Saturday, March 29, 2014

SEWjo Saturday 3 ( Winner announced)

Welcome everyone!  I hope you have all had a great week with NO SNOW and lots of sewing!  If not, come join me in see what all of our friends have been doing and getting inspired by their successes :o)  I may not have much to share this saturday but I am looking forward to seeing lots of crafty goodness from y'all!

I did make these that I forgot to share. First is the funny panty block from the tutorial by Penny from sewtakeahike.  This one CRACKS ME UP!  I did add the side and bottom bands to my panties. 


I also tackled doing paper piecing with LEATHER!  The gold lace section of the bra...LEATHER!  It is from Lindsay's shop LRstitched and is so easy to sew.  I was careful with the ironing but other than that it was no more difficult to sew than regular fabric.  





I did forget to share that I made my very FIRST pillowcase! It was for the APQS 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge!  One case takes very little time and helps out a sweet child who needs comfort.  There are THIRTY NINE free patterns to choose from to make a fun case.  I was dropping off my Bernina at my local quilt shop Quilt and Sew and found out they are a participating shop in this event.  Kiki even provided the fabric ( and the guidance to make the case).  She is so COOL!  Thank you Kiki!!!! To find a shop that participates near you please visit All People Quilt Find A Shop.



I am an official member of the Modern Quilt Guild!  I need to get that button UP on my sidebar!  Are you a member of the MQG?


Finally, here is the incentive for this week to link up...the chance to win a sample set of all the weights of Aurifil and two charm packs of Spirit!!!!! One random winner will be chosen from the linked posts :o)



Let's get our SEWjo (sewing mojo) going!  This link up will be open from Saturday through Sunday to give you LOTS of time in case you need to do silly other stuff like make dinner or driving your kids somewhere and then there is always making sure you have good lighting. The things we all have to go through...sigh ;o)

To participate in the party please... 
1. Share a project from this past week or TODAY!!! Link it up from your blog or, if you do not have a blog, your Flickr photos. It can be a  FABULOUS finish or a WIP ( any progress is always good)that you are working hard to get off your sewing table!

2. Share a link back to SEWjo Saturday somewhere in your post. I would be over the moon if you grabbed the button and shared that too ;o)

3. Share some love with some of the other posters!!!!  Visit some of the linked up photos and get inspired by other quilty friends' work. And please leave some sunshine in their comments! Let's support each other! 


Thank so much everyone!!!! Y'all are so awesome!!!!  I am a tad behind this week posting...sorry!

The winner this week is MAD TESLA!!!!!  I know where to find you...LOL!!!!  





Friday, March 28, 2014

SEWjo Saturday Friday peek ;o)

Adam has been caught sharing!  I caught him sharing his germs with me and now I have a cold...YUCK! LOVE my kids but the kids germs...not so much! I have not forgotten about SEWjo Saturday and I hope you have not forgotten either!


Here is the preview of what you will have to look forward to tomorrow :o)




I will try to have it up early but the link will be open ALL WEEKEND this week, so if you are not ready tomorrow ( as I am pretty sure I will not be), there is always Sunday to link your finish or WIP.



So grab the bottom and get ready to LINK UP tomorrow!!!!


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Cathedral Window Pincushions! So many lovely sightings!

I have seen so many GORGEOUS pincushions made from my free Cathedral Window Pincushion tutorial from way back in December 2011 and also from the tutorial I did for Moda Bake Shop in 2012 where the free pdf is available. Both are free and so simple!   I was so happy that I was able to make something so beautiful and so easy to share with everyone.   

I made one today for my friend Pat Sloan.  She sent me some of her new fabric line "One For You One For Me" for Moda to play with and I simply COULD NOT RESIST making a pincushion with this happy Spring like fabric.  I did the topstitching with my workhorse Aurifil 50wt in beautiful white. 






