sewing machine needles for making cards.
The cardstock paper dulls a needle quickly,
so this is a perfect use for old needles!

It's also a great excuse to play with those fancy stitches on your machine!




Use a non-bleeding pen to write a verse, poem or saying.




Or just go with strips of fabric sewn directly onto the cardstock.
Add a sweet ribbon or quote.





Or, if you're feeling like trying out some new pens and paints,
try drawing!

Your friends will love them!

(All of these cards have been made by me!)

*Day 9 of 31 Days of Blogging Challenge





Thursday, December 8, 2016

City Sampler Baby Quilt


This past summer I finally got around to using 25 of the 100 Tula Pink City Sampler Blocks.
I truly loved making these blocks! Each block was so different and so easy to follow along...except one that I had a dickens of a time with.

I chose 25 of the blocks that were similar in colors to make into a baby boy quilt.
No baby in mind, but perhaps a future grandbaby!
I now have 2 baby quilts patiently waiting for a grand entrance!




Quilted with a simple wavy stitch from side to side.
Bound in a blue and white polka dot.

I still have 75 City Sampler blocks that need a project.

I showed this quilt to a friend over the summer.
She loved it and after a bit of hesitation, she offered to buy it for $30 for a nephew.

She left empty-handed.





Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day!





Today, I am joining in on Sew Mama Sew's Giveaway Day!

One lucky winner will receive both of the following prizes:


KimberBell's "May Flowers" Bench Pillow Pattern
I think this is just adorable and want to make one myself for my porch.

and



Moda's 5" charm pack of Feed Company by Sweetwater


Responses will be accepted through Sunday, Dec. 11 at 6:00 PM Central time.
I will ship internationally.

More giveaways can be found at Sew Mama Sew

What do you need to do to be in the draw?

Tell me something quirky about yourself.

I'll start to give you an idea and warm you up to your quirkiness....

~~I never sew with shoes on. Socks or barefoot works best for me.

~~I also have a thing with even numbers.
My alarm clock and car thermostat have to be set at an even number.
Those odd numbers just make me uncomfortable!

Your turn:

Tell me something quirky about yourself!

If you are a follower of my blog by email or Bloglovin,
let me know in a second comment for an extra chance!

*due to the amount of comments on this post,
I will be unable to reply to each individually.
I have a quilt to finish by Christmas Day!!

Day 7 of the 31 Days of Blogging Challenge





Tuesday, December 6, 2016

One of Those "Gotta-Create-Something" Projects


If you have a shred of creativity in your system,
I'm sure you know the feeling of having to create something like RIGHT NOW!



I was between projects this past summer and needed to quiet that nudging inside me.
I strolled through Pinterest for inspiration, as I often do.
I came across this photo and was instantly inspired:


(not my project above...my inspiration photo)


I turned to my stash and scrap baskets for the perfect fabrics.
I FMQ'd a neutral background with a brick-patterned border on one side.
I made flowers.
I made leaves.
I sewed them down.





 I zig-zagged over green yarn to create swirly vines.

I added cloud-patterned fabric for clouds.
I even cut out a butterfly and added it  to fly near the clouds.

This little project got put on the back burner because something else got in the way of finishing it.
I think it was a quilt.

It's like yelling "SQUIRREL!!!" and off I go chasing a new adventure.

All she needs is a binding. It will get done and I will post updates.
Promise!


*Day 6 of the 31 Days of Blogging Challenge





Monday, December 5, 2016

Presenting Marie's Lap Quilt






Remember this quilt?

I made it last summer for my husband's aunt who lives in Springfield, Missouri.




We delivered it to Aunt Marie in October.

Here she is admiring it.


I must've held it up at least a dozen times so she could see the entire thing.

She loved it...just as I had hoped.


*Day #5 of the 31 Day Blogging Challenge

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Picture This! Sunday



Living in Iowa, snow is a given.

The first snow is always so sweet. At least to me.

Ask me again about snow's sweetness in February.
Or March.
Sometimes even in April!


These photos were taken overlooking our back yard from the deck.


We got about 4 inches of the fluffy stuff.