These beautiful pincushions were made by Debbie by Happy Little Cottage, she even has them in her etsy shop so if you are not ready to tackle one yet, you can still have one of your very own :o)





This one was made for a swap from Leanne from she can quilt 



These were made with sweet fabric buttons by Amy  from Eamylove


If you have made one of these fun pincushions from my tutorial either from my blog or Moda Bake Shop... THANK YOU!  It makes me feel so good to see all of the sewing happening :o) And please let me know if you have made one( or 1000)  I would love to share some more of these lovely pinnies made by YOU!


Monday, March 24, 2014

Snips and snails and puppy dog tails!

Baby boys are so wonderful!  Baby girls are very amazing too ;o)  I have three boys and two grandsons so I always look forward to sewing for boys.  This past year  a friend of mine had a sweet baby boy and I have been so late in making a gift for her new bundle of joy.  Last weekend I dug out the fabrics I loved the most from when Adam was a baby and I made some fun bibs for this special little guy.


The pattern is my free Best Bib on the Block and the fabrics are Heather Ross, every child should have fish, Michael Miller, Wild Blue Yonder ( MY FAVORITE boy print EVER), Moda Malibu Monkeys, a Japanese planes print ( the in house engineer was a pilot and I was in Naval Aviation, so I kinda have a thing for planes) and Dear Stella Confetti dots that go with everything under the sun.

Dot minky backed for extra softness

I had fun with my Bernina decorative stitches again.  Only because fish should have bubbles!


I am thrilled that I have these completed and I hope mama and baby love them!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

SEWjo Saturday 2 ( winner announced)

Good morning!  I was hoping to have this up earlier.  We had a spend the night and this girlie is not accustomed to two more kidlets in the house.  The six year old set decided sometime in the night to go watch tv and I found them at 5am on the sofa, sitting straight up, ALSEEP! Kids crack me up!

I hope you all have had a great week and are going to have a productive sewing weekend!  All of your posts were so motivational.  I was inspired all week to get something completed.  It was very cool, thank you :o)

I joined  The Sisterhood of the Traveling Quilt and my block was due in January( I am a bit late).  I always over think bee blocks.  I always over think everything but especially bee blocks.  I finally decided last weekend that I knew the PREFECT blocks to make...



From the book Vintage Quilt Revival by Katie Clark Blakesley, Faith Jones and Lee Heinrich I found the Rosey Windows Quilt.  Katie had talked about this quilt and when she asked the question " What could you do differently?"  My first thought was FUSSY CUT!



So, I did :o) I fussy cut some sweet Heather Ross and Munki Munki bits to make these wonderfully easy, very colorful blocks for my traveling quilt block.



and TA DA! 








This week, to enhance MOTIVATION,  I am giving away a mini set.  There are four mini charm packs and a mini Omnigrid kit ( how cute is that set).  I will choose a random winner from the link ups! 







Let's get our SEWjo (sewing mojo) going!  This link up will be open from Saturday through Sunday to give you LOTS of time in case you need to do silly other stuff like make dinner or driving your kids somewhere and then there is always making sure you have good lighting. The things we all have to go through...sigh ;o)

To participate in the party please... 
1. Share a project from this past week or TODAY!!! Link it up from your blog or, if you do not have a blog, your Flickr photos. It can be a  FABULOUS finish or a WIP ( any progress is always good)that you are working hard to get off your sewing table!

2. Share a link back to SEWjo Saturday somewhere in your post. I would be over the moon if you grabbed the button and shared that too ;o)

3. Share some love with some of the other posters!!!!  Visit some of the linked up photos and get inspired by other quilty friends' work. And please leave some sunshine in their comments! Let's support each other! 






Thank you everyone SO MUCH for linking up again!  Again I am amazed at you talent and appreciate your contributions!!!!  I look forward to seeing you all again next week :o)

This week the winner of the giveaway is...Marci Girl with her radiant orchid Pantone Challenge Quilt! Congratulations Marci!!!!!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Sewjo Saturday sneak peek!

Thank you everyone for such a BLAST last week !  I had an amazing time going to all of your posts to see all of the creative sewing of every kind!  You are all so talented and amazing!  And I super LOVE you for sharing :o)


Tomorrow starts a new weekend to link up and I am going to share these SWEET mini charm packs and an Omnigrid mini cutting set.  So come on back tomorrow and link up your finish or wip for the week and be entered for your chance to win this sweet mini set :o)







Please grab the button and share the FUN!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Bras and shirts and PANTIES...OH MY!

I am over the moon about this fun and SUPER easy bra paper piecing pattern that also happens to be FREE on Paper Panache.  




I was on task with my already long overdue list of to-do's and then I saw this fun shirts swap ( pattern by Carolyn Friedlander) on May Chappell's blog and I  was like SQUIRREL!!!!  DANG IT!!!! So, I had to share the post everywhere I could because if I am going down I want company!


When I posted it on my Facebook page, I immediately had many GOOD FRIENDS joining me on my journey of paper piecing fun.  Of course, being the dear ones they are ( I LOVE THEM SO MUCH!), one ( cough cough...Heather Valentine) offered up the bra pattern...I had to make it right then and there!  It took no time at all and I already have plans for some more.  I would like for you to make one or two also and hang on to them...I will explain that in an upcoming post.



Can't you see it in GOLD LEATHER!  Lindsey from LRStitched sells this creamy, yummy leather in her etsy shop !

Another pattern that was graciously posted was this free pattern and tutorial for panties  by Penny from Sew Take A Hike. CUTENESS Panny!  Great job and thank you for the pattern and the tutorial!
( Photo by Penny from Sew Take A Hike)

lining up to WIP Wendesday

Monday, March 17, 2014

A fun giveaway to celebrate my OLDEST son's birthday!

Today is a fun day!  It is St.Patrick's Day and more importantly it is my oldest son's birthday!  Twenty six years ago ( I am  SO DANG OLD) this amazing little bundle of joy was brought into my life. I love him so much and I cannot wait to see him and his family this summer!  This is my son and his beautiful family!  Yup...it is a day to CELEBRATE!




There is another blogging mama,One Artsy Mama, who also has a son born on this great day so she organized gift card giveaway  ( Thank you so much Amy) with some other amazing bloggers . I thought  it would be fun to play along so we can all celebrate in the fun!


"So, I got some of my bloggy friends together to help me out, and we’re giving away three gifts!  Gift cards, actually!  To where?  Here’s the best part…the winner gets to decide!  She {or he} gets to choose from a few of my favorite places: Starbucks, Target, Michaels, Hobby Lobby, or Amazon!  There will be three winners, one for each year we’re celebrating, and the values are as follows:"

Winner #1 – $150!
Winner #2 – $50
Winner #3 – $20
Rafflecopter will walk you through the entry process; good luck!






a Rafflecopter giveaway

Who's this? Quilty friends, gifts included!

Part of the reason I love sewing is the community that comes along with it.  A group of people that come from all walks of life, all parts of the world, every age group from the grandmothers ( yes, I am proudly in this group) to the teens just starting out.  There are experienced quilters that love to help you out when you get stuck and need a sounding board, Pat Sloan was my first OMG I AM STUCK reach out to a quilter I never met and she responded immediately!  ( I was more than a little gobsmacked) She assured me that what I was doing was correct and gave me great advice..." Have FUN!"  I have LOVED her ever since.  I cannot imagine sewing without being surrounded by my sewing friends both in real life and in my virtual sewing room.  It is great to be able to share on the blog , Instagram, and Facebook.  I know I can count on so many friends to say, "That looks great!,  " We are behind too" or " I know how that feels".  I love to be able share in what all of my friends are working on too.  The inspiration you all provide is invaluable to me.  You guys are awesome and I am the luckiest girl in the world!