All of these photos are in color, even though they look like black and white.


It put me in the perfect mood for singing in the local choir
for our annual concert with the symphony.

Yep, I'm still dreaming of a white Christmas!

*Day 4 of the 31 Day Blogging Challenge






Saturday, December 3, 2016

Books on My Wish List


I usually have a hard time coming up with ideas for my wish list each Christmas.
I'd be completely happy if everyone just showed up on time and got along for a few hours! Unfortunately, no one in my family wants to shop for that or even give it a whirl.

So I am offering a few ideas from the book store this year.

Not in any particular order:




I followed the blog hop when this book came out and fell in love with the Bowtie Quilt pictured below. This would be such a fun project using up my scraps.
Did I say "fun" sewing up a project full of curves?







I followed this blog tour also just this past month and think Pat could help me with my machine quilting skills. I could use help, Pat!!

One of the projects in this book that I'd like to make is her star mini quilt.
I think I'd make mine in purple, but I love her colors too!





Another book on my list is Intentional Piecing by Amy Friend


I am a pushover for fussy cutting and keep my eye out for fabric to fuss over.
I asked my library to order the book, so they did. I've made a few blocks using one of Amy's paper-piecing projects in the book. Now I want my own personal copy!

Here is one block I've made from the book.
I plan to make several more to make a small project.




Do you have recommendations for any other sewing or quilting books
I should add to my list this year?

*Day 3 of the 31 Day Blogging Challenge!












Friday, December 2, 2016

My Favorite Podcasts




Sometime during the summer of 2015, I learned that there were podcasts about sewing and quilting. Up til this time, I had always listened to Pandora streamed through my iPad while plugged into speakers in my sewing room. I liked being able to choose different stations depending on my mood.

I found that my mood changed often and since sewing is such a solitary activity, I found myself almost "blue" when sewing even if I loved the music!
When I started listening to podcasts, this hasn't happened even once.
I think it's the feeling that I have someone else in the room with me while I sew.
 Isn't that strange?

Below, I've listed my favorite podcasts that I am subscribed to through iTunes. All are free!

Listed in no particular order...cuz I love them all!



Stephanie is the hostess with the mostest and she chats with many of the big names in the quilting world. The interviews are open, fun and comfortable conversations.



 


Abby Glasssenberg is another great hostess and scouts out other designers and
creative business owners in the sewing industry. Her chats are always interesting and provide so much information that I'd never thought of from the designing aspect.





This is a rather new one to me, but I've really enjoyed a few episodes.
Each episode focuses on one creative personality and shares his/her story.







Who doesn't love Pat Sloan? Pat always keeps me smiling and listening with her informal conversations with great minds in the sewing world.


I listen to a few more podcasts, but these are my favorites.

Time seems to fly when I listen and sew along.
No more "blues" for me!

Do you listen to any others that I should check out?

*Day 2 of the 31 Day Blog Challenge!










Thursday, December 1, 2016

My Scrappy Picnic Plaid Quilt (in progress)




Give me a good challenge, and I'm in! As long as it doesn't involve running or burpees, it's good.
When I saw that there was a quilt-along on Instagram to make the Scrappy Picnic Plaid Quilt that's found in the 2016 Quilter's Planner, I jumped on the wagon!
Prizes were/are involved to sweeten the deal.

You might remember the CrossCut Quilt I made this past summer that will be given to one of my children for Christmas this year. This Scrappy Picnic Plaid quilt would be perfect for my other kiddo!

 

I raided my stash for scraps that would match the living quarters of this child.
(Note how I'm avoiding the his/her terms in the event one of my off-spring is reading!)

I came up with this.


I picked up more fabric as we traveled in October, stopping in Missouri, Texas, New Mexico and a few other places. (That trip will surely be a post coming up this month.)

I am falling a bit behind on the challenge process because of working, but there have been some long binges of sewing going on just in hopes of getting this baby done for Christmas!

I am linking up with two other challenges...

Fingers crossed that I can do this!

hosted by Muppin / Cheryl Sleboda


and




What have you been sewing lately? Any good books being read?