Sometimes, when it is not snowing all the time,  I do get to meet up with some of my real life friends.  We have sewing playdates at houses, guild meets up or just go to Ikea for a quick bite and some fabric ooohing and aaaahhhhing.  This past few months have been especially precious to me since my sewing friends have even been visiting from other states to share with me the sadness of my boy leaving for deployment to Afghanistan last year. He will be home in about eight weeks and I am beside myself with excitement!

This past week ( before the snow) I was able to drive up to DC to see Katie and Laura and then I also was able to visit with these girls!

There was a sewing playdate set up on Monday but with me being me I forgot to check if I had the correct address. I did not and so I missed out :(   Tuesday these three FAB friends made the trek to may part of the world and we had a quick trip to Joann Fabrics and then off to Wegmans for lunch ( If you ever want to see Amy Lou Who...tell her you are going to Wegmans...she will show up) .  Karie from twoqwikquilters made the sweetest hexi mug rug ( I will be not using it a s a mug rug but a mini)


and Becky, Sarcastic Quilter, made the cutest little fabric box.  I had my choice and I chose the  Japanese robots! It is perfect to have as a pin catcher right by my Bernina so I do not step on anymore pins.




THREE CHEERS for Safety!!!!  Thank you so much Karie and Becky!  I love ya!!!  I love you too Amy ;o)

Thanks to all my sewing friends that help me to keep my sanity!  LOVE Y'ALL







Saturday, March 15, 2014

Welcome to SEWjo Saturday!!!! ( winner announced)

Welcome to SEWjo Saturday!  I am so happy to have you come and visit, share a finish and share some love!  I am looking forward to this weekly event with all of you! 


This week, I am trying to get caught up on Block of the Month blocks and was able to finish The February and March blocks from the 2014 Aurifil Designer Block of the Month ( these are free patterns offered on Auribuzz). 


The February Block Mother's Day is by Amy Gibson from  Stitchery Dickory Dock.  


The March block "Lost in the Woods" is by Emily Herrick from Crazy Old Ladies Quilts



I also have some bibs I have been working on and hope to have them completed by the end of Sunday! We will see how that turns out since the weather here is going to be like summer and then snow again Monday.  I am over winter!

Are you ready to see what is inside that beautiful blue and white box...Aurifloss!!!!

One lucky random winner from the linked thumbnails will be chosen to receive this SWEET box with TEN of the most adorable wooden spools and wound on those spools, the most lovely embroidery floss in the world!  



Let's get our SEWjo (sewing mojo) going!  This link up will be open from Saturday through Sunday to give you LOTS of time in case you need to do silly other stuff like make dinner or driving your kids somewhere and then there is always making sure you have good lighting. The things we all have to go through...sigh ;o)

To participate in the party please... 
1. Share a project from this past week or TODAY!!! Link it up from your blog or, if you do not have a blog, your Flickr photos. It can be a  FABULOUS finish or a WIP ( any progress is always good)that you are working hard to get off your sewing table!

2. Share a link back to SEWjo Saturday somewhere in your post. I would be over the moon if you grabbed the button and shared that too ;o)

3. Share some love with some of the other posters!!!!  Visit some of the linked up photos and get inspired by other quilty friends' work. And please leave some sunshine in their comments! Let's support each other!  



Thank you everyone for linking up! You all inspired me so much in many different ways!  I am already looking forward to next week!!! 

The winner for this week's giveaway is ( I swear this never happens...LOL!)  CONGRATULATIONS Dorian!







Thursday, March 13, 2014

SEWjo Saturday giveaway hint!

As promised, a hint.  It is a kind of fun hint because there are many things that can be in this box, it is kind of like a Tiffany & Co. box, it has that beautiful perfect blue and it really does not matter WHAT is on the inside...it will be AWESOME!  When you see what is inside you could even swoon a bit ;o)  So this is what you have the chance to win by linking up your photo for your SEWjo Saturday!  Looking forward to seeing you!!!




Please grab the button and share the weekend fun


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